Basic Rules of Volleyball For Incoming Collegiate Freshmen

Rules for incoming freshmen volleyball players

Now let's talk about some basic rules of volleyball that new

recruits and incoming freshmen players who are interested  in

playing college ball, should know.  

One of the basic rules of volleyball for high school players who

plan to play in college is that they'll need to adjust to the higher

intensity and frequency of practices. 

In college, I was one member of a large incoming class of

freshmen and sophomores recruited from all over the US to play

volleyball at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

Even though I came from California and was used to practicing

in high school and club, it was quite a shock for me and my

teammates to have three practices a day during our two week

preseason practices. 

We got used to it, but it was a process. 

We had three practices a day plus weight training on Mondays,

Wednesdays and Fridays.

We had our sprints and running workout on Tuesdays and


For quite awhile it felt like sleep was optional. 

Okay just kidding about sleep being optional but nowadays I

believe women's athletic teams can only practice two times a

day during preseason and a limited amount of hours of practice

in a season. 

Here's the good news. 

Your body and eventually your mind, get used to it.

They get used to the higher intensity of training and multiple

volleyball practices. 

It all comes together. It takes 14 days to  learn a new habit after

about two weeks of this regimen it does get easier. 

Freshmen volleyball players should know that the intensity of

women's college volleyball is high also because better

volleyball players are always competing among themselves to

win a starting position on their team. 

If you want to play at game time, you are to have to earn your

spot pushing yourself 100% every day and in every moment you


If you've earned a volleyball scholarship, that's pretty much

what you've signed up to do. 

Basic Rules of Volleyball

That leads me to another one of my basic rules of volleyball for

first year college players. 

Incoming freshmen players need to develop characteristics

necessary to give 110% in practice or a game. 

In college ball you are required to focus, concentrate and play

hard all the time. 

For most freshmen volleyball players, it takes a period of time for

the brain and the body to develop and get stronger, so they

react and respond at faster and higher intensity levels. 

The body and brain need to adapt to new stress levels, new

pressures and new speeds. 

Some female players adapt to Division I and others choose

other available options like playing in Division II or III or  NAIA


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