The college volleyball tournament season begins each year at the end of
break at the beginning of August and report back to their university's
Preseason collegiate volleyball training camps last for two weeks and
consist of rigid indoor practice two times a day, strength training
sessions usually three times a week, and some time of cardio or sprint
workouts two times a week.
This is a general description of what the majority of teams usually do,
although some teams may vary the frequency with which they do this
type of regimen.
The college volleyball training season use to allow coaches to have
up to three practices a day.
When I say three practices that means three two-and-a-half to three
hour volleyball practices in a gym, in addition to whatever strength
training or running workout scheduled for that day.
That's what it was like when I was a volleyball scholarship athlete at
the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Three-a-day practices plus a one hour early early morning track workout
or a one hour weight training workout in addition to anywhere from
seven to nine hours of indoor volleyball practices.
In the 1990's the NCAA decided that three-a-day practices wastoo
excessive and limited the hours that coaches could have their teams in
the gym for indoor training.
At the most, college volleyball teams can have two indoor volleyball
training sessions a day.
When the training camp period ends, some coaches will schedule
one or more scrimmages, also called friendlies.
These are friendly games or scrimmages which allow teams their first
preseason competition opportunities against other opposing college
Its the first opportunity for college coaches to try out team offenses,
defense strategies and to test the starting team lineups and
Starting team lineups are the "starting six" usually the strongest six
players during preseason training camp as the strongest mentally,
physically and have proven to their coaching staff
worthy to start on the court each and every game of the season.
The college volleyball tournament season starts usually the third or
fourth week after the first day of training camp.
Every weekend starting in September, many teams will attend a college
tournament hosted by a team in or outside of their conference.
Many times a team will host their own college volleyball tournament
using their home stadium or gym as the central location for where all the
matches take place.
Participating teams will fly, drive or bus ride into the hosting city, stay
at nearby university host hotels, eat at restaurants close to the school
or university especially those who may have decided to sponsor the
tournament and spend one but usually two days competing against the
other four to five NCAA, or NAIA school teams invited to participate in
the hosting college tournament.
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