There are a slew of famous volleyball quotes that talk about players
needing to have confidence on the court and the importance of having
it when you play.
Many of the quotes are pinned on Pinterest and have been shared
through the years on posters, pictures and gift items.
Here are a few for example :
"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no
excuse for anyone to work harder than you do."
"If you're behind focus on one point at a time. Don't focus on the score. Don't focus on anything else. Just focus on that one sole point."
"Confidence is what happens when you've done the hard work that
entitles you to succeed"
-Pat Head Summitt, University of Tennessee Knoxville Head Coach
Many of these "famous volleyball quotes " are sports specific not
I mean that the quotes are great but they weren't made to speak to
volleyball players about volleyball.
Even though the actual quote works great to motivate you as a
volleyball athlete, it most likely came from someone who played
another sport like Michael Jordan, or his coach Phil Knight or Olympic
swimming legend Michael Phelps or other football, swimming, soccer or
Here are several that are perfect for volleyball but didn't come from
"Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who've pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back...play for her."
-Mia Hamm (All-Time Great USA Soccer Player)
"Make sure your worst enemy doesn't live between your own two ears"
-Laird Hamilton (surfer, husband of Gabrielle Reece)
"Set your goals high and don't stop until you get there"
-Bo Jackson (NFL All Star, MLB All Star)
"Champions keep playing until they get it right"
-Billie Jean King (Tennis Champion)
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination"
-Tommy Lasorda (MLB Dodgers Head Coach)
"You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards and when you reach your limits that is real joy"
-Arthur Ashe (Wimbledon, Tennis Great)
I challenge you to listen and learn some famous volleyball
quotes from famous volleyball players and coaches.
Pro players are people who started exactly where you are starting
now...at the beginning when the struggle was real.
They had to go through the process of learning how to be confident in
playing and facing their fears.
They had to grow their confidence and strengthen their mental game by
continuously making mistakes.
Why not learn from people and players who have gone through your
experience and who have more in common with you?
So here's my thing, how do you get confidence?
How do you build it so that you can stand on the court and face the other
team with no fear.
Check out these famous volleyball quotes from well known famous
players on building confidence and developing your mental game.
"I've always felt Im here to do something special. I know I can do it. Not to
sound cocky or anything but that doesn't mean I never doubted myself.
There are always moments when I say "Are you kidding me am I really
doing this? But I always felt like I could. "
"For girls naturally in today's society confidence is the biggest problem.
Either they don't have any or they don't have the right kind or they aren't
secure...or they think they need to be 'this" because so and so says so or
As a girl being on a team (or if you are just playing the sport) it teaches
you those lessons before you are out in the real world.
It teaches you how to work for something...it teaches so many things..."
Source: Confidence in Volleyball video by Allison Wood
On developing her mental game at the beginning of her college career...
“My mental game was not very
“At the beginning, I was beating
myself up over it. There was a lot of
pressure that I put on myself
through that, [pressure] about
performing and meeting
“I had to go through those experiences [of not
playing] to figure it out,” Wilhite said.
“The huge shift for me was getting rid of the fear
and pressures, and just being able to focus on
the actual technique. Whereas if I would have
played right away, I don’t know if I would have
seen that barrier.”
Source; Skiumah Magazine
About Sarah Wilhite
Krista Vansant on developing confidence and a strong mental game..
“Honestly, I feel like I am still working on it. I think it is
something that can always be improved. Jim (Jim
McLaughlin, former Washington Huskies coach) always
says the mind is the athlete, the body is just the means, so
I am just learning to control my mind and control my
thoughts in order for me to perform better.”
“I think it just goes back to mental toughness
and knowing how to talk myself through games,
knowing what to say to myself so I don’t start
thinking negatively. I’ve learned to play outside
myself and just let my instincts come.
I think it’s just mental toughness and preparation for
Russ Rose on having confidence...
"Its not a right to be an athlete its a privilege to be an athlete, I feel the
same about being a coach. It's a privilege to be a coach. How are you
going to handle your responsibility. "
Source : Art of Coaching Volleyball
Source: Liberty Mutual Insurance
Source: Liberty Mutual Insurance
I stay focused under pressure by
2. Always looking to my teammates
I think a lot of athletes feel like you have to be looking
at the coach..when in reality the coach is not on the court with you.
So its better to stay together as a team.
A lot of athletes are known to drift away in their own little
islands as people say.
But its better to stay together and Be Positive!
Fake it to make it. "
USA Volleyball, Olympic Silver Medalist
Kerri Walsh on mentally preparing for the 2016 Olympics...
“I know what my goals are and I don’t want to minimize what I want, and I believe in April [Ross] and I so much,”
“People always say, ‘Do you think about losing?’
And what I say is, ‘I don’t even spend one second thinking about that.’”
About teaching the same mentality to new partner April Ross...
“I think she’s getting more and more comfortable saying
it out loud. I know she believes that and her self-talk is that, but
it’s another thing saying it out loud...”
“I believe myself to be a humble person and I know April is very
much a humble athlete, but I think it’s important to put it in words
and to put it out there. It reaffirms the goal, it reaffirms the
mission and it reaffirms the fact that you have confidence in
-Kerri Walsh Jennings, three-time Olympic gold medalist
Source: US Weekly
Two Famous volleyball quotes from Kerri Walsh
"True confidence comes from within"
"Confidence comes from the way you talk to yourself"