Why? Because refusing to talk on the court is like playing volleyball with
a blindfold on.
How are teammates supposed to know "who" is going to do "what" if
members of the team stay silent while the ball is in play.
In high school, during girls games, I didn't talk much on the
court because I knew I was one of the main hitter's on the team and I
knew the my setter was going to set me the ball the majority of the
As a freshman playing in college, the upperclassmen and the
captains on the team let me know very quickly that I was breaking one
By being silent on the court and maintaining my silence for my
own personal selfish reasons while playing, was not beneficial, for any of
the other players on the team.
They taught me that volleyball players need to know what each
other sees and what each other is thinking while each play is
This is especially true since volleyball players can't read each
guess whether one of their teammates is bringing an "off the court"
problem that has nothing to do with volleyball, on the court.
I wasn't talking on the court.
I didn't share any information with teammates which didn't help them
understand what I was thinking or what I intended to do.
Being silent on the court and trying to maintain my silence for my
own personal selfish reasons while playing, was not beneficial to the
players on my team.
They taught me that college volleyball players need to know what
players can't read each other's minds.
Volleyball is a team sport, not an individual sport.
This is one of the most important of all the rules of volleyball
communication a player can learn.
other and direct traffic among themselves while the ball is in play.
There are multiple situations where players who talk to each
other avoid problems of confusion, indecision and surprise on the court.
I learned this lesson from some of the best volleyball
players and coaches to play the game so now I'm passing this
information on to you.