You may or may not be THAT volleyball girl that can rely on natural physical athletic talent when it comes to being considered for the varsity team.
And that's okay.
Because there are some specific things you can do to get the varsity volleyball coach to notice you if you are less athletically endowed.
It's always a good day when you can surprise a kid with a scholarship. ❤️— OhioStateWVolleyball (@ohiostatewvball) March 21, 2018
Everyone received a note in their egg that said "Shhhh Cam is getting put on scholarship" while Cam got a note that said "See Audra for a surprise".
Audra presented Cam with her scholarship paperwork. pic.twitter.com/X6qwIMA7IR
For your next volleyball practice, try to adopt some of these good habits.
For my high school girls volleyball practice I use to come to my school gym one half hour before practice started and I'd lay in the middle of the gym to just visualize that the court was mine.
I'd imagine each serve receive, each serve each pass that I wanted to perform. I convinced myself that anything that happened on that volleyball court, any ball that came on my side I was going to be responsible for it.
I was going to be the volleyball girl that didn't let any ball around me fall in defense and no one was going to dig my hits.
I chose to come early and/or stay late to volleyball practice to get some quiet time to use my visualization skills to imagine myself as the volleyball player I wanted to become.
I also came early or stayed late to practice volleyball serving skills and to perform individual wall drills for setting and passing as well.
To understand what it takes to become an effective server be sure to read the volleyball serving information on this site.
This information will teach you some volleyball serving strategies including the top 5 places to serve after a team timeout.
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To become that volleyball girl you'll first have to decide that no ball that you can get to with three or four steps will fall around you or in your immediate area.
You will need to take pride in making an attempt to dig any and every ball in your immediate area up so your volleyball team has another chance to play the ball for a point or side out.
You may not get it the first time.
You may not get the ball up the second time.
But you'll get closer and closer each time and most importantly your volleyball coach should start noticing your effort.
You want to talk to your teammates before, during and after the game in order to give them valuable information about what plays you see happening.
You can direct traffic by calling out plays you see developing.
Many times if a back row player is really concentrating she will see how the opposing team's play is developing just like the front row player does.
If you're in the back row and you see the right front hitter on the opposing team start to slide over to run the "X " play behind her middle blocker then from the back row you need to call out "Watch the X!"
"Watch number 15 coming around" You need to say it loud enough so all your teammates can hear it.
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If you see the fake "X" developing which is what a lot of setters call after running the X then you need to call out what you see. "Watch number 15 coming around for the fake X".
Let your blockers hear you, let your defensive players hear you, let your teammates hear you.
There are no secrets on the volleyball court. Let your teammates know what to expect.
If a volleyball girl on the opposing team goes through her front row rotation and all the points she makes are by wiping off the block or hitting cross court, the next time she rotates up to the left front you go up and out loud you need to tell your front row blockers in a loud voice "Hey that #15 hit everything cross court the last time she was front row. Be ready for her cross court attack."
This is a very good way of "getting inside" your opponent's head. Also, this action shows the varsity volleyball coach your leadership skills.
The coach should sees that you are invested in helping your team win, even when you aren't in a position to touch the ball.
This shows initiative and lets the coach know that you are aware of what is going on in the game and you're doing what it takes to help your team win.
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The varsity volleyball girl who takes on the responsibility of becoming the backrow quarterback doesn't have to be the tallest, or the quickest volleyball player on the team.
But she will turn out to be one of the smartest volleyball girls on the team.
If you are not on your varsity team yet but you are reading this website and these pages to figure out how to be, start following the tips and suggestions outlined on this page.
Because you should never let other people dictate your narrative. pic.twitter.com/n7xmCVZREB— Chiaka Ogbogu (@ChiakaOgbogu) February 26, 2018
You'll notice that several of these suggestions are about attitude and not ball handling skill.
Your attitude and your behavior and your habits are things you CAN control. And you can control them starting now so they become natural and normal to you.
So when you do get in front of that coach, these habits will come natural and as a freshman you will already know how to behave and carry yourself like a varsity volleyball player.
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Trust me..that will get you noticed.
For more great advice on how to make your varsity team continue reading the articles in the Varsity Volleyball Girl section.
Check out the links to those pages below:
#TBT When I arrived at The University of Texas in 2008 Texas Volleyball had not made an appearance at a Final Four since 1995 but that year we earned our spot, and since then the program has appeared in 7 of the 8 Final Fours and earned a National Championship in 2012. - I committed to Texas not because it was an already well-established volleyball program, but because I wanted to join the past and current players and staff that were busting their butts in every way to bring new success to the Texas Volleyball program. Long after I graduated I saw many young women continuing to commit to Texas wanting to do the same and that has been one of the many things that makes me so proud to be apart of the Texas Volleyball family. Texas Volleyball is not a force to be reckoned with by accident - hard work, consistency, dedication, commitment, and sacrifice fuel our program. - I don't play in Gregory Gymnasium anymore, but I still carry my Texas tough and Texas fight with me every time I step on the court. Forever Hook ‘em! #TexasVolleyball