How to Survive Volleyball

Are you thinking about playing volleyball for school or some type of competition, but you're not really sure if you'll make it? Volleyball's a very rigorous sport, but it's also a very fun one once you get the hang of it. This article will tell you how to survive and enjoy playing volleyball.


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    Make sure you're up for it. Before you even sign up, start practicing. You can buy a volleyball (if playing for a school, choose an indoor; if playing beach, choose outdoor) at virtually any sporting goods store. Buy one, along with a pair of knee pads and a good pair of running shoes. Go outside and practice. You don't even have to have a net, although it would help. Just make sure you're ready, because volleyball can leave you with sore muscles and a very tired outlook.
    • If you still want to play, sign up. If you think you have what it takes to make it through, put your name down. What's the worst that could happen?
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    Start exercising. Run on a treadmill. Lift weights. Do squats. Make sure you build up your arm and leg strength, because this is mandatory for playing volleyball. Running will help you build up your stamina so you won't quit so easily.
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    Drink lots of water. It keeps you hydrated.
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    Go to bed at a reasonable time. This way, you'll have more energy to exert yourself.
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    Practice, practice, practice. Learn how to spike, bump, pass, set, serve, and block. Practice all six, along with knowing how the rotation works in an actual game. Get a friend or family member or coach to help you practice. Just don't give up!
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    Early on, learn to call the ball. Remember, no matter what, if you can get to the ball in time, call it. Calling the ball just literally means yelling something to let your teammates know that you plan on hitting the ball, so that they'll back out of your way. Common calls are "Mine" and "Got it". You can develop your own, if necessary.
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    Don't be afraid to slide on your knees. Sometimes, the ball is too low for you to get when standing. At first, diving for the ball on your knees will be difficult, as your human instinct will be telling you not to. Don't worry; that's what the knee pads are for.
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    Don't get discouraged. Volleyball is a tough sport, especially at first. You'll get exhausted; your arms will hurt; your legs will be sore; and you'll feel like giving up, sometimes. But don't! Volleyball is a fun sport, and you'll be glad you stuck with it.


  • Push through the pain. At first, you'll be really sore, and your arms will hurt badly. Push through the pain, and eventually, it won't even be there.
  • Try participating in camp. Some schools offer volleyball camp. This is a very good way to improve. After all, you'll be learning from professionals.
  • Work with your teammates. Even if you don't like them, try to get along.
  • When bumping, squat, and let most of your power come from your knees instead of your arms. This will help you get more control of the ball.
  • If your serve always seems to come up short, you can try hitting with the alternate hand. Sometimes, even if you're a lefty, you have more power with your right hand. Same thing vice versa. Know how you're comfortable with the ball.
  • It doesn't matter how you hit the ball, as long as it's up or over the net.


  • Don't forget to drink water and go to bed early.
  • Volleyball isn't for everyone. If you feel like you're not physically fit for it, then you might want to consider exercising and just trying out next year.
  • Don't push yourself too hard, as this could cause injuries.

Things You'll Need

  • A volleyball
  • Knee pads
  • A water bottle
  • Good shoes

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Categories: Volleyball