Woot woot, club tryouts tonight!
Anonymous asked: what are the differences between a libero and a defensive specialist? i mean i know liberos run in while ds get subbed in, but how do coaches decide if you are a libero or a ds?
This is actually a really good question. I’ve been talking to coaches recently trying to figure this out because I’m trying out as libero this year, but DS’s and Liberos try out together so there’s no guarantee of being a libero.
Each coach is different. Liberos need to be the best passer on the team, but they also need to pay attention and be very aware of what’s going on on the court, so that’s something that I think sets a libero apart from a DS.
The main answer I got from coaches when they’re trying to decide who to make libero is who’s better at serve receive. A DS you throw in for defense primarily, but a libero is on full time so you need them to be really good at serve receive, especially because other teams often serve to the libero.
So the short answer is serve receive, but it really depends on what the coach wants.
Anonymous asked: both me and my team are stuck in a rut; we've been on a major losing streak and we're not improving very much. it just frustrates me so much and i dont know what to do, this sport is my life, i just want to be good
All you can do is keep pushing forward. Try to find out why you’re on a losing streak. As much as losing sucks, it’s okay if it’s just because you’re getting outplayed. However the second you guys start losing because of a lack of effort, then you have a problem.
In times like this, it’s best to step up as a leader. Keep everyone motivated and focus on the things that you can control rather than the things you can’t. Sometimes teams go on a losing streak, it happens. But the way you get out of it is to keep pushing and working to get better.
middle-in-a-swimcap asked: Lately I've noticed my team is not playing as a team and everyone is playing for themselves. And when someone makes a mistake very one yells and glares them instead of being supportive or giving constructive criticism. Any tips on how to come together as a team an boost sprits?
This is always a difficult situation to be in and I have so many mixed feelings about it. My team struggles with this a bit.
First of all, don’t let it bother you. I know it’s hard and it’s pretty annoying, but you know what, if it makes them feel better, whatever. Just don’t let yourself do that. In a situation like this, you need to be the bigger person and become a source of energy and positivity on the team. Actually, not even that, just be a source of stability.
There’s a girl at my school who plays middle. Even if she gets an awful set and hits it into the net (which for a middle, there’s really nothing she can do if she gets a bad set) the first thing she does is turn to her team and say “My bad, I’ll get the next one”. And she has enough confidence in herself that she will. Some people, when they make a mistake, push it onto other people. It’s just what they do. But it doesn’t have to ruin the team.
If your whole team is yelling at each other, I’m sorry to say that there’s not much that can be done. You just have to take it a little at a time. Maybe if you’re calm and collected (NOT the same as shutting down), it’ll rub off on other people as well.
I’d like to point out that you don’t see this sort of stuff happen in guys volleyball. If you get yelled at, you probably deserved it. Someone yells, you get over it and don’t take it personally and within two minutes, it’s forgotten.
Best of luck. I know it’s tough, but try to remind everyone that they’re there to play volleyball and to get over themselves.
Anonymous asked: i have trouble picking up hits in the deep corners, do you have any tips?
Those are always going to be difficult. I’m assuming you’re in perimeter defense (the wings cover line and middle back counters with the hitter). Deep corners are open in almost every team’s defense. Ideally your block will cover it, but that’s not usually how it works.
It’s something you’re just going to have to learn to read. Watch the hitter, watch your block, and learn how the hitter hits. If they consistently hit the deep corner, don’t just stand in your defense spot because its ‘where you’re supposed to be’, go where the ball goes.
It’s mainly just reading the hitter.
Best of luck :)
So about a week before our biggest game of the season, I get a concussion. Great.
Anonymous asked: my coach just put in the stats for our first game and im not quite sure how to interpret them. how do i know if my stats are "good" or not?
It depends on how you do stats. What you should probably do is wait until your next game and compare the stats between the two games. What you’re looking for is consistency and improvement. Try to eliminate any unforced errors :)
*Brand doesn’t matter, I’m just showing the type.
Please please please please PLEASE if you wear
these ^^^^ types of ankle braces, stop. They’re really awful and in all my experience with people who wear them (as well as stories coaches have told me) nothing ever ends well. They only offer support in certain places. One of my teammates just sprained her ankle while wearing this kind and it’s all bruised and swollen as if she didn’t have any brace on at all. In addition, if you happen to fall in a way that this brace will protect you from, the tension goes to the next source, which very often is your shin and it’s all very painful and not good.
this kind ^^^^. It doesn’t prevent all injury, I’ve sprained my ankle wearing them but honestly I was cleared to play for that day and then I just was off for a day and a half. It offers support around your entire ankle and trainers (that I”ve talked to) recommend these instead.
Please, I don’t want you guys to get hurt.