(from YOUR COACHES)
Volleyball Is a “TEAM” Sport
This requires all members to realize that they are part of a process, whether they are sitting on the bench
or standing on the court ( subbing, time
outs, pass-set-spike-block ). Team
members may not like or understand why their coaches make certain decisions, but they must trust that the coaches are making
decisions that they believe will best help the “team” succeed.
IMPORTANT: You are playing for an NCFS “team,”
for the good of every member of the team—not just for yourself. Even if
you succeed while everyone else around you is failing, your “team” will still fail.
Team members are chosen based not only on skills, but also on personality and character. (This is also known as “coachability”- the ability to work well together with
others, not hot dog/need to be the star of the show, positive and supportive on the court and off the court. )
Definition of a team player…..
team play·er (plural team play·ers)
somebody who works cooperatively: a member of a group who cooperates
with other people and who subordinates personal interests in order to achieve a common goal
Creating a Team and Your Role as a Player
1. How Coaches Put Together Rosters and Lineups
Volleyball team rosters usually carry 8-10 players; this helps ensure that
there will always be enough players to play in each
tournament (illness, injury, emergencies, and planned vacations occur, after all), and
that coaches can maximize strengths, weaknesses and
specialties (as they see fit) as part of game strategy.
Subbing is necessary; it’s based on both
the position(s) your coaches feel you are best skilled at and can use to help your team AND again, it’s also based on
your character/personality, or the “mood”/”vibe” you create while playing with your teammates.
At every moment in a game, coaches are trying to maximize the talent their team possesses in order to defeat
an opponent. Just because you are not “starting,” or just because
you don’t spend every minute on the court DOESN’T mean you are being treated unfairly or that your coaches don’t
see your talents. Also, be assured that you DO have a chance to make an impact
as an individual every time you are on the court—coaches compliment and ask players names and recognize you for
the skills they see you personally perform while you are on the court. Better
yet, if you are constantly positive and are working for the good of the team (not to showcase yourself alone), coaches will
be impressed with your maturity and your team mentality!
2. Your Jobs at Games and Practices
During all games, and ESPECIALLY at practices, we expect you to participate so that you can increase not only
your skill level but your range of skills as well. For a college or high school
coach putting together a team, the most “valuable” recruits/players are those who are well-rounded and able to
perform at all positions on the court. If something happens (an injury,
an illness, a “bad day”) coaches can expect these players to step up, do any job needed, and make up the slack
to help the team avoid getting crushed in a crisis situation. In college (and most high school teams), you do not see a
setter who cannot spike or dig, a libero who cannot set or spike 10’s, or a middle hitter who can’t serve and/or
pass if needed.
EVERY player must perfect her serve; it is without a doubt the best offensive weapon on a team. Just because you “get it over” does NOT mean you don’t have to take criticism or try
different things your coach may ask. Until you have mastered the top spin, float,
jump top, and jump float serves, nailing them to ANY area of the court on command, you are still the student, not the “master.” Even Olympians ask for input/help or try to learn new and more effective serving strategies,
because they know there is always room to learn more and to improve. As young
players, you surely don’t want to send the message to your coaches (by displaying a poor attitude or refusing to change/learn)
that you are better than Olympic athletes!
* NOTE: The only “specialty” position you will see is
the setter. Those spots will be filled during tryouts, where you have designated your interests and we have chosen you for
our team based on those interests and your fit with the other players’ strengths/weaknesses and your coachability. Because there is so much to learn while setting, and because it demands great amounts
of training and expertise, we do not allow all players to “try” setting in a game.
Please keep these thoughts in mind as we finish the season. Your ultimate goal and our ultimate
goals should be the same. As players, you may also have personal goals you set for yourself, and that’s great. However, as coaches, we have the extra responsibility
to meet the needs and goals of “everyone”
on the team, not just you.
Sometimes, your personal goals may clash with our team management goals. In these cases, it is your coaches’ responsibility and right to make the “final” decision,
and it is your job as a player to respect your coaches’ authority and contribute/work to make it happen, even if you
This means that you cooperate
and do what is asked without arguing, questioning, complaining, glaring, gossiping, pouting, etc. You keep your body language, your words, and your actions respectful and positive to EVERY PERSON on the
team, including ALL your teammates and your coaches. These are expectations that
every coach/boss will have for you from childhood through adulthood. So
get in the habit of practicing them every day!
2. Choices and Consequences
You must also understand
that if you choose to ignore these expectations, you should expect fair consequences, such as loss of playing
time, reprimands from coaches, phone calls to parents, etc. After all, why would
any coach make a set of rules if they were not going to address a player who shows disrespect by not following them? In addition to being disrespectful to your coaches, it adds negativity and causes
awkwardness on the court, which is the last place any team can afford to show weakness to its opponents.
Remember—all the talent
in the world does not excuse or make up for a lack of character, and that’s the bottom line in sports. Sports is all about character—even the competitive aspect of it; winners generally
rise to the top because they have the character traits of discipline, commitment, honesty, drive, humility (humbleness or
coachability), and respect (for teammates, coaches, and opponents) to rise to the top.