be-a-screamer-not-a-singer asked: Ok, so I start workouts Monday (try outs are later on) and the only thing I know is how to pass and set. Is there anything I absolutely need to know so I don't go in there looking like an idiot? The coach saw me in gym one day and said I was a natural and had to play for her. I don't know any rules. So could you help and give a beginner some advice?
I’d love to help! The thing is, though, in my middle school we didn’t have tryouts, and I’m not playing next year in high school; therefore, I don’t know exactly how tryouts work. I asked my friend that tried out for another school but she refuses to tell me -__- So I’m just going to tell a few basic things you may need to know.
Passing and setting is a majority of the game, but there’s also spiking (probably a term you’re familiar with. It’s when a girl jumps up and slaps the ball down.) For spiking, you want to start (if you’re right handed) with your right foot slightly ahead of your left on the tenfoot or base line (that’s the line a few feet in front of the net.) From there, you’ll step with your left foot, then jump onto your right foot, bringing your left foot down and pushing yourself up to slap the ball downward. (I always remember this by saying left, rightleft JUMP) (This is probably a really bad description, so let me know if I need to go over something again)
For serving, it really depends on you… like, I’m assuming you’re in high school, and you may not be good at serving, but you can still be a front row player, because you may be really good at spiking or blocking balls. Or maybe you’ll be really good at passing and get put as a back row player. It’ll honestly depend on what you’re best at. And who knows, you may be good at serving!
Now for some terms! Digging is whenever the other team slaps the ball down and you have to get on your belly and hit the ball up. A block is when you jump up and block the ball (pretty simple to remember haha.) Hmm… I don’t think they’ll do any rotation stuff at tryouts. If you make the team, good luck learning rotations, because that confused me beyond belief!
If there’s anything I need to go over or work on, don’t hesitate to inbox me again :)