12 Reasons You Should Try Volleyball

12 Reasons You Should Try Volleyball

There's isn't a lot to not love about this exciting, high-energy sport.

I am currently at college early right now, practicing twice a day to prepare for a quickly approaching college volleyball season. Since my entire life right now is volleyball, volleyball and more volleyball, I feel compelled to write about why the sport of volleyball is worth getting into. Also, I just got done watching the Olympics, specifically Walsh & Ross beach volleyball, so you can imagine I'm feeling extra motivated.

1. Volleyball gets you in killer shape and gives you a killer bod!

You run, dive, jump, hit, squat, shuffle constantly and it's very fast paced. All this makes you get in tip-top shape.

2. Volleyball teaches you teamwork.

In my opinion, volleyball is the sport where solid teamwork is needed the most. It's a sport where not one person can just dominate the entire time. Every spot on the court is very critical. It's a 30 by 30 court, which makes you be in close contact with people constantly. Part of what makes volleyball such an amazing sport is that it's very team-oriented and teaches you how to work and succeed with other people.

3. Volleyball teaches you how to recover from mistakes and be mentally tough.

Volleyball is an extremely emotional sport in that after making a mistake on the court, you will get targeted directly after by your opponent. Volleyball truly teaches you how to shake off the bad and come to terms with it, although it may not always be the easiest.

4. Volleyball is aggressive...

But doesn't require too much hard core running like basketball or soccer. That's reason enough why it's worth doing.

5. Volleyball is a very intense and high energy sport.

It's quite a nail-biting sport. However, that's what makes it fun. There are some amazing plays that get made under a lot of pressure. These pressure situations makes you course with adrenaline from excitement.

6. It's a sport where you cheer a lot.

You high-five, you yell and maybe even jump of excitement. You can't do that in all sports.

7. It's fun to be aggressive.

Blocking, hitting and getting a great dig is probably one of the best feelings.

8. Volleyball gives you awesome friends and teaches you to work hard!

You learn how to work together with your teammates and also be accountable for yourself to be at practices.

9. You get to still look cute but play tough.

It's a perfect balance

10. It's a commonly loved sport regardless of gender.

In addition, any time you are at the beach, there are always people playing.

11. You get to have really tall and really short friends.

Regardless of height, there is a spot for everyone on the volleyball court.

12. You usually get cute new clothes when you join a team

...and free food!

What's not to love about this sport???

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7 Lies From F*ckboys That We've All Fallen For At Least Once

They might've had you goin' for a hot second, but you know better now.

There’s no use in even frontin’; we’ve all been there. You know he’s a f*ckboy from the beginning, but you’re interested in pursuing him anyway. Ain't no thang; I fully support you.

You tell yourself you won’t fall for his games or lies because you’ve been through it all so many times before. Yet, time and time again, you find yourself slippin’ for a hot second, wanting to give him the benefit of the doubt until he inevitably disappoints you. Here are the top seven lies you’ve heard from f*ckboys that get you heated every time.

1. You’re the only girl I’m talking to/sleeping with

HAHAHA. OK, first, I don't actually care what (or who) you're doing in your spare time because you're definitely not the only guy I'm seeing either. I'm just asking so I know you're clean, OK? I don't need more stress in my life.

2. I know how to treat girls right

Isn't it super ironic how the WORST f*ckboys are the ones to toss this line?

3. I’ll text you

This statement is so unbelievable that on the off chance that they do actually text you, you basically fall out of your chair in shock.

4. I’m gonna give it to you good

I cry/cringe/die of laughter every time I hear this one because it's always the mediocre ones that throw this line. None of my most memorable hookups have ever said this because their actions clearly speak for them. Mediocre boys, TAKE NOTE.

5. Damn, I wanted to see you though

Well, you were supposed to, but then you clearly had other plans in mind. So the desire wasn’t all that intense, obviously.

6. Yeah, she and I broke up

CLASSIC LIE. CLASSIC. Sure, I believed it the first couple of times, but don’t even try that sh*t with me after I see she’s still blowin’ up your line.

7. *No response for hours after making plans* Damn, sorry I fell asleep

Honestly, how many times are you gonna throw that line when you’re literally viewable on Snap Map. BOY, I see you at someone else’s house. Stop frontin’, there’s no point.

Again, don't ask me why we put up with this sh*t because the mystery remains. I guess in our own sick, twisted ways, we crave the dramatics and thrills that come from their f*ckery. Whatever the reason, though, at least we've got some ~fun~ stories to tell.

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Did The NFL Just Make Kneeling A Bigger Crime Than Domestic Violence?

I'm pretty sure hitting your wife is more deplorable than taking a knee during the National Anthem.

Since the election of President Trump, NFL players have been the face of controversy. With players refusing to stand for the National Anthem, instead choosing to kneel as an act of protest, many people were not afraid to speak out against them.

Recently, the NFL announced that players present on the field during the singing of the National Anthem would be required to stand lest their team be willing to pay a fine.

Now you can have your opinion on whether or not that's just or whether or not that is the NFL politically leaning one way or there other. Frankly, that's not my issue here.

My problem is that players who are convicted of domestic abuse are only suspended for six games upon their first offense.

It seems to me that the NFL found the need to prioritize what qualifies as freedom of speech over the quality of human life.

The NFL's policy is a slap in the face to all of the wives, girlfriends, significant others, one night stands, and all other women who have fallen victim to domestic abuse by the professional athletes who were their partners. It's bad enough that the trauma they faced was only worth a six-game suspension. Now there's an actual price tag on kneeling, while these women continue to suffer in silence.

I have my opinions on the NFL's decision to start doling out this fine. But that's not what this article is about. This article is about giving a voice to victims of abuse. This article is about pointing out that our political quarrels are being put before conversations about the safety of actual human beings.

No one is being physically harmed when an athlete chooses to kneel.

You can call them disrespectful. You can call them privileged. But those men are not beating their wives and girlfriends.

The men on the field who abused those they supposedly love are standing tall while the Anthem is sung, and that's all people see. They don't see the man who took away a woman's innocence, pride, and drive.

People choose to see an act of political defiance as more offensive than a man hitting his wife.

The NFL will probably never see these words.

But someone will. And someone probably have something to say about how these are "two completely different arguments" and that we "shouldn't compare them."

Someone else will probably say something about how there are men and women fighting overseas for our freedom, and that these teams should be fined because their players are disrespecting the honor of those men and women.

I think those men and women are probably more disgusted by the fact that we continue to glorify men who intentionally hurt their significant others, just because they're good at throwing a ball and running up and down the field.

While the Constitution gives each and every one of us the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, religion, press, peaceable assembly, and petitioning the government, nowhere does it give us the right to physically harm another person. I think it's time the NFL took note of that.

There should be no policy of a "first offense" when it comes to domestic violence. I won't support an organization that fines its members for kneeling, but doesn't do more than bench them when they abuse another human being.

Ray Rice received a two-game suspension in 2014 for hitting his fiance. Colin Kaepernick knelt and then used his platform to become an advocate.

But Kaepernick's the villain here, right?

Really think about it before you answer that question. And maybe then take a page out of Kaepernick's book and use whatever platform you have to fight for the women who lost everything because powerful men beat the fight out of them.

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