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.
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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???

Cover Image Credit: Tiara Huffaker

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The 5 Stages Of Watching The MLB Postseason

Every fan's experience when watching the playoffs.

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The MLB postseason is underway which means it's about to be an emotional roller coaster for the fans. Streaks can be broken, legacies can be made, new stars will be born and tears will most certainly fall. But most fans will certainly go through the same stages of love and hate throughout the postseason.

1. Complaining about the one game Wild Card

This is definitely one of the dumbest things ever added to a sports season. You have every team play 162 games for six months of the year. After all of that hard work and grind it all comes down to a SINGLE game? It makes no sense, how couldn't it be a three-game series? You added the game to add even more baseball to a season so it's not like having two more games could hurt you.

2. Defending a player who's had a bad year by saying "The playoffs are a different season." 

Everybody is guilty of this. There's always that one guy who wants to poke fun at your players regular season number. It's infuriating, you can't dig up a stat that's good because baseball has so many with pretty confusing acronyms. So instead of people just go with saying that the playoffs are a different season. The stats are all set back to zero which gives the players some confidence. It also puts the haters in the mental pretzel.

3. Getting mad when your game is on MLB Network

Get it through your head MLB. Not every one has your stupid network.

4. Streaming mid day games during lectures/work

Let's be real everyone who cares about baseball does it. Is it a good thing to do? No probably not. But would you sacrifice a day on notes or a day of work to see your favorite team make history? Yes.

5. Living and dying on every pitch

It's a hard life to live with literally no sense of relaxation during a game. I couldn't tell you how many times I fidget or yell whenever the Red Sox are playing (especially now that they're playing the Yankees). A lot of neighbors will be mad and friends will question your sanity. But when your team is able to pull through, the emotional relief and happiness are so great you couldn't even think of watching the game a different way.

If by this point you've been reading this with a whole lot of head nods and "Oh, yeah, that's me." It isn't a shameful thing because you're not alone. Playoffs bring out the best from players and fans which is truly the beauty of sports.

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