The famous volleyball player Giba once said “My lifetime motto is to learn as long as I live”. Today, I’m going to give you the best volleyball tips that you can apply to be the best on the court. Doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro player or you’re just getting started.
- Mindset is half of the success
Mindset is everything. That’s what many businessmen, celebrities, and sportsmen say. At first, I was a bit skeptical about it and I thought it’s a cliché. But the longer I play volleyball, the more I appreciate the power of your mind.
You should develop a champion mindset. As you can guess, it’s the firm belief that you can compete at a high level and develop the skills to accomplish what you have set out to achieve.
Many great teams focus on the mindset. They spend a lot of time on this mental aspect because it’s the basis of success. It requires daily attention. With time, you get more confident on the court and you will not be afraid of any challenge or any rival. You will have the feeling that you can win with anyone and you’re positive ahead of every match.
Practice a champion mindset at least 15 minutes a day and after a week or two, you’re going to be a different person who has the most underestimated advantage over his opponents.
In other words, tune yourself to be a champion and it will help you. Think that you’re better than the others. A good example of a person who used the champion mindset is… Lady Gaga. When she wasn’t popular, she used to walk on the streets and behaved as if she was famous, and she strongly believed in that. As a result, she’s one of the most popular celebrities in the world.
- Be kind for the referee
Whenever I watch a soccer or volleyball game, I’m surprised how unpleasant the players are towards the referee. I know they’re emotional, but I’ve never seen any referee who would change his mind after some players shout at him. No way.
When you’re playing, always be kind to the referee. It helps a lot.
First, if you question his decision and you’re rude, you can easily get a yellow or even a red card. That way you only weaken your team.
Secondly, if you respect his decisions and you’re nice to the referee, he will be nice to you. The referee should be neutral, but in some debatable actions, he might be more favorable to you, because you respect all of his decisions, and he kind of likes you. He’s only a person, and he might be wrong for your advantage.
I’ve heard about a soccer team Manchester City. This club won the Premier League in 2018. They played well, of course, but some experts say that part of their success was their attitude towards the referee. They were so nice towards the referees during the whole season and in many cases, the referee was more likely to whistle for “the Citizens” advantage, because they respected his decisions.
Another argument to be nice for the referee is the loss of energy. If you constantly talk to the referee and question his decisions, you’re losing your precious energy that is really important in volleyball.
- Good communication is invaluable.
If I were to tell you most team sports, volleyball would be probably in the top 3. You just can’t play it alone and lots of things depend on your teammates.
One of the most important skills in this game is communication. Proper communication can significantly increase your performance and help your team win a game.
It’s not complex to communicate well. The most important command is “mine”. A player who will be receiving or setting the ball should always say “mine”. Doesn’t matter if it’s obvious or not. The beginners often make the mistake of distracting themselves in receiving the ball.
It should be your number one habit to communicate that you’re taking the ball. And you should listen to your teammates. If they want to take the ball, and they call “mine”, don’t you even make a small move towards the ball. It might confuse them and you will lose a point.
- Surprise your opponent
People learn quite fast new things and new patterns. If your team plays the same way most of the time, don’t be surprised if you lose a game.
Most beginners do the same things. They receive the ball, set it to the most obvious player, and attack. It’s a basis of volleyball, but it can be disastrous.
In order to win a match, you should go beyond that. Try to surprise your opponent. The player who should do it most of the time is the setter. He decides what to do with the ball. Sometimes he should set the ball to the outside hitter, sometimes to the opposite hitter, sometimes to the middle blocker, and sometimes he/she should directly earn a point from the second ball. The setter should also use some more complex combinations like the pipe.
The same applies to the ones who attack. Sometimes they should attack in the straight line, sometimes diagonally, sometimes they should lob the block or attack with all the strength.
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In other words, make your game as unpredictable as possible, so your opponents will be confused. Don’t repeat the same actions all the time, but repeat quite often the ones that are the most efficient.