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CEVA Clinics and Training 2021-2022

Fall is here, which means school and extracurricular activities are here, too. One of the many sports popular during the fall is volleyball. As with any sport, you can’t just show up for tryouts and expect to make the team, you’ve got to invest the time and effort necessary to show coaches that you have what it takes.

Pre-Season Prep

Athletes need to stay focused all year, even when there are no games on the schedule. During the weeks and months leading up to tryouts focus on these things and you’ll be on point come game time.

  • Nutrition: If you’re serious about being a top volleyball player, get serious about nutrition. The old saying “you are what you eat” is true! It’s OK to indulge from time to time, but do it in moderation. Great nutrition begins with eating a healthy breakfast. It’s, the most important meal of the day. Yogurt, oatmeal, fruit and milk are all nutritious options for a balanced breakfast. Eating healthy foods has been proven to improve metabolism, increase alertness and raise energy levels, so start your day off right.

  • Fitness: In order to elevate your performance on the court, it’s important to stay fit. In volleyball, stamina and strength are key. Cardiovascular exercises such as running, biking, and jumping rope are excellent for increasing stamina. To increase strength, be sure to work each major muscle group through resistance training. If you commit to a fitness regimen in the summer, you’ll be in great shape well before it’s time for tryouts .

  • Practice: Summer is a great time to improve performance in the six main volleyball techniques of serving, blocking, hitting, digging, passing and setting. If possible, it’s an ideal time to attend volleyball camps or work one on one with coaches to fine tune your game. You might also consider filming practice. Video analysis serves as a valuable tool and allows players to watch missteps on the court and correct errors for future games

Tips for Tryouts

  • While the above section includes some things to work on in the off-season, keep the below tips in mind during the days leading up to volleyball tryouts and on the big day.

  • Sleep: Experts recommend seven to nine hours of sleep per night. This is especially important before a big event, like volleyball tryouts! Ensure you’re properly rested and ready to perform to your maximum level by getting a full night’s sleep.

  • Arrive Early: First impressions are everything. If you arrive early to tryouts you might be able to catch the coach for a brief conversation beforehand and you’ll also ensure that you have enough time to warm up, stretch and mentally prepare. It’s never a bad idea to arrive early. If you can’t be early, be promptly on time. Definitely don’t be late.

  • Get Noticed: Be vocal, energetic, and have a positive attitude during tryouts. Positivity will help you stand out from the crowd and will show that you‘re a team player. Chemistry is crucial to all sports, and if a team isn’t in sync success is unlikely. Coaches are always on the lookout for players that can elevate the entire team. Show off your leadership qualities by being vocal and confident, show you’ll never flake on a play by being energetic, and show you’re a team player by cheering for others and having a positive attitude. Coaches love to see that.

  • With fall here, volleyball tryouts will arrive before you know it. Hopefully you’ve been working all summer to hone your skills. If you haven’t, now’s the time to start! When it comes to tryouts, don’t take anything for granted. Follow the above tips and suggestions to make sure you’re among the best and are selected to make the team this fall.

Getting ready for tryouts

Now that you have your gear and pre-season training in check, time to attack the tryout. Let’s go over what the coach may be looking for in an athlete and how you can stand out. Above all, do your best. When it’s time to stretch, stretch. Don’t do the minimum and act like it’s an annoyance to stretch or retrieve balls. If you are passing with a partner, do your best and quickly fetch stray balls.

There is an abundance of particular skills a coach could require in a player. Because of this, we will examine the basic skills a player needs for traying out for the team.

Passing: have a target and pass the ball to that target.

Serving: consistency matters. If there is a harder serve but you are inconsistent, focus more on the serve you can control and maybe use the more complicated serve once or twice.

Hitting: this is all about your feet and arm swings. Again, consistency matters, so focus on the actual execution of your hit.

Attempt: go for the ball, even the impossible hits. Standing and watching are sure-fire ways to seem disinterested in the team.

Hustle and intensity
This may appear to be overblown, but it is not. Coaches are looking for who is actually out there, giving it their all, diving for balls, and running for missed balls. This dedication shows a coach that you are committed to working hard in practice, while others may be satisfied with sub-best effort. The clock starts the moment you enter a locker room, so work to ensure you are giving it your all from the start.

While keeping an attitude of sportsmanship and camaraderie, try to be the first to the ball, finish sprints first, and pushing even when tired. Call your ball and compete against yourself, also. Communicate on the court, take ownership for misses, and get right back into the game.

Coachability is a thing. A player can have better skills and a lousy attitude. Most coaches will pass on the lousy attitude. A downer of a player brings a whole team down and creates a toxic environment. Same with a player who is a distraction. Make sure when you are chatting with teammates, you keep the topic volleyball related.

Respect matters. Listen to and thank your coach for the time during try-outs or practices. Encourage others. Stay positive and focused. Coaches are looking for a team, not a single player. Show them you are a positive impact on the unit.

During tryouts, coaches are looking for players who respond to criticism, and feedback positively. It is one thing to simply listen and not talk back but quite another to then apply the advice and make changes in your form or approach based on the feedback.

When listening to coaches, make eye contact and respond appropriately. Nod when you understand and show you are listening. If asked a question or if you are confused on information or how to execute the skill, speak up.

Experience versus potential
Despite the amount of court time under your belt, you should arrive for tryouts looking the part. Be dressed in volleyball apparel, knee pads on and hair pulled up. Take time to understand positioning and numbers, as well as who does what. If a coach tells you to go to three or to be the setter, they are looking to see that you understand the positions.

If you have played volleyball in the past, especially for a club team, you bring to the tryout your skills. Camps and development clinics likely have provided you with experience that will show during tryouts. Yet, experience is only one component.

Potential is the other. Height, athleticism, speed, strength, agility and reaction time are all traits coaches look for in a volleyball player. Trained coaches will be able to spot a player who perhaps hasn’t played before but has natural ability to get to the next level quickly.

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Go play volleyball

Now that you have ideas on what you can do to prepare yourself for the best season possible, show the coaches why you should be on the team. It is time to lace up your shoes, pull on your knee pads, and get out there. Remember, just because pre-season is over or you make the team, your at-home training doesn’t stop. The best athletes continue to improve their skills through conditioning, nutrition, and mental preparation.