School Volleyball - Top 5 Physical Adjustments
Freshmen Must Make to Play in College
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Girls High School Volleyball - Top 5 Physical
Adjustments Freshmen Must Make to Play in College
By April Chapple Incoming high
school volleyball players who transition into playing women's college volleyball often experience the culture
shock that happens when a tourist visits a foreign country. Here are 5 physical adjustments incoming college
volleyball players should know to prepare for their first year as a women's college volleyball student
1. Incoming high school volleyball players must learn to adjust to the increased speed of the
game in women's college volleyball.
Among top women's volleyball coaches interviewed by Volleyball magazine the number one
adjustment incoming freshmen must make is to learn to readjust to the increased speed and tempo of the women's
college volleyball game.
College players routinely practice how to accurately deliver a lower faster serve received
pass, how to set a lower faster paced set, how to transition off the net faster, how to hit a lower, faster
ball, how to defend a faster quicker set in college to compete in women's college volleyball.
Top college coaches highly recommend that freshmen learn to increase their speed to become
faster athletes on the volleyball court. In women's college volleyball you're no longer playing with high school
or club team friends you grew up with. Now you're playing with better players recruited from all over (and often
outside) the U.S. To compete with and against taller, faster players incoming freshmen MUST increase their
2. High school volleyball players must learn how to become physically stronger athletes in
order to increase their vertical jump they have to develop, strengthen and build their leg and butt muscles.
To build and increase stamina, to give 100% effort in a 90" minute match college volleyball
players must strengthen and build muscle. To concentrate and maintain the same focus in the 35th minute of a
volleyball match that you had in the 10th minute- you can't be tired so you have to build muscle to keep up your
strength. And in order to run and dive after a ball in the 5th match with the same energy and accuracy you used
in the first match once again it takes muscle and strength.
3. High school volleyball players must learn to adjust to the higher intensity and frequency
of women's college volleyball practices.
As one member of a large incoming class of freshmen and sophomores recruited from all over the
U.S. to play volleyball at the University of Tennessee Knoxville it was quite a shock for all of us to have 3
practices a day during our two week preseason practices. That's 3 practices a day plus weights on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays or sprints on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sleep was optional. Okay just kidding about sleep
being optional but nowadays I believe women's volleyball athletic teams can only practice 2 times a day during
preseason and a limited amount of hours of practice in season.
The intensity of women's college volleyball is high also because better players are competing
among themselves to win a starting position on their team. If you want to play at game time you are going to
have to earn your spot pushing yourself 100% every day and in every moment you can.
4. In women's college volleyball there's always a big(ger) block.
In girl's high school volleyball the big girl in the middle is obviously the tallest one on
the team but in women's college volleyball many times the "big" girl is replaced by an even taller girl. Very
simple math the big girl is transferred to the outside and the "bigger" girl is usually moved to the middle.
I was a 5'11" middle blocker all through high school but I was moved to the left as an outside
hitter and replaced in the middle by a 6'1 Texan and a 6'3 Alaskan. Now there's a front row or a team full of
mostly big girls who present a bigger block which freshmen hitters have to learn to hit over, hit by or hit
5. In women's college volleyball incoming freshmen players need to develop characteristics
necessary to give 110% in volleyball practice or a volleyball game.
In women's volleyball you are required to focus, concentrate and play hard all the time. For
most freshmen it takes a period of time for the brain and body to develop so they react and respond at faster
and higher BUT controlled (and comfortable) intensity levels.
The body and brain need to adapt to new stress levels, new pressures, new speeds and once it
does a player becomes comfortable playing at that new level.
April Chapple is the editor of Inspiring Female Volleyball Players.com the volleyball news hub
Volleyball Voices.com. More information about college volleyball can be found at http://www.inspiring-female-volleyball-players.com/college-volleyball.html
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Girls High School Volleyball - Top 5 Physical Adjustments Freshmen Must Make to Play in College