Bump, set, spike! If that phrase means nothing to you, you could use a bit more practice before volleyball tryouts this fall. Read our tips to prepare before you step onto the court.
Fit to Play
Coach Tom Turco of the celebrated Barnstable High School volleyball team in Massachusetts—who led his team to 17 state championships—ladvises his athletes to be in top shape before tryouts.
“[I tell them] that they need to be in very good physical condition and give them info on formal group workout sessions throughout the summer,” Turco says.
Find a group class you can join at your local gym or recreation center to stay in shape ahead of tryouts. For reference, Turco’s players are required to run a mile in less than eight minutes. If you can’t join a gym, find a friend to meet for workouts.
Find an Outside League
Practicing in the off-season serves as a skill-polishing session in itself. Consider joining a club or recreational team. Rec leagues may be the best bet if you’re just starting off, while club teams are generally more competitive (and expensive).