How to know if volleyball is your sport

I found a beauty in the flow, the fast-slow rhythm of bump, set, spike, back and forth. The violence of a spike, the movement to retrieve it, the pattern of a well-practiced offense.

As a high school male, besting an opponent held a lot of attraction, and I knew how to hit hard, down and with good deception of where the spike would be going. As I got older and more practiced, I was attracted to the anticipation of where the ball would go on defense, and my ability to get there.

Teamwork held some attraction. I’ve always preferred small-team play to individual sports, like golf, track, wrestling. In tennis, I played doubles rather than singles.

Is volleyball the sport for you? Do you enjoy playing, or is it hard work? Are you any good at it now? Are you willing to put in the time and practice to get better? Do you enjoy being part of a team? If you weren’t playing volleyball, what else could you be doing? If any of the answers to these questions is negative, then move on. Love it or leave it.

If you love playing it. That’s all that matters. Don’t play a sport you’re amazing at if you don’t enjoy it. I was really good at long-distance track and field races. But I hated it. I had a lot of great success and recognition for it. Even offered a few scholarships.

I hated it, though. I regret the amount of time I poured into it. Do what you love. That’s how you know something is “your sport”. Doesn’t matter if you’re an all-star or amateur. I was good enough at volleyball to play at a high level, but I was far from elite in the league I played in. Still enjoyed it infinitely more than the sports I got scholarships for. I can’t recommend doing what you love more.