- Positive attitudes only – avoid saying anything negative at all times
- Always be thinking, “What can I do to help my team?”
- Support each other on and off the court
o Compliment a great play!
o Help your teammate get past a mistake to focus on the next play.
o If you are on the bench help call IN or OUT balls. This is part of being on a team. You are really helping your teammates if you are helping judge the ball (and are good at it). Support the players that are on the court and be always ready for your chance to get in the game.
o If you are playing in a game, keep in touch with your teammates on the bench and thank them for supporting you while you’re on the court.
- Honesty. If you touch a ball on a block and the referee doesn’t see it. Tell the referee you touched the ball. The volleyball community is small and dishonest players are not welcome.
- Eye of the Tiger at practice and in games. Avoid eye rolling, stomping feet or any sign of weakness and emotion. Play/practice with intensity and have the look of a champion.
- Consistent play – serves in, good passes, smart sets, smart hits, double blocks, read the hitter and look for holes in the other team’s defense.
- Learn from your mistakes. If you keep making the same error something is wrong. Correct it or ask for help or watch other better players more closely.
- Keep it light. It’s only a game and you will play many many more games. Losing is no big deal in the grand scheme of things. Get over goofs and losses quickly and learn from them for the next game/match.
- Respect the referee’s call. It’s a hard job and mistakes happen at all levels. Please no boos or bad comments to the referees or they may make bad calls against our team. Shrug off a bad call and get on with beating the other team.
"What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time."
"One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team."
"Anyone can support a team that is winning - it takes no courage. But to stand behind a team to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage."
- Bart Starr