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Four Things Coaches Look for in Volleyball Tryouts

Many coaches teach techniques differently and will expect their athletes to learn it their way.

What do volleyball coaches look for in team tryouts?  From my experience of coaching at the high school, club and collegiate level, there are three important categories at all levels: athleticism, skill and will.

1. Athleticism

This has elements that can be trained and others that cannot.  For example, height cannot be affected by training regimens.  While height has its advantages in volleyball, it is never enough if the person does not possess the other elements, such as quickness, strength, and power. Also, it is no substitute for skill and will.  There were times when our club team, who’s tallest player was the setter at 5’8”, would endure insults from the other teams because our team was so small in comparison. 

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