Volleyball Etiquette 101

volleyballMy volleyball team wrapped up its winter season last night. We're Victory Volleyball Intermediate Plus Champions.

Throughout the playoffs, as things got more competitive, tensions mounted. It heated up, calls were disputed, and the intensity magnified. When that happens, I struggle... because volleyball is different.

My participation sports of choice are baseball and hockey. I play on a couple of different baseball teams (and by baseball, I mean slo-pitch) throughout the summer and Friday night hockey all winter long. The culture of these two sports is very different than volleyball. I'm good for a handful of near brawls a slo-pitch season, and a few each hockey season. But that's not permissible in volleyball. Volleyball is different.

In volleyball, I've learned to tone it down. I suppress my desire to get in the other team's grill, or call them out for a bullshit call or attitude. A little chatter with your teammates is fine, but the only time you yell at the opposition is to say "great play" or "are you okay?". That's just how it is in volleyball.

It took me four seasons to figure out volleyball is different than slo-pitch and hockey, but I think I've got the grasp of it now. I'm available to play if you need a guy. And don't worry, I now understand the culture.

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I use to hear that kinda of talk all the time. Why don't I join a league? Why don't I play softball or bowling or volleyball. Instead I pursued nighttime education which ate up 80% of my weeknights and weekends throughout my early to mid twenties (and again in my early thirties), and got nothing out of it. Career training, yeah right.
And I have always despised seeing these damned abandoned Car Rally trophies or Golf Tourny plaques at different workplaces that have long ago ceased paying their employees enough to 'get around the GTA on weekends and evenings' freely enough on their own.
Be a 'regular guy', just like back in the 70s & 80s! Get friggin real. Sports Participation is only for Swells and modern day guys lucky enough to have married a "Sugar Mommy".

April 5, 2011 @ 12:55 PM


I've never understood all the handshaking in Volleyball. All the games I have seen or played in always involve shaking your teammates hands a lot. It's bizarre.

April 5, 2011 @ 6:58 PM


I think the reason that there are not so many fights is that Volleyball is (unfortunately) a smaller community. Now there are lots teams and occasional participants (Brampton Volleyball has 54 teams, 300+ players in its coed divisions alone), but there are a small number of players that show up consistently and play at a high level. And also unlike many sports, the player across from you today could be your teammate tomorrow. Even if you don't like someone, you keep your trash talk to yourself because they might be setting you next game.

McNulty: It's not really that bizarre. Look at what happens at the end of virtually every NFL game. Handshakes all around... But really I think it's conditioning. Every game you play through grade school, high school and even club ball, it is expected at the end of the game to show your respect to your opponent and shake their hand. Honestly, I think it is a ritual that is sadly missing from most sports.
And don't get me wrong - rivalries still exist, and they are not abated by the post-game ritual at all.

CQ - I am a CGA student (night school) and work full time downtown while commuting from Brampton. My wife makes no money while going to teacher's college. I still find time to play volleyball twice a week during the winter and beach vb and baseball in the summer. It's all in your effort level to do the things you love...

April 6, 2011 @ 11:49 AM


Simpson - you do all that via Brampton Transit? Or are paid enough for a car and a monthly GO pass plus rent?

April 6, 2011 @ 2:08 PM


Wait a minute: suburban GO pass. Car(?). Rent (or a mortgage). CGA education costs less corporate tuition reimbursement (and upon not receiving 64% grades after 10 weeks of 90% assignments). And the costs of a "no money" spouse attending a Teachers' College.
Not with my old singular pay cheques from a big business firm.

April 6, 2011 @ 2:19 PM

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