Is playing volleyball in college or University hard? 7 tips that will help you decide

A lot of people enjoy playing volleyball but once they go to college they are unsure if they want to keep playing it. It is possible that you will have to join a new team and have to get to know these players, which can take a lot of energy. It is also possible that you will get overwhelmed by work or exams. On the other hand, volleyball can offer a lot of fun and some relaxation. In this article, we will discuss this tradeoff and the best way to deal with it. At the end of it, you will be able to see what works for you. We also discuss some alternative options that can keep you playing volleyball without being overwhelmed by work or other obligations. 

 Why it is hard to play volleyball in college

You might be used to playing with the same team for a long time. Joining a new team and getting to know everyone is quite intense. If you have to join a new school at the same time, it can be quite overwhelming. This is why some players wait until their second year of college to join the volleyball team. They stop playing for one year so that they can focus on college and start again once they feel that they have a handle on their college duties. 

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There are a lot of things to do in college and other students might invite you to a lot of activities. If you always have to decline because you have volleyball practice, they might stop asking you and you might lose out on great friendships. You will have to make a choice and decide if volleyball is important enough in your life to do this.

The skill level of the other players on the team might be higher and it is possible that you will have to put in a lot of time to catch up with them if you don’t want to be stuck on the bench during matches. You might have to wake up earlier so that you can perform all the required drills. Once again, it is a choice and you have to think about if you want to do this or not.

During exams, some coaches expect that you still show up for practice. This can be annoying as you have to prepare for your exams and also spend a lot of time on volleyball. This could affect your results in the end as you only have so many hours per day. Drills can be very intense, as seen below.

You also need to maintain your volleyball gear. Washing and drying everything takes quite some time and commitment. It also costs money to replace items from time to time. The club fees could also be used to buy other stuff instead or to pay for a trip abroad.

 Why it is easy to play volleyball in college

We have to distinguish between open and club volleyball. Open volleyball is more for fun and you don’t participate in a competition. Club volleyball is intended to be more serious and you will take part in a competition. Therefore you will have to attend (almost) every training in club volleyball whereas you can attend when you want in open volleyball. If you think that club volleyball is too much of a commitment while you are in college, you can always opt to play open volleyball. The skill level of the other players is often lower and this might frustrate you but at least you can still play volleyball while combining it with your other obligations. Especially if you have a lot of classes, open volleyball makes it easy to combine everything.

The great thing about college volleyball is that the sports arena is often close by and this means that you don’t waste a lot of time traveling back and forth to train. You can often get there in as little as 15 minutes. The sports arenas are often quite nice as well and sometimes you can even eat there so it is very comfortable. 

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Volleyball can also keep your mind off studying for a second and can provide a lot of fun. You will get to know a lot of people that you can hang out with later on. During summer you can play beach volleyball with them.

At this point in life, you don’t have a lot of obligations except studying. Later on, in life you will have a family and work so this will take up even more time. Furthermore, a lot of activities in college are not that great as people are just partying and wasting time overall. If you play volleyball, you are engaged in a useful activity that will teach you a lot about life and yourself. Therefore it is a great time to keep playing volleyball. Several of your friends will still play volleyball and playing together can be great. 

In general, the courses are planned in advance so you can schedule your volleyball training around this. Once you start working, life can e more chaotic as unexpected meetings can show up that completely change your schedule. This makes playing volleyball in college a lot easier than doing so later in life.

Your muscles are also still flexible and you can move quite easily at this point in time. As you get older, you become less agile and it might be harder to play volleyball. This is another reason why playing volleyball in college is a great idea. You won’t have to regret that you didn’t do it as it might become impossible to play volleyball later in life.

To conclude, we can state that there are several reasons why it is quite hard to play volleyball during college (from having to invest time and money to having less energy to study). There are also several reasons why volleyball is easy to play in college (the sports arena is often close by and it is a lot of fun). You will have to make the trade-off for your own life and see what works for you. You can decide to stop playing volleyball for one year or to join an open volleyball club that is more flexible and allows you to train when you see fit.