Volleyball books: 5 books that you should get

Volleyball is a complex sport. You need to know the techniques, team play, mindset aspects, and also all the rules. Fortunately, there are some good books that can help you to study these things in detail. They can give you an edge in the game and make sure that your team wins the match. Let’s discuss some of the best books that you can read about volleyball.

NFHS rulebook: illustrated book of violations in volleyball

Can you use your feet in volleyball? (in some competitions you can) Can you touch the net? (no) There are all nuances in the rules that you have to know when you participate in volleyball competition. There are a lot of nuances in the game. For example, did you know that you can touch the net in international competitions if it happens between the antenna and the pole? All of this knowledge can give your team a leg up over the competition. What I like about this book is that it keeps things simple and uses a lot of pictures to show what is allowed in high school volleyball in the USA and what isn’t. It should be mandatory literature for every student that participates in NFSH competitions. 

Haikyu!! a fun strip

This strip (or manga) might sound like a weird recommendation at first but hear me out. It is a Japanese story about a new volleyball player. This player has to deal with a lot of struggles and uncertainties. From team issues to personal challenges, all of these come to light in this strip. It has been converted into an immense cartoon that has more than 5 seasons. Given that a lot of topics are so familiar to volleyball players, the cartoon has become immensely popular. A lot of people watch it to learn more about volleyball and themselves. Along the way, they have a lot of fun as well. Give it a chance and look beyond the weirs parts of it and you will start to enjoy it. There are a lot of videos of players analyzing every episode to see what is realistic and what is not. It is also a fun topic to talk about if other players on your team pick up the series. It can be found on Netflix if you prefer to watch the cartoon over reading the comic. The comics have more seasons than the TV series as the TV series is based on the comics. 

The story has multiple layers and there is a lot of humor in it. What I like about it is that the characters are really well developed and you start to root for them after a while. 

Mental toughness: underestimated aspect of playing volleyball

A lot of volleyball players have to deal with setbacks. From injuries, problems with their team to a losing streak. As a player, you need to be able to deal with this and use it to motivate you. It can be hard if you feel that you are stuck. You can always talk to your coach or other members of your team but there are techniques that are discussed in this book that can help you as well. There is more in life than volleyball and you always have to realize this. A lot of players sometimes take things too seriously because they really want to win. There is some beauty in this but you need to be able to put things into perspective. Even the greatest players on earth have lost a lot of matches. They were able to use this as learning lessons and grow from there. 

What I like about this book is that it is very practical. It is easy to get lost in abstract theory. This book makes sure that you can apply the knowledge to your own team and game. This increases the usability of the book a lot. You will learn a lot about yourself and life by filling in this workbook. Professional athletes have mindset coaches so this book can give you a peak in what they discuss. 

We were kings

This book is great because it brings the perspective of several beach volleyball players that wanted to go pro. It discusses the sacrifices that they had to make and the hardships that they had to endure to get there. A lot of people see the glamour of a professional volleyball player but don’t realize how hard they had to work to get there. It can give a great perspective to players that consider going pro. Don’t let it discourage you but you just have to realize that it is a lot of work to get there. Especially since the USA doesn’t really have a big volleyball league and most players have to go abroad (for example to Italy, Japan, Brazil, or South Korea) to become a professional volleyball player. 

The writer talked to more than 100 players and it has a lot of great inside stories. From how players prepared for a  match, what gear they used to how they trained. All of these things are discussed in the book and you will learn a lot about beach volleyball and indoor volleyball by going through them. It is a no-fluff recollection of how people won tournaments and the thrill of playing volleyball.

To conclude, we can state that there are several great volleyball books out there. Why repeat the mistakes of others if you can just read about them? These books contain valuable lessons about volleyball skills, playing in a team, and how to deal with setbacks. They can be a lot of fun to read as well. If you have to read a book for school, it might as well be a fun one about volleyball.