A volleyball game can be a lot of fun but stressful at the same time. If you are well prepared, you will be able to enjoy it a lot more. In this post, we are going to discuss what you need to do before a volleyball game. This ranges from getting your gear ready, eating the right things, getting your mindset ready, being sure that you are well rested to talking with your team members. Let’s dive right in so that you can win that game!
Things to do before a volleyball game: Check your gear
Make sure that you have everything in your backpack. You will need your shoes, socks, pants, shirt, knee pads, arm sleeves (if needed) glasses (if needed), hairband (if needed). Check your gear to make sure that there are no issues with it. Shoes might start to tear if you play with them for a while. If you start to see creases or cracks, you might consider replacing them. Also, make sure that everything is washed properly. Playing with smelly gear is not a lot of fun.
Even if they look fine, it might be a great idea to have a spare of everything. It is also possible to help out a team member if they forgot something if you have a spare of everything.
You will also need a towel, shampoo. It is also a great idea to bring your own water bottle. You never know if there is no water available or you might not like the water. Bringing your own water bottle ensures that you have something to drink during the game. Clean the bottle and fill it up again.
What to eat before a volleyball game
Before a game, you shouldn’t eat too much. You also shouldn’t undereat or you won’t have any energy. Therefore it is best that you eat some fruit or light items that make you feel good. A lot of things can make you feel bloated or tired. Make sure to avoid these as they might affect your game. In a volleyball game, you will need to run around a lot and jump a lot. Therefore you will need all the energy that you need. Each player has their own personal preference so it is quite difficult to generalize. Try different things and see what works for you. Heavy meals will likely not work but other than that you can try several recipes and see what helps you out.
I generally eat some bananas or apples before a game. I also drink a lot of water before a game. Once again, you shouldn’t drink too much water either as it can make you go to the toilet too much.
You also have to think about the timing. If you need to travel a long time to the sports arena, it might be a great idea to eat later so that you don’t get hungry by the time you arrive. Bringing some sports bars or fruit bars can be interesting as well. During halftime, you might want to eat these to make sure that you have enough energy until the end of the match. Once again, you will have to see what works for you as there are no clear-cut rules for this.
Get in the right mindset and be well-rested
You have to find out what motivates you. It can be a song that gives you energy or the idea of winning. Make sure that you are able to focus on the game and don’t be too tired. If you stayed up all night before the game, your performance might suffer. Take a nap if needed, even professional athletes do this. This can re-energize you and make you ready to run and jump a lot. Don’t think about other things and be ready to only pay attention to your team, the ball, and the other team for a few hours.
It can be a great idea to turn off your phone an hour before the game so that your friends don’t distract you with messages. If you really want to win, you need to be present and ready to attack and defend if needed.
Check-in on your team
Volleyball is a team sport. You are not going to win a game if you don’t get along well with your team members. Maybe they are unsure about something or want to discuss things that are happening in their life. For example, if their dog is sick, they might be distracted by this. If they can tell the story about their dog, they might feel relieved and ready to play again.
There are some drills that can improve the team spirit:
Listening to your team members can also unearth conflicts that you were not aware of. Some players might think that you are angry at them because you didn’t pass. If you can talk these things out before a match, it could resolve a lot of issues during the game. Tempers might flare during a game as you are under a lot of pressure. If you know that everyone has the best inventions and is working hard, it might be easier to deal with errors.
Listen to the coach
Your coach might have some final advice before the match starts. It can be something that you have to pay attention to or a specific strategy that you have to test. Be sure to listen well. A lot of players are too excited about the match and they don’t listen to the coach well enough. This could make you end up on the bench as coaches really hate this. Therefore you have to make sure that you listen and think about what is being said.
To conclude, we can state that you have to do certain things if you want to be prepared for a volleyball game. This includes getting your gear ready, eating the right things, having the right mindset, and being well-rested. YOu also have to interact with your team members and coach to see what is going on. All of these elements will make sure that you are ready for the game. Even professional volleyball players take all these steps before each game to make sure that they can focus on the match instead of having to deal with other issues.