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Is Volleyball Easy? Here’s Why You Don’t Want to Play It…

Lots of beginners don’t know which sport they should start training. They want to choose the easiest possible sport to learn. Is volleyball considered an easy sport? Today we’re going to talk about it. I’m going to tell you what’s easy and what’s hard in volleyball and is this the right sport for you.

Is volleyball easy?

Volleyball isn’t the easiest sport. It’s hard, especially for beginners, because it involves learning many technical aspects that even some experienced players struggle with. In general, volleyball is hard to learn, but with time it gets easier.

Volleyball basics you should know to play it

Volleyball is a relatively fresh sport because it was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan. It was designed as an indoor sport for businessmen who found the new game of basketball too vigorous. For over 100 years, volleyball has been evolving and its nowadays rules are different compared to the beginnings.

The rules of this game are quite simple. Two participating teams of six players on a side use every part of their body, usually hands to bat a ball back and forth over a high net, trying to make the ball touch the court within the opponents’ playing area. A team is allowed only three touches of the ball before it must be returned over the net.

There are 5 positions in volleyball: setter, outside hitter, opposite hitter, libero, and middle blocker. Each of these positions is different and involves different tasks. The hardest position is probably setter. If you want to know more about positions and which one is right for you, go to this article.

Volleyball is a quite popular sport around the world. It allegedly has 900 million fans, but in terms of budget, the popularity of players, and a couple of other factors, volleyball is the 10th most popular sport in the world. It’s the most popular in Poland, Brazil, USA, Bulgaria, and Russia. These countries are also the most successful volleyball countries. If you want to know more surprising volleyball facts, click this link.

What’s hard in volleyball?

Like I said in the beginning, volleyball in my opinion is quite hard, especially if you’re just starting out. I know it from my own experience. Before I started playing volleyball, I had played soccer, basketball, and running. Among these 4 sports, volleyball is the most difficult one.

There are so many things to learn. First, you need to remember to be in the right position almost all the time during a game. Your knees need to be bent so you can have better control over the ball. This itself isn’t hard, but you have to make a habit out of it and keep your knees bent no matter whether you stand without the ball or you receive it.

Now let’s talk about receiving the ball. I think it’s the hardest skill after setting. In order to receive a ball, your legs need to be in the right position so are your hands. It’s really important because even the slightest mistake can make you receive the ball wrong. In men’s volleyball, you don’t have a lot of time to react. The serves are usually really fast and you have to be in the right position all the time and be focused.

Now it’s time to mention settings. As I said, it’s the hardest, but actually, only setters must be good at it, because that’s what they do most of the time. Setting the ball is difficult because you need to deliver it within one contact with your palms to the right place. You have to do it precisely, so your teammate can have a bigger chance of earning a point. Sometimes players on the other positions are forced to set the ball, so you don’t have to master this skill, but be at least good at it.

Attacking the ball is also quite complex. I always admire the best attackers, because they seem to do it so smoothly, but it’s actually quite hard. It involves running, jumping, hitting while watching out for the block and looking for the best spot on the side of the opponent. The attack lasts maybe 1.5 seconds and throughout this time, you need to do a lot of work.

Why volleyball is easy?

But volleyball isn’t only about hard things. Now let’s talk about things that are easy, and you don’t have to spend years to master them.

What I think isn’t difficult at all is serving. It might be hard for some people, but I think most of the beginners learn this skill quite fast. Actually, it’s all about tossing the ball and hitting it. Of course, you have to do it at the right time, with the right power, and channel the ball to the right spot in the court, but I myself have learned that pretty quickly and it’s pretty enjoyable to serve the ball. The best volleyball players that you can see here serve the ball fast with the jumping technique, but it’s more advanced and it’s easy to make an error, so if you’re a newbie focus on floating the ball. Click here to get to know the fastest volleyball serves in the world.

What you can also enjoy is saving the ball. Defensive players do it really often. You have to chase the ball, save it and sometimes do digs that are usually spectacular. Just look at the video below.

I also like blocking and I think it’s not so difficult. You need to jump at the right time to block your opponent. Believe me, if you block successfully your opponent it’s the most satisfying thing in the world.

Is volleyball easier than basketball?

Kids who want to start training some sport, often ask whether it’s better to play volleyball or basketball. The answer will be different for everyone and it depends on you and your abilities.

Both volleyball and basketball are games for tall people. In basketball most of the players are tall, but there is also a space for shorter players who are about 6′ 3″. It’s unusual to see players under 6 ft. When it comes to volleyball, you can play it even if you’re really short. The right position for you would be a libero who can be as short as 5.40 ft and still be able to be the start of his team. In both volleyball and basketball, your height is your advantage, but volleyball isn’t that strict and it’s possible to play it for shorter guys.

However, basketball is easier to learn than volleyball. Of course, it demands focus and some skills, but I think it’s not so complex and it’s more accessible. You can find basketball courts all around where you can train basketball even alone. Volleyball must involve more people and it’s a more technical game.

How long does it take to be good at volleyball?

In order to achieve something , you need to be patient. You won’t be good at something right away. Volleyball isn’t different. How long does it take to be at least decent at it? Again, it depends.

It depends on whether you’re naturally talented or not. From my experience, I know that guys who are talented, learn volleyball way faster than the other guys. They master every skill with ease, so they quickly become better than their teammates. I think if you’re talented, it takes about half a year of regular volleyball training to be good at it. To call yourself a professional volleyball player, you have to train religiously for about 3-5 years.

If you aren’t lucky to be gifted in volleyball, you need to sacrifice more time. It takes about 2 times longer compared to talented players. Remember that even if you’re not talented, but you work hard you’re better off than talented guys who neglect training.

Is volleyball for you?

Try it, maybe you will find out you’re talented and soon you can become a great player. Even if you’re not talented, maybe you enjoy playing it, so it would be a great time to spend your free time. You’ll never know. I think it will be a great experience for you.

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