As a coach of a young girls’ volleyball team, I am often asked about my recommendation about practicing on volleyball poles. Many coaches seem to think that this is an additional equipment that they don’t need. They feel it will take up too much storage space or will take up valuable practice time. They also believe that they can teach their young girls too, without the extra equipment. So, here’s my take on this topic.
There are many advantages to practicing on a volleyball net. First off, you can get a lot more practice in with a larger group. I find that larger groups work better when they are practicing close together. This is because it allows each member to feel like they are part of a cohesive unit. A good volleyball net system will facilitate this.
Second, if you go to tournaments regularly, you can use the extra volleyball gear as a recruiting tool. If you have a few young girls who play volleyball and are looking for a scholarship, this is one way to give them a leg up on the competition. You can show them the volleyball poles you use and talk to them about why you use them. This can be a great conversation starter. They will be more likely to come out and play with you if they see that you actually use them and care about how you look at practice.
Third, if you have a good volleyball net system, you can invite your college or local divisional representative to come out to your practices and tournaments. This is something that is overlooked by many coaches. A regional representative is someone who knows your local area and can help spread the word about your school. This is a great way to get your school name out there and make people aware that you play volleyball.
Fourth, if you have a net lock covers on the poles, you should hang the net locks from the net system floorplates. This helps when you are practicing and helps you prevent damage to the flooring. This will also prevent your kids from running into the middle of the net and getting hurt.
Fifth, there are official stand pads for volleyball. These are designed to be played in the ground. If you buy an official stand pad, you can practice in the ground. This helps prevent wear and tear on the court itself. This is important because a lot of the volleyball equipment that you see used often breaks down in the playing areas because of the wear and tear it gets.
Sixth, you want to get a vinyl coated nylon headband complete with PVC coated steel wire headline and square mesh. The mesh will be padded for extra comfort as you practice volleyball nets. The headband will not be distracting when you are watching the game. This is a very nice feature because a lot of people complain about watching volleyball games with the headbands on. Not to mention how distracting the pvc coated nylon headbands are when you are on the court.
Finally, you need some practice nets. You are only going to use them for practice so you might as well get good ones. You should try to find nets that are durable enough to withstand practice and that will give you enough practice that you can continue playing even when there is no one around to shoot at. You can even practice net volleyball on the net in your home. If you make sure that the net you buy can handle this type of weather, you will be very happy with it.