Nobody knows that I play volleyball. In fact, half of the school seems to forget that it’s a sport. The other half is a vague, “Oh, yeah,” and then a few questions about the sport. The most common one: how do you play?
This isn’t a plea for new spectators; it’s easier to play when there are less people and less pressure. It’s easier to remember rotations.
Rotations, by the way, are the insanely complicated ways we get into our positions. There are a series of rules about where you’re allowed to be and when, and if you get called on rotations you lose the point. The next day, that means sprints at practice and a couple of hours of random drills. Needless to say, we don’t forget our rotations very often.
The reason we have rotations in the first place is because one person serves from one spot on the court each time, so one person doesn’t serve the whole time. Every time a team wins a point, the players must rotate so a new person is in the serving position. Sounds easy, but then it gets more complicated.
Each time we rotate (a new person serving at this point), we all have to get to our home bases. All of us play different positions, and there’s an assigned spot for each of them. It changes when in the front row versus the back row, too, and then you’re not allowed to go in front of the person in front of you or to the right of the person to your right. It changes when we have the ball and when the other team is serving.It is, in short, a mess.
It’s really hard to explain to someone who only half cares, because they’ll try to clarify and get it wrong, and then I feel obligated to correct them — it’s simply hard to figure it out. Nobody is going to get it within five seconds.
Here’s some advice: if you’re going to ask me about volleyball, either prepare for a fifteen minute speech with detailed diagrams and lots of hand motions, or don’t ask. Ask if we won. Hopefully, the answer will be yes.