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Volleyball frenzy

About a month ago, a classmate asked me if I would like to play some beach volleyball. Sure, I said, why not? The weather was excellent and even though I had not played volleyball for many years, I knew I would like it. What I did not know was that I would spend more than thirty hours playing volleyball in May. Suddenly, we were booking new times on the court, checking schedules ahead and making sure that we could play often, perhaps not every single day, but not far from it.

To me, volleyball is a nice mixture of individual skill and cooperation within the team. As soon as all players know the basics, it is possible to perform very well as a team even though no player excels. Moreover, a single player can also lift the whole team. It is a game which favours those who are determined and are not afraid to sweat a little. Continuous movement around the court is necessary, but exhausting. Also, in beach volleyball, the sand is fairly soft to land on, so one does not have to consider hurting oneself when landing after a spectacular save. I like it.

Compared to what I normally do, volleyball comes with a few disadvantages. First, a court and several players are needed. Four or six players is best (six because we are not good enough to always get good play with only two people on each side). Second, the players need to be at a certain level in order to make the game flow. Fortunately, this level is pretty low and most people can learn to play adequately after only a few games. Playing with the same people over and over is of course better in this regard, because one gradually learns how to play with them. On the other hand, volleyball is a nice game socially, so I see no point in focusing too much on performance.

Since the spring term has now ended, most of the people I have been playing with are leaving town for the summer. Still, I have lots of friends in the neighbourhood and hopefully I can manage to convince a couple of them to play. Perhaps I can make some of them like the game as much as I do.

This is the last of the five new sporting activities I decided to try in my 101-in-1001 project. Even though I have tried volleyball in school, I have never tried it voluntarily and with such gusto. In short, it feels like I have discovered a new physical activity, which was the whole purpose of that item on the 101-in-1001 list. I therefore close it and consider it done. However, I do not consider myself done with volleyball, so let us hope that I can manage to find nice people to play with. Yes, that means you.

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