My daughter is 15 and is currently playing on a 16 National club team. She was a starting freshman on her high school volleyball team as an outside hitter and has her heart set on playing college volleyball. We are getting ready to begin a jump program and begin some weight and nutritional training as well.
My question is, should we be looking for a personal volleyball trainer to make sure she stays ahead of the game?
Thank you, S.M.
If she is starting as a freshman on a varsity team, and playing up one age group in club, then she would already have the physical ability to excel. You want to avoid burn out at all costs and by going in the direction you suggested, you run the risk of physical and mental burn out when your daughter is an upper classmen.
Better to focus on the ball....focus on becoming better volleyBALL player, not a more physical volleyball player. One reason so many international players are sought after by collegiate coaches, is they have better volleyBALL skills than USA players. Any international player I have ever coached, is always physically weaker than their USA team mates, but they enjoy superiority in their volleyball skills.
If you are looking for additional training outside of practice, then look to ball control training, not physical training. Heck, let her go to an open gym and play doubles for an hour; this will exponentially help her become a better player at 15 than doing a training routine at 15.
LASTLY........Sloooooooooowwwwwwww down. Your baby girl is just a freshman; pump the brakes, set the cruise control at a low speed and enjoy the ride. Recruiting craziness and stress and anxiety and blink your eye, you're dropping your daughter off at college, is just around the corner. PLEASE, slow down and enjoy her being a great kid, and let her be a balanced kid.