By Sabrina (BGV Blogger and Rec Volleyball Player)
I have an older sister who’s 15 now and has been playing volleyball for almost seven years. She started at a local recreational club and played there for years. Coaches and players could see that she was good. Next, she played for her middle school and she started playing club volleyball and got even better. Then last year she started playing as a freshman at high school for her JV team (before the end of the season she was playing varsity).
This year, she’s the only sophomore on varsity and she plays a LOT because she’s really good.
But my sister may be a little too good and here are a few reasons why:
- My mom and sister can talk for hours and hours and hours about volleyball (even though my mom has never played the sport)
- Because she plays both school and club, I think she gets a lot of attention and we put of lot of time into it (even though my brother and I play other sports)
- Volleyball games and tournaments can take priority over other things (practices, friend’s birthday parties, etc.)
- And those tournaments and games mean early mornings and late nights (sometimes I can’t watch my favorite shows)
- Because she’s playing varsity in high school sometimes we have to sit through HOURS of games (five sets sometimes)
That said, I am proud of my sister and here are some things I appreciate about her being SO good:
- I get to support her/her teams and cheer them on
- Soccer is my main sport, but I play volleyball too and I learn a lot from her and from watching her play
- Because she’s plays club we get to visit cool places and stay in nice hotels with pools and hot tubs and nice people who give us candy and ice cream socials, etc.
- We also get to spend time as a family – we laugh and have fun (and we’re there for her when things don’t go so well during games)
- She’s really good so she plays a lot and it’s always fun just seeing her do so well
Even though it can be a struggle, I know soon she may be off to college, hopefully playing volleyball and I won’t be
able to see her all of the time so I’m going to enjoy this time right now. Love you, Teia!