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From Off-Court Activities to On-Court Success

By Kyle Scholzen, USA Volleyball, 07/09/19, 12:00PM CDT

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Team chemistry is crucial to a successful season. Here are a few ideas on how to foster that team cohesion

Good team chemistry is vital to success. It doesn’t matter the level of individual talent you have; if a squad can’t communicate with or depend on one another, success will be hard to come by.

There are countless methods of encouraging players to bond and form that chemistry. Any activity that forces teammates to work together, create a plan and accomplish a goal will help strengthen bonds amongst players. Also, situations that allow teammates to learn more about one another on a personal level lead to a tight-knit group that cares about each other on and off the court.

Work Together

Before the 2018 season, Colorado College’s women’s volleyball team came together to build a tipi. They gathered at a local lodge for a few days of connecting with one another, and this construction project was one of their activities. It allowed the players and coaches to work together and utilize their unique skills to raise the structure. They hauled long poles to the build site, prepared support ropes and hoisted everything into place. 

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