but if you're a "setter only" in a 5-1, and not the primary, I'd be looking for another team.
In all seriousness, at what point is this smart for a setter to do and when is it "diva" behavior? At what age is it "really"
important to be the "one" setter? (This is for a girl who wants to play college ball and who has received some interest already)
..."diva" behavior was never a consideration in the post. The purpose of JRVB is to teach, develop and train young athletes in the great sport of
volleyball regardless if their interest is recreational and short-term, to ultra-competitive and long-term.
A key in that development is competition during play, learning from both your mistakes and successes. Nothing, and I mean nothing, can replace that element in
a players development...and again, age is not a factor.
It never ceases to amaze me that parents would rather spend money and have their player sit on the ench of a great team versus play on a good team. I cut a
girl from a very successful team the previous year during tryouts instead offering her a place on a very good -2 team where she would be surrounded by players
of the about the same level, have excellent coaching but more importantly play versus riding the bench on the -1 team.
Got a call from her frantic mom after try-outs, in tears, and begging me to reconsider. Said that her DD would be a social outcast at school, would be
freindless on the -2 team and, if placed on the -1 team, would be more than happy, content and never say a word if she never played. I declined and they left
the club. Parents are sometimes just nutz and while this was the more extreme case, there were several other during my coaching career that had the same
Get your player on a team that gets her on the court because it ain't about social; it ain't about parents wanting to hang together; and it ain't
about being on the best team if your only view of the game is from the bench.