–By John Kessel, USA Volleyball Director of Sport Development
It is important for you to maintain a high level of fitness in order to compete at your physical capability. Being in shape, like getting proper nutrition, is one of the fundamental skills that sport can help incorporate into your life now that should never stop. You need to be able to put out full effort from start to finish in practice and in matches. Playing good, intense volleyball, first ball contact to last, requires energy, so you must be eating well and fit. You also are conditioned to NEVER smoke, for health, fitness and energy reasons.