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A Few Words About "Intermediate" Level Volleyball

From: Bob M.
Sent on: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:51 PM

One of our newer members yesterday posted this Group Review of our Meetup:

A nice group of people...but don't show up as a friendly soul with anything less than solid volleyball skills...even if you are a competitive soul. The group founder let me know I was not good enough for Sunday intermediate league.

So I thought I should respond, because I don't want anyone to feel intimidated about coming to our groups. Being a volleyball Nazi is by far the least appealing part of running a group like this, but I do feel obliged to protect the intermediate-level of play for our intermediate-level groups, because most intermediate players strongly prefer playing with teammates and opponents of comparable skills. For the "intermediate" level, this means you should be sufficiently skilled to be able to pass and set successfully more often than not, and should play a team-oriented "three hits" game rather than habitually thumping it over on first or second hit.

I know several of our Meetup members who modestly list themselves as rec-level or rec/intermediate, who are actually well on the intermediate side of that line, and are more than welcome at our intermediate-level groups. If someone isn't quite there yet, I approach him/her privately, respectfully, and suggest that he/she might consider attending our separate group for rec/intermediate-level play, which is intended for people who just want to have some fun and/or who would like to develop their skills to a higher level. If I appear to be condescending or patronizing, I apologize and assure you that I am neither. I'm just trying to protect the group.

If you don't know where you might fit in, then just come to some of our groups, and most people get a pretty good sense of where they stand relative to others on the court.  If you're not sure, just ask.

I know this is a sore subject for many players, and I've actually seen groups blow up over this very thing, so if anyone has different/better ideas for how to handle this, please do let me know.  You can email me privately, or post a public reply on our Meetup Message Board.  The one thing I will insist on in our group is that we all treat one another respectfully.



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