Sunday morning volleyball

Sunday, May 20, 2012 Permalink

I am a bit of a perfectionist, but must confess, there are certain things I don’t actually mind doing badly. ย I won’t go into detail because I don’t want you to think poorly of me *ahem*; but volleyball is one of those things that I’m not good at, but am happy to give it a go, and today I did just that.

A couple of months ago I was caught in a moment of weakness by a couple of the girls from my workplace who I know from the gym. They were looking forย suckers enthusiastic colleagues with a sense of camaraderie to represent our agency in the annual Corporate Games. Note that when I say ‘represent’ I don’t mean one is selected in any way.

Anyway, after refusing touch football and a few other options I finally succumbed to their begging and pleading and agreed to play in the mixed volleyball competition. At that stage the Games were such a long time into the future they barely registered as a blip on my radar.

Time passed – as it does – and suddenly Games’ time was upon us. We pfaffed about working out names (To Kill a Blocking Nerd, Scared Hitless etc) and deciding what to wear – Borat style one-piece swimsuits were briefly on the table, along with all-in-one neon lycra…

I have to admit to feeling a bit (lot) of antipathy about the whole thing in the days beforehand. I’d agreed to take my mother back to her hometown (following her post-surgery recovery here with my brother and I) which meant a fleeting trip given my Sunday volleyball commitment.ย We were also in the pool of teams with an early start (earlier still to register beforehand) and I don’t like HAVING to be somewhere early on a Sunday because it impacts on my Saturday evening plans. (Yes, it’s true I would normally go clubbing until the wee hours, but reading in the bath and an early night had to suffice!)

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However, three games and three losses later, I must confess I had a great time. I arrived full of my usual self-deprecating disclaimers, “I’m not very good.” “I can’t dig.” “I’ve barely played.” And I was obviously so convincing that one of the guys kept telling me how amazing well I played. Hmmm… I realised later his expectations were so low that perhaps I over-sold my ineptness!

I should admit that we were thrashed in our first two 20 minute games, but only lost by one point in our third (and we were about to serve when the end-hooter went). Thankfully, though there was ‘some’ seriousness from a couple of our players, everyone was very supportive and no one particularly cared how we did. We were also the only team without a ‘uniform’ and I was more than happy to be part of a bedraggled but still-fabulous team. I must confess that I worried a bit in the preceding days – we’d agreed on black, but my only black shirts aren’t particularly long and I was worried I’d feel chubby in a shorter shirt with my tracksuit pants. But once we started playing I felt no self-consciousness at all!

I walked yesterday in my (childhood) hometown so today was to be a rest day for me, but I was surprised to have worked up such a sweat – even just in our practice beforehand. Not to mention the fact that I’ve come away some evidence that I really and truly ‘threw’ myself into the games (yes, I have a habit of diving to reach a ball… I can’t help myself!).

I suspect I will have sore / tight knees over coming days, but war wounds always offer a good story.

Surprisingly I’m glad I gave up my Sunday morning to toss a ball around with some colleagues (a couple of whom I barely knew previously). And, I was again reminded that there are some things I’m quite contented to just ‘suck’ at – or wallow in mediocrity… and surely that’s a lesson in humility in itself!

Do you suck at sport, or are there certain things you’re not good at? Do you care?

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14 Comments
  • KCLAnderson (Karen)
    May 20, 2012

    What an awesome post! To me, this is what “exercise” should be! ๐Ÿ™‚ But your poor knees!!

    Anyway, I would have to say that volleyball is the same for me…I do enjoy it, but am not good at it and I don’t care. I don’t have to do it for a living or to impress anyone ๐Ÿ™‚ And now that I think about it, I am not really good at any team sports (and never have been…in school, I didn’t “do” sports). I used to care, but now? Not so much.

    • Debbish
      May 20, 2012

      Karen, I grew up playing team sports… and was always far more comfortable with team sports than individual sports (where winning / losing was TOTALLY up to me)… though I was prone to too many apologies in team sports (if I missed a shot etc). But, you’re right… today was so much fun and I REALLY don’t mind how I played! (But my knees are awfully sore!)

  • Jennifer
    May 20, 2012

    oh my gosh!! Look at your knees, poor you!

    As for team sports, I’ve tried playing volleyball once I think. I totally sucked at it. I used to be very conscious of how well I played a sport. But, as i’m getting older I’m caring less and less.

    • Debbish
      May 20, 2012

      Hi Jennifer! I cannot tell you how sore my knees are…. I have to say I’m not ‘bad’ at volleyball (given my early years of ball-sports) but I love the fact that I don’t worry too much about improving my ability whenever I play now – which is – of course – very rarely!!!

      Deb

  • Satu
    May 21, 2012

    Eek, I didn’t know you can een dive in volleyball. ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe you should try beach volleyball so it doesn’t matter if you land on your knees or other body part… And don’t you have great beches there?

    I have always been the solo sports type, but I remember playing volleyball in high school. It was usually ok, except I was afraid of the ball if it got near too hard.

    • Debbish
      May 21, 2012

      Satu, I think I’m also too old to be diving for a ball – even more so when it’s a social match! Throwing my hefty weight onto my knees as I lurch forward is not a sensible thing!

      I think beach volleyball was also an option but my work team nominated for this one. Am wondering how sand would have compared to a wooden floor!

      Deb

  • Miz
    May 21, 2012

    quite frankly I SUCK AT ALL SPORTS (theres a reason I love the weights) and my worst?
    the origin of my gymclass trauma? ๐Ÿ™‚
    VOLLYBALL!!!

    • Debbish
      May 21, 2012

      Ha Miz…. given that my knees are hurting so much I may well be traumatised after yesterday’s volleyball match as well!

      Deb

  • Lou Lou
    May 22, 2012

    You’ve got a sports injury, I’m so impressed! I am totally crap at sports and can barely toss a ball. The only group sports I play is trumpet.

    • Debbish
      May 22, 2012

      Well I, on the other hand, am totally crap at anything to do with music!!! Can’t read / sing / play a note!!!

      Deb
      x

  • Julia
    May 22, 2012

    Organized sports are so fun because it becomes all about the game instead of about the burn. It sounds like you had a lot of fun, and that is the most important thing.

    And man, those are some sexy knees! They are evidence of what a team player and good sport you are!

    • Debbish
      May 23, 2012

      I keep telling everyone at work that it’s a good thing I don’t wear mini skirts because those knees would really diminish the appeal of the whole look!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle
    May 23, 2012

    I suck at anything remotely sporty and would much rather throw around some weights than feel bad for being the reason the team lost.

    • Debbish
      May 23, 2012

      There are a couple of sports I won’t try Michelle and that’s probably why (hockey, softball and touch football are included there!) and I suspect it’s because I worry that I’ll be the one who misses a ball, or allows a goal / try etc. At least a point in volleyball isn’t TOO traumatic!

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