I didn't get the chance to play competitive volleyball when I was growing up, but I always thought it looked like fun. So when my kids signed up for the sport earlier this year, I was excited to learn more about it. The rules were more complicated than I imagined — you can kick the ball to keep a point alive, who knew? My son's middle school gave him a uniform consisting of a T-shirt and long, baggy shorts — pretty much the same outfit he wears every day. But my daughter, who got just a T-shirt from her YMCA team, decided she wanted to complete the ensemble with "real" volleyball shorts.
There is some controversy with girls' volleyball shorts in that many teams prefer the very short, skintight shorts that, although they can be good for performance, are considered far too revealing for school sports. Fortunately, there are other options for concerned players and parents. As with many sports uniforms for boys and girls alike, the trend has been towards streamlining for improved performance. Engineered fabrics skim the body and allow for full range of movement without impediment.
Mandy is a mom of four and a longtime volleyball enthusiast and coach. Mandy's other interests include parenting, teaching, and literature. Many people want to know why volleyball spandex are so short and tight. As a volleyball coach, a question I often get asked by parents who are new to the game is, "Why are the volleyball shorts so tiny? Everyone seems to have an opinion on this.
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