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Daughter Volleyball Update – Purposeful Living

Todd Bowman on purposeful living.

These posts written by Todd (Amy’s husband) are designed to model a system of purposeful living.  At least once a month, he spends time setting meaningful goals around one of seventeen core priorities.

If you missed it, consider reading the foundation post – Purposeful Living #1.

Correct Priority
Priority #5 – Children (Emotional Health)

Support my daughter Colsie in her desire to become a strong volleyball player and join a volleyball team.  Specific things I can do include the items listed below.    

  • Research and purchase an effective youth volleyball instructional video.
  • Thoroughly review the video and develop a volleyball skill development program for Colsie.

Goal Status

wooden figure with a volleyball

UPDATED Thoughts About Goal – August 2013
After a bit of research, I found a fantastic volleyball training series.  This series is perfect for youth to learn foundational techniques.  If you have a youth volleyball player at home, these videos are listed below.

Championship Productions Foundations For Successful Volleyball

Championship Productions Foundations For Successful Volleyball: Setting DVD
Championship Productions Foundations For Successful Volleyball: Individual Defense DVD
Championship Productions Foundations For Successful Volleyball: Passing DVD
Championship Productions Foundations For Successful Volleyball: Attacking DVD
Championship Productions Foundations For Successful Volleyball: Blocking DVD
I purchased these videos, watched them, analyzed them, and came up with a training plan for Colsie.  

We started training, but after a few sessions it became evident that a knee that she injured a few months ago was still giving her significant problems.  After seeing a doctor we were told Colsie needed to stay off her completely, could not play volleyball, and needed focused rehab.

Over the course of three months Colsie did fully rehab her knee and I was ready to get back to work in volleyball training.  There was just one problem – Colsie no longer wanted to play volleyball!  As excited as she was about volleyball just a few months ago, she was now equally unexcited.  

a little girl with changed my  mind bubble

So, there will be no volleyball playing – at least not for now – in the Bowman household.  I am totally okay with it.  We talked about it for a while and I absolutely believe her interests have simply changed.  It happens with children and youth.   

collage of little girls silly eyes

My sixth grade daughter recently communicated a desire to play volleyball.  She has never expressed an interest in sports before, but she assured me this is a genuine interest.  She has been hitting a ball around a lot at school with friends during recess and really enjoys it.

Volleyball is a huge sport in Nebraska with large numbers of children playing from a very young age.  Even playing in a youth recreation league Colsie will be way behind without some help.

My plan is to assist Colsie in the same way I have assisted my other two daughters – Teagan (basketball) and Avery (soccer) – in the sports they play.  I will find quality instructional material, learn the game, and teach Colsie how to play volleyball.  Specifically I am interested in teaching Colsie proper technique, not just the rules of the game.   

I understand the rules of volleyball, but I don’t know the first thing about volleyball technique.  I don’t know the proper way to set, bump, serve, or pass a volleyball.

But I can learn.  The key is finding quality instructional material.  There are many resources, but most of it is junk.  I will find as many websites as I can that sell instructional material, identify DVD’s that focus on technique, read the descriptions and reviews, and then make a purchase.

It was so much easier when it was just Avery playing soccer.  Supporting three girls in their athletic endeavors takes a considerable amount of time.   

But it is a fun way for me to participate in their lives.  And athletics are a fantastic way to build resiliency in children.

It is worth my time. 


Build Your To-Do List Around Correct Priorities – Purposeful Living #1

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  • Helen Dooley
    September 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Tell your daughter not to get discouraged. my daughter (now a JR) while in 8th grade, received a concussion that lasted 4 months, yet the next year she played, she has permanent damage from that. This week we are trying to find a place to get her a atrhrogram for her shoulder that is a volleyball injury. My son plays football hes a sr this year. hasnt played for a while due to an injury. had his last surgery 2 months ago and doing perfect now. Gets cleared next week and is planning to play. It happens, cant let it get you down, never give up and if you need support- my daughter said she would chat with her. I have 4 kids all sports freaks (glad 2 are now adults) lol but its a rough ride sometimes but way worth it to see their joy and pride. Best of luck!

  • AmyT
    September 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I was thinking that maybe C. is feeling too far behind to start now. If her interests have changed, maybe challenge her to think up a new interest or focus whether it be sports or something less impactful physically. I would consider also , if you need instructional materials for your daughters physical education to seek out advice from your local colleges that have teams that might be able to talk to the girls about how they started and their challenges and overcoming challenges as they sought out their goals. Even if Colsie isn’t interested in VB anymore it might be a good lesson in perseverance. Also might want to take her to some sports games that are played by women like volleyball, basketball, etc. We’ve taken our “borrowed daughter” (my friend’s daughter) to women’s basketball and there have been tons of girls there in clubs, groups, etc. We also went to a gymnastics meet at the local university and that was pretty cool and a very affordable way to check out team sports. You might email the teams and ask if you daughters can meet the team or a player after the game and have the girls have focussed questions instead of it being an ackward meet and greet where they shake hands, get an autograph and walk away feeling like they didn’t know what to say. I’ve seen that happen at a basketball signing. GOOD LUCK.

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