Yorktown head coach Katy Sherwood said that since most players do club volleyball in the offseason, they often bring cheers over from their travel team. The objective is to win the match, not impress your opponent or the fans with your sweet dance moves.
For some programs, like Westlake, incoming players learn through observation of the veterans on the team.“It kind of just comes, to be honest,” Wildcats senior captain Kelly Martin said. The cheers are just a small part of the game, but players find them to be invaluable to the team chemistry.
” That is the essence of why supporters chant and why we chant at Sounders matches.
We love our boys so much that just watching them play is not enough to satiate our passion.
We need to encourage them, communicate with them, and at times reprimand them.
They don’t get enough credit for their ability to accurately pass a ball off a serve, set a ball for a kill, time their jump perfectly on an attack, or any of the countless other idiosyncrasies that go into making a talented volleyball player.
Now that the supporter group had a clear distinctive identity that was separate from other fans, the groups could grow. Your group’s traditions begin to spread to other fans.
The amorphous groans, cheers, and ohs-ahs turn into clearly distinguishable songs that give meaning to a match, encourage the home fans, inspire your players, and ultimately intimidate the other team’s fans and players.
” Great answer, but I want to dig even deeper and provide more context than the typical blinded-by-love answer above that you see incessantly on the forums or on blog comment threads.Songs are used to show the group’s culture and heritage.Songs are also used to communicate with the players.In order to get more perspective I think the question needs to be expanded a little bit and changed to: “why does a group of individuals feel compelled to sing songs at a sporting event? It’s a rather odd phenomenon when compared to most social gatherings.It is something that is rather unique to sports in general, but it happens in society quite often mostly in the form of rallies or protests.Most teams have choreographed celebrations for when they get a kill. ZACCHIO: Superstitions are unorthodox, but effective ZACCHIO: Westchester (finally) has a boys volleyball team Regardless of their level of difficulty, the habits themselves always left me with one unanswered question: “Do teams spend time in practice actually working on this stuff?”Ursuline head coach Gigi Kemp said she tells her team it’s up to them to work out their own cheers on their own time. It’s just a tradition, I guess.”The cheers are simple, and easy to pick up on, because they have to be.When their teams record a block on defense, both Westlake and Yorktown stick to a traditional celebration — throwing two hands in the air while bellowing, “Roof! The hands are supposed to represent the roof, but what does a roof have anything to do with volleyball?“It’s a roof because that ball can’t come into my house,” Yorktown’s Amanda Rolle said, causing her teammates to erupt in laughter. ”Huskers senior captain Toni Fiore said the chants also serve as a way to intimidate the competition.“It definitely gets into their heads,” said Fiore, who earned all-section honors last year.“It’s just loud and kind of in your face.”Players find the celebrations to be beneficial, and anyone who has been to section final can see that the crowd and players clearly feed off each other’s energy. Then again, can these entertaining cheers be a detriment to a sport that is constantly fighting to get some of their classmates who attend football and soccer games to attend their matches?On the contrary, Sherwood said.“I don’t know if people are watching, but volleyball is by far the most exciting sport to watch,” said Sherwood, who has also coached softball and swimming.