Question: I'm a Setter, but my coach is switching me from Libero to Setter and back, even in the same game. I want to play in college. Is this going to hurt my chances of being recruited?
Amber S., Cyberspace
Answer: No - in fact, it can be a good thing to be utilized that way!
It is absolutely beneficial to be able to play more than one position. There are several reasons for this.
- Sometimes you don't know from year to year what position you will play on your High School team. The coach may need you to move from OH one year, to MB the next year because they don't have any other players that can play that position. And because you are talented, you get to do it.
- Same thing with Club. Maybe you're a player that doesn't get a lot of playing time in your position. But someone else gets injured in a different position and you have some experience in that position. You could find yourself off the bench and on the court playing because you can play more than one position.
- The game at the highest levels, has athletes that can do more than one thing. Setters can hit, Middles can set and Hitters can also pass. So if you want to play collegiate volleyball, you would be more recruitable if you are an Outside Hitter that can hit and pass as opposed to just being able to hit well. The great teams have players with all skills!
- When I coached at Nebraska, we changed one athlete from a setter/hitter player coming in her Freshman year, to running a 6-2 offense just as a setter. Her Senior year we moved her to the Libero position and we won a National Championship. We were able to do this because she could play more than one position. A National Championship is worth that... 🙂
So when you got to summer camps, look for All Skills camp opportunities that will allow you to learn more than one position for that just in case moment, that you need to be able to play more than one position.
And be careful not to develop a poor attitude about your position. No coach wants to hear a player say "I won't play that position, I'm this position!" Your ability to play more than one position, and your willingness to help the team before yourself are valuable traits!
You could find yourself off the bench and on the court playing because you can play more than one position