Volleyball Motivational Sayings

You have heard all the volleyball sayings, cliches, quotes and inspirational comments, but not all in one place. Here are some of the best quotes for volleyball, even if they were said by coaches of other sports.

        • “Don’t confuse routine with commitment.” -Bill Parcells. Parcells was a head football coach and winner of two Superbowl rings with his New York Giants teams. He also said: “Losers assemble in little groups and whine about the coaches and the system and other players in other little groups. Winners assemble as a team.”


        • “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” -John Wooden. Wooden is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (Class of 1961) and a coach (Class of 1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories. He is often regarded as the greatest college coach in history and his 10 NCAA National Championships while at UCLA are unmatched.


        • “Sports do not build character, they reveal it.” -John Wooden. See above for biography.


        • “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” -Vince Lombardi. Lombardi was a head football coach. He is best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, where he led the team to three straight league championships, and then five in seven years including winning the first two Super Bowls following the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons. The National Football League’s Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor (the Lombardi Trophy). He was voted into the NFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.


        • “You touch every other ball and, if you screw up, you only have one more person to back you up. You can’t go hide in the corner.” -Kerri Walsh. Walsh is an American professional beach volleyball player. Walsh-Jennings and teammate Misty May-Treanor were the gold medalists in beach volleyball at both the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. They have been called the greatest beach volleyball team of all time.

        • “Set your goals high, and don’t stop until you get there.” -Bo Jackson. Jackson is a former American baseball and football player. He was the first athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1985. He also ran a 40-yard dash in a blistering 4.12 seconds (hand-timed), which is still the fastest verifiable 40-yard dash time ever recorded at any NFL Combine.


        • “I don’t really keep track of numbers. We don’t even think about that stuff. That’s not why we play. We play because we love it.” -Misty May. May is an American professional beach volleyball player. She is a two-time gold medalist, and currently the most successful female beach volleyball player with 110 individual championship wins in domestic and international competition.


        • “Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ‘me’ for the ‘we.’” – Phil Jackson. Jackson is a retired American professional basketball coach and former player. Jackson is widely considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His reputation was established as head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 through 1998; during his tenure, Chicago won six NBA titles. His next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, won five NBA titles from 2000 to 2010. In total, Jackson has won 11 NBA titles as a coach, surpassing the previous record of nine.

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