Playing volleyball is like riding a bike. Once you learn, you don’t really lose your skillz. Unfortunately, like most sports, the game play stops after high school, or college if you’re super athletic. But I like to say, once a volleyball player, always a volleyball player!

1. Spandex shorts remain a staple in your wardrobe. Okay, maybe just when you’re lounging around the house. Those tiny pieces of fabric that brought abnormally large crowds of boys to your games are surprisingly comfy.


2. Whenever there’s a ball around, you automatically bump or set it to yourself. No tossing. No spinning. Just bumping.


3. Whenever there’s a low hanging beam from the ceiling, you jump up as if you’re blocking. That vertical? Still got it.

4. You don’t run long distances, because you never did. Your movement stays in a 900 square foot area. You can occasionally run a mile, but no more than that.


5. Pickup games at family reunions or picnics or outdoor festivals will have to do. Unless there’s a league near you, your spiking abilities can only be showed off once or twice a year.


6. If you are in an adult league, there aren’t enough games. What do you mean I only play three games in a week? I don’t have practice every day? WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL THIS FREE TIME?

7. You still correct amateurs who swing their arms wildly before passing or swat at the ball while setting. YOU’RE AN ADULT AND YOU STILL DON’T KNOW THAT SET IS A LIFT?!

8. Your gym sneakers still smell as horrendous as ever, but at least you’re not adding knee pads into the mix. Man, your volleyball bag was RANK.


9. You reminisce about the time you hit someone in the face with your spike or serve. How sweet it was.


10. Your thighs and calves still make it difficult to buy pants and boots. Wide calf boots are hard to come by. Jumping into your jeans is a daily occurrence.


11. You find it strange that you no longer get hip bone bruises or skinned knees and elbows. Wait, I am injury free?!


Liz Witter is a 2011 graduate of St. Bonaventure University where she majored in broadcast journalism with a (useless) minor in French. She is originally from Rochester, NY but moved to Boston for a job...then another job. She spends her free time sleeping, going to Sephora or doing crafts. She plays volleyball recreationally and refuses to believe she peaked in high school. She’ll take Tim Hortons over Dunkin, and Wegmans over basically anything. You can follow her on Twitter at @lwitta6.

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