What Volleyball Can Teach Us About Marriage


We are right smack dab in the middle of wedding season. Our refrigerators are decorated with ‘save-the-dates’ and bridal shower invites and wedding invitations. Just in the last week, there have been four bridal showers to attend. Whew…a busy time for sure…but such an exciting time for the brides and grooms.

One soon-to-be bride played volleyball in high school then went on to play Division I volleyball for Boise State University. Volleyball is a team sport. It is also a sport that can teach us some essential lessons about marriage. So for all you young ladies and gentlemen out there getting hitched this summer (or in the near future), below is what volleyball can teach us about marriage: 
(Disclaimer: If you aren’t a volleyball fan, read along and relate it to any team sport really.  Or just become a volleyball fan because you are so missing out!)

Collaboration:  Working together for a team sport is crucial for the team to be successful! Think of team as “together everyone achieves more.” You become an important part of a joint effort to work hard and become winners. 

Commitment:  Making the choice to be part of a team demands 100% commitment. Discover what your role is then commit to contributing to the team in the most positive way possible. Stay in it for the long haul.

Communication: Talking to each other frequently prevents problems later. If there is an issue on the team, it is usually because of a communication breakdown. Talk, talk, talk…talk with each other often!

Comfort:  Encourage your teammate(s) if something goes wrong. Cheer on your teammate(s) when something goes right! Offer comfort in all circumstances!

Convenience: Home games provide home-court advantage and convenience for the home team. It is nice to know the gym inside and out and have the home crowd rooting for you.

Continuance: There will be times when things just don’t go the way you’d like them to! Keep that ball flying! Continue to give it your all. Keep on practicing! Stick to it! Never ever ever quit!

Care: When all is said and done, be in harmony with one another. Shake hands with the opposing team and consent to leaving the rest on the court. Never ever ever leave angry! Life is too valuable to waste being negative.

Marriage like volleyball takes work. Consider these tips and you are sure to be successful—at both.

Stay Calm & Lead On!

Profs Dr. C. & Dr. V.


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