I doubt that coaches are taking any of that into account when they recruit players. They just want to win.
Sure, but with regards to volleyball (the article covers other sports as well) it's more like parents hesitate to allow their daughter to play club volleyball. Plus guys not wanting to become volleyball fans cause they don't want to be seen as "creeps".
Male VB fans do indeed catch a lot of sideways looks. Parents will always be protective of their children, meaning some won't let their daughters play sports in tight shorts, while the ones that do will often go out of their way to make sure that the guys who go to their games are made to feel uncomfortable. That's just the way that society works.
I guess it depends the age level. They could always transition indoor uniforms to leggings, but pretty much every college player (or former college player) I know would prefer to keep things as they are. They will tell you privately that as long as it doesn't lead to creepy behavior, simply being objectified as a sex symbol is not offensive to them.
I think it's more of an issue for younger age groups who are still developing their sense of self, sexuality, and related dynamics.
Don't get me started on beach volleyball and the bikinis...
But it is rather sad hear that, I mean would one say the same for female fans of the NBA? Or MLB? Funny thing is, when I visited Brazil and Italy and ask the locals about their volleyball scene, they do not really see volleyball as a sport defined by gender (i.e. girl's sport), or at least not as strongly defined by it as in the US. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that both their male NTs have strong performance and have won Olympic medals. But then so have the US, yet here it's very much seen as a "girl's sport".
I think here in the US there`s not many boys playing volleyball because volleyball is simply a sport that does not pay much. So they easily go into football and basketball...of course besides the popularity.
Just like in Brazil and Italy boys dream of becoming a soccer player. Fame and $$$....They won`t get that (much) with volleyball. But if you are 6'8 let`s say soccer won`t be good for you, so volleyball and basketball are next on the list.
I remember one time reading something that Micah Christenson tried and wanted to be a basketball player but he realized he would not have much a chance in making it big, but volleyball would be a more realistic option.
I agree mostly, although a point I wish to differ between Brazil or Italy and the US is that, at least in the case of Brazil, according to coach Ze Roberto himself, soccer is more than a mere sport in Brazil, it is religion, a faith that commands loyalty and occupies a pride of place in one's heart for countless millions in that country. Thus volleyball, according to this cheeky analysis, would indeed be the most popular sport in Brazil.
On a more straightforward note, Brazil is the second most popular sport in Brazil, yeah there is a big gap between the top spot of soccer and second place volleyball, but it is still more popular for the men's game compared to the US, with an actual men's volleyball pro league in the country vs none in the US. That alone makes a big difference.
Last Edit: Mar 29, 2019 8:53:26 GMT -5 by ironhammer