Olympic Games 2012 Volleyball Women (Height, Age)
Height of the women teams (longitudinal section 1984 - 2012)
Height of the top 4 teams per playerfunction
Volleyballcoaches often discuss about the importance to select tall players. In overview one table with some facts about this subject. First an overview of the height of players for the top 4 teams OG 2012 London by playerfunction. The table shows the conclusion that the average height in top volleyball is different for each playerfunction. It appears that in women's volleyball the libero is the shortest player and the middle-blockers are the tallest. Second tallest are the opposites. The setters are the shortest after the liberos. The receiver-attackers have an average height between the heights of the other playerfunctions. The average height of the 4 top teams varies in the women teams around 180 cm (between 174 cm and 183 cm).
The height in cm connected to players in the gold and bronze match women OG 2012 London
1. Height plays a role, but the average height is different for each playerfunction. Volleyball at the highest level is ideally suited for players of different heights. For women the range is between 159 cm to 196 cm. On the lower level there is an even greater spread of these figures visible.
2. The common theory that volleyball is a sport exclusively "for tall people" is not correct.
3. Only selecting the tallest players seems in any case not a wise option.
4. These height figures are indicative for selecting talents for topvolleyball but at what age?
Team Italy (29,15), team USA (28,74) and Team Russia (28,48) are the oldest teams. A slight upward tendency can be seen in the average age of the winner and the oldest teams. The difference between the oldest and youngest team is almost the same such as in 2008 within five years range. For all the teams six to eight players except Dominican Republic (three new players). Italy, China and Dominican Republic have 1-3 players under 23 years old. Regarding the best eight teams Bosetti (ITA) 16,5 years old is the youngest and Scott (USA) 40 years is the oldest. Most of the teams have players out of 5 to 6 volleyball agegenerations. China is the youngest team in the top eight with no player older than 30 years old.
Age of the women teams (longitudinal section 1984 – 2012)