Men's Volleyball: Where are the Bikinis?

My absolute favorite sport to play is sand volleyball. Indoor volleyball is a close second but there's something about the extra challenge of the sand that makes me feel like I've really accomplished something.  The first time ever on a sand court (or after a long hiatus) is hysterical. Why aren't my legs listening to my brain? Why is the ball all the way over there (with my brain) but my body still right here? I love diving into a pile of sand (although the sand in the teeth I can do without) and playing in the sun, wind and rain.

The Professor began his sand experience this Summer in a local league. There weren't enough boys so the director invited the boys to play against the girls in the same age girls' league. Much to the chagrin of the young ladies, the boys (although not as precise in their play) were simply stronger, faster and more aggressive. The playoffs were last night and the boys team easily claimed the victory.

Now, there's that difference between boys and girls volleyball; the athleticism I mean. But there's also another. If you look at the photo above, you'll notice that all four boys are sporting loose shorts to their knees and baggy T-shirts. What I mean to point out is that they not only won without bikinis but they won with uniforms rather opposite to bikinis. Olympians know this is possible. In Beijing, the gold medal men's team wore long floppy trunks and *gasp* shirts! The gold medal women's team wore the tiniest bikinis possible without being censored by the networks. Clearly, tiny male Speedos were unnecessary to the guys' victory. But what about the women?

I've heard the reasons behind the teeny tiny bikinis. It's athletic apparel! Much easier to move! Much cooler in hot temps! (The same reasons given for teeny tiny indoor volleyball apparel.) What I haven't heard is an explanation as to why the men don't need to dress like they're on a beach in Brazil in order to dominate on the court.

I know. I know. It's fashion. It's about showing off pretty abs and buns. It also happens to be pervasive in my absolute favorite sport. Now that my son is playing and loving it, I'm awfully tempted to bring some extra T-shirts to the pink for the girls...just in case.

(August 11, 2008 - Photo by Harry How/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Posted on July 31, 2010 and filed under "Christian sports", "modesty in sport", "volleyball".