September 29, 2016,16:00 +0900(JST) Our Volleyball Team Wins the Championship!
One of the teams at our volleyball club won the cup in the 69th All-Japan Nine-Man Volleyball Industrial League Championship. This is the eighth time for the team to win the championship, for the first time in six years. Some members of the team visited me to report their victory.
Three teams from our volleyball club, each based at the Osaka Works, Itami Works and Yokohama Works, respectively, competed in the event, and the team from the Osaka Works advanced to the final heat and won the championship.
I hear that because the members work on different shifts, they have only two hours or so for their weekday training, forcing them to really focus during the training and attach great importance to efficiency.
The Osaka Works will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, motivating team members all the more to become the national champion in their anniversary year. They have successfully achieved their target.
At Olympic Games and other meets, volleyball teams usually comprise six players, leading some people to be less familiar with games with nine players. However, the sport has a long history; in Japan, this form became popular first and was the mainstream for a long time. Even today, many people in different age groups play nine-player volleyball, from elementary school kids to members of corporate teams belonging to the industrial league.
A feature of nine-player volleyball is that there are many positions and the appropriate division of roles is the key. Each player needs to fulfill their role properly in their respective position and make a series of passes through cooperation, thereby aiming for victory.
I feel that this overlaps with the approach that each employee at a company should adopt when working through collaborative efforts. I hope that the team members, who have gained this spirit through volleyball, will steadily bring a fresh breeze to their workplaces.