One of our volleyball club teams won the tenth victory in the FY 2017 87th All-Japan Nine-Man Volleyball Championship for the first time in three years. The coach and some members of the team visited me to report their victory.
Two teams from our volleyball club, based at the Osaka Works and Itami Works, respectively, competed in the event, and the team from the Osaka Works was successful in winning the championship.
I heard that they usually do training in only a limited time after work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. In addition, as they work on different shifts, it is not often possible for all the members to train together, forcing them to really focus during the training and attach great importance to efficiency. I'm impressed that they achieved excellence despite these conditions.
Not surprisingly, the winning cup that they showed me had great presence. The names of the past winning teams were on the cup, showing that the first event was held in 1926. Although nine-player volleyball is not as common as that with six players in Japan, the winning cup made me realize that the sport has a long history.
Unlike six-player volleyball, nine-player volleyball does not have a rotation system, and each player has his/her own clear role to play. I feel that this is similar to business operations in some wayeach member plays his/her role, while cooperating with other members to generate desired results as a team. Each member's skills are, of course, needed, but the ultimate key lies in cooperation and communication among the team.
Although it might be difficult for the team members to reconcile their work and training, I hope that they will continue to demonstrate their best performance in both fields. We will continue to support them.