Sports Ritual

Volleyball Ritual

Ritual: Pretending to Strap on Rockets to our shoes

Collector’s Analysis: All the middle blockers would be the last to stretch and after stretching, Noah and his teammates would make a gesture as if we were “strapping on rockets” to our shoes so they would be able to jump higher during the match. They hoped that it would bring us good luck.

Again, pre-game rituals are seen as a token of good luck. Ironically, when Noah’s team was not doing as well, they adjusted their pre-game ritual to ensure it followed the “original” variation, if there even was one.