I've been soaking up Volleyball, trying to figure it out. It's more convoluted than College Basketball. I'm thoroughly smitten with the Japanese Team
It's a difficult sport to enjoy. Hard to find good streams on YouTube, let alone with English commentary. The only Rio Replays I can find are from CCTV in China, mandarin soundtrack.
Volleyball is brand new to me, and I'm a little slow, but the convolution is with regards to the tournaments, which ones count for something and who plays in them (teams and players).
The Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, which get co-mingled and merged with Some Continental Asian Tournament that may, if the JNT wins or qualifies, include players who won't play in the Olympics.
And then there's "Club" teams. I sort of get that there is some National League that these players play in that has it's own tournaments and Titles and corporate sponsorships. And I think Japan, as a nation, stick to that, but Zhu Ting from China, for example, is playing on some Turkish team with USA players and others right now.
And now I think I get the difference between the big ones and the "Clubs"--I guess that's what they call the teams like that Turkish one with Zhu Ting
I understand now that the "National Team" is a fluid concept. I don't like it but I can live with it.
and I think that the 'regular season' of Club Play is going on now. But that's weird, too, because they just had the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship last week.
Below the big four, I get confused. Where do the Asian Games fit into this? It's like a regional Olympics that the National Team plays in?
Here's where I get lost again: a team like Hisamitsu Springs seems to be a part of Japan's Country League, but they also played in that FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship last week. So they seem to be both Club and Country.
And that Turkish teak Zhu Ting plays for ... is that also both Club and Country?
(like, why didn't China play in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament--something they won must have pre-qualified them)
Sure they have a few that stand out but it's not like Korea where everything is "get the ball to Kim Yeong-keon".
ps-I wonder why the Rio games aren't available on YouTube.
I did find three games I guess they call "The Friendly Games" between China and Japan last April
I'm not sure what Japan can do to break into the top tier of CHN USA SER BRA and RUS. They play smart and fast but they're just not big enough.
I cried after watching this. - plsletitrain