Volleyball coaches need their rest too

The value of sufficient rest hit home for me (again) to me not long ago. I coached a match and found I just wasn’t as tuned in and energetic as usual. I’m not saying I normally bounce around yelling and screaming and talking a mile-a-minute in the huddle. My court-side demeanor tends toward calm, though I do move around on the sideline a fair bit. I figured out a number of years back that coaching on my feet rather than sitting allowed me to work off nervous energy (or whatever) and lower my blood pressure. 🙂

During this match, though, My brain ran in slow motion. The players may not have noticed it that much. I still focused them on the sort of things I normally did. It’s something I felt myself, though. I definitely didn’t like the lack of sharpness and motivation.

In hindsight I can ascribe my mental fogginess most likely to lack of rest. The combination late nights and early mornings with a cold clearly took it out of me. It just goes to show that as much as we tell our players to make sure they take care of themselves in terms of rest, hydration, and eating right we have to do the same thing as coaches to be at the top of our game.

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John Forman
About the Author: John Forman
John currently coaches for an NCAA Division II women's team. This follows a stint as head coach for a women's professional team in Sweden. Prior to that he was the head coach for the University of Exeter Volleyball Club BUCS teams (roughly the UK version of the NCAA) while working toward a PhD. He previously coached in Division I of NCAA Women's Volleyball in the US, with additional experience at the Juniors club level, both coaching and managing, among numerous other volleyball adventures. Learn more on his bio page.

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