Coaching Log – Feb 23, 2014

This is an entry in my volleyball coaching log.

It was back to South West regional play today. We had a triangular with one of the bottom teams and one from the middle of the pack. Both ended up in fairly easy wins. Out of the six sets played, four of them saw us keep the other side to single digit scores. Even against the better team the two closer sets were more a function of us getting sloppy and making mistakes in a row rather than them doing anything particularly special. The results on the day put us temporarily top of the league due to having played more matches than the two teams likely to finish above us when everything is said and done.

I only had six player on the day, and one was the new girl brought up from the club’s intermediate group for last Wednesday’s training. Two of the six were regular first team starters, but the rest were either second team players or ones who bounced back and forth between the squads over the course of the season. I had my first and second team setters each take one match and play OPP in the other.

Overall I was pretty pleased. I’d have liked to see less in the way of multiple errors in the same play (hitting the ball into the net after there’d been a bad pass or set) and there were a few instances of players expecting others to play the ball (not all of which were the result of having a new player in the mix), and I’d have liked some better passing in transition. They remained focused throughout, though, despite the poor quality competition. Serving was a definite high point. I told them at the start to use the opportunity to get aggressive and they did so to good effect. That’s something would could come in quite handy in the important BUCS matches to come.

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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