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Keeping a Coaching Log

As part of the Volleyball England level 3 coaching certification process I have to maintain a volleyball coaching log. The log will be part of a final practical evaluation process which will also include an on-sight visit from a coaching tutor to observe a training session.I figured since I have to do it I might as well keep it here on the blog as a way to further the volleyball coaching conversation and exchange that is the main idea driving the website.

I’ve decided that I am going to concentrate my log on the Exeter University women’s team. I also coach the men, but split responsibility there a bit, and in the case of scheduling conflict I prioritize the women, so the log will be more consistent if it focus is on them. The team will play in at least three different competitions this year. They are BUCS, the Volleyball England Student Cup, and the South West regional league. BUCS is the top priority, with the SW league viewed largely as a way to get players extra playing time.

In terms of BUCS, we are actually running Division 1 and 2 teams. They all train together in a squad of 17. There are challenges to that, but the level of play throughout the squad is consistent enough to make for reasonable training sessions. We look at the Div2 squad as largely developmental – and a way for the school to pick up additional BUCS points, so the Div1 team is the main focus and will be where I concentrate my log entries.

The general idea of the log is to document my analysis of the team’s performance – collectively and individually – and how I turn that into specific training plans. Definitely feel free to chime in with comments, thoughts, etc. on any of the entries along the way. That’s exactly why I’m doing it on the blog rather than just keeping it on the side.

Volleyball coaching log (reverse chronological order)

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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