So here’s the skinny on the first day of the Volleyball England Level 3 coaching course from when I took it in 2013.
The day started off with a discussion of coaching philosophy and the importance of developing one. That carried into looking at the types of skills and attributes required of and found in successful coaches. It seems as though there will be regular revisiting to these topics at later points in the course.
After that we had a discussion about ensuring team balance when developing a line-up. That can be viewed from any number of perspectives, individually or in combination. That then spun into a look at playing systems.
From there we got into a conversation about the importance of the Performance -> Observation -> Analysis -> Planning -> Performance cycle. As part of that we considered the things which restrict our ability to properly observe our players objectively, and how we can go from big picture to small picture in analyzing the source of things we need to address. Part of the analytic discussion had to do with the way the match score sheet can be helpful in looking at points by rotation.
There was also a talk about how coaches often fall into using systems and methods they played as players themselves or that they saw used by those they respected or admired. You may recall me talking about this in Understand what you’re learning before you teach it.
From there we had a talk about practice planning. I’ll talk more about that later.
The primary part of the training ended with some work on the skill of tossing the ball for setter training.
See Day 2 here.