A fellow blogger posted an interesting list of tips for coaches a while back. The film Waterboy was at least partly influential in their creation. They are, paraphrased:

  1. Manage your body language
  2. Finishing training on time
  3. Discuss the theme of training at the start of each practice
  4. Love the sport and share that love
  5. Recruit help
  6. Team activities should be both fun and purposeful
  7. The “pay to train, not to play” idea is crap
  8. Expose your players to alternative coaching
  9. Young players should spend half their time working on serving
  10. Consider why you’re angry and where you’re pointing that anger

I’m generally on board with all of these suggestions. A couple of them in particular have things worth definitely thinking about.

A suggestion for #1 is to actually be able to see yourself in action by getting someone to video you. I’ve seen myself in training footage, but not in a match yet. I tend to be pretty calm, but I’m sure there are little things I do amid my general pacing around. Regardless, it’s good to be aware that you’re always being watched.

I didn’t always go by #3, but it’s something I definitely do now. It helps the players know what they need to focus on and keeps you on task.

I find #7 interesting. That rejects something often expressed by the likes of John Kessel from USA Volleyball. She takes a parent’s point of view, though, that she wants to see in matches what her child has learned in training.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

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