A volleyball team is a collection of relationships. A whole lot of relationsihps! Do we give this enough thought and attention?
There are some significant drawbacks to playing games - especially scored ones. With some thought, though, we can work around them to our benefit.
It's easy to place blame on players for their lacking in things like coachability and mental toughness, but to do so is a form of hypocrisy.
Above and beyond all our coaching priorities we must also account for the priorities of the players when planning and running our sessions.
The "just go for the ball" mentality coaches and players adopt is one I discourage because it leads at best to inefficient play and at worst to injury.
The team played it's second national qualifier over the weekend. Once more it was in the Open division, Not surprisingly, the scores were not in our favor.
A lot of volleyball coaches teach their players to call the ball when that should be secondary to teaching them who takes the ball in a given situation.
We can't tell our setters exactly where to set every single ball. That means we have to teach them to make the right decisions in the moment.