This is an entry in my volleyball coaching log for 2015-16.

Just 10 days now until the first training session with the team!

I’m still in Germany, so not a whole lot to report on the Svedala front. I talked with our new foreign signing the other day. Not surprisingly, she had several questions – mainly about non-volleyball stuff. I think I was actually able to answer most of them! 🙂

I found out on Tuesday that one of the clubs has been forced to withdraw from the Elitserie. This likely means the schedule will have to be completely redone about 6 weeks out from when the season was set to begin. I’m not sure how that is going to be handled.

We’ve officially added a seventh Swedish player to the squad. She comes from another club where she was used as a utility player. I talked with her a bit during her decision-making process. She talked about wanting to be able to focus on one position – preferably not setter. We’ve already got two setters in the team, with the prospect of maybe adding a third, so that’s not an issue. At this point, odds probably favor her focusing on playing OPP, where we only have one other in the position.

There are a couple of additional Swedish players still in the mix to potentially join the squad. Some decisions may not be made until September.

On a different subject, it sounds like the club has found a place for me to live at last. There might be a significant wrinkle, though.

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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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