This is an entry in my volleyball coaching log.

Had two sets of competition over the weekend. On Saturday the second team players had their first league fixture, along with a friendly match. Unfortunately, due to absence, we fielded a weaker team than would have otherwise been the case. That probably was the difference in the tight loss suffered to a relative good team. I was generally not displeased with how the players executed their skills. It was mainly a question of being ready to play the ball and not looking for someone else to do so, resulting in balls dropping on a few occasions. There were also some missed serves we could have done without.

That group has a pair of league matches coming up on Saturday, so I will have them play together a lot this week in preparation.

Something approaching a first team line-up played a pair of regional league matches on Sunday against not particularly strong opposition. I very much focused on continuing to build confidence and aggression in the hitting game, and in serving as well. There were a couple of wobbly moments, but the matches were comfortable wins in the end. The hitting numbers, while not spectacular, where probably the best we’ve seen thus far by a comfortable margin. Attackers were going for it when they had the opportunity, which was good to see.

The first team has three important league matches on Saturday, so my plan is to keep the focus on the attacking, go for the win, mentality.

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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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