This one’s going to be short, but sweet.

I see a steady stream of articles, blog posts, and other things offering advice on coaching the current generation of athletes. And a whole bunch of others complaining about the same, as I wrote about here.

Here’s the reality.

You coach the individuals, not the generation. Every player is different. Observe them. Talk to them. Figure out how to coach them individually and collectively as the unique collection they are. If you can do that well, everything will work out. Realize, though, that it’s an ongoing process.

The rest of it is a distraction. And an excuse for poor coaching.

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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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