There’s an article on the JVA blog about communication which is worth checking out. It speaks to the value of teaching players what good communication looks like through the three different times when it takes place. That’s before serve, during the rally, and after the rally ends. You can think of it this way:

1a. Examining the opposition rotational situation and positional set-up and making assessments.

1b. Preparing the offense and/or defense on our side.

2. Sharing real-time information on what’s happening on the other side and what we’re doing on our side.

3. Wrapping up the last play and getting mentally set for the next.

I’ve got some things I’d challenge in the area of #2, but otherwise I think it’s a worthwhile discussion of just how much communication can and should happen on the court.

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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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