Here’s a quote that I think hits the practice planning nail on the head.

No practice or training session should ever stand alone. It must always be connected with what came before, what will follow and be in the context of the whole annual plan.

Vern Gambetta

As coaches we should always have a developmental plan for our team in the given season, training block, or whatever we’re in at the time. Developing training priorities is one of the two biggest jobs we have as coaches. We should constantly thinking about how one thing builds on top of another. It’s a similar concept to building your practice plan from the end back to the beginning.

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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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