It's easy to place blame on players for their lacking in things like coachability and mental toughness, but to do so is a form of hypocrisy.
Above and beyond all our coaching priorities we must also account for the priorities of the players when planning and running our sessions.
The Little Book of Talent features a bunch of really interesting things to think about as a coach, in a very consumable fashion.
The "just go for the ball" mentality coaches and players adopt is one I discourage because it leads at best to inefficient play and at worst to injury.
The team played it's second national qualifier over the weekend. Once more it was in the Open division, Not surprisingly, the scores were not in our favor.
A lot of volleyball coaches teach their players to call the ball when that should be secondary to teaching them who takes the ball in a given situation.
Here's an example of how you can use video to dramatically improve blocking drills when training your blockers in real game situations isn't an option.
We can't tell our setters exactly where to set every single ball. That means we have to teach them to make the right decisions in the moment.