How does a player become not just good, but great? That’s the starting point of this conversation with Mark Lebedew. We wander from that topic a bit, but it is the main focus. If you followed the original Coaching Conversations series, you know Mark was a regular feature in those discussions. He and I also did a podcast series for the Volleyball Coaching Wizards project. And, of course, you can follow Mark’s writing on his blog.

In the conversation Mark and I talked about the idea of risk, which is something he’s recently written about here. It ties in with the idea of decision-making that I outline in this post.

We also mention Mark’s look at the Athletes Unlimited scoring system. There was a Weekly Buzz episode related to this as well.

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You can find a complete list of the initial series of Coaching Conversations here.

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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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