Illness and injury took its toll on training numbers this week, making it hard to have sessions where team play could be practiced.
I can't help but feel I was a victim of Big Game Syndrome in the preparation for one of our league matches once while coaching in Sweden.
After eight straight victories during pre-season and the first part of the regular season, we finally suffered our first defeat - in disappointing fashion.
The final week of preseason ended with a 3-day 8-team tournament in Denmark. Not only did I get to play everyone a fair amount, but we won the cup.
The focus of the first week of training was mainly on getting the players integrated and communicating, and laying the foundation for moving ahead.
Monday I finally start with my new team at Svedala! My main priority the first week is to see where everyone is at and players getting to know each other.
A recent article speaks to the preferred qualities of a good setter - both mental and physical. I add some comments of my own.
A coach sought advice on developing early-season practice plans. I offer some based on initially prioritizing players and team assessment.