Developing mentally tough players is often the justification of coaches to make athletes suffer hard physical workouts. Those coaches need to think again.
Taking on a program with a losing history is tough. For me the most important thing is building trust and confidence in support of cultural improvement.
Psychological insights, combined with an understanding of player motivations, can help us structure practice and training sessions to keep them coming back.
Once upon a time, volleyball coaching legend Julio Velasco made some comments about what he called "the culture of the alibis" which continue to resonate.
As much as we may wish it otherwise, players (and teams) don't always play at one consistent level. They have a distribution of performances. This has implications for our coaching.
How do you create pressure situations in your practice? It really depends on whether you're talking about individual or collective pressure.
While it isn't about volleyball, The Inner Game of Tennis is a classic book about the athlete mind and how to progress toward optimal performance.
A reader has a problem with senior players not giving their all in practice with younger players who work very hard, but are not ready to start.