If all we ever do in training is work on the stuff that happens all the time, will our players be able to handle unusual situations?
It's important to understand that player- vs. coach-centric isn't what determines whether something is game-like or not.
Let's face it. Just playing normal volleyball games in practice can be boring. How can we avoid that while also getting important work done?
Do you mix your practice session designs up a lot? Or are you the type of coach who basically does the same thing all the time?
We hear a lot about deliberate practice and its importance, but what does it really involve? Let's have a look!
There is a tendency to think that only 6v6 play can truly be game-like. This is a failure of imagination, though, and probably also a failure of focus.
There are some significant drawbacks to playing games - especially scored ones. With some thought, though, we can work around them to our benefit.