Mark Lebedew once shared a video clip on his Facebook page. It featured USA and UCLA men’s coach John Speraw talking about how errors are handled in coaching volleyball. Unfortunately, the video doesn’t look to be available anymore, so I can’t link to or share it.

Basically, John talked about the importance of addressing the subject of errors with players and the team in a way that avoids them being afraid of making mistakes. Instead, coaches should encourage risk taking as part of the development process. This is something I’ve written about before. It’s one of the first things I talk about with any team I take charge of when we have our initial meeting. Perhaps more importantly, I keep reinforcing that message.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Men's & Women's Head Volleyball Coach at Medaille College, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy (formerly Charleston Academy). His previous experience includes the college and university level in the US and UK, professional coaching in Sweden, and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. Learn more on his bio page.

    3 replies to "The importance of how we as coaches talk about errors"

    • Jorge Rodriguez

      Hi, the link to the videoclip is not working, would you be able to share it?

      • John Forman

        Sorry Jorge. Looks like the video isn’t available anymore. I tried searching for it, but no luck.

        • Jorge Rodriguez

          Ok, thanks for the answer!

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