You want to know what coaching at a higher level looks like? To be clear, I mean being a better coach, not coaching at a higher level of play. The following quote comes from an academic research paper. It relates the findings of prior research.

More skilled coaches showed more extensive and complex decision-making strategies, a higher number of statements and a deeper (i.e., less superficial) focus of attention when compared with less-skilled coaches.

In other words, better coaches see more and understand more. They think and talk about the game, training, player management, and everything else that drives coaching success at a deeper level than others.

If you want to be a better coach, that’s what you need to work on.

P.S.: That paper I linked to is interesting, but pretty limited in terms of making useful conclusions.

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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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