Einstein On Volleyball

Matty commented on my recent post on “The Problem With Measuring Things” with a quote.  I really liked the quote and thought it perfectly described scouting.  When I tracked down the author of the quote I discovered it was attributed to Albert Einstein and was amazed to find that he had more things to say about volleyball.  Who would have thought…

Einstein of practice – “We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.”

Einstein on the problem of fitting your players to your system or fitting your system to your players – “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”

Einstein on scouting and statistics – “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

Einstein on whether sharing videos gives the opponent a competitive advantage – “Information is not knowledge.”

Einstein on tactics – “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

Einstein on innovation – “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Einstein on the importance of the junior coach – “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Einstein on analysing a poor season – “The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

Einstein on watching France play at their best – “To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty…this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.”

Einstein on creating an effective training environment – “I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”

Einstein on continuing coach education – “The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Einstein on how much to copy other coaches – “Truth is what stands the test of experience.”

Einstein on repeating the same drills – “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Einstein on spiking high balls into the middle blocker’s hands – “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”


My apologies to the writer whose device I have borrowed here.  I read it recently but can’t for the life of me remember who it was or even what it was about.

Einstein’s thoughts on other topics can be found here and here


Read about the great new Vyacheslav Platonov coaching book here.

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