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Coaching Tip Of The Week #15

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“Check the hair”

It is a fairly common characteristic of people to pay attention to their appearance in public, even more commonly among young people.  Maybe they do not spend a lot of time preparing their appearance for every single activity outside the house but for the most part there is a minimum standard that each individual will aim for a given activity.  The most obvious area that people spend time on their appearance is their hair.  Conversely, people tend to spend less time on their appearance when they are tired or rushed or running late or stressed or don’t care or sometimes even making a protest.

I suspect you already know where I am going with this.  As you get to know the players in your team, you will get to know how each of them likes to present themselves in public.  When those standards drop, that can be your first clue that something could be wrong with an individual or within the team.  As we know from Tip #11, we don’t need to jump to any conclusions but when your players arrive for practice, always,  always check the hair.


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Suggerimento della settimana #2

Più i giocatori sono stanchi, più bisognerebbe aumentare l’intensità dell’allenamento

Qunado i giocatori sono stanchi, la prima cosa che pensano è quanto sono stanchi. Più tempo hanno per pensare, più dicono a se stessi e ai compagni quanto sono stanchi.

Gli esercizi che richiedono apprendimento, prendono un sacco di energia mentale. I giocatori stanchi utilizzano un sacco di energia mentale per dire a se stessi e ai compagni, quanto sono stanchi.

Questo non significa che i giocatori non sono motivati o non vogliono lavorare, oppure ancora non vogliono migliorare. Significa semplicemente che tu devi adattare l’allenamento allo stato fisico e mentale corrente dei tuoi giocatori.

Se i giocatori non hanno tempo per pensare, non hanno tempo per rimuginare sui loro problemi. Riduci i tempi tra un’azione e l’altra. Ad esempio, proponi esercizi con ripetizioni multiple da ripetere entro un breve lasso di tempo.

La competizione motiva sempre. Non finirò mai di stupirmi davanti a uomini adulti che si  trascinano -letteralmente e metaforicamente-  sul campo nel momento in cui fai fare un gioco stupido, solo perchè c’è di mezzo la competizione.

Se la squadra è stanca, aggiungi un’altra palla o cambia il gioco e vedrai che i giocatori in questo modo saranno sempre capaci di trovare un altro po’ di energia.

Tradotto da Manuela Erbì

Originali in Inglese qui.


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Suggerimento della settimana #1

“Non esprimere mai un giudizio su un singolo giocatore o su una squadra, dopo il primo giorno o la prima settimana di allenamento”

Si dice che la prima impressione è quella che conta, ma si dice anche di non saltare subito alle conclusioni. All’inizio di ogni pre-stagione c’è sempre qualche giocatore che ha lavorato sodo durante le vacanze e si presenta in forma come a metà stagione. E c’è sempre qualche giocatore che arriva fuori forma e da l’impressione di non vaer mai toccato una palla da pallavolo in vita sua. Certamente molti giocatori rientrano nel mezzo di questi due casi.

E’ facile cadere nella trappola di esprimere dei giudizi in base a queste prime impressioni, ma l’esperienza ci dice di non lasciarci andare a giudizi veloci. Un allenatore esperto sa che la prima settimana vale zero come metro di giudizio per capire quare sarà poi il livello di performance sia di squadra che individuale. Percò rilassatevi e osservate come i vari giocatori reagiscono all’allenamento (e come interagiscono tra loro). Dopo un paio di settimane inizierai a notare che molte delle tue osservazioni iniziali non erano corrette o particolarmente utili. E’ a questo punto che inizi a esprimere giudizi utili.

Tradotto da Manuela Erbì

Originali in Inglese qui.


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Coaching Tip Of The Week #14

“The difference is a tenth of a second”

When the setter is a little bit unsure, he lets the ball drop a tiny bit lower and keeps it in the hand for a little bit longer.  Maybe a tenth of a second.

When the receiver is a little bit unsure, he steps back half a step to give himself more time.  Maybe a tenth of a second extra.

When the spiker is a little bit unsure, he lets the ball drop fly a bit further to give himself more time to see the block.  Maybe a tenth of a second.

When the blocker is a bit unsure, he waits a little longer to see the set leave the setter’s hands to make the correct decision.  Maybe a tenth of a second.

Players who are confident in themselves and trust their eyes, their decisions and their movements and don’t have to wait that extra tenth of a second.

The difference between a confident player playing well and a good player lacking confidence is roughly a tenth of a second.


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Coaching Tip Of The Week #13

 “Players don’t like being shouted at”

Nobody likes being shouted at.  Indeed, the normal reaction of people is to avoid actions that will lead to being shouted at.  Players are no different from anyone else in this regard.  Players don’t want to be shouted at by their coach, so will actively avoid actions that will lead the coach to shout at them.

This is important information for the coach.  If a player or team is continually doing what the coach does not want, leading to angry words, this is important feedback for the coach.  It means that the players do not understand the instructions sufficiently, or are not able to perform as required.  Therefore the correct response of the coach is not to raise their voice but to review their instructions and their practice.

If you are shouting a lot at practice, review your practice plans and your feedback.  The problem probably lies there.


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Coaching Tip Of The Week #11 – Bonus Tip

“Shining a light on something creates, not prevents, problems” – Part Two

Coaches are naturally fixated on the weaknesses of their team.  Obviously you improve a team by fixing its weaknesses.  At least that is the normal way of thinking.  I’m not so sure.

Coaches must definitely know the weaknesses of their team and they must definitely consider those weaknesses while preparing their training plans.  But continuously shining a light on those weaknesses, by constantly talking about and training has two effects.  Firstly, it takes time from practicing your strengths.  Improving your weaknesses can help prevent losing matches, but it is your strengths that actually win those matches.  And perhaps more importantly, there can be a big effect on players’ confidence.  For example, if players or the team continuously hear that reception is their weakness, they expect their reception to be poor.  After the first poor reception they can start to think ‘here it goes again’ and the downward spiral begins.

Attending to weaknesses is important, but never forget your strengths and always work to keep confidence high.


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Trenerska Porada Tygodnia #6

“Pierwszym zadaniem trenera jest sprawienie by zawodnicy chcieli przyjść na trening”

Jest wiele powodów, dla których zawodnicy przychodzą na trening.

Przychodzą, ponieważ ich rodzice tego chcą.

Przychodzą, ponieważ ich przyjaciele idą na trening.

Przychodzą, ponieważ są umownie zobowiązani.

Przychodzą, ponieważ czują się zobowiązani wobec drużyny.

Przychodzą, ponieważ tego chcą.

Ten ostatni powód jest kluczowy. Jeśli zawodnicy chcą przychodzić na trening, będą bardziej zaangażowani, będą w stanie nauczyć się więcej, będą lepiej wykonywać swoje zadanie. Poziom nie ma znaczenia. Jeśli trener chce wyciągnąć z zawodników jak najwiecej, musi stworzyć środowisko, które sprawi, że będą chcieli przychodzić na trening.

To obejmuje wiele dziedzin. Stworzone środowisko powinno bawić, ale powinno być też poważne. Na treningu powinna być dyscyplina, jednak nie zasady dla samego posiadania zasad. Trening powinien mieć przejrzystą strukturę, ale i wolność do eksperymentowania. Zespół powinien być w centrum skupienia, ale nie kosztem indywidualności. Wygrywanie, zaraz obok nauki, musi być ważne. Spraw by twoi zawodnicy chcieli przychodzić na trening, a twoja praca jest w 98% wykonana.


* Artykuł przetłumaczony na język polski przez Zuzannę Dulnik.

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