How To Play As A Team

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Coaches often exhort their charges to ‘play together!’ or to ‘play as a team!’.  The reasons for victory are often described as great ‘team play’ and losses are caused by ‘not playing together’.  But what does that actually mean? How do you play together? How do you play as a team?  I was asked that very question this week.  This is my response.

  • COVER
    • There is no action in volleyball that is more selfless than to cover spikers on your team.
  • DO YOUR JOB AND LET THE OTHER GUY DO HIS
    • If your job is to block line and let the other defend, you block line.  If your job is to attack, you let the other guy pass the free ball.  Even if you think you see something different, or if you think the other guy is not ready.  You might think you are doing the right thing, but more often than not you create disruption and confusion and make it more difficult for your teammates to make the next play.  You could describe this a discipline.
  • CELEBRATE
    • …together.  Share good actions with teammates
  • COMMISERATE
    • …together.  Share responsibility for poor actions and show support to your teammates.
  • BENCH
    • …should be active in the game by showing support during the action and giving information to the players on the court during breaks in play.
  • SCOUTING
    • Pay attention to the match plan AND follow it.
  • COMMUNICATE
    • …between rallies.  The information that is shared between rallies is the communication that makes a difference.  A quick review of the previous rally, often with a some technical feedback, and an equally quick preview of the next rally, with scouting reminders and task assignment has a much greater effect on team play and outcome than any communication that might occur during the rally.

‘Playing as a team’ is something that is often clearer in its absence than its presence and is one of the most difficult things for a coach to describe and therefore ‘fix’.  The points raised here will get your team a long way down the track to that elusive, mythical ‘teamwork’.


*There is nothing more demoralising and / or infuriating for a player than to have a teammate step in front of them to take a ball that is theirs.  And there is nothing more infuriating for the coach than the answer ‘but he wasn’t ready to play it’ when it is pointed out.


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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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Trenerskie Porady Tygodnia

COACHING TIPS OF THE WEEK polish

#7 – “Pierwszy raz, kiedy coś wykonujesz, jest okropny”

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

#5 – “Wszystko jest wyczuciem czasu”

#4 – “Znajdź czas by cieszyć się życiem”*

#3 – “Bycie trenerem nie jest ćwiczeniem teoretycznym”

#2 – “Im bardziej zmęczeni są zawodnicy, tym intensywność treningów powinna być większa”

#1 – “Nigdy nie dokonuj oceny indywidualnych zawodników lub drużyny po pierwszym dniu lub tygodniu treningów”


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Trenerska Porada Tygodnia #7

“Pierwszy raz, kiedy coś wykonujesz, jest okropny”

Kiedy zaczynasz trening siłowy, na początku jest taki okres czasu, kiedy postęp jest bardzo szybki. Niestety nie jest to z powodu zwiększonej siły, lecz z powodu nauki jak poprawnie wykonywać ruchy. Jest to znane jako Efekt Uczenia się. Dopiero gdy Efekt Uczenia się będzie miał miejsce zaczynasz widzieć postępy, które są spowodowane adaptacją mięśni poprzez trening siłowy.

To pojęcie może być zaobserwowane w innych częściach treningu. Na przykład każde nowe ćwiczenie, które trener próbuje w trakcie treningu, posiada okres czasu, w którym zawodnicy i drużyna uczą się jak to ćwiczenie działa. W którymś momencie wykonywanie ćwiczenia ma znaczący postęp. Nie jest to rzeczywisty rozwój umiejętności, ale Efekt Uczenia się. I warto zauważyć, że przed Efektem Uczenia się, wykonanie ćwiczenia jest okropne. To samo dotyczy rozgrzewki i małych gier. Za każdym razem, kiedy trener przedstawia nową grę, wykonanie jest okropne, zanim Efekt Uczenia się będzie miał miejsce.

Lekcją jest, że kiedy robisz coś na treningu po raz pierwszy, nie oczekuj, że wykonanie będzie znakomite. Odpręż się i pozwól zawodnikom rozpracować jak wykonać to ćwiczenie. I odwrotnie, w momencie kiedy rozpracują to ćwiczenie, nie myl wykonywania ćwiczenia z rzeczywistą nauką. Wszystko wymaga czasu.


* Artykuł przetłumaczony na język polski przez Zuzannę Dulnik.

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