Monthly Archives: October 2010

How to Effectively Use Competition to Develop Athletes

Too often players, coaches and parents over emphasize competition between teams as “the method” to achieve the competitive edge and use this as the only method or measuring stick identifying competitive progress.

To develop the “competitive edge”, it is important to create an environment that is not only challenging, allows a little creativity and experimentation but must also be stimulating and fun. Athletes must buy into and understand the various ways that are used to simulate competition and think of it as a healthy thing and not something that’s going to threaten their existence. They have to understand that the more times they are faced with adversity and the more times they overcome it, will only serve to give them confidence in thinking that anything is achievable through proper preparation and hard work. Continue reading

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Coaching and developing young athletes

Coaching is “the art of making someone better”. When engaging in teaching and managing young athletes you become a “problem solver”. This should be understood at the start, the experience will be challenging but also very fulfilling.

At any initiation stage, the coach needs to assess the young athlete: sex, age, physical literacy (sport history), etc. The coach will obviously start teaching the game of volleyball way before the whole profile of his young athlete is done. Creating a profile of your player helps you set development objectives and teaching methodology. So basically the “WHAT” & the “HOW”. Continue reading

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Welcome to the Maverick Volleyball Blog!

That just sounds weird coming from a guy who began playing when the soft touch era and diving and rolling were the “in things” in Volleyball. Fisting your serve to make it float was technically taught and playing a back row penetrating setter was a huge tactical shift. In order to find out about stuff like this you were really forced to go out and discover them on your own. I still remember how embarrassing it was when I tried to hit a quick set at my first OVHSAA All star practice. (How was I to know? I had only seen it done, we never had it explained to us.) But the people in volleyball, I soon discovered, were different. They wanted to help you learn, get better and in turn make our sport better. Co-operative competition, radically different. Continue reading

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