Communicate in a way that is positive and that demonstrates that you have the best interests of the players at heart. Communicate with parents, officials and other coaches in a proactive, respectful and positive manner.
Teaching technique and form now will prevent players from forming bad habits. Keep in mind that we want the players to love volleyball and have fun. Incorporate games into each practice to ensure that players have fun and learn skills.
Teach the rules and protocol of volleyball
Introduce the rules of volleyball and incorporate them into individual instruction. We also want the players to understand how to shake hands before and after matches, how to switch sides, how to rotate and how to understand the referee’s signals. You should plan to review the rules any time the opportunity arises in practices.
Direct players in competition
Your responsibilities include determining lineups, communicating with officials and opposing coaches and players, and making sound tactical decisions during games (when to call a time out). Remember that the focus is not on winning at all costs, but on coaching your kids to compete well, do their best, improve their volleyball skills, strive to win within the rules and most of all, have fun! We want you to encourage the players to attempt to use three hits on a side because in the long-term that is how they will be competitive. A team emphasizing this approach may actually win fewer games than a team that just plays the ball over. But remember, our club wants to develop players to be good when they are older and so focusing on three hits will be emphasized throughout the season.
Be a great role model
To players in elementary school, adults and high school players are watched closely and imitated. These players will remember their coach for a long-time (maybe a lifetime). They will remember the good and the bad. Remember to set a great example for them: be positive, be hard working, be excited and be supportive.
Help players become great team members
Teach them to cheer for each other, back each other up, talk to each other, support each other and celebrate together. These intangible qualities are no less important to teach than the skill of hitting the volleyball. For example, in teaching good team defense, stress to young players the importance of playing within the rules, showing respect for their opponents, and learning to back each other up.
Care about your team and players
Another important attribute is to have genuine concern for your players. Make an effort to know every player on your team and what motivates them best. Remember that your players are learning new skills and it may be hard for them. Be empathetic, encouraging and enthusiastic. Treat your players as you would like to be treated. Show that you enjoy coaching and spending time with the team both on and off the court.
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