As Head High School Coaches the ability to peak players individually and as a team for, and during playoffs is critical for ongoing success for your program. In working with 1000’s of players and coaches at Volleyball1on1 we have developed our Volleyball1on1 Superior Coaching Systems ™ to help you successfully peak your players for playoffs every year consistently.
In my years of coaching I have come to understand and believe the famed Italian Galileo Galile (an astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician). Galileo said:
“The solution is simple once it is discovered. The point is to discover it!”
In this article, I will help you discover one of the most powerful coaching tools in the modern science of coaching volleyball that will forever change how you coach volleyball for the better if you choose to apply it.
Whole Person Growth ™ – Building / Coaching People Of Character Who Peak In Playoffs
Let’s review the diagram to the right, which is an excerpt from the Volleyball1on1 Coaching Manual on “Whole Person Growth” ™ as this is the foundation of this powerful coaching principal.
“Your self-ideal is the first of three parts of your personality. Your self-ideal is made up of your hopes, dreams, visions, and ideals. Your self-ideal is composed of the virtues, values, and qualities that you most admire in yourself and others. Your self-ideal is the person you would most like to become, if you could be a perfect person in every way. These ideals guide and shape your behavior.”
“The second part is your self-image. This is the way you see yourself and think about yourself. It is often called your inner mirror. It is how you look internally to see how you should behave in particular situations. Because of the power of your self-image, you always perform on the outside consistent with the picture you have of yourself on the inside.”
“The third part of your self-concept is your self-esteem. This is the emotional component of your personality, and it is the most important factor in determining how you think, feel, and behave. Your level of self-esteem largely determines much of what happens in your life. The more you like yourself, the better you perform at anything you attempt. And by the law of reversibility, the better you perform, the more you like yourself.”
Our Job As Coaches
“Your level of self-esteem is largely determined by how closely your self-image – your current performance and behaviors – matches your self-ideal.”
Over the course of a season, our job as coaches is to steer the team towards a “winning team culture,” while establishing “What Great Looks Like!”. ® The result is that players will develop confidence individually, which will then permeate onto the team as their behaviors and performances begin to match their self-ideal which we help coaches establish when they work with our “One Of A Kind” Volleyball1on1 Summer Camp curriculum. We have designed comprehensive “Superior Coaching Systems” to help you establish a culture weaved with this powerful “Whole Person Growth” tool.
“At Volleyball1on1, we believe it is the job of the coach to craft an environment that is conducive to developing every player’s self-image in the self-ideals we establish.”
This information is covered extensively in our 350 page Volleyball1on1 Coaching Manuals which Head High School Coaches and their staff receive and are training with during their Volleyball1on1 Summer Camp week.
You Players Journey Over a Season Is Directed By You, Their Coach
“Over the course of a season the environment and how coaches offer feedback to athletes will dramatically impact how they develop confidence and thus peak their players for playoffs.”
As a coach we want players to exude maximum confidence in playoffs and at the end of season. The coach is in full control of the practice environment and therefore in full control of how players build confidence and thus peak for and during playoffs.
In early season, the coach needs to create an environment where players / teams are learning skills and living into challenges. By this I mean that expectations are very high and players / teams will most often not meet expectations. Compliments are less frequent as players are less likely to meet high expectations.
By mid-season players and teams are meeting expectations more frequently. Skills learned are closer to expectations and players are meeting challenges more frequently individually or as a team.
End of season / playoffs is when players are most likely to meet expectations. Coaches are far better prepared to offer compliments and “recognize excellence” in a player or team’s behaviors on the court, with “What Great Looks Like” ™, or off the court with “The Volleyball1on1 Winning Culture!”
“Recognizing Excellence” Matches Self-Concept To Self-Ideal Which Results In Greater Self-Esteem
As players are recognized more often for their efforts over the course of the season and their self-concept matches their self-ideal, their self-esteem will build.
Great coaches are masters of raising expectations and meeting those expectations. By crafting an environment where players journeys over the course of a season have raised their expectations of what is possible for themselves and then meeting those expectations, coaches can help their players develop massive amounts of self-esteem. This helps coaches then peak their players for and in playoffs!
Most importantly, players self-esteem will be evident in the areas that the coaches most desire. For example, on the court we want players to peak in the Volleyball1on1 Culture of “What Great Looks Like.” ®
- Serve in and Tough
- No Hitting Errors
- Pass High / Off Net / Middle
- Hittable Balls
- Take Out the Trash
- Relentless Pursuit Defense
- Game Plan Offense
- Game Plan Defense
Putting This Into Action Now, Before And During Playoffs
Coaches who follow the Volleyball1on1 Superior Coaching System ™ are currently crafting an environment where players meet expectations and where coaches can “recognize excellence” in the self-ideal they established.
“Players level of self-esteem is largely determined by how closely their self-image – their current performance and behaviors – matches their self-ideal.”
Importantly, players are peaking, as they feel massive self-esteem from meeting difficult expectations set by their coach at the beginning of the season or journey together.
How Can You Add This To Your Program?
If you are looking to build proven winning “Superior Coaching Systems” ™ into your program the solution, we highly recommend you host a “One Of A Kind” Volleyball1on1 Summer Camp at your school.
At your Volleyball1on1 Summer Camp we will work with you to help establish a high self-ideal for your players with “The Volleyball1on1 Winning Culture,” and “What Good Looks Like.” ® During this time, we help you craft an environment where you can help players individually or as a team, live into those expectations thus building your players self-esteem.