As you get ready to start this season and review why you and your team failed to achieve the volleyball results you wanted last year I think it’s important to take some lessons from America’s finest. A lesson that can make us better coaches plus a better mentor as we impart this important knowledge onto…
Inattention to Results – The Fifth Dysfunction of a Volleyball Team and How to Overcome It (Part 5 of 5)
In sports there are winners and losers and results are often a bench mark of success on and off the court. The fifth dysfunction of a team is and “Inattention to Results”.
“Perhaps more than with any of the other dysfunctions, the leader must set the tone for a focus on results. If team members sense that the leader values anything other than results, they will take that as permission to do the same for themselves.” – Patrick Lencioni
I want to share some of the most important points to winning at the high school level. Now I know this may seem obvious, but often this is all it takes! It reminds me of one of my favorite sayings by a great man: “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo Galilei
Billions of dollars have been spent since the 50’s on research related to the OODA Loop and military warfare. Many of those same, researched concepts can be applied volleyball. In this diagram we show you how many of our ideas on “Reading the Game” and “Volleyball Strategy” come together in one philosophy and diagram.
In this article I want to review what high school summer camps should teach players / coaches and what your camps in the past may have missed. As I discussed last week, referencing Harvard professors J Richard Hackman 60-30-10 Rule up to 90% of your seasons outcome can be influenced by your volleyball summer camp and what you do before and during the first few weeks of practice.
In volleyball, building team leaders within a team is critical for long term team and coaching success. These leaders can be taught to take over many traditional challenging coaching responsibilities which often create problems with coach to player relationships. In talking with coaches the characteristics of the current millennial generation of players has accelerated this need to change toward this new coaching style that requires more player involvement.
So as many of you know I still love playing beach volleyball competitively and I wanted to share an important tip that has really helped me as I turn 40 this year to compete against those young bucks. Hopefully it will help you do the same! As an older player I find attacking successfully is one of the most difficult things to do as you get older.
Richard Hackman was a World Renowned Harvard University Professor who studied and offered powerful new insights on team effectiveness that are very helpful in coaching volleyball.
One important area that is not empathized enough on defense is the physical orientation of the set and players getting meaning from the set as it relates to defense both blocking and digging. To help overcome this challenge I have created a fun acronym, “I.T.S.S.” to help players understand this is the first thing they should look for when “reading the game” on defense.
High school volleyball season is brutal in that team matches start just weeks after the first practice. In this article I am going to quickly explore how we work with high school teams and coaches to learn 70-80% of what they need to know before the season begins.
“Reading the Game” – The Biggest Change in Volleyball Coaching And How You Are Likely Teaching it Wrong!
In reviewing volleyball coaching as a whole “Reading the Game” is the biggest change in volleyball coaching in the last 5 years. In review “Reading the Game” is the skill I most often hear high school and club coaches struggle to teach and are most interested in learning. Yet the majority of experts are teaching “Reading the Game” wrong in my opinion! In this article I will review how the most successful fighter pilot in USA Airforce history may offer a better way and why!
Today I am going to share with you the first lesson I teach at every volleyball camp and clinic and I encourage you to do the same. Why, because the results are instantaneous and massive! Amy Cuddy, a professor and researcher from Harvard Business School offers powerful insights into her years of research on…
How do you deal with stress in big volleyball matches? In this video Alan Knipe, USA Head Coach for the 2012 Olympics and current head coach for LBS NCAA Men’s shares secrets some of the top players in the world use to help them perform at their peak.
Avoidance of Accountability – The Fourth Dysfunction of a Team in Volleyball Coaching and How to Overcome It (Part 4 of 5)
Because of a lack of real commitment and buy-in, team members develop and avoidance of accountability. Without committing to a clear plan and each member understanding their individual and team contributions to that plan, even the most focused and driven teams often hesitate to call each other out on actions and behaviors counterproductive to the good of the team.
Lack of commitment is the third dysfunction of many teams that results in failure. In talking with many high school coaches about their season this year I am finding something they often express to me is the player’s lack of commitment. This to be honest is a common theme I hear from many coaches when describing volleyball players today and this generation.
The good news, I feel this is an easy problem to solve!
Fear of Conflict and Healthy Debate – “Why You’re Season May Have Failed this Year and How to Fix It? 5 Dysfunctions Of a Team (Part 2 of 5)
Fear of conflict is a major reason many teams fail over the course of a volleyball season. By comparison healthy debate tends to lead to more success yet few coaches know why and how to foster this important environment with and amongst their players. As a coach I think conflict is good for progress.…
Situations I would often do this in are for the elite high school and club players (College destined super star) on teams with mediocre talent that are rolling along in second or third gear through practice and still dominating. My goal with these players is multifold… READ MORE!
Volleyball1on1 Coaching Manual – The Turnkey Revolution and Systems Dependent Business (Part 2 of 3)
80% of businesses fail in the first 5 years and 96% of business fail in the first 10 years. In business the solution beyond this is taking advantage of the turnkey revolution or building systems dependent businesses. Those same successful business principals can lead to more successful coaching.
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Why Your Season May Have Failed this Year and How to Fix It (Part 1 of 5)
Why do teams fail? This is a question many of you are asking or considering ask you look back or forward to your volleyball season. This is a question we answer in this post and includes easy to use tools!
In my previous life to Volleyball1on1 Owner / Coach I used to be a business consultant with my wife. We would consult 20-30 business owners a month and would offer advice for business success. Perhaps one of the best pieces of business advice I have ever heard was from our business partners Jairek Robbins farther Tony Robbins. “If you want to be good at anything…
This is a girls high school volleyball match evaluation with Andor Gyulai. This is a team Andor Gyulai coached during the summer and unfortunately we are not seeing allot of the things that we worked so hard on during the summer to get good. This video is a reminder of some of our teams guiding principals on the court as well as with regard to our coaching philosophy.
In this post I wanted to reference some important resources to help when using science to develop a team game play principals and a volleyball coaching philosophy. This article is less about sharing opinions and more about referencing other studies and articles in order to have a foundation from which to analyses your own philosophies.
This post contains a 2 part video evaluation of Ryan Doherty blocking verses the great Ricardo and Alison. I love Ryan and what he does for the sport however he is making some major, easy to correct blocking mistakes and it is time to fix them before the Olympics!
In this video Andor Gyulai reviews the verbal cues: Specificity. This is an important cues to use early and often with new volleyball players at it is an important foundation for coaching! This is also an important practice and drill design philosophy.
Perhaps my number #1 Core Principal as a Coach is to help my volleyball players become better learners! I like to say: “My #1 Goal is to make you better life long learners that strive for Kaizen”. Kaizen means constant never ending improvement. In this video I go through with my players how they can become better / faster learners of anything including volleyball.
An important volleyball coaching cue for learning is “Be Engaged”. This verbal cues can be used: when teaching players how to learn faster, participate in practice more, and finally how to make their high school team with a new and different coach.
In this video Andor Gyulai reviews the verbal cues: “Make Lots of Mistakes” and “Look Really Stupid”. These cues can be very helpful for forming a better foundation for learning. We encourage you to review this plus the process of “How people learn”, early during the season and we encourage this to be an important foundation of your teams core principals.
Go Beyond Reading the Game for Volleyball, Slow the Game Down After You Receive Info with Andor Gyulai – High School Volleyball Camp 6 15 15
“Reading the game is the premier skill in volleyball” – Karch Kiraly. I DISAGREE! Great players and coaches go beyond “Reading the game” and have or coach the ability to slow the ball and game down after they receive information from their opponents. This FREE Video will show you how to do this successfully!
This video features a continuation and a progression from the previous spray pass drill. Now players not only have to set a bad spray pass, but in some cases the spray pass is so bad they have to set the ball behind themselves. This video also works on player spacing and helps the attacker with where and how to approach a bad pass so they can still maybe be in system or at least get a decent attack in on the bad pass.
This video features the spray pass setting drill and coaching with Anjinho Bacil. A short low pass is a common error when passing the ball infront of your inside leg however at the height Anjinho recommends however practicing this drill results in an easy fix where the setter can improve the play and get the hitter back in system.
In this videos Chris Harger focuses on timing and setting the block as it relates to coaching youth volleyball blocking technique. Points discussed include: timing, where to set the block based upon the attack, tips for blocking the attacker and more.
In this videos Chris Harger focuses on vision and “Reading the game” as it relates to coaching youth volleyball blocking technique. Points discussed include: Visual sequence, ball – setter – ball – hitter, reading the setter, examples; overrunning the ball, dropping their hands, arching the back, set against the flow, reading the hitter, plus more.