Why Read This?
In the last 6 years the biggest change in coaching the sport of volleyball has be the concept of “Reading the Game.” Yet most coaches teach it wrong in my opinion and in so doing miss so much more where they can help their players! I have spent the last six years researching and testing the ideas presented in this paper for indoor and beach across all skill levels and ages. These ideas work, and can be applied for coaching players of all ages to improve their ability to “read the game,” “slow down the ball,” “slow down the game,” “deal with pressure,” and more.
My name is Andor like “Condor” and Gyulai like the month. I started coaching volleyball seriously at the age of 16 as the head coach of my high school and I clocked Malcolm Gladwell’s elusive 10,000 hours as a coach by about 23 when I ran my own club of 10 teams while in college at UCLA playing volleyball. As a player I won a Division 1 NCAA Championship at UCLA and have been invited to play for my country South Africa for both beach and indoor volleyball. Yet my most unique trait as a coach is that I also own Volleyball1on1.com. Through the website I have filmed and edited over 2500 videos with the best players and coaches in the world of volleyball for both beach and indoor.
I am sharing my ideas and research with you now to add my contributions to the sport of volleyball that I love as well as to market Volleyball1on1.com and the coaching services I provide through my high school volleyball camps and youth club coaching clinics and manuals.
Volleyball1on1 OODA Loop Volleyball Vision Coaching Blueprint
Table of Contents:
- Karch Kiraly Secret Weapon
- Renshaw Meaning (8) Example
- Why “Read – Plan – Do” is Wrong
- John Boyd known as the “Fighter Pilot who changed the Art of War” with the OODA Loop
- Colonel John Boyd coined the term O.O.D.A. Loop, in the 1950’s.
- A Better System – The OODA Loop
- Volleyball1on1 OODA Loop Volleyball Vision Coaching Blueprint
- Outside Information (1)
- Step 1 of the OODA Loop – Observation (2)
- Analyze (3)
- Snapshots (4)
- Centering (5)
- How to “Center” and get in the zone
- Command Control – “The Zone” (6)
- Soft-Centered vs. Fine-Centered Vision (7)
- Long and Deep (8)
- Small Rhythmic Movement (9)
- Step 2 of the OODA Loop – Orientation (10)
- Renshaw – Meaning (11)
- Vision Is Shaped by a Lifetime of Beliefs and Training
- Cultural Traditions and Genetic Heritage (12)
- USA – A Culture of Competition
- UCLA – Cultural Tradition of Winning and Competition
- Japan – Culture of Shame
- South Africa – A Culture of Economic Poverty
- The Growth Mindset (13)
- Challenge vs. Threat (14)
- Metacognition (15)
- Previous Experiences (16)
- New Information / Adapt (17)
- Physical Orientation (18)
- Visual Mental Rehearsal (19)
- Mental Model / Paradigms (20)
- Renshaw – Meaning (11)
- Step 3 of the OODA Loop – Decision (21)
- Hick’s Law (22)
- Response Complexity (23)
- Volleyball Coaching Examples Using Response Complexity
- Step 4 of the OODA Loop – Action (24)
- Metacognition (15)
- Loaded / Split Step (25)
- Shape the Mind of Your Opponent (26)
- Implicit Guidance and Control (27) – Learned Automatic Response
- Feed Forward (28) – Feedback
- AVCEx (29)
- AVCEx in Action
- Slowing Down the Ball and Game
- In Summary
Karch Kiraly Secret Weapon
In December 2011 the volleyball coaching world was rocked when Karch Kiraly revealed his secret to why he was arguably the best male player in United States volleyball history at the AVCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas. As the only Olympic Gold Medalist for both beach and indoor the volleyball coaching community took notice. His ideas were not only his own, rather a collaboration of his ideas plus some of the best coaching minds in the sport namely Hugh McCutcheon, Paula Weishoff, Ron Larson and Tom Black. (The big 5 with Karch!)
Listening to these ideas as a player and coach I was both fascinated and excited. Was this the secret that would help me propel my game and coaching to the next level?
Little did I know at the time that these ideas were not effectively describe in a manner consumable by most volleyball athletes. Additionally, I did not realize how these ideas would lead me down new hallways of research that would ultimately coach players to “read the game better,” “slow down the ball,” “slow down the game,” and ultimately define a new more effective language to describe better tools for coaching volleyball.
So looking back in the days and months following Karch’s presentation, with unbridled excitement I tried it to implement the ideas he shared. For weeks and what turned into months I followed his directions and with no success.
What was I missing or was it rather the way it was being taught? Now I am no stranger to volleyball playing or coaching. Having won a NCAA Championship plus having started my coaching career at age 16 I came to quickly understand that it was not me but rather how the concept was being taught that made it difficult to apply.
This was when I discovered the important vision principal optometrists understand and a simple example they use to clearly explain the difference between the terms “sight” and “vision”.
“Sight” is the ability to see and the eye’s response to light shining into it. “Vision” is the ability to interpret and understand information that comes through the eyes.
The best example is the illustration and video below which is clearly explained what was missing in how it was being taught…
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