In this article I am going to review how a small high school in a lower economic background area turned their girls’ varsity volleyball program around and created a culture of winning, success, and learning. We at Volleyball1on1 have repeated this successfully many times and this should stand as a testament of why there is no excuse for for not raising your teams playing standard!
If you are looking to build a “Great” volleyball program, be sure to read this article and follow our 7-Steps. You are welcome to schedule a call with us to review your needs if you want more resources and help by going here now.
Step 1: Find a Coach Who Is Willing To Take Ownership!
The first step for success of any program is a leader who can take “Ownership” for the success or more often “the failure” of the team. Why most teams fail is because there is a weak leader managing and directing that team. Most often that leader does not take ownership for the failure of the team. Excuses are common place and because of excuses there is a lack of “Change” and “Growth” which are both critical for success. Learn More or Watch the Video Below!
Step 2: Not Everyone is Going to Be Happy!
Successful leaders understand they cannot please all people all the time! At times they need to make hard decisions that will infuriate some and create resentment against them.
“If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right.” – Jules Renard
Some of your loneliest times as a leader come when you must make an unpopular, but necessary decision. These are the decisions which usually benefit the organization, but that cause inconvenience, discomfort––even distress and suffering for some or many of the people you serve.
Popular examples related to high school girls’ volleyball coaching include:
- “My daughter is a senior, she has put in her time and deserves to start!”
- “My daughter is on the team and therefore deserves playing time!”
- “All players who participate should get to play!”
- “That is not the way our previous coach did it!”
- “That’s not the way we have done it in the program in the past!”
- “Our club coach tells us to do it a different way!”
- “My daughter is better than her and deserves to start!”
These are just some of the complaints you will hear as a coach looking to make dramatic change towards a culture of winning and success. Being prepared for what is coming is important when you turn a program around.
Step 3: Understand What Drives Success! 60-30-10 Rule
Richard J. Hackman was a world-renowned Harvard University professor who studied and offered powerful insights on team effectiveness. His most recognized and powerful insights is known as the 60-30-10 Rule and is extremely helpful in coaching volleyball and critical for developing a “Great” winning culture.
The 60-30-10 rule was developed by Richard J. Hackman after decades of research to help leaders better manage their teams. The rule states that:
- 60% of the variation in team effectiveness is attributable to the “design” or “culture” of the team, pre-work.
- 30% to the way the team is launched.
- 10% to ongoing management / coaching once the team is underway.
90% of the teams success is therefore determined before season or in the first few weeks of practice. Most leaders fail to prepare correctly, which results in their teams failure.
Step 4: Copy Successful People and Get Educated
“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do, and you’ll achieve the same results.” – Tony Robbins
In business 80% of businesses fail in the first 5 years. 96% fail in the first 10 years. Businesses that buck this trend tend to be systems dependent businesses like franchises where the “System is the Solution” and the job of the leaders is to focus on executing the system. What astounds me is why this same knowledge of a “system dependent” or “turnkey approach,” is most often not applied to volleyball coaching.
How can you incorporate a system for success in your program?
Get educated on a system that works and start incorporating that system!
Our staff at Volleyball1on1 has worked with hundreds of programs developing a modern system for high school and club youth volleyball coaching.
A Scientific Proven Winning Formula Top-To-Bottom for Your High Schools / Club Success On and Off The Volleyball Court!
Called “What Great Looks Like!” (™) this scientific proven winning formula acts as your compass as it relates to how your team looks and plays on the court, the team culture, the staff coaching standard on what and how you collectively teach your players.
“What Great Looks Like!” (™) is based upon the 60-30-10 Rule (by Richard J Hackman) and what this means is we establish and launch how your program looks, plays, behaves and coaches. All you need to do is continue to steer the ship with our compass towards your dream season results!
“What Great Looks Like!” (™) – The Volleyball1on1 Playing Standard (READ MORE!)
“What Great Looks Like!” (™) – The Volleyball1on1 Winning Culture (READ MORE!)
“What Great Looks Like!” (™) – The Volleyball1on1 Coaching Standard (READ MORE!)
Additional resources and education included with the Volleyball1on1 Camp or Club System:
- Volleyball1on1 300+ Page Coaching Manual
- Indoor Volleyball Drill Library
- 30 Full Practice Plans Start to Finish
- 3000+ Video and Article Library to Review Ideas in Your Own Time
- Volleyball1on1 “Travel 2 U” Players Camp where we Travel to Your Gym and Train You and Your Players (Learn More!)
- Volleyball1on1 Travel 2 U Coaches Clinic (Learn More!)
- Volleyball1on1 Ongoing Email and Phone Support
Step 5: 60% Design
Design your culture based upon sound principals and your environment.
In the 60% attributed to the “design of the team,” Hackman doesn’t just mean picking the best people. You also have to think about the nature of the work, articulate a goal, and plan for enabling support systems.
At Volleyball1on1 we define much of this 60% as our team culture. Coaches need to clearly define their team culture before their first tryout or practice. Volleyball1on1 offers “Travel 2 U” team summer camps as a great vehicle for helping coaches design their culture.
During camp week our trained staff work closely with your coaching staff to develop a culture that meets your needs and particular circumstances. Our culture follows a Scientific Proven Winning Formula Top-To-Bottom for Your High School / Club Success On and Off The Volleyball Court!
Our Volleyball1on1 Culture which we help you install at your program during camp week is also unique in that we teach life lessons through sports. We trademarked it as: “It’s Bigger Than Volleyball!”
Below are examples:
- Peaking Players for Playoffs!
- The First Lesson You Should Teach Any Volleyball Player – Power Posing
- Developing Athletes and, More Importantly, Developing People To Impact Volleyball Team Results (Article 6 of 8)
- “What Great Looks Like!” (™) – The Volleyball1on1 Coaching Standard (READ MORE!)
Step 6: 30% Launch – Help
For us launching your volleyball season is two-fold.
Firstly, using the principals of “The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.” This is the most powerful system that we have seen on teaching players how to work successfully as a team. At our Volleyball1on1 Summer Camps we teach this system of teamwork to the players and staff and it becomes the foundation for your team working together successfully.
What if you could have help whereby Volleyball1on1 travel’s 2 U, trains your players and staff in a proven system, and launches your season. This is what happens when you run a Volleyball1on1 Summer Camp! Read Why We Offer The Best Camp In The Market!
Step 7: 10% A Support Network for Ongoing Management During Season
Problems are going to arise over the course of a season. From questions on overcoming problems on the court to dealing with difficult parents. Knowing how to deal with this can be a challenge!. Having a strong support network who has been there before is critical for addressing these challenges successfully.
“The solution is simple once your know the answer. The point is to discover it!” – Galileo Galilei
Volleyball1on1 offers a variety of ongoing support during season. There are few challenges or problems we have not encountered and cannot help you sort out.
Ongoing Consultation Over The Course Of Your Season – Coaches who run high school / club Volleyball1on1 Summer Camps will receive on-going phone and email support with Volleyball1on1 Founder, Andor Gyulai over the course of their season on an as-needed basis. Described by some coaches as the most valuable service we offer, we will help you manage issues – parent challenges, drill variety and planning, etc. – as they arise throughout the year.
Volleyball1on1 Offers Video Analysis and High School Match Reviews – Our ongoing video analysis is a valuable resources to help you with ongoing management during season. On average coaches tell us it results in a difference of 3-5 points per set. After three reviews, this improvement jumps to 5-10 points per set. Over the course of the season, these numbers will have a massive impact on your team results.
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