Physical Orientation – I.T.S.S. – It’s The Set Stupid! OODA Loop for 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.

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“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!

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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.

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Lack of Commitment – The Third Dysfunction of a Team and How to Overcome It (Part 3 of 5)

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!

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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.…

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