When players on your volleyball high school team commit to fixing their mistakes publicly, their actions can be utilized as a powerful tool to raise your teams energy as well as improve your team dynamics. Especially during a match when they may be losing.
Many coaches miss this powerful opportunity which in turn does not cultivate an environment or team culture where it happens naturally. Running a “Correction Commitment Volleyball1on1 Drill” is easy to add into any practice. It is fun, builds team energy, builds team cohesion, all while working on volleyball skills in a 6 on 6 game like environment!
Before I continue with more details on Volleyball1on1’s “Correction Commitment Drill”, it is important I review the foundation of how we build our team dynamics applying our Volleyball1on1 Superior Coaching Systems. ™
Team Building And The 5 Dysfunctions Of A Team
Team dynamics and chemistry are critical aspects of any successful team. Just like a coach works on skills, offensive & defensive strategy, and player communication, the same work, effort, and time needs to be invested in team-building. (2-5 minutes daily will often suffice)
The Volleyball1on1 coaching system uses the “5 Dysfunctions Of A Team” as the foundation of how we tackle team dynamics. Here are excerpts from “The 5 Dysfunctions Of A Team” by Patrick Lencioni below:
The 5 Dysfunctions Of A Team – The Reason Why Most Teams Fail
- The first dysfunction is an absence of trust among team members. Essentially, this stems from their unwillingness to be vulnerable within the group. Team members who are not genuinely open with one another about their mistakes and weaknesses makes it impossible to build a foundation of trust.
- The failure to build trust is damaging because it sets the tone for the second dysfunction: fear of conflict. Teams that lack trust are incapable of engaging in unfiltered and passionate debates of ideas. Instead, they resort to veiled discussion and guarded comments.
- A lack of healthy conflict is a problem because it ensures the third dysfunction of a team: lack of commitment. Without having aired their opinion in the course of passionate and open debate, team members rarely, if ever, buy-in and commit to decisions, though they may feign agreement during the meetings.
- Because of this lack of real commitment and buy-in, team members develop an avoidance of accountability, the fourth dysfunction. Without committing to a clear plan of action, even the most focused and driven people often hesitate to call their peers on actions and behavior that seem counterproductive to the good of the team.
- Failure to hold one another accountable creates an environment where the fifth dysfunction can thrive. Inattention to results occurs when team members put their individual needs (such as ego, career development, or recognition) or even their divisions above the collective goals of the team.
Commitment To Improvement
A challenge many teams experience is when one or more players do not vocally commit to improvement. After they make a mistake, they do not tell the other players or coach they are trying to improve it.
For example: “I got the next one!”
Another downside of not having a commitment to improvement is when weaker players do not admit faults and commit to improvements you may have stronger more confident players over-utilizing healthy conflict to initiate changes. When this dynamic unfolds it can be seen as bullying or being rude.
Correction Commitment Drill
A correction drill: is a drill whereby the players play 6 on 6 and if players make a mistake during the play they get another ball from the coach in the same way as the previous play where they made an error and they need to fix their previous error.
The correction commitment drill: is different than the correction drill in that after the team that makes the error loses the point, the team comes together and the person that made the error, vocally to their group commits to fixing the error.
For example the player had a hitting error. The player would come into their group and say:
“I am going to be smart and hit this ball in and get a kill!” – Commit To Fixing = Creates Energy.
Teammate’s would reply: “We look forward to seeing that!” – Hold Accountable To Commitment = Creates Energy.
The player then attacks the ball and gets a kill on a tip over the block in front of the setter.
For the team and player that got the kill. The player who made the kill would say:
“I told you I would get a kill!” = Creates Energy.
Teammates on the team that got the kill: “You were right! Great kill,” while celebrating. = Creates Energy.
On the opposite team that had the ball killed on them while on defense comes together and the setter who missed the dig says: “I got the next dig!”
Her teammates reply: “ We look forward to seeing that!”
The drill starts again and the coach tips the ball over the net and the correction drill continues.
Creating Energy Off Good And Bad Plays
It is important as a coach to teach your team to create energy off a good play by “celebrating” and off a bad play by “committing to improvement”.
By having a player commit to fixing their error: “I got the next one!” and their team holding them accountable:
“I look forward to seeing that!” teams build energy and improve team dynamics FAST!
Kaizen – “Everyday In Every way I Am Getting Better And Better”
“What Great Looks Like!” ® – Volleyball1on1 Team Culture. #7 Kaizen – Players and coaches are lifelong learners who strive to improve daily.
Kaizen is a Japanese term that means constant never-ending improvement!
It is a mindset / culture we establish, launch, and manage ongoing in our gym to help players get better every day in practice. The Correction Commitment Drill also fits perfectly in-line with our Volleyball1on1 “What Great Looks Like!” ® – Team Culture.
This drill is just one of many we teach you and your players during our “one of a kind” awesome Volleyball1on1 Summer Camps when we travel to your gym.
High school coaches who are interested in hosting a “2019 Volleyball1on1 Summer Camp” and are currently struggling with “team energy” and / or “team dynamics” who would like help / support now, we invite you to schedule a call today with Andor Gyulai, Co-Founder of Volleyball1on1 below. Please note, space availability is limited.