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 of young athletes.
The good news, I feel this is an easy problem to solve and not true! Young athletes / volleyball players tend to be very very committed if you create the right environment in your gym! How?
In order to get commitment with this generation you need player ownership in the team. Unlike in the past when just being on the team was enough players today need to know they were heard and to know their input was considered and responded to. Now I am not saying they need to get their way. Rather just that their feedback was considered.
Additionally, by engaging in PRODUCTIVE CONFLICT (Dysfunction 2) and tapping into team members’ perspectives and opinions a team can confidently commit and buy in to a decision knowing that they have benefited from everyone’s ideas.
*Note – To create an environment for dysfunction 2 you must BUILD TRUST! (Dysfunction 1)
The result is, teams make clear and timely decisions and move forward with complete buy-in from every member of the team, even those who voted against the decision.
Players should be aware of both individual and team commitments, I encourage coaches to write team commitments on the white board before practice and use this in determining practice goals.
Using the back of the practice white board for individual player commitments can also be done and used as a way to focus players on individual goals for a practice.
Reviewing team and individual commitments before matches and in preparation for matches is encouraged.
Examples of commitments related to volleyball on the court:
– The 2nd and 3rd worst things you can do in men’s volleyball is serve a lollipop serve therefore I am committed to having a tough serve when the pressure is on.
– The most effective serve in women’s volleyball in a jump float serve and as such I am going to commit to learning to execute this serve effectively in matches.
– As a red-light server I am going to get my serve in and serve the location where the coach wants the ball so “Jane – my team mate” who is a green-light server can go for it on her serve.
– The 4th best thing you can do in women’s volleyball is a 2-point pass. Therefore on tough serves, I am going to really focus on keeping the ball on my side by passing the ball off the net and thus giving my setter a chance to set the outside hitters.
– During out-of-system plays as a player I am going to focus on getting the ball in with pressure by putting the ball deep to the setter.
Players should be aware of both individual and team commitments. I encourage coaches to write team commitments on the white board before practice and use this in determining practice goals.
Using the white board for individual player commitments can also be done and used as a way to focus players on individual goals for a practice. Many great coaches I see force players to do this before every practice.
Reviewing team and individual commitments before matches and in preparation for matches is also encouraged.
If you are a high club director / coach looking to improve your coaching curriculum and build a better club contact me and let me share some ways how I can help you do this.