Are You Successfully Stressing Players In Practice?

Science has proven the correct doses of stress on the human body results in growth, both mentally and physically. Great coaches understand stress is a powerful facilitator to achieving human growth potential. These coaches have learned how to purposely stress a player in practice without going near the point of physical or mental break down.

Stress can be positive, triggering desirable adaptation in the body; or stress can be negative, causing grave damage and harm. The effects of stress depend almost entirely on the dose. And when applied in the right dose, stress does more than stimulate physiological adaptations. It stimulates psychological ones, too. Research has demonstrated stress, followed by rest, results in growth. Stress + Rest = Growth

What Are The Correct Doses Of Stress For Each Player?

Finding the correct doses of stress when coaching each youth player is one of the most difficult jobs as a High School Varsity Head Coach. If you push players too much, they may dislike you and you jeopardize possibly your position. If you push players too little it starves players of the opportunity to grow as players and people. These players often choke under pressure during playoffs and in crucial life moments for success.

At Volleyball1on1, we believe as youth coaches our job is not to coddle players. Our job is to prepare players for the stresses of life through being successfully prepared for big volleyball matches. We can do this as youth coaches by thoughtfully creating a stressful environment in practice that mimics the environment they will experience in a match and life.

The Difficulties of Raising Players Stress Levels

Youth coaches need to be far more cautious when stressing a player for growth because if you go too far, even with the absolute best intentions for your players, you could jeopardize your position. In addition, this generation of players can quickly struggle in how they respond to stress, the increase in helicopter / overprotective parenting, and the general more cautious approach of Athletic Directors and their Athletic Departments.

S.O.S. – Stress Output Score. ™

To help High School Varsity Head Coaches and their staff overcome challenges in successfully stressing their players for growth, we developed a special tool within our Volleyball1on1 Superior Coaching Systems ® to coach youth players and teams called S.O.S. – Stress Output Score. ™

The S.O.S. – Stress Output Score ™ is the amount from 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest that a youth coach can stress a player or a team before they need to “Rest” or take a break. At the start of every Volleyball1on1 practice each player self-reports their S.O.S. ™ number from 1 to 10 for themselves and shares it with the coaching staff and team which then gets written on the whiteboard. This score can change from day to day and the coach is made aware of that score by the player as the need arises after practice starts during practice.

The team or often the “Leadership Council” also gives the team a S.O.S. – Stress Output Score ™ at the start of each practice which is written on the white board with the practice plan. The coaching staff then uses the S.O.S. ™ scores as a barometer of how hard they can train players individually or as a team that day.

Volleyball1on1 Is The Leading Innovator In USA Youth Volleyball Coaching

Live Your Purpose! Volleyball1on1 Can Help. We offer solutions to fit your time, your lifestyle, and your budget. We have coaching tools and systems that work because they deal with the psychology of coaching and successfully working with this generation of players and parents. Our systems are scalable, meaning they can be used across your entire program as a High School Varsity Head Coach and Club Director. Most importantly our systems help coaches take back their life by helping them work less, more efficiently, and while having a greater impact on the players they coach. Giving them a clear system with tools to leave a legacy in their communities for generations to come, because we at Volleyball1on1 deeply believe “It’s Bigger Than Volleyball!” ®.


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