In this article I want to review what high school summer camps should teach players / coaches and what your camps in the past may have missed.
As I discussed last week, referencing Harvard professors J Richard Hackman 60-30-10 Rule up to 90% of your seasons outcome can be influenced by your volleyball summer camp and what you do before and during the first few weeks of practice.
So below is a list of what you and your players should learn in my opinion during your volleyball summer camp:
- “Reading the Game!” “Reading the Game” is described as the “Premier Skill” in volleyball. Yet few people teach a system that youth players can successfully implement. Our system for teaching “Reading the Game” has been used for over 65 years with billions of dollars invested in the process of improving and testing the system. As a result we are very confident we do it better than anyone else and as far as we know we are the only one teaching our system in the volleyball community! Click here for more details on our system for teaching “Reading the Game”!
- How to become better learners – Proven systems for learning anything including volleyball faster. This is an important life skill that can help in volleyball and life!
- Metacognition and the process of learning – Helping players better understand the process of how you learn individually so they can speed up their learning. Another important life skill.
- The “Growth Mindset” – This is described as the most important trait of people who are successful at anything including volleyball. Are you aware or teaching this to your players successfully? This is the biggest change in USA Women’s Volleyball Program with Karch Kiraly currently!
- How to develop and establish a team culture that embraces the “millennial generations” strengths and weakness. The millennials are different than us the generation that coaches that coach them. As a coach you must consider this in order to have success. This “millennial generation” team culture embraces and considers:
– Our Athlete Are Empowered and Given a Voice in Decision Making
– Our Athlete Think and Question
– Our Athletes Learn to Lead and Communicate
– We Create a Space through Volleyball Where Players Can Have Fun and Enjoy Time with Their Friends
– The Coach and Players Are Life Long Learner– Our Gym is an Exploratorium (Mistakes are encouraged and a part of learning)
At its heart, this culture creates “Player Driven” team with “Ownership” and “Empowerment” which results in buy-in and supports. This is often polar opposites of what we as coaches experienced with an “Old School” coach driven mentality as it relates to team and practice.
- Coaches and teams are taught to successfully “Launch” which can account for as much as 30% of a team’s success according to Harvard professor J Richard Hackman’s 60-30-10 Rule.
This launch includes:
– Specifying and Clarifying Expectations and Conduct for Team Members
– Players Learning To Communicate: Player to Player, Player to Team, Player to Coach, Team to Coach
– Players Build Trust: Through Vulnerability, Shared Experiences
– Players Learning How To Have Healthy Conflict: Player to Player, Player to Coach, Team Leaders to Team, Team Leaders to Coach, Team to Coach, Coach to Team
– Players Learn How To Commit To Each Other and the Team
– Players Learn How To Be Accountable To Each Other and the Team
– Players Learn How To Focus on Team Results
– Players Learn To Raise Their Expectations
In our opinion this 30% “Launch” is the biggest most important part of a volleyball summer camp which most coaches completely miss.
- Players and coaches are taught how to build a leadership council. Read More Here!
- Players learn how to be successful as a team using the 5 Dysfunctions of a team as its foundation for team interaction and building. Read More Here!
- Players should learn during the volleyball summer camp 80% of the teams verbal cues related to each volleyball skill (Serving, Passing, Setting, Spiking, Blocking and Defense) before the first practice starts.
– Each skill is broken down into 20-30 easy to use “Verbal cues” that each players know in and out by the end of the week long camp. The result is that complex ideas related to each volleyball skill are understood and can be triggered with a simple verbal cue by the coach. This means teams are ready to go day 1 in practice verses coaches needing to break down each skill from the beginning.
– This also means that coaches do not have to teach each skill, particularly skills they are not comfortable with. Rather they can use our proven tested systems for helping players absorb complex ideas related to playing and coaching volleyball.
- Coaches and players are taught the vocabulary and foundation for “Motor Skill Learning” so that they understand the best way to learn volleyball skills. This is critical for improving the “Tranfer” or how fast players learn.
- Coaches are taught proven tested systems for player feedback related to teaching skills. This centers around the “Sandwich Approach” and “Guided Discovery” using Socratic questions.
- Players and coaches for all teams are taught our proven system and verbal cues for practice planning. The result is practices run smoothly and effectively from Day 1 after the summer camp for all teams and squads. Also players can move up squads if needed and not get confused and intimidated.
- All athletes are taught the same concepts (so often players go off and are taught things that conflict with what you as a coach would like to teach). All teams freshman, JV and varsity all use the same systems, verbal cues and more. This system is even taught to local feeder middle schools through our Volleyball1on1 Coaches clinic. This is critical for player advancement as they move up in age groups as is dramatically speeds up the learning process.
- You and your coaching staff learn how to run dozens of drills. Coaches will receive a detailed camp curriculum, Volleyball1on1 Coaching Manual and 15 fully written practice plans to keep and assist in building their program’s foundation.
- Coaches are taught a better system for competition in practice. In our opinion the “Cauldron System” fails to deliver for 95% of high schools, as it does not account for the length of high school season nor the team dynamics in most girls high school team settings. We believe competition is critical for success however the challenges coaches face in coaching high school girls with little connection in a short season needs to be accounted for in the planning process.
- Players are taught proven systems for dealing with stress while in competition.
- Vision is your most important sense in sports. Yet few people effectively teach important skills around vision for volleyball. Ideas we teach include: How to slow the ball down, How to get in the zone, how to effectively switch from “Reading” – Soft Focus to “Seeing” – Fine focus. Also how to speed up reaction time when “Reading”
- Important scientific principals related to volleyball and sports are taught to players and coaches which can significantly help with skill execution. Principals such as Hicks Law, Response Complexity and more.
- Coaches are taught using USA Volleyball Studies to develop a hierarchy of skill importance when coaching volleyball.
- Coaches are taught how to teach important life lessons through sports and volleyball. We describe this as “It’s Bigger Than Volleyball”
- Coaches are taught how to effectively and confidently coach your setter. Like “Reading the Game” many coaches struggle coaching setters. We teach coaches how to organize their practice plus specific drills and exercises for working with setters. These are the same techniques used by some of the most successful setters and setting coaches in the world.
- Coaches are taught how to effectively and confidently coach your libero.
- Coaches are taught how to effectively and confidently design and offense and defense around your team’s strengths and weaknesses.
If you are a high school or club coach and would like to review any of these principals with me (Andor Gyulai) over the phone let me know.Contact Andor Gyulai
Beyond working with the players and teaching this in our Volleyball1on1 Summer Camps, we offer coaches a complimentary 3 Hour coaches clinic the week of the camp plus we offer a full 150+ Page Volleyball1on1 Coaching Manual that review each point discussed above in detail plus more. We are the only volleyball camp company to offer this!!!
Schedule a call by clicking the link above for more information regarding our Volleyball1on1 Summer Camps.