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Pushing by mid-season doldrums – Teaching Volleyball

I got here throughout the next from a coach in an internet discussion board.

I’ve a gifted crew that’s struggling mentally to push by lengthy practices within the doldrums of the season. They’re not placing within the hustle I anticipate from them, and so they’re quick with one another and me. I’m planning a 30m speak session at this time to attempt to work by these points however I don’t need to flip it right into a ‘sit n bitch’ session. Any strategies or lesson plans on the right way to have a productive crew remedy session? 6 weeks left until AAUs and I don’t know if I’m going to make it lol.

Its been an ideal season in that we have now gained greater than we misplaced, however we have now been bitten by accidents and haven’t made a lot progress prior to now 2 months. I gave them every week off to cope with college open gyms/homework/finals and it doesn’t appear to have helped. We play in 2 weeks so I don’t need to give them extra day off, however I may if crucial.

I’m not going to deal with the crew assembly aspect of this. I see that as extra of a team-specific consideration and I need this to be a extra typically helpful put up. As a substitute, I’ll simply give attention to issues you are able to do to maintain the gamers engaged throughout part of the season that may be difficult.

When are the doldrums?

I see the doldrums as a mixture of being within the center or latter a part of your season – at in regards to the time when it’s turning into clear the place the crew is within the pecking order, which may de-motivate if it’s not the place you have been anticipating or hoping to be – and in addition having non-volleyball distractions. When precisely is that? Relies on the crew.

In faculty volleyball the doldrums are sometimes across the time of midterms. Highschool groups additionally face this. Gamers are beneath lots of tutorial strain. That may imply they aren’t getting sufficient sleep, and clearly they produce other issues on their thoughts.

For a lot of Juniors groups (no less than within the US) the transition to Spring and hotter climate can fall into this class. Gamers are pondering extra about being outdoors, and it typically coincides with promenade season.

I’m pondering for professional groups in Europe it’s early within the new 12 months. You’re most likely coming off a vacation break and it may be a wrestle to get fired again up once more. I’m completely satisfied to listen to different views on this, although.

What can we do about it?

Regardless of memes you would possibly see on the market putting motivation firmly because the accountability of the gamers, coaches play an enormous half on this. We’ve a powerful affect on the psychology of what occurs in apply, and matches. Meaning we will do issues to assist gamers push by a mid-season lull.

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Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson, an expert in tennis and golf, has covered numerous Grand Slam tournaments and PGA Tours. Her sharp analysis and player insights are a staple of her reporting. Sarah loves playing recreational tennis and is an avid golfer who enjoys weekend rounds with friends.


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