Communication may be more important in volleyball than any other sport. Players need to become good listeners towards their teammates and coaches along with providing clear information to others.
Teams that communicate well flow together and play as one.
The best teams work to improve communication skills just as they would any other volleyball skill. Their results show just how important communication is.
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The goal with verbal communication is to communicate clearly and avoid confusion.
Here are some tips for communicating effectively.
Just as athletes need to learn physical skills, many players need to learn communication skills. If a player is being too quiet and passive becomes an issue, be sure to give them a chance to get loud. Some players just need to be given permission to be loud.
At first they may find it stressful and become embarrassed. With some practice, pretty soon they will understand the concept of creating a loud gym voice.
Like anything else, it takes practice to become comfortable with it. Each time they do it they will be closer to making it a good habit.
If you are watching volleyball for the first time you might be thinking, “Why are the players touching each other so much.”
You’ll notice the best teams will make physical contact with teammates in between every play. This is because they are trying to stay connected with one another.
You’ll notice adults slap hands and youth players perform a team cheer in the middle of the court.
Examples of physical communication…
With improved communication skills, players learn to listen and trust each other.
Generally, men don’t need to be as close to teammates all the time. Men communicate more with looks and nods. Men tend to focus more on strategic ways to find a way to beat the opponent. Men tend to be more about the need for information than the need for closeness.
Great players know how to treat themselves well and move forward in the game. They find it easy to blow off bad plays, sometimes just laughing it off.
One of the most harmful habits a player could have is negative self-talk. Negative self-talk keeps the player focused on the wrong stuff. One of the worst things a player can do is get mad and withdraw into them self.
Players who don’t handle mistakes well must be taught techniques for recovering from these situations.
One way players are able to recover quickly is by reconnecting with teammates immediately after making the error. For example, a teammate saying something like, “Hey, you’ve got this!” can go along way to solidifying confidence.