Why Play Junior Olympics?
Coaching youth volleyball can be tough because volleyball isn't an easy game to master at any level.
Volleyball coaches need to be patient
and stay up to date on the many advancements made in the sport.
Volleyball is a unique sport and it's best if the coach becomes a
"student of the game".
Reasons to Play Club Volleyball
- Teach kids the skills of volleyball. Each player that enters a volleyball program has the right to expect quality coaching and instruction.
- Teach how to have fun. The coach should help kids learn how to have fun playing volleyball. It's important to have fun volleyball drills because volleyball should be an enjoyable experience and having a good time is important.
- Help kids build confidence and self-control. Volleyball can be a
vehicle to a better quality of life. Emphasizing individual development
is important regardless of the score.
There are many teachable moments and often you can learn more from
when you win.
Teach kids to understand "winning". In every match, it's a
guarantee that 50% of
the participants are going to lose. Players need to understand that it's
about winning. It's often said, "the most successful people have also
most." Don't get too caught up in what the score is during a game. How
well you play has the biggest impact on winning and losing, so teach
your players to focus on playing their best
and not worry about the score.
Teach teamwork. Volleyball is a team sport. To be successful, you
must play as a team. Teach players to cooperate with
teammates the best they can.
With three contacts to a side, volleyball teaches teamwork in a unique
way. Support the goal of reaching a common objective. Teach players to
teammates, officials, fans, and themselves.
Improve players' imagination and anticipation skills. The rebound
aspect of volleyball means that the preparation for contact can be more
important than actual contact.
Players must learn to process information from clues, cues,
perceptions, and demands, all before contact is made with the ball.
Improve communication skills. Volleyball is game of constant
communication between teammates. Players must learn how to respond to
one another. Players must also learn how to make adjustments often on
the fly during the game.
Develop players emotionally. The nature of the game requires
players to be somewhat self-reliant with little help from the coach on
the sidelines. Players also learn
how to take personal responsibility for their actions, with help from
both teammates and the coach in establishing personal confidence through
success on the court.
Nuture, never destroy. There is a big difference between mental
toughness and psychological abuse. Build a frame of realism, but never
damage an athlete's self worth or confidence.
- Develop friendships. Youth volleyball players should develop friendships among parents and players, as well as among teammates. Friendships can also grow between opponents. A good volleyball motto, "Winning and losing are temporary, but friendships last forever."
- Cultivate parent participation. Parents need to be supportive and involved in youth volleyball activities.
- Learn a sport for a lifetime. There are national age group competitions for boys and girls from 12-and-under to players 75 years old and over.
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