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Charleston Kick Off Tournament Chuck Rey – Winthrop University

What you bring to practice each day, your mood, appearance, etc…the players will feed off of you.

Your off court character is revealed on the court, just like your players

Focus on YOU first

The “Opposite Coach”

Happy / Sad graph o Goal is Consistency

Emotional balance o Initial intensity / excitement

90% mental / 10% physical o At Minnesota - first two days of the

Championship Manual o Mental Training to • Strengthen • Reinforce • Prevent “drama developments” 

Are we being proactive or reactive?

October Blues o Schedule of practice during test week • Mid-Terms

o Week when teams generally get sick

Watching the ball or watching the player? o Watch away from the ball • As a coach and as players (reading the game) • Watch eyes of opponent middle blocker • Interaction of coach and team • Coverage of players What the player is doing right vs. what the player is doing wrong? o Key phrases or Cues of what they SHOULD do, not what they SHOULDN’T do o Demonstrate the correct movement only Positional – avoid teaching during match o Passing or passing shifts? o Creating stressful service situations – each stoppage or change o Serving zones • Generic in practice / specific in matches (changing zones) • Learning what zones each player prefers to serve (comfort zones) o Telling players where to hit in practice vs match situation o Use best hitter on 2nd team vs starters • Hitter learns to hit against best • Defense learns to play against best • Offense on 1st team now has to sideout without best hitter • Others learn to step-up • Creates chemistry within the whole team • Be sure to communicate early with team about player movement within the different teams (avoid the pout)

Blocking o Commit Blocking / Release blocking / 1 v 1

blocking o Defense around each block 

Offense vs. different types of defense (rotation, perimeter, man-up, etc.) o Play a particular defense all practice

Goal –Team can be comfortable and confident under stress in practice o We have worked on these situations – rehearsed

it – confidence in the match

Pregame speech o Pregame or Pre-practice o MN • Starting Rotation • MN Strengths / Plan • Offense - Aggressive or safe • Defense – Commit or Release block • Opposing players to contain o Be consistent – same routine for any match o Plan A, Plan B, Plan C (plan to dive, dive the plan) Pregame communication with players – the players notice EVERYTHING o Do you always talk to the same player(s)? o Do you recognize that you don’t talk to a particular player? o Are you serious with one player vs. joking around with another player? o What are the bench players’ needs? • Your voice prior to a match can mean the world to them o Talk with players about their specific role (privately or publically) • If a serving specialist – make sure they understand at what point in the match they are going in and when they are coming out • If a blocking specialist – make sure they understand when they they are going in and coming out after a sideout by the opponent Vs poor opponent o Work harder when ahead • Over-coach, be tight, make adjustments, get on team for mistakes o Opportunity for the starters to pay back to the “practice” players • Build a program • Build trust o Change offensive tactics - practice for more competitive teams • Work on FBA patterns, free ball plays, combination o Change defensive systems • Rotational to Perimeter (worked on in preseason and practice) • Often times the scout team will work another type of defense

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Focused on the play that just occurred or the options for the next play? o Do you discuss options for the play after the next

(plan b)? 

Do you focus on the time in the match or repeat the focal points of the game plan (if working)?

Communication o Verbal and Non-Verbal

• How do you react after an error? o Support Intent not Result

Do you recognize the obvious to the team? o

Players’ voice can be stronger than coach’s voice • Players talk more than coach • Let them talk first •


Empowering players/team

Remember females typically do not like to be separated from the crowd • Praise in public, punish in private

o o

Everyone knows who played a great match Compliment the practice players, the scout team, the role specific players on their contribution • How about giving a gameball to a bench player that had a great week in practice or overcame a great obstacle during that week?


Win vs Loss o o o

Use WE (positive) more than YOU (negative) - disconnect Is your message different? Are your meeting times post loss longer than a win? Prepared post-game speech (either win or loss)

Do you talk about stats with your team? o o

Does your team understand stats? Do you talk about individual stats or team stats? • Example: a middle hitter may have hit .400 for a match, but your passers passed a 2.8 • •

Middle Hitter goal is .400 Passers goal is 2.2

• Who should receive the praise?

Statistics to help win the match vs why we lost o

Proactive vs Reactive

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