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Look in the mirror. Do you see the person others see?
Because the coach is the person who will have the most
significant influence – positive or negative – over the team,
good practices, good matches, and a good programme
will depend upon the daily attitude exhibited by the coach.
A COACH IS HIS OWN BEST TOOL IN DEALING
WITH HIS TEAM. HE SHOULD THOROUGHLY
KNOW THAT TOOL AND ITS BEST USES.
Introduction
The standing clichés in sports focus on the theme that
the success of any team in a contest is built in the practice
gym. So obvious. So true. Most coaches feel they do not
have enough practice time, space, or adequate facilities.
There is a danger in investing too much time on things
one cannot control. (Limited space, limited time slots,
league or association restrictions or length of practice
seasons, paltry budgets etc.)
Coaches, as well as players, must focus on what they
can control. A coach, of course, must continue pursuing
improvement in his training conditions. But concern over
what is wrong with a situation should never permeate
the positive elements of what a coach is trying to create.
The word “practice” can cover every element of a team’s
development. It is not just an organisation of drills. It is
an on-going opportunity to develop attitude, behaviour
patterns, cooperation, commitment, discipline, physical
condition, techniques and tactics. These elements are
intertwined. Blended together, these ingredients make
up the final product that is commonly called a “team”.
The following offering will look at these elements of the
athletic recipe known as “practice”.
Attitude
The team attitude begins with the coach. A great
advantage for any coach is to be able to look into a mirror
and see the same person others see. We are biased about
ourselves. Either we are too self-critical or not critical
enough. Adolph Rupp, the late “Baron” of Kentucky
basketball, once said, “We’re never as good as we think
we are nor as bad as we think we are”.
The coach initiates how a team is going to feel about
itself, how it is going to believe in itself, how it will
view situations. If the coach blames the officials, a low
budget, or pitiful facilities, then the teamwill follow suit.
If the coach is enthusiastic, believes in himself, sees an
opportunity for growth even in the most dire situation,
then so will the team.
Chapter VII
Practice and Drills Design
by Mr. Bill Neville, Coach, USA Volleyball
Chapter VII -
Practice and Drills Design
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