Things are starting to finally come together with my volleyball team. As I indicated in earlier posts, I was worried that my strong emphasis on getting skills more technically correct would hinder the overall team progress, but I'm finding that's not true at all.
We have six practices before our first tournament, and it's a big deal with a lot of big deal teams. It wouldn't be the end of the world if we did poorly, but the mental effects of doing well could carry us throughout the season.
At this point, the team goal is to have them executing six plays efficiently, which is actually like 12 different hitting possibilities. I think that's an adequate start. Defensively they're mostly on target. There are two or three individuals that I need to work with to improve in certain areas, and I'm confident that will come with time. I'm trying to prioritize without neglecting anyone.
I finally posted another VolleyBuzz article in the article section of this site on teaching defense. I've been sitting on it for awhile. I hope you like it, and I welcome feedback.