Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Growing the Mindset Part 2 (CAP II Article)

Every time I step into the gym, I approach it with a fresh perspective. It’s important for me to create a positive and welcoming environment for all players. I make it a point to personally greet each player, engage in conversation, and find out what’s going on in their lives. By fostering a fun and relaxed atmosphere, we can still maintain focus and competitiveness.

In my experience, creating a non-judgmental space allows players to be more open and willing to try new things. For instance, during a demonstration on proper arm positioning in hitting, instead of singling out players, my fellow coach and I took turns showcasing various techniques. The gym echoed with laughter as we exaggerated different arm movements. Soon enough, players were eager to participate and correct their own form.

Building trust and rapport with players is crucial. When players look up to you and believe in your guidance, they are more likely to follow your lead. One common challenge is when a player struggles with serving. While proper technique is essential, mindset plays a significant role. By reassuring a young player that improvement takes time and practice, I’ve witnessed their confidence grow exponentially. Being there to support them every step of the way is key.

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In our gym, I make it a priority to nurture players of all ages and skill levels. I take my role as a coach seriously and constantly seek opportunities for professional development. By attending CAP courses with USA Volleyball, I continue to enhance my coaching abilities and expand my knowledge. This ensures that I can guide and empower my players to find success both on and off the court.

Encouragement is a fundamental aspect of coaching. I believe in allowing players to make mistakes and emphasizing growth rather than perfection. Despite not always having a team of extraordinary athletes, my passion for the game remains unwavering. I strive to make every practice enjoyable, using various teaching methods to cater to different learning styles.

Ultimately, my goal as a coach is to cultivate the game of volleyball, shape mindsets, and show players that they are capable of achieving greatness at any age or skill level. I am dedicated to fostering a positive and supportive environment where players can thrive. That’s what coaching means to me.

Professional Development

As a coach, I take my responsibilities seriously, constantly striving to improve both personally and professionally. Despite not having formal coaching experience when I first started playing volleyball at the age of 20, I was determined to become the best coach I could be. Over the years, I have immersed myself in various learning opportunities.

To further enhance my coaching abilities, I decided to enroll in the CAP I course offered by USA Volleyball. This was a turning point in my coaching journey. The course not only provided me with valuable knowledge and insights but also opened the door to further certifications, such as CAP II and CAP III.

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My commitment to continuous learning stems from my desire to be an effective coach and a well-rounded individual. The more knowledge I acquire, the better equipped I am to support and guide my players through their own journeys to success, no matter where that may be.

In my coaching philosophy, I prioritize encouraging my players and allowing them to learn from their mistakes. Striving for perfection is not the goal; instead, I encourage my players to continually improve and be better than they were before. While I may not always have a team of superstars, what I bring to the table is an unwavering passion for the game, a positive attitude, and the ability to make practices enjoyable and engaging.

Ultimately, my role as a coach is to help grow the game, shape mindsets, and instill a sense of confidence in players of all ages and skill levels. I am here to show them that they can achieve greatness, both on and off the court, and to support them every step of the way.