Volleyball Tournaments: Preparing Your Team
The climate of amateur sports has taken a pronounced turn over the last decade or so. Youth sports through high school that once run through school and government programs are now heavily ran through third party club programs. This has had several effects. The first is that it drives competition. Leagues are no longer dependent on players inside the county line and now see teams being assembled from the outside. Secondly, it has put a new-found emphasis on tournament play, with the diversified talent pool making it harder to intermingle schedules. Volleyball tournaments are no different – and when it comes to club play, tournaments have a very high value.The City Beach blog wants to give you some tips on how to prepare your team for your next tournament.
Always Emphasis Urgency
Urgency is an attribute that is very dependent on the sport. There isn’t a great sense of urgency in baseball, not only because of the speed of the game but also because of the nature of the game. It is much more focused on mental toughness and stability through failure, whereas momentum plays a much bigger role in sports like basketball and volleyball. Arguably the most important thing you can do as a coach to get your team ready for a tournament is to make sure they are mentally ready to compete.
This is not always an easy task. If coaches can unanimously agree on one thing, it would be that you can’t develop competitiveness. That is a trait that is individual. So what do you do if you have a team of players that just aren’t that competitive? Well, you push urgency. A tournament is a great place to do that because the stakes are high from match one. But the one thing that can derail a volleyball tournament quicker than anything is a sluggish team. Make sure that your pregame warmups and reps are high intensity. Not high intensity physically, but mentally. Push your athletes to use that time to get focused, rather than simply going through the motions.
Know Your Team and Their Skillset
Every sports team that has ever existed has had some sort of identity. Your team is no different. And it is far more likely that you will be able to adjust to their identity than them adjusting to yours. There are times when you need to be a disciplinarian coach and a players coach. It just all depends on the DNA of your team. This doesn’t mean there aren’t times where you want to change the DNA.
If your team struggles with discipline and mental awareness, it is not the time to be a players’ coach. You have to push your players in those areas and by doing so, you will see improvement. But when you roll up to the venue for your volleyball tournament, you have to remember that it is now the time for the players to play. You can still coach and help them learn, but allowing your players to play will make them better players. Your coaching and your attempts to enhance your team’s identity should mostly come before your volleyball tournament. It is through on-court samples that you see what needs to change and how each player can improve, but it isn’t often changed on the court.
Check Out City Beach’s Volleyball Tournaments
Those are just a few things to keep in mind when coaching a volleyball tournament. One thing that wasn’t listed was where you will be competing and if you are looking for a place to compete, City Beach is the place to do it. Our slate of volleyball tournaments is unparalleled and will help your player love the game and develop their skills. Contacts us today for more information.