As a volleyball coach, you are going to run into many different types of players, each with their own personalities. This can make it difficult for a group of individuals to come together as a team, rather than a bunch of individuals hitting a ball. Fortunately, that is where you and your volleyball drills come in. With the right set of volleyball drills by your side, you can mold a group of people with different play styles and personalities into a well-oiled volleyball machine. There are several potential problems that can be avoided with the right drill work.
One potential problem is a clash of personalities. When a new person joins the team, you will often find that the new player and one of the returning players have a personality conflict. This will make it hard for these two players to work together as a team. Using a good set of teamwork building volleyball drills, you can offset the detrimental effects of those differences. A good way to accomplish this is to run drills that force the two players to work together. As they are drilled together, they will see that in various ways, they depend upon each other during game play. Gradually, they will begin to trust each other, at least on the court, and be able to set their differences aside. Volleyball drills likely won’t solve problems off of the court, but they will be a strong start.
Another problem can be the inclusion of a new player onto an existing team. This can be especially true if most of the team is returning members. Each member of the team already knows the strengths and weaknesses of the other players, and already knows that they can trust each other to do what needs to be done. A new player is an unknown. No one knows yet if that player can be trusted to be where they need to be, or even if they can fit into the playing style of the team. By using the same volleyball drills you have used before, you ensure that the new player is indoctrinated into the team dynamics the same way as everyone else was. This makes the transition that much easier, as the team sees the skills and reliability of the new player emerge. The new player, at the same time, begins to feel a part of the team. Your volleyball drills enable each member of the team, both new and returning, to trust each other no matter what the circumstances.
Styles of play are often different for new members of a volleyball team. Using your volleyball drills, you enforce a more common type of play style that everyone starts to use. Someone who has been playing beach volleyball will have the basic set of skills needed to play in a gym, but the styles themselves will vary quite a bit. Your drills help train the team to work together, yet trust in each other’s playing style. Even the most diverse of styles can work together when drilled enough.
You may have noticed that each of the scenarios presented features a common theme. That is trust and respect. Your volleyball drills will help your team learn to trust and respect each other. By showing them that they can trust in each other, you are building a solid team, no matter what the initial difficulties may be. As the team becomes a cohesive unit, and their overall skills begin to grow, the team will also respect your coaching styles. So remember that when you are preparing your volleyball drills, you are fostering a sense of trust in each member of the team, as well as in the team as a whole.