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The Functions of a Volleyball Coach

The Functions of a Volleyball Coach

By: Yuan Weimin

Yuan had one of the most dominant teams in the history of our sport during the late 1970s and 1980s when the Chinese women won every major event for a span of three years. He put together a team that was one of the smoothest, most error-free, remarkable ball control teams that has ever played the game. It was identified mostly in the personality and performance of Lang Ping, but it was one of those teams where you could have identified any player as an all-world performer.  ~ Volleyball Hall of Fame


Some coaches are short-sighted.  They are likely to be dizzy with success and easily discouraged by failure, thus they lose their judgment in setting proper goals for the team.  The establishment of correct goals will make the team’s future bright.

The way to victory is always difficult.

A coach must work patiently with players to bring every positive factor into play and make the players conscious of the goal.  The team’s development is largely dependent on the strict management of the coach.

A coach must be able to predict the problems before they occur and solve them as quickly as possible.

The coach stands the trial of setbacks and losing, but he never withdraws before defeat.  Of course, sometimes he will be greeted with flowers which is also a trial for the coach – especially before the grand victory.

Even the greatest victories are not perfect.

The rate of blocking is only 20%, even in high level matches.

Three cases of effective blocking:
1.    Kill block
2.    Received block (a block that is received by the attacking side)
3.    Saved block (a block that rebounds to the blocker’s side and is retrieved easily)

Saved blocks account for only 30%.  The backline players have to bear the brunt of attacks.  The female backline players on top-notch teams are capable of receiving 60% of the unblocked attacks.  This necessitates a greater intensity in the training of setting in counter-attacks.

Hitting and blocking are the two chief scoring means, accounting for two-thirds of the points won.

The number one outside hitter is responsible for 30.6% spiking and 17.5% blocking.  The number two outside hitter is responsible for 18.3% spiking and 39.0% blocking.  Although the percentage of blocking comes third in the total of main spiker’s technical movements with the ball, it comes first in the supplementary spiker’s total.

The coach may pit a main spiker against a supplementary spiker, so that the former will have more practice in spiking and the latter more practice in blocking to meet the needs of actual combat.

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  1. overhand vlbyeolall serve practise drills…?tryouts are in mid-late november, and if i can overhand serve i know i have a spot on the team.the problem is, snow is coming soon and i can’t really go outside to practise :/any drills or anything that can give me a better chance of being able to do it?and any tips would be appreciated too thanks!

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