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Volleyball Coaching and Barriers of Trust

Updated on July 2, 2011
Athletes must learn how to trust themselves and their talents, especially in pressure situations, so that they can perform to their potential.
Athletes must learn how to trust themselves and their talents, especially in pressure situations, so that they can perform to their potential.

Teaching Volleyball Players to Trust

 It is more difficult for certain volleyball players to trust themselves and their talents more than others.

The following are some "barriers of trust" to watch out for when teaching your players about trust.

Thinking Too Much

Generally, cerebral and analytic players have more trouble trusting themselves. This is because they are used to solving problems by thinking about them. On the volleyball court this can get in the way of trusting the process.

You can tell them thinking is good, but too much thinking while performing can get in the way of trust.

Building Relationships

Since trust is such a critical component to team success, players need to continually build and maintain it.
Since trust is such a critical component to team success, players need to continually build and maintain it.

Self-Consciousness

 Athletes that constantly worry about what others think of them likely have a tough time trusting themselves.

They focus too much on what teammates, coaches, and parents are thinking and not on the task at hand.

Excessive worry often keeps players from executing plays.

 

Perfection Impeding Trust

 Perfectionists often worry about making mistakes which often leads them to playing not to lose. Rather than fearing making mistakes, players need to make smart decisions and trust that everything is going to work out.

Too much info can be overwhelming causing the player to think too much.
Too much info can be overwhelming causing the player to think too much.

Over-coaching Your Players

Too much information at once can overload your athletes. You don't want them to think too much. It's important that most of your coaching takes place during practice because this is the time when players can more easily process it.

There's a lot going in during a game, so it can be difficult to teach skill and instruct your players while at the same time you're also playing to win.

When it comes to game time, you should simply remind them about the game plan and let them play. You just want to keep them on track and not overload them with information which could end up doing more harm than good.

Criticism can make athletes tentative and afraid to make mistakes.
Criticism can make athletes tentative and afraid to make mistakes.

Too Much Criticism

 If you're overly critical with your players, you could create tentative athletes who always second guess themselves. You don't want to create players that constantly look over their shoulders always afraid of making mistakes.

These athletes often have trouble trusting themselves because of the fear of how the coach will react to making mistakes.

As a coach, be careful of how you react to players mistakes because how you react will inevitably encourage the player to trust or doubt themselves. 

Obsessed with Numbers and Outcome Measures

 Athletes that get too caught up in statistics can't trust themselves. They obsess over the outcome instead of trust themselves to execute the process.

Do you best to emphasize the importance of the process and don't let them think to much about stats.

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