I've watched quite a bit of how to play volleyball video clips, first when
I was in college and then continuing on through my professional
When I wasn't watching video to scout a team, I watched them to
Let me tell you what I think happens to me when I'm watching how to
volleyball video clips to get tips that will help me improve my game
If I'm watching another player who passes the ball better
than I do, then I focus only on this player executing the skill or
technique correctly over and over and over again.
I want to memorize that "scene" from the video, taking that "visual"
image with me so I start playing that scene over and over again in my
This may sound a little strange but actually it shouldn't.
Think about it.
We already do the same thing when we go to a movie theatre to watch
We "take away" certain scenes that really affect us and we play those
scenes repeatedly in our mind. Then later we tell our friends about
those scenes exactly how we remember them.
I do the exact same thing with the scenes in the how to play volleyball
video clips Ive just watched.
So, I start visualizing that volleyball player passing the ball in my mind
even after I've stopped watching the video.
When I go home, when I go to bed, when I'm washing dishes, before
volleyball practice, I will play that video in my head getting myself used
to seeing this player passing the ball correctly in my mind.
Then what I do is I'll add my own soundtrack.
By this, I mean I will start to add to my mental picture the soundtrack
of what I've heard my coach tell me in practice about performing this
volleyball passing skill correctly.
Mentally I match the two together.
In my mind, I will hear my volleyball coach say "step to the ball",
"present my platform", "use my legs to get to the ball", "be stopped
when I pass the ball" "don't pass the ball while running, be stopped".
I keep hearing my volleyball coach's words over and over like a tape
recorder in my mind adding these words to the visual images I have
implanted and memorized in my mind.
I'm actually recreating a new mental movie in my mind.
I've found that this "soundtrack" is actually pretty easy because when
you aren't performing a volleyball skill correctly in practice, then that is
the moment when your coach starts yelling at you anyway, right?
Since, what they are yelling at the top of their lungs already exists in
my mind because I've heard them repeat it over and over again, I
can just start playing that "audio"tape, over and over.
Then little by little both what I SEE in my mind and what I HEAR in my
head start meshing together forming a new video.
During my free moments and especially before practice or a game, when
I replay this continuously in my mind these two things start coming
together where I've formed a new mental how to play volleyball video of
When this new how to play volleyball video clip starts playing then after
awhile my body starts to internalize and adopt the same movements.
My body responds to the mental voice I hear and the mental picture I've
My body starts doing some of the things that I have been rehearsing
over and over again in my mind. Slowly but surely I see myself in my
new mental volleyball video, replacing that player who is passing the
I start seeing myself -take the place of that player-and in my mind I
myself performing the perfect pass correctly over and over again.
Then bit by bit, the aspects of the game that I am playing over and
over, in this case passing the ball correctly, start to become automatic
and I start doing these things physically, not just mentally, but actually
in real life.
That's how I make watching how to play volleyball video clips work for
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