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I spoke with John Tawa, publisher and writer of PrepVolleyball.com, during the Las Vegas Classic who said “there seems to be a resurgence lately of quality players coming from Nevada”. He also wrote the same thing in his coverage last week of the Las Vegas Classic.
Its extremely rare for Prepvolleyball to notice, pay attention to or write about Vegas volleyball unless they talk about other teams from around the country who come to compete in OUR city in a big tournament like the Durango Classic, the Las Vegas Classic or the SCVA National Qualifier when it’s hosted here.
This is my 11th year in Las Vegas and I’ve seen so many of these tournaments with very few Vegas teams and players competing at high levels here in OUR house.
That apparently, is about to change. And THAT is what I’ve been preparing for, for the past six years.
This was my long term goal.
To put Vegas volleyball on the map and to produce strong (emotionally, physically and mentally) prep players who can compete on a national level.
This didn’t happen overnight. I wrote MY goals out, the short term and long term ones about how to improve in volleyball, just like I have you players do at the beginning of every season.
I knew it would take
It would take players who believe in sacrifice, hard work and goal setting along with discipline, time management and prioritizing.
But it also takes “caring.” Just like it was mentioned in the last homework assignment everyone completed about Tom Brady.
-It takes individual players “caring’ about
Besides players who believe in sacrifice, hard work and goal setting along with discipline, time management and prioritizing, it takes players who care about becoming better people on and off the court.
It takes players who want to become better people who care about
(“I cared enough to work hard for you in the back row so I know you’ll do the same when I’m in the front.”)
It takes players caring about
It takes players caring about
”Hey come go with me to the next boot camp class, didn’t see you at the last one. We NEED YOU to be better in order for OUR team to get better. We are only as good as our weakest link.”
It takes each individual to CARE not just about themselves and playing time, but how am I developing myself as a better player and better person?
Do I want something handed to me or have I really done the “dirty work” of “grinding” and “earning” my place, my spot, my position.
Do I do it on both sides of the net when I’m in practice or just on the “starter” side?.
When I’m on the non-starter side am I caring about
It takes caring about
We are headed in the right direction, but this is just the very very beginning and relaxing now would be a very big mistake.
To continue to gain respect, PLAYERS you have to outwork your teammates and your opponents. This is what I’ve always done (on the court and off) and I do expect for players who call themselves Volleycats….to HAVE or learn TO HAVE (quickly) the same mentality.
I am setting the example and the results are showing. I expect to attract and surround myself with players and coaches who do the same.
You are a reflection of the people you choose to associate with and who you surround yourself with. (Think about who came to visit, last week and who’s visited the team in the past.)
Boot camp classes are for individual players to work on the reps and muscle memory needed to be and stay confident on the court during game time. This is the opportunity for individuals to work on their personal weaknesses and make themselves into stronger more confident, more “relied on” players.
As our teams get better, it will become more and more evident which players are investing the time and effort to make themselves better and which aren’t.
Ladies its time to dig deeper.
So in game time, when you make a mistake, and the opposing team serves you again or hits to you again...you are confident in the fact that you’ve done your reps (100 a day, 200 a day, 300 a day sets/passes/serves/digs) and you are prepared to handle the pressure and you deliver what’s needed under stressful conditions, calmly, coolly because you’ve already done it…..because you cared.
If we are going to keep improving and continue to get better THAT’s what’s needed... an increased dedication to learn this craft and to become better at it. The tools are here, players let’s use them.
Follow me on Instagram @coach_apchap to improve your game even faster!
I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.
Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.
If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list.
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