At EVC, how we practice is important to us
There are infinite ways to coach a volleyball team. Out of all the inifinite ways we have chosen an approach that simplifies teaching, relies on science, and has proven principles. While there are clubs out there that have found success with other approaches, this is the approach that works for us and our teams. While we would like to take credit for this approach, we owe thanks to Gold Medal Squared for sharing their winning approach with us.
So what is it? How does it work? You could visit the Gold Medal Squared website to learn more or you can read highlights to our approach here.
MOTOR LEARNING is when complex processes in the brain occur in response to the experience of a certain skill resulting in changes in the central nervous system that allow for the formation of a new motor skill. By limiting information with simple teaching keys we can accelerate the rate at which athletes learn new skills.
- REPS MATTER. Receiving the right type of repetitions is vital to an athletes growth. While we will use some blocked drills to initiate skill training, we quickly transition to cognitive drills and random, game like drills. We love drills that translate to the game and prepare players for the unexpected!
- DELIVERING FEEDBACK. Do it correctly, and the athlete takes a step forward. Do it poorly, and the reverse happens. Our coaches deliver timely, vivid, and accurate feedback so athletes can build skills more rapidly.
- PASSION. Benjamin Bloom, an educational psychologist, described 3 periods in an athelete's lifecycle: The Romantic Period, the Technical Period, and the Mature Period. The romantic Period occurs between the ages of 6 and 13. It's where athletes explore and discover. Where they learn basic skills. It's also where they learn to love or hate a sport. At age 14, the biggest drop in interest in a sport happens. We create a fun learning environment that develops skills and inspires passion for the sport of volleyball, encouraging them to continue to the next level.