“Coaches are so important to our sport, not only do they have a role in teaching athletes how to play the game both tactically and strategically but they also play an important role in guiding athletes on their journey and assisting them in achieving their goals.” Mitch Collins, Club and State Teams Coach
Coaching is really about unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance. A coach is essentially a facilitator of learning. Exceptional coaches find ways to motivate their team to achieve the best results. They set the goals for the week which might include winning the match but could include smaller goals like mastering a skill. Coaches execute the plans for the game with heart and soul and leave nothing on the court. Coaches of course provide support and instruction to their players and a good coach will make their players see what they can be rather that what they are.
Coaching is such a rewarding experience, if you ask Laurel Wentworth, Club and State Teams Coach she would say, “A coach is in a unique position to have a positive influence on athletes; assist their development to reach their full potential; to provide opportunities and experiences to learn and grow, not only in sport but also valuable life lessons.
Desiree Tan, School, Club and State Team Coach said, “Coaches have the power to change an athlete’s life. All it takes is one piece of advice, or being the one person who believes in them, to unlock their potential and their drive to succeed toward their various goals. A great coach with knowledge and passion could influence a player to reach the highest level if they wanted to.”
Becoming a volleyball coach in the first instance is a relatively simple process, open to anyone over the age of 14, there are a couple of on-line courses that need to be completed and some regulatory checks by Volleyball WA to get accredited.
So, if you have ever thought about becoming a coach, Stu Carr, Fremantle Volleyball Club Coach says, “Give it a go and don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice. Every player you coach will appreciate your time and effort regardless of the outcome. “
Our next Level 2 Development Coaching Course is happening on Sunday, March 20 so if you are looking to upgrade your qualifications, registrations are now open. If you are just starting your coaching journey and need more information on how to become a coach visit our website.