GET THE PANCAKE - A PODCAST FOR VOLLEYBALL COACHES
If you’re looking for a new podcast to add to your morning routine, look no further! Get The Pancake is now reading busy volleyball coaches some of our TOP articles so you can multitask!
Listen while you’re getting ready in the morning, on your way to work or practice, or download a couple episodes and binge-listen on your way to a tournament.
Lindsey Berg is on a mission to inspire young girls by sharing the stories of the women on the USA Women’s National Team. Listen to this week’s episode of the Get The Pancake Podcast to learn more about THE CUORE PROJECT!
It's that time of the year when the end of the season is sneaking up on us... don't get caught by surprise! This week's episode includes tips on what to do for volleyball seniors on senior night, end of season party ideas, and how to give a great speech at your end of the year volleyball party!
I thought this week I'd go more "motivational" and share a very small portion of one of the most influential books on my own personal coaching career. John Wooden was an astonishing basketball coach who achieved much during his long career, and I've always found his style, values, and teachings to be motivational, no matter what situation I was in. Let me share two building blocks of his infamous "Pyramid of Success" with you in this week's episode.
What motivates players more, a "good job" or a high five? Find out in this week's episode of the Get The Pancake Podcast, a podcast for volleyball coaches!
Questions addressed in today’s episode:
- “How do you motivate players? To talk, to encourage each other, to play hard, etc?”
- ”How can I get a school to give me a shot at coaching if I’ve never coached before?”
- “How to help a coach when you are a parent?”
- “What is your suggestion on a healthy praise/criticism ratio?”
- “How do you feel about Player A saying Player B’s name when she thinks it’s their ball?”
- “Never coached before but have played. I am now head varsity coach at a big high school. Tips?”
This week I answer questions my followers submitted through Instagram stories (follow @getthepancake so you don't miss out) and WOW did you guys send in some great questions! This episode covers how to handle bad calls so your team doesn't lose momentum, what to do when you have a player who "doesn't care," and more!
On todays episode, I read you the article "Coaching Anxious Players: 5 Steps To Confident Athletes" from www.getthepancake.com.
If you have a player (or two) on your team who seems to freeze up or look to you for support when you are not expecting it, they might be feeling anxious in the moment. I give you 5 steps to follow in order to help them feel more confident in themselves and their actions, leading to athletes who don't hesitate on the court.
In today's episode, I share a NEW team bonding activity for volleyball coaches to use with their team!
This is recommended for teams who are just starting their season, for teams going through a rough patch. By uniting with one goal, players are able to see others as competition, not their teammates!
Are you ACTUALLY going to get another year of experience this year? Or will you just be repeating what you did last year? This episode is meant to motivate you to earn a new season of experience!
MAN do I have an exciting episode for you today! After being inspired by episode 104 of the RISE podcast by Rachel Hollis (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rise-podcast/id1245763628), I have some great advice to share with you regarding player selection for your upcoming season. Volleyball coaches, listen close!
*SPECIAL EDITION EPISODE*
I've been getting a ton of questions lately about tryouts from players through Instagram (@getthepancake) so I wanted to share some insight that I thought would help!
Since this is a podcast for coaches, my hope is that those of you who are also parents will listen to this episode with your child and that it will spark discussions about positive self-talk, work ethic, and general preparation steps for volleyball tryouts.
Please leave a review in your podcast app of choice and follow @getthepancake for more volleyball coaching tips!
In today's episode, you get the opportunity to listen in on one of the modules from my online video course: "Make Money Coaching Volleyball."
Whether you're looking to get your side-hustle on, or just want to learn how to run a good private lesson, this course will walk you step-by-step through getting your first lesson and teach you how to structure your time to give the most value to your athletes, resulting in repeat lessons. It's a win-win for everyone, as you get to coach more and make money, while improving the level of volleyball in your community!
In this week's episode I discuss the importance of running TRULY game-like practices (AKA, practicing less-than-ideal scenarios) in order to have a more successful start to your volleyball season. This advice applies to ALL ages, but teams at the 7th grade through sophomore levels will benefit most from this advice.
Come into your first season confidently! Listen to these five tips for getting your season off to a good start. Great for new volleyball coaches or club coaches who are new to the school scene.
In this episode Dr. Jacob Swart answers YOUR questions submitted to @getthepancake on Instagram.
TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE
+ How to strengthen your ankles
+ What ages to introduce strength training
+ Strength training for liberos + How to increase your vertical (of course)
+ MANY MORE (some answers might surprise you!)
Today I answer two more questions from Instagram!
1. How do you handle a player that skillfully insults/attacks teammates when you are not looking?
2. How do you build up a player's mental toughness?
Hey volleyball coaches! Whether you are wondering how to coach beginner volleyball or you've been coaching for a while and just want to ask another coach some questions, you'll enjoy this episode of my podcast for volleyball coaches!
Questions addressed include:
How do you handle angry, upset parents who you just can't seem to win over? What do you do when your best setter is also your most effective hitter? Setting drills for juniors to improve and be able to feel confident leading their team? How do you handle a player that constantly argues the decisions you make as a coach?
If you're looking for actionable advice, you will not be disappointed with this episode! This week is a special treat. I read you chapter 4 from my book, "Coaching Volleyball: A Survival Guide For Your First Season."
My book is now out in paperback! It is also available as an ebook on Amazon if you prefer an electronic copy. There is even more information in my book, so whether you're looking for guidance through your first season, or think this could benefit a friend, give it a listen and a share!
INTERACTIVE EPISODE! Get a few tips on how to prepare for an interview to coach volleyball, PLUS hear almost 20 sample interview questions. Take your preparations up a notch and pause the episode to practice answering each question!
Coaching volleyball is an amazing experience that many players look forward to having once they leave school. Whether you played high school volleyball, college volleyball, or maybe you only played in PE, you CAN get a job coaching volleyball if you prepare well enough.
My first year of coaching volleyball had its fair share of ups and downs, and despite my years of playing both club and high school volleyball, coaching my first team required an entirely different thought process.
No matter how strategically you were thinking as a player, different components enter the picture as a coach (think motivation, organization, playing moderator, etc.). One major area I overlooked was goal setting.
In your first year of coaching, it's easy to get caught up in game tactics, practice plans, and teaching the physical skills. But it's the mental skills which will make all the difference, not only to your potential as a coach, but to your players' potential.
If a player knows you will support them through the learning process and their failures, they will reward your trust by exceeding expectations. All volleyball coaches should listen to this! It will help you develop your coaching philosophy.
Original article from Get The Pancake: 3 Reasons to Encourage Failure
Picking an assistant deserves a LOT of attention. Head coaches get the glory, but assistants are the ones who keep the show running. Skipping over this critical step could mean a tough season even for experienced coaches. Let me share four important factors I've found in picking the ideal assistant coach for you.
Let’s face it…. Playing poorly all day, whether it’s an important match or a big tournament weekend, takes its toll on even the most confident coaches and players.
It’s no fun to watch a meltdown happen right in front of your eyes.
Although you may not be happy with how your team performed, there are a couple of things you can do to get your team back on track.
When you are training a group of players to be elite athletes it can seem like spending time playing games at practice is a waste of time. What we sometimes forget as coaches is that fun is a major component of the learning process.
Thinking back on my time as a player I first remember running around laughing with my teammates and playing fun games. Yes, I remember playing hard, training, and running through drills, but the most vivid memories are from when I was playing "deadfish," "the downball game," and more.
Before your first tournament of the season, you’ll need to identify leaders on your team.
This can be a challenge because in the beginning of the season, EVERYONE is on their best behavior! Everyone hustles to shag, they’re all clapping for each other, and when you ask them to come in… they run.
But in order to find one or two players who will own the role of leader, there are a few things we as coaches can keep an eye on at practice. Noticing these characteristics early on will help you in more ways than you can count, as you’ll be able to focus attention towards guiding these players, who in turn will help steer the rest of the team for you.
No matter what our team’s normal skill level is, sometimes there are just games (or even full days!) where our athletes are just…. off.
It is probably worthwhile for you to dig into those reasons in an attempt to stop this situation from happening in the future. However, since it is usually a large, variable combination of things that may or may not have a possible solution, today I want to talk about what to do after you recognize this in your team!
I want to talk about visualization in volleyball, especially because it helped me when I was playing and still helps to this day. It’s likely that not EVERYONE will buy-in… And that’s ok!
But I want to make sure your athletes have the right tools in their toolkit to pull themselves out of a slump if possible.
How many times have you heard these instructions at a volleyball match or tournament… “Talk!” “Call the ball!” “Communicate!”
You get the idea.
I’ll admit, I have given these exact directions approximately… every day of coaching. And I think that’s alright! Constant communication is a habit that all players on the court need to develop.
But when communication seems to be an issue, there’s likely a root cause that you need to address.