Tryouts and Practice Planning Bundle
Loads of tips, suggestions, and ideas for running great tryouts then planning strong practices
Run better try-outs with fewer hassles and less stress
For many coaches and club administrators, try-outs is one of their least favorite things. With good reason!
- There's all the administrative work of getting people processed - making sure registrations are complete, forms are collected, payments have been made, and check-in completed.
- There's trying to manage the (sometimes barely) controlled chaos of actually running the try-outs, usually with too many bodies and too few resources.
- There's the stress of trying to do good player assessments in a very limited amount of time.
- There's the emotional process of informing players of the selection decisions - especially talking with player who get cut or placed on a different team than they want to be on.
- And of course there are the oh so fun complaints and arguments from parents and administrators afterwards about the decisions.
This course is all about making the try-out process at least less
painful, if not actually somewhat enjoyable. It's presented to you by a
coach who has run numerous try-outs at the high school, club, and
You will find ways to make the administrative side of things go more smoothly. You will receive tips and ideas to get the absolute most out of the assessment process. And while there's probably no way to completely eliminate player and parent grumblings, you will at least find ways to lessen the amount of player and parent discontent you'll have to face after try-outs are over.
Run the most effective and productive practices possible
If you want to run the most effective and engaging practices and training session possible, this course is for you! Through a series of mini-lectures (about 5 minutes on average), this course covers just about every aspect of practice planning you can think of. It probably even covers some you haven't!
What you will get from this course:
- An easy to follow planning structure so you can create practices focused on exactly what you want to work on.
- Guidelines for picking the best drills and games to use in your practice.
- Tips for designing your own drills and games that accomplish exactly what you want.
- Suggestions for how to use spare players and how to do player rotations and substitutions.
- Advice on dealing with common planning challenges.
- Recommendations on planning for some specific situations.
You can find the full curriculum outlined below.
Along with giving you useful tips and tools on how you can plan good practice, a big focus of the course is getting you to think in new ways. Here's an example of that from a comment by one of the course students.
"Never before had thought to tailor warm up to practice. Did the same old, same old."
- Shane H.
John Forman is the Head Coach of the Men's & Women's Volleyball teams at Medaille College and authors the highly respected Coaching Volleyball blog at CoachingVB.com. His coaching experience covers many different ages and levels. John has coached in all the NCAA Divisions, and has coached and run a Juniors program, after getting his start at the high school level. He was a very successful coach at both the university and club level in the U.K., and also coached professionally in Sweden, as well as having worked with pro teams in Germany and Hungary. As the developer of Volleyball Coaching Wizards, John has been involved in interviewing dozens of the world's great coaches.
Along with his blogging, John has authored articles for the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) magazine Coaching Volleyball and the digital edition, Coaching Volleyball 2.0. He also published the book Inside College Volleyball, which focuses on college recruiting.
John holds the CAP III certification from USA Volleyball and is a Level 3 coach for Volleyball England.