Coaches are the backbone of the sport, fostering an environment where players can learn, develop, and continue to enjoy the sport.
Coaching volleyball can be a challenging and rewarding experience, especially if you play the sport yourself, or are a passionate follower. A coach’s impact on player experience contributes significantly to the growth of Volleyball for life.
Volleyball is one of the fastest growing sports in the Philippines right now with youth as well as adult leagues available across the country and around the world.
I was fortunate to have a friend whose father is a coach of Culasi National High School Volleyball Girls Team.
Mr. Aquiles Belicano is in his golden age and has been in the field of sports for about 15 years already serving as a coach and a referee for both local and national volleyball tournaments and has proven himself as a commendable volleyball enthusiast bringing most of his players like Lovely Ann Paguntalan to Palarong Pambansa, wherein after graduating high school, was disputed by universities both local and national as well.
Becoming a coach takes a lot time and too much effort. The road in becoming a coach seems all up hill. Based on the experience of Coach Aquiles.
Most of the men and women coaching volleyball, like nearly every sport, have some experience playing the game. They either played as a youth, in high school or played in college at some point.
This allows them to gain the requisite knowledge of the game, from rules and regulations to schemes and techniques, which they can then pass along in when they become coaches.
Besides the necessary people and teaching skills, coaches also need to have the organizational skills necessary to find practice facilities, schedule and run practices, get the team organized to participate in tournaments, find rides for players to those tournaments as well as games and do all of this while instructing and coaching the players.
Asking help in your local league main office to find out when you will need to sign up to become a youth league coach will do. Or, start applying for other levels of volleyball. Call around to local schools to see if there are any open positions. If there are no immediate positions open, ask if you can volunteer to assist the head coach so you can gain experience.
In order to get into the volleyball coaching world, as with most sports, coaches need to have contacts at various levels and be willing to volunteer.
Coach Belicano said when thinking about sports careers at any level, youth or adult, the first thing one must consider is whether or not the prospective coach has a love of working with people. Anyone deciding to become a coach should have good communication skills as well as the patience to work with players from different skill levels.
With families, Mr. Belicano had a lot to tell. Coaches can run into problems because many parents fund a lot of the programs and teams and feel like they should have a say in what happens with the direction of the program and it can take its toll on a coach.
Pretty much every coach will have to deal with some sort of outside influence – parents and friends that can have either a positive or negative effect on things and fellow coaches.
The most successful coaches are the ones who can manage this side of things while also making it clear that they are in charge of the program and will make the decisions on who does or doesn’t play.
Mr. Belicano quoted, “There’s no power without discipline and teamwork. Otherwise, you’re just playing, not players”
Players are quicker, stronger and more creative. Teams work harder, cover more distance and face more challenges than ever before. As the game gets quicker, the role of the coach can never be underestimated.
As for the training regimens, Mr. Belicano says he is not giving any secret supplements to his players except making them eat a proper diet and letting them sleep for a good sum of hours and even giving them siestas.
Whatever position you play, be it outside hitter, middle blocker, setter or libero/defensive specialist remember that volleyball is a team sport. And the professional league values players who are unselfish and can effectively blend and contribute to team play.
“I always tell them to practice together, exercise together, and play well together. It’s all about the unbreakable coordination and tight bond that will bring them victory. I just tell them to play by heart and support each other, just like a family.” – Coach Aquiles Belicano