Coaching Volleyball Magazine October / November 2015 - Page 24

CLUB CORNER The Cure for PTSD (Play Time Stress Disorder) Leon Blazer, Club Co-Director, Upward Stars Houston - West Owner, Blazer Media Recruiting Videos I suggestions, I in no way am taking anyone’s situation lightly. But year after year I find that I have relatively few problems with the playing time issues. It can be done. Here are some key points to developing a strategy to avoid PTSD. to win a match, then they can alter the PT a bit. But if a player does not play in an entire match, they have to be in the game for the next match. Parents are told to define success in the individual growth vs. the W-L column. c. Completely Equal Play Time – This model is mostly for strictly developmental teams that operate outside the normal club structure. Teams rotate as they normally would in a game, but the player from LB rotates to the back of the bench, and the person in front of the bench rotates to LF. Or they can rotate out after being a server, or however you define it. It doesn’t follow normal subbing rules, so it is strictly for those teams and the tournaments that allow those rules for that level. 1. You have to have a clearly defined playing time philosophy. You cannot tell a kid and her parents that she isn’t going to play all weekend if you haven’t established your team as a “Non-equal Playing Time Team.” Here is how I define each type. a. Non-equal PT Team/Competitive – I reserve this for my non-developmental teams. Most of the teams in my club fall under this heading. I tell the parents that it is an “Equal Practice” and “Equal Opportunity” team, but not equal game time. The goal of the team is to win every game that it has the chance to win. b. Somewhat Equal Play Time – I lean more toward this model with my local/developmental teams. I tell the coaches that if they have a chance CHRIS FAHEY, TPTK MEDIA hear it often amongst my coaching colleagues. The constant battle coaches have with players, parents and administrators over how to deal with playing time. Most parents claim to have an unbiased opinion but we all know the truth behind their motives when they call for that dreaded parent-coach meeting. They see all the faults in the other kids and only the good plays of their own daughter. When you bring up the missed serve on game point, the response is “Well, she made the rest of her serves” or “She was looking to you for direction and you weren’t paying attention.” I’d like to think if the roles were reversed, I would be the model parent … right? My daughter is 16 months old and I can only hope that she takes up this great sport. I’d like to think that I could be the perfect team parent and not offer up unsolicited advice from my “expert” perspective. I’ll have a follow-up to this in January 2031 issue. The challenge to create a positive playing time culture is no easy task. And no situation is the same, so in offering up these 22 | October/November 2015 | COACHING VOLLEYBALL 2. Give the kids defined roles. One thing I have found that is really discouraging to a kid is not knowing what the heck they are supposed to do. They sit there with no anticipation or excitement for their chance to use their skills (even limited ones) to contribute to the team. I have called kids everything from serving specialist to supreme hustler to great motivator, to tip coverage master. I used a rotation and a half to prepare my Tip Coverage Master to tell her exactly what to look for (and just stand behind the block). You will find that a player who is happy about her role, even if diminished, will show that joy to her parents and they will be less inclined to bend your ear over PT. I had another team that I was helping out with. They were struggling to pull ahead against a team they were slightly better than. The coach was asking me what to do with a kid who hadn’t been