As a volleyball coach, you play a large role in your athletes’ lives, and helping them set realistic, meaningful goals as a team and as individuals is one of the most important parts of a successful season.
Social media usage amongst young athletes is all but guaranteed, and as a coach, you have the difficult task of ensuring that your athletes are using it to enhance team culture rather than spread negativity. It’s tempting to ignore how athletes approach social media, but because it’s a primary method of communication for many of them, it needs to be part of the team culture conversation.
How can a volleyball player position oneself for meaningful NIL opportunities? Spending time making a plan before becoming a time-strapped college athlete is a great place to start! Ready to jump in? Let’s go.
From an offhand comment about what an athlete is eating for breakfast on race day to referring to one athlete on the team as having ’the right build for the sport,’ even casual references to an athlete’s body can have long-term consequences. TrueSport Expert and licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Melissa Streno has recommendations around what to avoid saying or discussing when it comes to eating habits, praise during practice or competition and social media.
For most, participating in NIL is not a handout but rather a part-time job. It requires dozens, if not hundreds, of hours of research, strategic planning and outreach to be successful. Thus far, the most successful non high-profile athletes have taken the initiative in creating NIL deals for themselves.
TrueSport Experts Kevin Chapman, PhD, clinical psychologist and founder of The Kentucky Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, and Nadia Kyba, MSW, the president of Now What Facilitation, share a few important ways that you can help athletes navigate traumatic times and become better prepared for moments like these.
What does NIL really mean and why does it matter? In legal language, name, image, and likeness make up the three pieces of one’s “right to publicity.” Michelle Meyer of the NIL Network shares the basics to understanding what NIL means for athletes.
Setting goals outside of sport is important because we want young athletes to not over-identify as athletes, or put too much emphasis into a sport. Learn more about how to help your child set goals that don’t involve the volleyball court.
In the Fundamental Beach Skills module within the USA Volleyball Coach Academy, educational provider Beach Nation shares examples of cues, drills and best practices related to coaching fundamental beach skills. Check out this excerpt from the full module.