February 19, 2016
From a previous Writer’s Corner, you might recall that I am coaching my niece’s Lakes Region Junior Olympic Volleyball team. I also shared that I haven’t coached volleyball in eleven years. To date, we have had several practices and two scrimmages. Our first tournament will be at the end of February vacation down in Boston, Massachusetts. I have twelve 15-year-old girls from six different high schools. They are hard-working but very quiet on the court. The other challenge is that we only practice once a week. So I have been researching and reaching out to others in order to learn some effective strategies to help my athletes. I have invited former high-school standouts to come to my practice to demonstrate and work with the girls. After spending some time talking with other coaches and looking at the strengths of my team, I have decided to try some new things!
I wanted to share this experience because I hope it helps our students at NHCS see that no matter a person’s age and how much they know about a subject, there are times you need to reach out to others and continue to learn. Also, I need to be able, willing, and open to listen to others’ ideas and suggestions. Lastly, I have to take the risk of getting out of my comfort-zone by experimenting with different rotations, defenses and serve receive positions.
As George Whitman states, “All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.” I am fortunate to have a collective group of individuals to be my teachers, given me the opportunity to learn while coaching a sport I love.
Have a great February vacation! Please take some time to read a great book and laugh with family and friends.