“Go for it!!!”
“Hit the floor!!!”
“Make an effort!!!”
Those words and dozens of variations of them are heard every day in every volleyball gym in the world and penalties in the form of extra work are distributed to those who do not heed them. But are we actually seeing lack of effort? How many times do coaches think they see lack of effort, but are in reality seeing lack of readiness or preparation? Turn the video back three seconds and look again. Does the quick hitter not go for the cover ball because he is lazy, or because he is not in a ready position early enough? Do the defender not go for the ball because he is lazy or because he is still moving from the primary to the secondary position and is therefore just too late?
Of course, there are many instances of genuine lack of effort by players in defence, but when providing the necessary feedback to players we need to be precise on what and where the fault lay. And very often the cause of the fault is not a lack of effort per se but a lack of readiness.