Over the last couple of years on the facebook page I have posted quotes that jumped out at me from various sources. Here is the second collection of some of them. In no particular order. Part 1 is here.
“Young players learn more from old players than they do from you” Wayne Bennett
“In my opinion the teaching of volleyball technique, …, must always be correlated with tactical tasks.”
“You don’t have to do some thing, or even any thing.
You have to do the right thing.” Mark Lebedew
“You win by effort, by commitment, by ambition, by quality, by expressing yourself individually but in the team context.” Jose Mourinho
“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field.” Nils Bohr
“Sometimes you win because you have the better team. Sometimes you win because you have the better concept. Sometimes you win because you have more heart.
And sometimes you win because you score the last point.” Mark Lebedew
“For the players to put their minds and vigour into the game is not enough for victory. They must also put in their souls. The team that gives up to the game all its strengths and puts into it its mind and soul cannot leave the court defeated.” Vyacheslav Platonov
How long should you practice? “It really doesn’t matter how long. If you practice with your (body), no amount is enough. If you practice with your head, two hours is plenty.” Anders Ericsson
“You never improve performance by reducing standards or increasing inclusivity.” Mark Lebedew
“Being a professional means doing your job on the days you don’t want to do it” David Halberstam
“Only those who do not work do not make mistakes.” Vyacheslav Platonov
“A good setter is like a waiter.” Julio Velasco
“There is no learning without feedback.
The absence of feedback is in itself feedback.
There is always learning.
And in the absence of feedback, what is learnt is that it doesn’t matter.” Mark Lebedew
“Demonstration of individual talent involves originality and it is easy to destroy natural talent.” Vyacheslav Platonov
“Volleyball ist nicht ein Spiel.
Volleyball ist ein Zusammenspiel.” Mark Lebedew
Lloy Ball on setting first tempo – “It’s just the easiest way to score a point.”
“In tactics, no information is better than too much.…because at some point the players stop reading and stop thinking.“ Giovanni Guidetti
“Practice is where you prepare for competition.
Competition is the test of your practice.” Mark Lebedew
“You have to work hard AND well. There are a lot of people who work hard but not well.” Jose Mourinho
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.” Abraham Lincoln
“The greatest lesson a coach can ever learn is the that every point is not equal, every set is not equal, every match is not equal.” Mark Lebedew
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” Socrates
“‘Concentrate on measuring performance and winning will take care of itself’. That is a brilliant excuse for coming second…” Sir Clive Woodward
Or do not.
There is no try.” Yoda
“There is a difference between an error of attention and an error of execution.
Errors of attention are ALWAYS avoidable.” Mark Lebedew
Read about the great new Vyacheslav Platonov coaching book here.