“The difference is a tenth of a second”
When the setter is a little bit unsure, he lets the ball drop a tiny bit lower and keeps it in the hand for a little bit longer. Maybe a tenth of a second.
When the receiver is a little bit unsure, he steps back half a step to give himself more time. Maybe a tenth of a second extra.
When the spiker is a little bit unsure, he lets the ball drop fly a bit further to give himself more time to see the block. Maybe a tenth of a second.
When the blocker is a bit unsure, he waits a little longer to see the set leave the setter’s hands to make the correct decision. Maybe a tenth of a second.
Players who are confident in themselves and trust their eyes, their decisions and their movements and don’t have to wait that extra tenth of a second.
The difference between a confident player playing well and a good player lacking confidence is roughly a tenth of a second.
It is the coach’s job to build that confidence.
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