The process of preparing to win is well documented. Coaches plan, prepare, scout and motivate and if they do that better than the other team, they will win. It is pretty obvious and pretty clear that is how things work. When it works like that, coaches happily accept the accolades that their great work deserves.
Except that is only part of the whole story. There is another part of winning that is completely out of the hands of coaches, and directly in the hands of the players, or not in anyone’s hands at all.
Individual inspiration, team desire and luck make the difference in far more matches than coaches typically like to acknowledge**.
In this match between Zawiercie and Rzeszow, the score was 6-12 in the 5th set. The match was over. The coaches had done their work, either good or bad. But one player was inspired, one team refused to lose and one team got lucky. 6-12 becomes 15-13 in the most improbable finish I have ever been involved in.
**There is an argument that the coach’s work directly creates an atmosphere that allows individual inspiration and team desire to prosper, or at least doesn’t crush the possibility for it to rise to the surface. I subscribe to that argument, but it is a conversation for another day.
The initial collection of 50 Coaching Tips can be found here.