Six Ideas for Digital Volleyball Team Meetings

We’re all adjust­ing to the new nor­mal this vol­ley­ball sea­son. Here are some tips to help you make the tran­si­tion to remote coaching.

Six Ideas for Digital Volleyball Team Meetings

We’re all adjust­ing to the new nor­mal this vol­ley­ball sea­son. Here are some tips to help you make the tran­si­tion to remote coaching.

Awkward silence. 
Off-top­ic ban­ter.
Slow inter­net. 

Virtual team meet­ings can be tough. 

My biggest chal­lenge is keep­ing my girls engaged. We are doing video calls as a team, but it’s tough to get them to do any­thing or talk.” Nate Torvik, Team Indiana Volleyball Club

This is unchart­ed ter­ri­to­ry for every­one. We’re here to help with ideas for your next team meeting.

Host a Virtual Book Club

There are great books on mind­set, lead­er­ship and excel­lence. What bet­ter time than now to hone skills like these?

Step one: Decide on a book. If you (or your play­ers) can’t get to a book­store right now, pick one that’s in stock online or con­sid­er an eBook.

Step two: Come up with a sched­ule for how many pages your play­ers need to read every week and get the first club meet­ing on the cal­en­dar. We also rec­om­mend start­ing a group chat to keep every­one accountable. 

Step three: As you read, share inspir­ing quotes or favorite pas­sages in the group chat to keep each oth­er motivated.

Step four: Have each play­er come to the meet­ings with a ques­tion or dis­cus­sion top­ic. That way, every­one will have some­thing to share.

Group Workout

It can be hard for ath­letes to find moti­va­tion to work out alone. If that’s the case for your team (or even if it’s not), a vir­tu­al work­out might be a good way to hold each oth­er account­able and give ath­letes a sense of accom­plish­ment. Just make sure to put a plan togeth­er before­hand. If you don’t, the pause it takes to decide what exer­cise to do next can mess up your rhythm. 

Pro tip: Take the pres­sure off your­self. Have play­ers flex their lead­er­ship skills by assign­ing one of them to lead each workout.

Play a Game

These next two have noth­ing to do with vol­ley­ball, which could be a nice change of pace. Pick a game or two (like Heads Up! or Houseparty) to put your ath­letes’ com­pet­i­tive­ness to the test — and have fun.

Online Cooking Class

Teaching life skills, being togeth­er and eat­ing good food? Sounds like a win-win-win. Pick a recipe to cook with your team vir­tu­al­ly. Share the recipe and ingre­di­ents they’ll need before­hand so your team can sched­ule a gro­cery pick-up (or Instacart order).

Review Video Together

Matches aren’t hap­pen­ing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch vol­ley­ball. Search for a col­le­giate or pro­fes­sion­al match on YouTube. Have your team pick a play­er in the same posi­tion and write five things about what they’re doing well. How does the say­ing go, Monkey see, mon­key do?”

You could also pick a match you uploaded to Hudl and teach your ath­letes how to review film. Remind them not to focus on how awe­some the kills and stuff blocks are, but nar­row in on foot­work and tim­ing as an attack­er, or see if they’re releas­ing too ear­ly from base on defense.

For more ways to com­mu­ni­cate with your team and sug­ges­tions for the best video con­fer­enc­ing, mes­sag­ing and con­tent shar­ing tools, check out our Remote Coaching Guide.