Your Guide to Evaluating Your Volleyball Team

Social media, pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment and assess­ments are all key to your team and club. Here’s the com­plete guide to mas­ter­ing each.

Your Guide to Evaluating Your Volleyball Team

Social media, pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment and assess­ments are all key to your team and club. Here’s the com­plete guide to mas­ter­ing each.

This sum­mer prob­a­bly looks dif­fer­ent than last. No trips to nation­als, small­er sand vol­ley­ball tour­na­ments, lim­it­ed camp sched­ules and more free time. Use the next few months to your advan­tage and tack­le things you might not have time for dur­ing a nor­mal season.

Assess Your Culture

The past few months didn’t exact­ly go as planned, so it’s impor­tant to check in on your team val­ues, beliefs and cul­ture to make sure everything’s set up for next sea­son. Here are three ways to do just that:

  1. Send a sur­vey. Have your play­ers and coach­es take a short, anony­mous sur­vey about their expe­ri­ence on the team. Ask open-end­ed ques­tions like, Do you feel like your con­tri­bu­tions are val­ued?” and What could the team do bet­ter to show appre­ci­a­tion for you as an indi­vid­ual?” This will help you gauge how your team’s cul­ture is being perceived.
  2. Reflect on last sea­son. Were there times you saw some­one tru­ly live your team val­ues? What about a time when some­one failed to live up to them? Coming up with these instances will help you iden­ti­fy areas of strength and room for improvement.
  3. Look at reten­tion. One of the biggest indi­ca­tors of a healthy team is its abil­i­ty to retain ath­letes. Do play­ers come back to play after their first year? If you don’t see a lot of returns, it could be a red flag that there’s some­thing to fix in your team culture.

Evaluate Your Players

Volleyball is a team sport, but play­ers still need to per­form indi­vid­u­al­ly. You need hit­ters that make smart choic­es at the net, set­ters that spread the ball well, and defen­sive spe­cial­ists who nail pass­es when it’s 23-all. But you also need play­ers with intan­gi­ble qual­i­ties — pos­i­tive atti­tudes, good work eth­ic, body lan­guage, etc. So take a deep dive into each of your play­ers’ per­for­mance. Then sched­ule one-on-one vir­tu­al meet­ings to go over it.

Here are a few tem­plates that hit on all the impor­tant qualities:

Stat Your Film

While we’re on the top­ic of team eval­u­a­tion, stats are a great way to objec­tive­ly see how your team is per­form­ing. After all, num­bers don’t lie. So if stats and reports aren’t already part of your review process, use this extra time to incor­po­rate them. 

It’s easy to add tags to match­es already on Hudl. More of a visu­al learn­er? Check out this step-by-step video to see how it’s done. Or if you have Hudl Assist, dou­ble-check all your match­es have been sent to our ana­lysts (and send them if they haven’t).

Once your match­es are tagged, dig into your team’s per­for­mance using Hudl’s com­pre­hen­sive reports. See basic and advanced stats like blocks, kills and pass qual­i­ty rat­ing in the stats report, or look at how your team’s hit­ting per­cent­age tracks over time in the trends report. And you’ll def­i­nite­ly want to use the attack ten­den­cies report to dis­cov­er your play­ers’ hit­ting strengths.

Step Up Your Game

It’s not all about the ath­letes. Use this time to focus on your­self as a coach so you can show up for your team. 

To net­work and con­nect with fel­low coach­es, check out these platforms.

Whether you’re look­ing for drill ideas, sum­mer work­outs or pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment cours­es, we have you covered.

  • The Digital Coaching Center has pre­sen­ta­tions and advice from thought lead­ers in the sports community.
  • Hudl Academy is full of self-guid­ed cours­es to help you mas­ter Hudl at your own pace.
  • Learning plat­form edX gives you access to 140 free class­es from Harvard, cov­er­ing every­thing from prob­a­bil­i­ty and sta­tis­tics to per­sua­sive writ­ing and pub­lic speaking.

Market Your Club

Success in the club cir­cuit is defined by iden­ti­fy­ing, recruit­ing and devel­op­ing tal­ent­ed play­ers, which in turn attracts more skilled ath­letes to your team. To keep your club top-of-mind for play­ers dur­ing try­outs, use these mar­ket­ing tac­tics. (Don’t wor­ry, you don’t need a busi­ness degree to imple­ment them.)

The most impor­tant (and free) invest­ment you can make? Meeting play­ers where they are. That means using social media. Try post­ing play­er high­lights, club events, trav­el oppor­tu­ni­ties and team accom­plish­ments to your club’s social media accounts to attract new talent.

Player assess­ments, mar­ket­ing and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment might seem like a lot of work, but you’ll be glad you took the time to get your house in order once you’re back in the game. For more team eval­u­a­tion ideas and resources, check out the Remote Coaching Guide.