28. 03. 2020

By Mark Lebedew: Coach Or Educator?

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Author: Mark Lebedew

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This is one of the age old questions of the coaching profession.  In the American system, sport is very closely aligned with the education system.  Coaches are considered at least the equivalent  of teachers, and a lot of the coaching literature that orginates in the United States emphasises the teaching aspect.

 

Hugh McCutcheon talks about preferring to be a better teacher rather than a better coach**.  John Wooden always referred to himself as a teacher and emphasised that part of his role.

The great Russian coach Vyacheslav Platonov also had some thoughts on the subject.  He saw a fundamental difference between the two.

A coach must also be an educator. during training he must always think of technical and tactical execution, but he must also keep in mind the psychological effects. However, there is a contrast between the coach and the educator. The coach must be a diplomat one day, an artist the other day and a democrat the next day, while he is a dictator again the next day.
Everything depends on the state of the team and the moment on which he fulfills the particular role. As far as the work of the coach is concerned, the most important characteristic is ‘justice’. If the trainer is fair, the players always understand the coach.

The quote comes from an obituary published in the Dutch Volleyball Coaches Association (NVVO) magazine.  Click here for the original text.

**To put into the correct context, if he had to choose between them.

 

About Mark Lebedew:

Mark Lebedew authors the At Home on the Court Blog. He coaches professionally in Poland with Aluron Virtu CMC Warta Zawiercie. That follows five seasons Germany where his Berlin Recycling Volleys won three straight league titles and a CEV Champions League bronze medal. He has prior professional experience in Belgium and Italy. Mark is also Head Coach for the Australian Men’s National Team. 

Mark partnered with his brother and father to translate and publish "My Profession: The Game", the last book by legendary Russian coach, Vyacheslav Platonov. 

With John Forman, he is behind the Volleyball Coaching Wizards project (link http://volleyballcoachingwizards.com/) which identifies great coaches from all levels, making their experience, insights, and expertise available to people all over the world. The project has produced multiple books, a in e-book format available here ( link to http://bit.ly/34yakou ) or in print at Amazon here (link https://amzn.to/2JRqTE6)

 

 

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By Mark Lebedew: The Best Player You Might Have Heard Of...but have probably forgotten

Older video, records and analyses, editing, research by Mark Lebedew are very interesting. I take his work as priceless.. No one else do such a work...He provides us with many volleyball jewels, observations.. In past we often could not see many top tournaments, or matches on TV ….There was no Internet, no YT. Only very limited TV ... We often did not know the background, problems on some tournaments - see e.g. what happened during Italy vs Netherlands OG 1992, on M.L. YT channel, and how it had influenced a final with Brazil..
In time of pandemic, we can take a lesson from some former activities on courts . In past there was a much more decent behaviour during matches, avoiding useless personal contacts , no so and such intimacy as nowadays, no expressive shouting as is a current rule after killing spike or blocks, ourts... Only at the end of the match, tournaments emotions were same as now... (Now we see on 75 and more the useless, risky, ritual teamś hugging per a match) .. Moreover until 1998, volleyball was for TV fans very friendly - due to of a perfect visible. recognizable white ball. Since this time, the screen fans eyes suffer - volleyball has become a pantomime on screens.
Moreover the game was much more smoothly - no so many and so long interruptions as nowadays.. Majority of referees had a respect..
I suppose, if volleyball wants to survive this pandemic crisis, it will have to return to some above mentioned procedures.. Systematically...

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