Only Perfect Practice Makes Perfect in Volleyball

“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” This is from the mouth of the great football coach Vince Lombardi who knows a thing or two about winning. Obviously to become a dominant player, which then leads to a dominant team, practicing is vital to become a successful team.

A player cannot show up to practice, go through the drills, fake the technique, and assume they are going to get better. Just because a player shows up physically, they need to show up mentally as well. The player must be focused on each drill at hand. The coach has hopefully put together a practice schedule that will hone in on the teams skills that need improvement. It is then up to the players to focus on the technique of each skill being practiced.

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This is where Vince Lombardi talks about practicing perfect and not just practicing. Being able to practice perfectly all the skills needed is what is going to make players better. Since all sports are about muscle memory, if a player practices improper technique then that is what their body is going to remember. If they practice perfect technique, then their body is remembering the proper technique. The coach is the one to help correct that technique but it is up to the player to actually execute the movements.

If players want to get better and improve their skills to win matches, then they need to practice perfect technique. If you do not want to listen to me, listen to the man who the NFL decided to name the Super Bowl Trophy after, Vince Lombardi: “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”

Coach J

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