How to develop a team

INTRODUCTION – KNOW YOUR TIMELINES

Developing a Beach Volleyball team (s), requires considering several aspects and influencing factors. This section will give you a few basic recommendations that may help Team development. These suggestions have been put forth by the German Volleyball Federations and an example will be made of the detailed team development program being implemented by the Volleyball Federations to set their Beach Volleyball athletes for success. A strong National team development program is a key, and for more details about a global Growth Plan of a National Federations, please also refer to Growth Plan. Obviously, each National Federation is different, therefore the information provided in the below section should be considered as an inspirational guideline to be adapted to ones needs and resources.

One of the main factors to determine is the timelines. If you start from zero, you will want to set appropriate deadlines, for example the next editions of the Olympic Games, and/ or of the FIVB World Tour events and / or Continental events and/ or a National events and/or Junior / Youth events. Knowing the time you have, you will approach developing a team differently.

Short time range

2-3 years

Medium time range

6-7 years

Long time range

10 years

Dane Selznick - Russian Coach

SHORT TIME TEAM DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Below you will find main recommended steps to a possible Beach Volleyball team development in a short period of time – 2-3 years. As team development is based on a set program developed by the respective Volleyball Federation, 2 to 3 years might not be enough, but may be viewed as a starting point. Shorter plan of 2-3 years may be conceived to achieve satisfactory results at Continental level. The length of a program will depend also on the existing knowledge of the athlete for this sport. For example, a Volleyball athlete making a transition to Beach Volleyball, or athletes starting a program having basic experience from physical education class at school or from Beach Volleyball at leisure level.

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MEDIUM TIME TEAM DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Medium time (6-7 years) to the goals set allows better planning and more detailed actions to be taken to set Beach Volleyball athletes of a respective Volleyball Federation up for potential success at world level for major competitions such as the FIVB World Tour. Below find the summary of the recommendations on behalf of the German Volleyball Federations.

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To obtain National Ranking points, athletes/ teams should take an active part to the National Tour in their country and also possibly abroad to gain experience. For example, during the winter season many European teams travel to countries like Brazil to take part to their National Tour (for participation regulations of foreign teams to a National Tour please refer to the FIVB website) to benefit from the weather conditions and the competitive technical level of Brazilian teams to train their skills.

Continental Ranking points should be seen as the next level to be broken into. At this time, some of the Continental Confederation`s tours not only grant Continental Ranking points, but also, if homologated by the FIVB, also FIVB Ranking points. Please refer to the regulations of the respective Beach Volleyball Continental Tour regulations.

Making a smart plan to get FIVB World Ranking points for the athletes includes: 1) playing Satellites and Challenger events; 2) playing Continental events granting FIVB ranking points; 3) playing World Tour Open events which follow World Tour Grand Slams, because the best teams in the world after a Grand Slam event might take a rest; 4) putting all the efforts and focus in the end of the season of the World Tour, as less teams usually take part.

To qualify and be able to enter the World Tour events and to establish a team in the World Tour, the first year after the Olympics is very important, and if you are in the Main Draw once the Olympic Qualification starts, it is a good sign that the team might be able to qualify an Olympic place.

LONG TERM TEAM DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Long period of time allows developing a long term plan focusing on the young generation athletes who may be developed into Olympians. The below recommendations place emphasis on creating event opportunities for the athletes to gain valuable “game” experience.

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5 secrets of EmmanuelWhen looking for the young talent, there are three main considerations to be made: one`s physical characteristics (i.e. tall, fast, etc.); mental skills which may also be trained through a dedicated mental program which helps developing a stable mental ability of an athlete; and athletic skills which also may be developed with a dedicated practical training.

CASE STUDY - EXAMPLE OF THE GERMAN VOLLEYBALL FEDERATION

Coach During the past years, German Beach Volleyball athletes have won a lot of titles in the international Beach Volleyball competitions. What constitutes to this success? Below, we are sharing with you a structure of the development that the German Volleyball Federation has put in place, making sure that the young generation German Beach Volleyball athletes are given the opportunities to rise and grow next to the professional Junior and Senior athletes. This structure applies several layers allowing athletes to benefit from professionally built-up opportunities. Obviously, to create such a detailed structure takes time and resources, therefore this example is presented as an example to strive for in the future, and as an example that might be taken as a starting point to build up a Beach Volleyball event structure / development team program in one`s territory.

LONGTIME DEVELOPMENT IN GERMANY
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A - NATIONAL TEAM

6

Olympic Games, WM, EM

FIVB-World-Tour, CEV-Tour

DBM,
Smart-Beach-Tour

Olympic training centers

5

B - NATIONAL TEAM

National training centers
Beach Volleyball
and Sport Soldier

CEV-Tour, FIVB-World-Tour

DBM,
Smart-Beach-Tour

4

NATIONAL TEAM U23

National training centers
Beach Volleyball
and Sport Soldier

U23 EM

FIVB-Challenger, CEV-Tour

DBM,
Smart-Beach-Tour

3

JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM

National training centers
Beach Volleyball

U21 WM, U20 EM

FIVB-Satelite, FIVB-Challenger

DBM,
Smart-Beach-Tour

U20

U21

2

 

Beach Volleyball talent

YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM

National training centers
Volleyball/Beach Volleyball

U19 WM, U18 EM

Smart-Beach-Tour,
Regional tours cat. 1,
DBM - Nachwuchs

U18

U19

1

 

 

Volleyball talent

REGIONAL TEAMS

Regional training centers and club
teams

Regional tours cat. 2, BuPo U17, DBM U17

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German winners Jonas Reckermann (left and Julius Brink celebrating their World Champions title in 2009

The German National Team bites the CEV Continental Cup in Canary Islands

SUPPORT TO THE TOP TEAMS

Top teams usually do not succeed alone – a strong support system or a team of people may facilitate the performance. Should the budget allow a big group of people may be involved to assist a Beach Volleyball team on all necessary aspects. Smaller budget might force to be creative and combine some or ALL the roles in one person.

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