By Chris Oliver
(WINDSOR, ON) – We are off to BC this week for our first CIS action of the year. Our schedule is intense as we have a quick turn-around from Thursday night at 7:00 pm, at Fraser Valley, to Friday at 1:00 pm vs. Thompson Rivers at the UBC tournament.
Believe me, it was not planned this way.
The original schedule we agreed to was different, but UBC’s volleyball schedule changed when the tournament games could be played. Regardless, I am kind of looking forward to the challenge for this year’s team.
One of our big questions is depth and consistency, so it will be a great opportunity to prove we have both.
We have been practicing well since the Fanshawe game. Over the last week, in particular, the lights have clicked on a little bit more for players. This is normal as we teach with a games approach.
This means that, instead of doing lots of drills and offense with no defence, we practice almost exclusively in 4-on-4 or 5-on-5 situations. Ultimately, this means it takes longer for our players to figure some things out but, over the long haul, their retention of that information is stronger.
The difficulty for a coach is to keep it in perspective knowing that early learning will look chaotic and, at times, question whether what we are teaching is working. Patience is definitely a key. That’s why our progress over the last week has been positive in my mind.
Players are starting to see a play ahead and make better decisions. Hopefully this will all translate into success on the court. I definitely believe, over the long run, it will.
Chris Olive is the Head Coach of the Windsor Lancers men’s basketball team.