Deborah Newkirk, a legendary sports coach and educator, talks about the one thing that will keep athletes engaged in the game: loving the game and having fun with it.
Especially with young athletes, consider that challenges should be fun. Young athletes crave challenge, laughter and growth: but to enjoy those things, the coach must instill a sense of fun in every practice and game. Balance measurable goals with encouragement. When a volleyball player loves the game he or she plays, the sky is the limit.