73. Practice videos: Luka Slabe - Whiteboard session

What is actually happening in the training gyms around the world? Today we have NC State's head coach Luka Slabe going over his practice organization.

73. Practice videos: Luka Slabe - Whiteboard session

🔍 Intro

We already featured 11 practice video articles with pro and college coaches, and today it's time for our 12th Practice session article here on volleybrains.com.

This article is part 1 of a 2-article video session with Luka Slabe.

👊 The coach who's guiding us today

Luka Slabe is the head coach of North Carolina State. Of course, Luka is also known as Team USA's former assistant coach. His journey with Team USA started in 2018 and ended with an Olympic gold medal in the summer of 2021. 🥇

In the early days of volleybrains.com we already had the pleasure of featuring Luka. That article can be found over here.

Our next VB article will be part 2 where coach Slabe narrates the entire practice session explained in today's video. (that will be a huge one)

⚡ What's inside this article?

In this article, Luka gives a very detailed, 30-minute overview of how he organizes his practices and sets expectations. And how the whiteboard is an integral part of that.

Luka also goes deeper into certain specific team and practice aspects.

Aspects like:

  • What are our focus areas? Which are the 3 important areas we need to be 'rock stars' in? If we underperform in areas that are not our focus areas we don't need to panic, we need to stick with what we know is important.
  • What are our non-negotiables? We pinpoint a limited amount of non-negotiables, and we stick by them every single second of our season.
  • What is our general practice concept? There are no surprises. Practice details are shared at the start of every week. You will get different cues, different constraints, and different scoring. The drills will feel different, but they don't need to change often. We don't want to be in a situation where we change the format of the practice regularly and athletes (and coaches) need a lot of adaptation time.

Obviously, Luka goes over a few Team USA practice insights and a lot more ways of how he keeps his program organized and his athletes focused.

Quick tip: The video is timestamped. Use the chapters to quickly navigate through the video for later reference.

Whiteboard session

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For better visualization and comprehension you can download the whiteboard and practice schedule files below. 👍