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20. 10. 2017

Management of TIME OUT by Daniel Castellani (PART 1)


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Daniel Castellani, the experienced Argentine coach, is sharing with volleyball fans how to deal with the team during the time-outs and technical breaks.


He will explain the management of time-out in these points:

• How to organize time-out

• When to call for time-out

• Quick analysis

• Clearly elaborate ideas

• What we say, how and when we talk


How to organize TIME-OUT

First of all, we determine what each player must do during the timeout.

- All players must participate. When the game stops, the reserves have to make a space for the players that are coming from the court

- The whole team is standing, no players sitting on the bench. The idea is to be able to have a visual contact with the entire team. Through the visual contact, I get information about their current status, how they feel mentally and it helps me to know the state of mind of every player and to see who is not in the game.

- During the side exchange, players that were on the bench are going to warm up with the ball, while the players that were playing all the time, have to sit on the bench to take a rest, both physically and mentally. At the same time, I quickly exchange some ideas with the staff about what happened in the previous set and how we would like to play in the next one, then I get back to the team, sharing advice with the boys.

You wonder why all of these details?

Everyone must listen since we are talking about the tactical development of the game. The essence of the game is to find a solution for the problems if we have them on the court. With previous match analysis, we have developed a gaming plan and we have to adapt to the pace of the game. So, all the players of the team must participate at the time out so they can know if there are some changes and what we need to do during the game. Sometimes, it happens that a player enters the game without hearing the advice that I gave them during the pause.

Let me give one example. When I was a coach of PGE Skra Belchatow in Poland, a player entered the game after a time-out and he looked to the bench and asked – “If we have perfect reception, do we take the option 1?”. He didn’t hear anything at the time-out.


Next, PART 2: What is the best moment to call for TIME-OUT

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