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Friday, September 23rd 2011, 12:56am

[International] Volleyball Seminar Notes - Speaker: Giovanni Guidetti [Germany'NT coach]

Visiting volleyball websites (this time ), I came across an article with notes from a June 2011 seminar attended by over 90 volleyball coaches and scouts from all over Europe (SLO, SRB, ESP, GER, POL, UKR, BIH, CRO, POR, HUN) and also from Iran, China, Russia (Kazan), Egypt, Canada, Sudan , Japan, Israel, Argentina and Czech.

One of the coaches who talked in the seminar was Giovanni Guidetti. To those who follow international volleyball, he is Germany's NT coach and also the Champions League winning Vakifbank's club coach.


Here's the article [First part here translated to English. Whole article is too long to translate (over 4000 words), translation software could help.]

Giovanni Guidetti

Last 15 years coaching women. Before in Italy, now in Germany.

“ Today there are many individual techniques, different styles of training, different ways to use statistics and video for the preparation team, different work of the team --- and yet, different teams win, so we can not say which approach is best”
• BRA – train in the morning in groups of four with six or seven trainers, exercise with many repetitions (Asian type of training)
• U.S. – instead of exercises, play 6-6 volleyball
• ITA – not the most physical but players benefit from technology and quality statistical and video analysis
• CUB - physically imposing players, very good technique but without much scouting -- do not use computers, only one camera
• JPN – combination of Brazil’s, the USA’s and Italy’s systems, fast and accurate volleyball with the support of quality technology for the analysis
• RUS – physical players, good technique, less sophisticated analysis

Various techniques

• The world's top four receivers/hitters: Logan Tom (USA), Piccinini (ITA), Jaqueline (BRA) and Del Core (ITA) use different techniques to pass
• Lo Bianco (ITA), Feng (CHN), Fofao (BRA) have differences in setting techniques
• It is important to recognize, which technique players can use and improve

Different tactics

• Not all of the world's best use Data Volley / Data Video. For example, CUB and CHN use their own systems.
• You can win by applying totally different tactics
• Guidetti prefers individual videos for various players or groups of players, team-only meeting in the absence of time
• We should evaluate how much information is necessary to pass on to players: "Too much information is worse than just the enough."
• We must not require the things that we have previously not trained

Different modes of the game

• Men's volleyball is more uniform. Women's volleyball is very different - more variable
• Russian won the last World Championships in position S-MB1-OH2-OPP-MB2-OH1
• China won the Olympics with the passing opposite female player in all six rotations without the OH2 passing.
• Guidetti (Vakifbank) won the Champions League 2011 also using this system -- the best attacker Glinka was OH2 but did not receive. Guidetti changed the team's system mid-season based on statistics -- the season began with Glinka playing opposite, but she attacked better from position 4 - so he moved her to a non-passing OH2.
• Significant differences in the countries' block-defense systems

• ITA, CHN - do not start block from the center, wing players are spread - even though Italy won with this system
• BRA and especially the U.S. - from the center
• Guidetti prefers starting in the center, but adjusts depending on the knowledge of the opponents, as if in some rotations the block focuses on the opposite player, then the blocker’s starting position is further from the center.
• NED – always has a blocker against against opposite player by the antenna.

See the rest of the article here.

Other things he had to say included..
  • Why his team (GER) does not make much use of the jumpserve (Jumpserve only if you are very efficient, otherwise float serve is better. He allows the team up to 3 service errors per set)

  • The big differences in volleyball culture (In Germany he met with players who trained from 7:30 to 9:00 am on individual technique, then they players went to work to their normal jobs until 5pm, and returned in the evening 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to train again -- Stark contrast with some professionals in Italy who take their € 20,000 per month and get up every day at ten o'clock!)

  • How malnutrition can be a frequent problem in women's volleyball (Lack of meals, players are prescribed supplements. You may encounter a player or two who do not eat healthy, a psychological coach could help)

  • How he uses the Data Volley System in coaching (before, during and after the match)

  • Whether he would change a player with bad hitting technique or leave it alone (Depends on age (up to 17), how long player has been playing volleyball, and at the level at which she wants to play.)

If anyone here can help translating the rest of the article (maybe we have Slovak or Czech friends here, let me know :wavy:

This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "marshmellow" (Sep 23rd 2011, 3:17am)


Friday, September 23rd 2011, 3:18am

Re-reading the article, it would be remiss of me to leave out Alessandro Piroli, another speaker in the seminar. He is an Italian scout and assistant coach (12 years Italy NT, 18 Years pro in A1).

Since the seminar was hosted by Data Project (supplier of volleyball statistical and analytical systems), he discussed about the use of statistics and video in volleyball.
  • Statistics are a tool -- When a player doesn’t have good statistics, the numbers help verify feelings or could be a starting point of reflection, but having the right model (to interpret the numbers) and right use of the tool are the most important thing.

    He expounded on this to say the target model should include:
    > objectivity
    > use of an EFFECT rating (as opposed to just a TECHNICAL rating)

  • As a scout, it is very important to have good communication between him and the coach.

  • He talked about how the team grades reception

    Rating Symbol Meaning
    Pound/Double Plus (#) All choices are possible
    Plus (+) Some tactical choices are not possible, but quick attack is easily possible
    Exclamation (!) Quick attack very difficult and sometimes impossible but slow attack easily possible
    Slash (/) Reception to other court (1 or more touches without control)
    Mnus (-) One or more choics between quick and side attacks become impossible
    Equal/Double Minus (=) Error (still after two or three not easy toucehs)

    He shows this thru the reception cake. (At this point I got a little hungry made made myself a snack.)

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  • He next talked of the importance of scouting and streaming during training.

    >The number of Hits - Number of hits in a week’s training is more than the number of hits in match so you have more to work with
    >Time Period - A match is a shorter time period, and if you wait to have enough data video only form matches to analyze a skill or player, then it will take you weeks before you can do so
    >Video Analysis – During training, you spend a lot of time following the ball. After training, you can spend time to see skills away from the ball
    >Training Choices – You can adjust training method based on the data you have taken
    >Second team data – By scouting trainings, you have data about your second team to confirm your feelings about them
    >Immediate feedback – During or immediately after, you can check data and video to confirm your feelings
  • STREAMING – the team uses streaming video where players could immediately see the screen. For example, a projector on the side of the court. Or a projector on both end lines.

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    They set up the video stream to be 7 seconds late, so that the players can watch the play. He adds, ot is very important to use quality video and that is now possible with current technology.

  • Additionally, he says the real time scouting file they use contains, in order of importance, information on:
    • Serve/reception
    • Attack
    • Plays called by setter
    • Block
    • Attack direction
    • Dig
    • Freeball

That's pretty much a summary of Piroli's talk. Any translation errors are my friends' or mine.

Note: info/pics from this post not originally in the article are from friends.

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