USA Women’s Volleyball Wins First International Title
After knocking on the door for decades the ladies made it happen, winning their first international title in the programs history, and had me #karching in my girlfriend’s living room. Let’s take a closer look at this incredible feat.
As we all know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of factors that go into winning it all. It takes a lot of luck, years or preparation, guts, persistence, great players, great coaches, and the ability to perform at your very best when it matters the most.
But when something happens that’s never happened before it’s always good to stop and ask…why?
I’m telling you right now it had A LOT to do with Karch Kiraly and his staff’s approach to coaching and development. They say a picture says a thousand words, well this whiteboard only says 38 but tells a very important story:
As you can see they place a huge emphasis on two areas:
Growth Mindset: Research pioneered by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck showing that our mindset and approach to learning have the biggest impact on our development and future success.
Motor Learning: The science of how we acquire skill and maximize transfer through practice.
Last year I was lucky enough to spend a week with the team and got to see this style in person. That single trip may have been one of the most valuable experiences in my career and was actually the inspiration to create this website.
The USA Women’s Volleyball Team has implemented this scientific approach to development for the past few years and I honestly believe it’s the difference maker. Not only did it help them win their first international title but also lead to a number of victories during the past few months over the world’s #1 team, Brazil.
They’re a living, breathing example of the power of combining growth mindset and motor learning – which is what some cats call Training Ugly;)
We can learn so much by following their lead and learning from their innovative approach.
It will be exciting to see where they can go from here. Setter Alisha Glass said it best: