Yesterday was the final trials for the ACT U19’s Women’s Volleyball squad which I am coaching for nationals later in the year. Apparently this year Volleyball ACT has decided that the best process to use for announcing the team and notifying the players of their position is through their website. While in theory this is a good concept it seems to have been more of a concern for most of my team, and like the other teams going through selections.
I let all the girls know that this was the case, but also gave them the option of coming to me and having a one on one discussion regarding their place in the squad (or not). When given this option all bar 3 of the girls trialling (that were present at the final trial) came to me wanting to know if they made the team and also wanting more information about their roles or personal expectations.
This made me wonder what the best option for letting people know if they have made a team or not. While the logic behind an online notification process is sound; it means that there will be far less confrontation between girls that selected or not, it also limits the information that they can be given to further progress in the future. I have since decided that the best way is to now add in a individual letter to each of the girls. This would mean for the girls that are selected for the competition, those that just had a train-on role in the squad and those that were not selected to continue training. This way they can be given feedback (or feed-forward depending on your perspective) regarding what they should improve in the future so that they gain selection, or the skills that they need to develop before the competition. It will also give the opportunity to maintain lines of communication with those that may otherwise fall away and not return in the future which is once of the biggest issues in women’s volleyball, and female sport in general.
Having selected my team, I am confident that those continuing in the squad are the most likely to succeed at the competition and develop into the future, and hopefully those that missed out this year will be motivated to improve and come back next year to trial.