These posts written by Todd (Amy’s husband) are designed to model a system of purposeful living. At least once a month, he spends time setting meaningful goals around one of seventeen core priorities.
If you missed it, consider reading the foundation post – Purposeful Living #1.
Priority #5 – Children (Emotional Health)
Support my daughter Colsie in her desire to become a strong volleyball player and join a volleyball team. Specific things I can do include the items listed below.
Research and purchase an effective youth volleyball instructional video.
Thoroughly review the video and develop a volleyball skill development program for Colsie.
UPDATED Thoughts About Goal – August 2013
After a bit of research, I found a fantastic volleyball training series. This series is perfect for youth to learn foundational techniques. If you have a youth volleyball player at home, these videos are listed below.
Championship Productions Foundations For Successful Volleyball
Championship Productions Foundations For Successful Volleyball: Setting DVD
Championship Productions Foundations For Successful Volleyball: Individual Defense DVD
Championship Productions Foundations For Successful Volleyball: Passing DVD
Championship Productions Foundations For Successful Volleyball: Attacking DVD
Championship Productions Foundations For Successful Volleyball: Blocking DVD
I purchased these videos, watched them, analyzed them, and came up with a training plan for Colsie.
We started training, but after a few sessions it became evident that a knee that she injured a few months ago was still giving her significant problems. After seeing a doctor we were told Colsie needed to stay off her completely, could not play volleyball, and needed focused rehab.
Over the course of three months Colsie did fully rehab her knee and I was ready to get back to work in volleyball training. There was just one problem – Colsie no longer wanted to play volleyball! As excited as she was about volleyball just a few months ago, she was now equally unexcited.
So, there will be no volleyball playing – at least not for now – in the Bowman household. I am totally okay with it. We talked about it for a while and I absolutely believe her interests have simply changed. It happens with children and youth.
ORIGINAL Thoughts About Goal – January 2013
My sixth grade daughter recently communicated a desire to play volleyball. She has never expressed an interest in sports before, but she assured me this is a genuine interest. She has been hitting a ball around a lot at school with friends during recess and really enjoys it.
Volleyball is a huge sport in Nebraska with large numbers of children playing from a very young age. Even playing in a youth recreation league Colsie will be way behind without some help.
My plan is to assist Colsie in the same way I have assisted my other two daughters – Teagan (basketball) and Avery (soccer) – in the sports they play. I will find quality instructional material, learn the game, and teach Colsie how to play volleyball. Specifically I am interested in teaching Colsie proper technique, not just the rules of the game.
I understand the rules of volleyball, but I don’t know the first thing about volleyball technique. I don’t know the proper way to set, bump, serve, or pass a volleyball.
But I can learn. The key is finding quality instructional material. There are many resources, but most of it is junk. I will find as many websites as I can that sell instructional material, identify DVD’s that focus on technique, read the descriptions and reviews, and then make a purchase.
It was so much easier when it was just Avery playing soccer. Supporting three girls in their athletic endeavors takes a considerable amount of time.
But it is a fun way for me to participate in their lives. And athletics are a fantastic way to build resiliency in children.
It is worth my time.
Build Your To-Do List Around Correct Priorities – Purposeful Living #1
Outline Of All Purposeful Living Posts
Purposeful Living Outline