World Volleyball Coaches Show in Ostrava in the middle of June will not only focus on volleyball tactics and strategy. For the first time, it will offer classes from sports psychology which will be led by renowned mental coach Marian Jelínek, who has already written many books and obtained the doctorate in philosophy in this branch.

Along with the class schedule, we bring you an exclusive interview about the topic that he will be presenting on Saturday June 15 at the volleyball coaches conference in Ostrava.

At the volleyball coaches show in Ostrava, your lecture will be talking about negative emotions that affect game performance. What will you focus on?
The main topic of my class are the powers that negatively influence players´ “subjective worlds” and I will mainly focus on how to handle these “poisons” in our inner world before and during a game.

Volleyball is in similar situation like other team sports in Czech Republic that don´t have TOP result on the highest level. One opinion says that the best coaches are needed right at the beginning of an athlete´s development. Do you agree with this opinion?
This is an aged opinion already. I think that it is necessary to specify what “the best coach” means. I´m convinced that in the field of youth volleyball, the best coaches are those who can teach a kid to “love” the sport. From this point of view, I agree that the best coaches should work with youths.

In Norway, there is a successful system based on small clubs across the whole country. On the other hand, in the Czech Republic, we often hear that it is necessary to centralize, to pay the coaches. What is your opinion on these two different approaches?
I don’t know any statistics that would clearly prioritize any of these systems. On the other hand, in any system, it is crucial to unite the thoughts of participants inside the particular system and, unfortunately, we have been failing in this. We have got too diverse opinions, which often aren´t based on long term statistics, we lack patience and mutual respect from one to other. In such conditions, no system would work.

You are one of the protagonists of the project Sportmentor which aims on helping with raising new generation of children with love for sport. What is the goal of your project?
To inspire parents and people who work with youths on how to lead children to the strongest emotional relationship to sport and general movement as possible.

What is, according to you, the most important – that everybody falls in love with one sport and keeps doing it for a long time?
It is all about conditions in which a person grows up and lives. All of us, parents, teachers, coaches, politicians and the whole society, are co-responsible for these conditions. If a child grows up in a society which has an emotional relationship to movement, there is a big premise that we will transfer this relationship to the next generation. I would, with permission, borrow an inspirational sentence from Mother Teresa: “If you want to change the world, change yourself.”