“You’ll have to watch the game to find out. “That’s what Tommi Tilikainen, 36, the head coach of Korean Air Men’s Volleyball, says most often in his pre-match interviews. Tilikainen has been saying the same thing for three years now when asked about his expected lineup or whether a particular player will start a match, usually an hour before kickoff. Korean Air players don’t know if they will start until just before the game, as Tilikainen maintains security. “The official announcement of the starting lineup is made just before (the pre-match interview),” Tilikainen said ahead of Korean Air’s upcoming match against OK Financial Group at Ansan Sangryoksu Gymnasium in Gyeonggi City on Nov. 22.Even if the coach doesn’t say it, most players know in advance whether they will start or not. This is because the starting lineup is announced in training.

Korean Air, however, mixes up the starters and bench players in training .”Even then, the players know who’s going to start 95 percent of the time,” laughs Tilikainen. The reason Korean Air doesn’t reveal the starters until the last minute is because of the unknown. The idea is to avoid having to deal with unforeseen circumstances such as injuries or poor form .One of the objectives is to increase training focus .”We don’t make decisions (about selection) in training,” says Tilikainen. “We don’t decide (on selection) in training, so it’s also a way of saying to the players, ‘Show me in training,'” he explains .Tilikainen added that in the past, he has announced starters just before the whistle blew. “We had a player who was overly nervous. I used to wait until the last minute to 온라인카지노 tell him because I didn’t want him to get too nervous if I told him he was starting.”

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