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Mar 22 2012

Doug Beal is a FIVB president candidate

By: mwilson

Congratulations to GMS advisory staff member Doug Beal for being one of three formal candidates for the presidency of the FIVB. For the last 35 years Doug has been invaluable to the growth of volleyball both here in the USA and internationally. Thanks for all that you have done and will do in the future for the sport of volleyball!

Mar 14 2012

The Benefits of Team Mixing: Why None of Us Are as Smart as All of Us

By: cjmcgown

Another post  from Dr. Steve Bain, who not only knows a lot about neuro-science, but is becoming quite a good volleyball coach as well.  He recently did us the honor of coming to Utah and spending a few days watching practice, talking volleyball, and generally giving us valuable feedback about our coaching as he saw it.  We are currently keeping a cauldron and mix our players in practice every day, and needless to say found the content of this article really encouraging.

Mar 8 2012

The Pulse of your Team

By: rbrowning

How’s your team? Are they happy? Do they feel fresh, mentally and physically, or are they run down?

Mar 1 2012

Observations in the Sand

By: tblack

This spring, we’ve added to our our women’s volleyball program at LMU the grueling task of sand volleyball. We’ve set our portable offices by the waters of Marina Del Rey. We’ve toiled amidst the horrific backdrop of sun sand and waves, yet we’ve carry on…

Feb 22 2012

Lessons From the Las Vegas Invitational

By: jwatson

This past weekend I coached my first ever 3 day Juniors Tournament in Las Vegas. I’ve spent many days recruiting this tournament, but have never stayed long enough to see the finals. This year, my club team played well enough to be in the final of the 18 Open Division.

Feb 7 2012

See It, Pass It

By: rlarsen

During my tenure as an Assistant Coach with the USA Men’s Team, I often had the opportunity to talk to Hugh McCutcheon about what were the most important skills for our players in our quest to win a Gold Medal in Beijing. Unequivocally, Hugh always said, “The premiere skill is the ability to see and read the game.” Research in this area further substantiates this opinion. “Expert batsmen, like experts from other striking sports, provide the impression of having ‘all the time in the world’ despite performing their skill under several challenging constraints” (Abernethy, 1981).

Feb 2 2012

Thoughts on Serving

By: rbrowning

Game-like

Jan 31 2012

Improvement IS Addictive

By: cjmcgown

This post comes to us from Dr. Steve Bain, who not only knows a lot about neuro-science, but is becoming quite a good volleyball coach as well.  Last year at the UW Coaching Clinic he shared some thoughts on improvement as it relates to chemical signals in the brain.  This is his brief summary of those thoughts:

Jan 25 2012

Learning How to Learn

By: tblack

Carol Dweck, a behavioral psychologist at Stanford, has written a well know book called “Mindset”. In the book, she identifies two different mindsets that exist within all of us to varying degrees; the growth mindset and the fixed mindset. The reason this is important is because regardless of your beliefs on talent, we can prove all skill and ability exists within the neural pathways of our brain. So, if we develop “fixed mindset” behaviors we are in essence stunting the development of any deeper neural connections, thereby road blocking our improvement and allowing any self-fulfilling prophesies we might have about IQ or talent being inherited to come to fruition.

Jan 25 2012

Super Bowl – Consequence of Little Things

By: jwatson

The 2011 PAC 12 Season is looking like it will be the last where a true double round-robin is used to determine the conference championship.  As such, our staff is working hard to ask a lot of important questions about the nature of our conference, the key skills that need to be developed in order to better compete in the conference and a myriad of other questions that I hope will lead to further blog posts.