For those of you who aren't familiar with the toolbox concept, it started in 2009 when we learned that volleyball coaches need more help implementing GMS volleyball clinic topics in to their daily coaching routines. For example, in our coaching clinics we talk about the importance of running a cauldron. However, we felt like there was a gap between classroom education and the actual implementation of many of these important topics (like the cauldron). The toolbox is designed to bridge that gap, and ultimately make implementing many of our coaching clinic topics simple.
Below are some of the more popular features of the Volleyball Toolbox. We are offering subscription levels for individuals, high school programs, and clubs. To visit the official Volleyball Toolbox website click here.
Manage Your Roster
The first step in creating your toolbox account is creating your roster. Once your roster is complete, you can export the data as an excel file (good for ordering uniforms etc), text message your entire team at the push of a button, and email your team at the push of a button. For example, if you have a practice time update, simply hit the "text team" button, enter your message, and hit submit. Your entire team will receive a text message with the updated time.
Drills Drills Drills
A complete list of drills with explanations, scoring instructions, diagrams, and cauldron tips is included. Furthermore, you can add, delete, or edit drills as you wish. The user has 100% control over what drills are listed in their toolbox account. You can also add, delete, or edit drill categories (six on six, small groups etc).
Create, save and print your daily practice plan in minutes. For those of you have have full time work schedules, this application is for you! We have also created practice planning templates that allow you to use, modify and print at will. All drills within your toolbox account are available when creating your plan.
Web Based Cauldron
The toolbox cauldron is a highly robust, yet simple application to use. We receive hundreds of questions every year regarding the cauldron. We think that the toolbox addresses all of the common cauldron questions/concerns. Once your roster is complete, your cauldron is complete. No more complex spreadsheets and coding needed! All math and rankings are automatically updated as you enter data. You can change cauldron categories as needed, adjust the window period etc. We have also included a step by step "Cauldron Tips" page that will help you successfully introduce the concept with your athletes. Once your cauldron is up and running, the system will populate a potential starting lineup based on the cauldron results.
Another common question is "can GMS provide us with instructional video clips?" We have answered that question with the coaches toolbox. We have created a "media" tab that includes the following clip categories... Serving, SR/Passing, Blocking, Hitting, Offensive Systems, Defensive Systems, and Misc. We will be adding Setting shortly. Furthermore, we have created a "training the eye" library that will include clips of athletes performing skills incorrectly. This will assist in "training your eye" on some of the common technical mistakes that your athletes make. This section of the library isn't complete, but will be shortly.
These are just a few of the big ticket items in the toolbox. There's plenty more functionality to help make your coaching lives easier. Furthermore, we have a long list of features that we plan on adding as time goes on.
Please contact Mike Wall with questions regarding the toolbox.
To visit the official toolbox website, and to register, please click here