Initial Ability vs. Final Ability

Let’s call this CONCEPT ONE. In our GMS coaching clinics we often say that initial ability and final ability are not highly correlated. We think this is a very important concept, but we don’t...


Swing Blocking, by Carl McGown

In was in 1985 that what is now Gold Medal Squared was founded. We called ourselves Canyon Volleyball then (we lived in Provo Canyon), and we sent out brochures to all the schools in Utah, and most of...


Deriving Meaning from Hoosiers

If you’re like me, “Hoosiers” is one of your favorite all-time sports films. I love everything about it; the discipline, the one last chance element, the conflict, the obstacles…everything. As...


How to Dig a Volleyball

How to Dig a Volleyball If you visit the Gold Medal Squared Volleyball facebook page, scroll down the wall until you get to the video titled 133 Volleyball Digs in 3 minutes. Watch it! What you will...


Outside Hitter Eyework

Once the initial movement patterns have been taught to our hitters, what they need to look at in order to make the best swing possible becomes a critical part of their training. Here are 3 keys you...


Teaching Young Volleyball Players To Serve

Teaching Young Volleyball Players How to Serve We have a thread going in our toolbox message board regarding teaching young kids how to serve.  Rob Browning contributed some ideas that I thought...


BYU Study

Gil Fellingham is a statistics professor at BYU, and is responsible for many of the volleyball studies done here at GMS.  This is an interesting read, and as it turns out Gil is the guy behind it...


Volleyball Setting – Location, Location, Location

Volleyball Setting - Location, Location, Location This post is in response to a number of recent emails with coaches looking for information on set location - In 2007, Nina Puikkonen Mortensen began...


Seeing is Everything

“Volleyball is a visual motor game, with an emphasis on the visual.” For those of you who have attended a Gold Medal Squared Coaches Clinic, you have heard this before.  Seeing the game is...


GOOD FOR AND GOOD TO

GOOD FOR AND GOOD TO YOUR TEAM - Carl McGown Fred Sturm, who is now the head coach of the Danish Senior Men’s National Volleyball team, is one of the USA’s greatest volleyball coaches. From 1978...