How to Execute the "Set-Over"

Before coaching at Saint Mary's, almost all of my volleyball career had been in boys and men's volleyball where there is a general disdain for the set-over. When I came to Saint Mary's to coach the women's volleyball team I was not a fan, especially...


Leaps in Progress

I recently attended the USA volleyball high-performance clinic in Colorado Springs. One of the guest presenters was Julio Velasco, current men's national team coach in Argentina and former national team coach of Iran, Czech Republic, Spain, and, most...


1 vs 1 Competitions

GMS Staff Member Rob Browning shares some ideas on how to run 1 vs 1 competitions. Volleyball Drills - Objective:  Competitive serve and pass reps. Measurable results. Format: Player A serves 3 balls to Player B, who must pass one half of the court....


WGP Update

Weeks 1 & 2 of WGP were certainly a roller coaster. Coming off a phenomenal USA Cup and earning 4 wins against #1 Brazil set us up for a high that seemingly crashed down on us week 1 of Turkey. These types of weekends are excellent learning...


How Good Are You Going to Become?

“To reach a goal you have never before attained, you must do what you have never before done.”  R G Scott Coaches, here is a message I think we need to communicate clearly and repeatedly to our athletes: The question is not how good are you now....


Messages We Send

Messages we Send - Written by GMS Staff Member Rob Browning During a match we are constantly sending messages to our team, and our players are receiving them!  Most of the messages we send, we do so unintentionally, but our players are still...


Shot-Put Serve

Question:  "We have all seen the girl that does a "shot-put" arm motion when serving. What have you tired that has helped?" Answer:  Carl McGown has been talking about "cycling the arm". In this system, we get the should her elbow BACK (not up). In...


Fail Faster, Learn Faster

Fail Faster, Learn Faster My friend Keegan told me about a business model of an app company: We will Fail Faster than any other app creator. The idea is that they will learn from their mistakes* quickly, abandon apps that aren't showing promise, take...


Serving - Teaching the Young Kids

Of all the skills we must teach young kids, serving and passing must be at the top of the list. Mastery of these skills takes a long time so they must begin early and in earnest. In this blog I will discuss what I have learned about teaching young...