Cauldron & Competition

Mid-Season Choices

A good question recently came in from a coach: “I’m in my current HS season, and my middle hitters are hitting horribly. I know middles aren’t nearly as valuable as OH’s and OP’s but here are the stats: M1: .176 M2: .021 M3: -.150 My OH1 is hitting: .269 and my OH2 is hitting .331. I’m thinking…

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The Setting Battle @ Arizona State

We at Gold Medal Squared are lucky to have a wonderful group of coaches on our Advisory Staff.  One of the things we are working to do is bring you more of their thoughts and coaching experiences via this blog. Like many of you, I’ve sat through the clinic session where we create a depth…

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Players or Competitors?

Has our system created an unintended consequence in player development? Dr. Jay Martin – Soccer Journal In early September, a Division I game featured two Top 10 teams, one from the West Coast and one from the East Coast. In this early-season special, two big-time programs went at each other, each hoping to make a…

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The Competitive Cauldron

The Competitive Cauldron Written by Tom Black Explaining the Competitive Cauldron There is no improvement without intensity. This is what draws us to the cauldron. If we want our players to improve, they have to play hard. If we want them to play hard, we have to get them to compete. If we want to…

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Life is Competition – By Carl McGown

Life is Competition Article Written by Dr. Carl McGown The May 10, 1999 issue of Sports Illustrated contained a headline article entitled “Our Favorite Dynasties.” In this article SI selects its 20 favorite teams of the 20th century. The top five teams were: (1) the Boston Celtics with Bill Russell, (2) the Notre Dame Fighting…

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Question: Mental Toughness?

Developing Mental Toughness From a Coach: Do you have any advice when it come to developing mental toughness in the HS female athlete? I could really use some, we have some unbelievable talent and play a very intense style of volleyball. If we keep it together I don’t think there is a team that can…

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Question: Negative Reinforcement?

Negative Reinforcement From a Coach: Maybe you can help me sort something out that has been nagging at me for a long time now. This is not so much a technical question per se, but one that you might be able to answer from your experience. There are a lot of coaches that I know…

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