Learning & Change

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 notably, Italy in the 1990s. In one of his presentations coach Velasco talked about achieving “leaps of…

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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. The question is: How good are you going to…

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Practice Execution Means Game Reality

Volleyball Coaches – This is a great article the outlines the importance of practice planning.  Enjoy! Original Article Written by Jonathan Clegg and Kevin Clark Ahead of their playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts last weekend, the New England Patriots signed to their practice squad someone named Reggie Dunn. Dunn is an undrafted, unheralded wide…

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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 what they’ve learned and move on. Other companies might be afraid…

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10 Days into the 2012 Volleyball Season

10 Days in to the Volleyball Season Perpetually Dissatisfied and Always in a Hurry This is the second quote on our whiteboard. This time next week we will have played 3 matches. There just is never enough time to get everything in place – NEVER. One aspect of our coaching staff that I’m greatly enjoying…

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Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication

While out working coaching clinics and summer volleyball camps, it’s common for us to engage in conversation regarding training different ages and genders.  A lot of people find it difficult to believe that we teach high level volleyball players (Olympians) the same fundamental skills that we teach junior high girls and boys.  There’s no question…

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Training Wheels

An interesting article about the effectiveness of training wheels.  What are some other examples in youth sports where the training methods contradict what we know about specificity?  The first one that comes to my mind is T-Ball? Read More Here

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The Feedback Trap(s)

One of the many debts I owe to Ron Larsen is the day he handed me a study taken of John Wooden’s feedback. The study codified Wooden’s coaching and linked it to the actions of his players in order to judge it’s effectiveness. It was an eye-opening paper for me. I marveled at how remarkably…

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Observations in the Sand

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… For all the differences in the beach and indoor games,…

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Why Athletes Disengage

My first overseas volleyball experience was bitter-sweet. The sweet parts for me were the opportunities to get to know a new culture, the chance to learn a new language, and the chance to get to make some amazing friends. Even better was getting paid to improve at the sport that I loved. In contrast to…

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