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...


Improvement IS Addictive

This post comes to us from Dr. Steve Bain, who not only knows a lot about neuro-science, but is becoming quite a good volleyball coach as well.  Last year at the UW Coaching Clinic he shared some thoughts on improvement as it relates to chemical...


Learning How to Learn

Carol Dweck, a behavioral psychologist at Stanford, has written a well know book called “Mindset”. In the book, she identifies two different mindsets that exist within all of us to varying degrees; the growth mindset and the fixed mindset. The...


Making Changes

"Some coaches don’t have the energy or willingness to make the emotional commitment to motivate people to attain the standard required of them to compete successfully at the highest level (We could also say some coaches don't have the energy to...


Observing Skaters

The first time I took our son to the local skate park over a year ago I sat and watched as he made his way around the pavement.  But I’m not very good at sitting and watching—I’d rather be doing.  I’m not very good at skate boarding either,...


Expectations

How many of you have coached a team and had what was termed as a "big win"? Three weeks ago my team experienced exactly that. We played a team everyone assumed would be victorious against us. We prepared for this match just like any other match; we...


Breaking the 10,000-Hour Rule

Why is Olympic gold medalist, Shaun White, affectionately known as the “flying tomato,” the only skateboarder to land a front-side, heel-flip, 540 body varial or Armadillo? How long should it take Cam Newton to learn the Carolina Panthers’...


Staying the Course--Process over Outcome

Last Thursday we played our first conference match of the year at BYU--a new member of the West Coast Conference. We knew they were very good--even better than when we played them earlier in the season. I felt like we were ready to play well and we...


Learning through Teaching

I’m not a quick learner, but eventually I learn some things. Fortunately, I enjoy teaching, which is a great way to learn. I find that I coach best when I approach coaching as a teacher. We teach people how to play volleyball, and we can teach a...