Defense

5 Tips to Getting Started with GMS

5 Tips to Getting Started with Gold Medal Squared   So, you’ve Attended a Gold Medal Squared Coaches Clinic. Now what? Time to apply the principles you learned, the advice you received, and the data you’ve collected. As the saying goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best…

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Blocking in Volleyball – How to Master the Bunch Read

Blocking in Volleyball – How to Master the Bunch Read Blocking in the sport of volleyball is one of the most worked on skills out there.  It’s complex, demanding and requires great discipline to get good at.  My dad (Carl McGown) was relentless when teaching blocking.  Because of his love for this skill, those that got…

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Guided Discovery – How to Teach Blocking

Guided Discovery: How to Teach Blocking in Volleyball At Gold Medal Squared Coaching Clinics, we learn a lot about the laws of learning. We learn about the concept of transfer, the importance of random/variable practice, and how keys help coaches and players focus their attention and learn faster. As most coaches have discovered, engaging players…

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Middle-Middle 2.0

The first time I heard of Carl McGown, I thought he was a fool. I read an article about how most balls go to the middle of court, and most of them landed at least 10’ in from the end line. Fortunately for me, I knew this to be nonsense. Your middle-back player was supposed…

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To Block or Not to Block

To Block or Not to Block Gold Medal Squared Volleyball Camps and Volleyball Clinics Blocking is an interesting skill to talk about.  I’ve often times wondered why blocking, and specifically swing blocking is such a hot topic.  There’s no question that its popularity has grown over the past 10 years, particularly in women’s volleyball.  However,…

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Swing Blocking, by Carl McGown

Swing Blocking, by Carl McGown It 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 the schools that border Utah in Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nevada. Our…

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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 see are a bunch of great defensive plays of every variety that keep the ball from hitting the…

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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 perhaps THE most important skill in volleyball, and one that often times gets overlooked. Back in 1998 I was a red-shirt…

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Question: Reading and Reacting

Reading and Reacting From a Coach: The biggest problem for my team right now (and probably many teams) is the hole left behind the blockers. My front row player, not blocking, is based at 10 x 10. My back right and left are based at 2 x2 or 2 x 3 and my middle-middle is…

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