Guided Discovery - Blocking

Guided Discovery: Blocking 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...


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...


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...


Swing Blocking, by Carl McGown

In 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,...


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...


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...


Question: 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...