Fundamental Skills

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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How to Execute the “Set-Over”

How to Execute the “Set-Over” By Rob Browning, Saint Mary’s College Before coaching at Saint Mary’s, almost all of my volleyball career had been in boys and men’s volleyball where there is a general disdain for the set-over. When I came to Saint Mary’s to coach the women’s volleyball team I was not a fan,…

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Back Setting

There’s currently a discussion going on in the volleyball toolbox forum regarding back setting.  I thought I’d share Tom Black’s response here.. Thanks for this question. My urge is keep setting as simple as possible, so I’ll stay consistent with that here. Contact on your midline We want to take the ball in the same…

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Setting off a Lead Leg

Setting off a Lead Leg Spend any time discussing setting with another coach, and “what type of footwork do you teach?” pops up pretty quick. It tends to be a hot button issue at our GMS clinics as well (something has to take swing blocking’s place…). Ron Larsen did a great study for us here…

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Shot-Put Serve

Question:  “We have all seen the girl that does a “shot-put” arm motion when serving. What have you tired that has helped?” Answer:  Carl McGown has been talking about “cycling the arm”. In this system, we get the should her elbow BACK (not up). In fact, Carl is saying that it’s perfectly ok for the…

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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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Serving – Teaching the Young Kids

Of all the skills we must teach young kids, serving and passing must be at the top of the list. Mastery of these skills takes a long time so they must begin early and in earnest. In this blog I will discuss what I have learned about teaching young kids serving.  Kids must practice their…

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Coaching the Young Kids, Part 2

My last blog entry was about teaching kids how to play the entire game by allowing them to perform all skills in practice and matches. There is an offensive system that is great for younger kids because it is very simple, it is effective, and it allows multiple players to perform multiple skills in different…

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Coaching Volleyball – Teaching the Step-Hop

Is the Split-Step Worth Teaching in Volleyball? We have been experimenting with a step-hop (or split-step in Tennis) with our passers, and have been encouraging a small hop for both back-row defenders and front-row blockers. The concept isn’t new by any means, and the general idea is that we are trying to put the muscles…

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