Fundamental Skills

Training Setters

Perhaps no other skill in volleyball is taught so differently as setting. I have seen many great setting coaches train their setters in completely dissimilar fashion, and as I look at the skill, and some of the world’s best setters, I wonder if we can distill the skill down to a few simple concepts: 1….

Read More

See It, Pass It

See it, Pass it Written by GMS Advisory Staff Member Ron Larsen During my tenure as an Assistant Coach with the USA Men’s Team, I often had the opportunity to talk to Hugh McCutcheon about what were the most important skills for our players in our quest to win a Gold Medal in Beijing. Unequivocally,…

Read More

Thoughts on Serving

Game-like Serving is the only skill in volleyball that begins and ends with the individual. You toss, you hit. You don’t have to react to another player’s previous contact. Because of this you can simulate game-like conditions by simply visualizing yourself in a match: the score is 14-14, the crowd is roaring (or is deathly…

Read More

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…

Read More

Outside Hitter Eyework

Once the initial movement patterns have been taught to our hitters, what they need to look at in order to make the best swing possible becomes a critical part of their training. Here are 3 keys you might want to spend some time with in order to help develop your hitters’ vision and decision-making ability…

Read More

Teaching Young Volleyball Players To Serve

Teaching Young Volleyball Players How to Serve We have a thread going in our toolbox message board regarding teaching young kids how to serve.  Rob Browning contributed some ideas that I thought would be helpful for some of you… Kids should practice their overhand serve every practice.  They should stand however far from the net…

Read More

Volleyball Setting – Location, Location, Location

Volleyball Setting – Location, Location, Location This post is in response to a number of recent emails with coaches looking for information on set location – In 2007, Nina Puikkonen Mortensen began work on her Masters Thesis at Brigham Young University.  Nina was an outstanding Middle during her career at BYU and an even better…

Read More

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…

Read More

Believing is Seeing – Video Feedback

This is from Jeff Cole at NorCal VBC – he told us it was inspired by material covered in our LEVEL2 clinic. Some of us are visual learners and others of us are not. Video playback can help increase the pace of learning volleyball for players who learn with their eyes. Do you remember how unfamiliar…

Read More

Question: Serving Motion?

From a Coach: We say that serving is like throwing. But there are two or three players in our program who “shot-put” the ball instead of “throw it.” Any tips on how to get them to use more of a serving motion? Our Reply: At the clinics we do, coaches often ask questions like this…

Read More