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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...