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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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Sitting In with the USA Men

A few weeks ago I had the chance to go down to Anaheim to spend some time with the USA Men as they played some friendly matches against Iran, as kind of a tune-up for the World Championships. John, Matt, Andrea, and Mike were nice enough to let me have complete access to everything they…

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Tempe Highlights 2014

It seems that every year the volleyball coaches clinic in Tempe Arizona gets bigger and better.  A big thanks to Jason Watson and the ASU Women’s Volleyball Program for hosting what has become one of our favorite volleyball clinics of the year.  Below is a highlight video from the weekend.  We’d love to see you…

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Club Volleyball Clinics

Private Club Volleyball Clinics This past weekend we were very privileged to have Carl McGown in our gym to run a volleyball clinic for our club coaches. Although our club has been GMS certified for several years now, we asked Carl to come run a clinic which would afford our veteran volleyball coaches the opportunity…

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10 Days into the 2012 Volleyball Season

10 Days in to the Volleyball Season Perpetually Dissatisfied and Always in a Hurry This is the second quote on our whiteboard. This time next week we will have played 3 matches. There just is never enough time to get everything in place – NEVER. One aspect of our coaching staff that I’m greatly enjoying…

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Times are Changing

This article was sent to us by a client.  Did you ever think Drill Sergeants would do away with the yelling that exists during training?  How does this relate to coaching?  It seems that the “tyrant coaching style” is becoming more “old school.”  Building solid relationships with your athletes, while still maintaining a standard of…

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Helicopter Coaches

The other day I was reading an article in a magazine about Helicopter Parenting—the term given to parents who hover over their child’s every move. The author gave 5 suggestions to avoid doing for our children what they can and should do for themselves. We coaches can glean lots of good advice that applies directly…

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Observations in the Sand

This spring, we’ve added to our our women’s volleyball program at LMU the grueling task of sand volleyball. We’ve set our portable offices by the waters of Marina Del Rey. We’ve toiled amidst the horrific backdrop of sun sand and waves, yet we’ve carry on… For all the differences in the beach and indoor games,…

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Lessons From the Las Vegas Invitational

This past weekend I coached my first ever 3 day Juniors Tournament in Las Vegas. I’ve spent many days recruiting this tournament, but have never stayed long enough to see the finals. This year, my club team played well enough to be in the final of the 18 Open Division. Unfortunately, we came up short….

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Top 10 Things Coaches do to Sabotage Their Athletes

I’m currently working on a new team building presentation for our Volleyball Coaching Foundations Clinic.  While doing some research online, I found some very interesting information on positive coaching.  After collecting some information from a swimming website, and adding some thoughts of my own, I’ve come up with a Top 10 list of things not…

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