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Coaching the Kicking Game – Doug Blevins

In Chico CA, NFL football has been particularly exciting to watch over the last couple of years.  Aaron Rodgers is a hometown hero and it’s been thrilling to watch his success.  This year, in particular, all of the long-time 49’er fans had something to be excited about.  While I’ve become more of a baseball fan…

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Improvement IS Addictive

This post comes to us from Dr. Steve Bain, who not only knows a lot about neuro-science, but is becoming quite a good volleyball coach as well.  Last year at the UW Coaching Clinic he shared some thoughts on improvement as it relates to chemical signals in the brain.  This is his brief summary of those…

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Super Bowl – Consequence of Little Things

The 2011 PAC 12 Season is looking like it will be the last where a true double round-robin is used to determine the conference championship.  As such, our staff is working hard to ask a lot of important questions about the nature of our conference, the key skills that need to be developed in order…

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Serve for the Cure!

At the end of every summer camp season, Mike Wall and I plan a fall fishing trip. Last year, was no different than any year.  And, like most year’s, Mike caught the biggest fish. We spent a few days in Utah, Wyoming, and Montana. I always tell Julie (my wife) that we’re also having some…

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You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Written by Dr. Carl McGown Our volleyball coaches clinics run for three full days, usually eight hours a day. Time is precious when you only have 24 hours to learn about coaching, so we have always thought that it was very important for us to include only the most valuable topics in our clinics. One…

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Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication

Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication by Dr. Carl McGown The philosopher William Of Occam (1300-1349) reputedly said: “Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.” This statement has come to be known in science as Occam’s Razor and it usually is translated this way: “Of two competing theories or explanations, all other things being equal, the simpler…

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We Coach the Way We Were Coached

We coach the way we were coached. This is a powerful statement that we discussed in the first session of a GMS clinic. Most of us either teach the game in the same manner it was taught to us, or else (remembering frustrations from our playing career) we go the other way and teach the…

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Fundamental Beliefs

Dr. Brent Crouch recently joined Rob Browning’s coaching staff at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. He attended the coaching clinic held in Seattle earlier this month, and sent us these ideas after considering the material presented. This will end up in our coaching manual (hence the reference at the end to “this book”), but…

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GMS in Finland

Lauri Hakala was kind enough to put together some thoughts about his volleyball experiences over the past few years. His story follows. How GMS is Helping to Make Finland Great by Lauri Hakala As you know, sometimes things, that you think could never happen, happen. I will now do my best with telling a true…

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Stop #7 – Weston, MA

Our last stop for the summer took us to Weston, MA which was right outside of Boston. Neither Taylor nor I had ever been to Boston so this was an extra treat. Not only did we have superb hosts, but we had a great time in the gym and got to tour Boston a couple…

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