USA Men's Volleyball Coach Mike Wall celebrates after winning the 2015 World Cup Gold Medal.

The Volleyball Life with Mike Wall

Blocked vs Random Practice with USA Men's Volleyball Assistant Coach Mike Wall All right, welcome back to the Volleyball Life podcast. I’m Chris McGown. Today we’re doing something a little bit different. We typically just talk with coaches about...


The Volleyball Life with Steve Bain

This episode we're talking with Dr. Steve Bain, who is a volleyball coach at Northwest University and neuroscience expert doing research at the University of Washington.   We discuss the idea of "playing multiple sports makes you better", we get...


The Incredible Visual Skills of Ronaldo

For those of you who have attended our volleyball clinics for coaches, you have heard us say that "Volleyball is a visual skill with an emphasis on the visual." Original Article written by Todd Hargrove...


Quite a Stretch

For those of you who have attended one of our volleyball clinics, you will know that we discuss what a waste of time stretching is during practice.  I know, this is a really tough concept to wrap your head around.  How can stretching be a waste of...


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...


Fitness for Club Volleyball

Here is a common question we get, voiced in an email from a clinic attendee. "I'd like to get an opinion from you. I'm concerned about the direction my club is going this season.  The club director is a good friend of mine and she has claimed to do...


Five Coaching Strengths that Produce Champions

This summer's Olympics got us thinking: how do we as managers and leaders become coaches who elicit greatness in others? A study of the coach-athlete relationships that yield successful performance, released by the Canadian Olympic Committee in 2010,...


Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication

While out working coaching clinics and summer volleyball camps, it's common for us to engage in conversation regarding training different ages and genders.  A lot of people find it difficult to believe that we teach high level volleyball players...


Specificity

One of the "hot button" items at our coaching clinics is when Carl discards the notion of general athletic ability and lays out the overwhelming scientific evidence citing the existence of thousands of specific coordinated movement patterns...