Science & Motor Learning

The Benefits of Team Mixing: Why None of Us Are as Smart as All of Us

Another post  from Dr. Steve Bain, who not only knows a lot about neuro-science, but is becoming quite a good volleyball coach as well.  He recently did us the honor of coming to Utah and spending a few days watching practice, talking volleyball, and generally giving us valuable feedback about our coaching as he saw…

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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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Initial Ability vs. Final Ability

Let’s call this CONCEPT ONE. In our GMS coaching clinics we often say that initial ability and final ability are not highly correlated. We think this is a very important concept, but we don’t really take the time to talk about it as much as we should. I thought this blog might be a good…

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Deriving Meaning from Hoosiers

If you’re like me, “Hoosiers” is one of your favorite all-time sports films. I love everything about it; the discipline, the one last chance element, the conflict, the obstacles…everything. As a student of coaching, athletics, and performance, I like to try and take a deeper look at things and see how they apply to my…

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BYU Study

Gil Fellingham is a statistics professor at BYU, and is responsible for many of the volleyball studies done here at GMS.  This is an interesting read, and as it turns out Gil is the guy behind it all. Click Here To Read Article

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The Only Way To Coach

There has been a lot of talk in the volleyball community about the central premise of Gold Medal Squared, and the misconception that “GMS says there is only one way to coach/play/train, and that way is their way”.  I’d like to address that idea directly with this post, and try to put to bed some of the misunderstanding…

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Breaking the 10,000-Hour Rule

Why is Olympic gold medalist, Shaun White, affectionately known as the “flying tomato,” the only skateboarder to land a front-side, heel-flip, 540 body varial or Armadillo? How long should it take Cam Newton to learn the Carolina Panthers’ offense? Why did Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlm… To read the entire article click here

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Science and Coaching

Annie Murphy Paul wrote an article that was published in the NY Times on September 10, 2011 titled The Trouble with Homework. (You can read it yourself here) The article discusses different ways that school teachers can make homework better; however, if we apply the homework ideas to volleyball they will help us be better…

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Whole Training

This is one of the original “articles” from our old website; we are reposting the entire series here on our blog. Dr. Steve Bain, a longtime friend of GMS and quite a smart guy in his own right, has written an article for publication in Volleyball Magazine. His summary of the article: “On behalf of…

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