Relationships

Messages We Send

Messages we Send – Written by GMS Staff Member Rob Browning During a match we are constantly sending messages to our team, and our players are receiving them!  Most of the messages we send, we do so unintentionally, but our players are still listening and watching. Knowing that, let’s make sure the messages we are sending…

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The Success of our Players

The Success of our Players Written by LMU Head Coach Tom Black Watching players at the high school or club, collegiate, and international levels, it’s always interesting to see who succeeds at the next level, who stumbles, and who has a curvy path in their athletic journey. One thing that might shape our observation and…

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Don’t Cry That It’s Over

I think this is one of the most perfect quotes for many of us: “Don’t cry that it’s over. Smile that it happened.”  It’s been attributed to Dr. Seuss, but it’s not confirmed. Which isn’t to say it’s not a powerful statement. Last Friday, our team played Oklahoma in the 1st Round of the NCAA…

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The Pulse of your Team

How’s your team? Are they happy? Do they feel fresh, mentally and physically, or are they run down? Is team chemistry good? What do they like most about practices, or being on the team in general? What do they dread about practice? Are they doing well in school? What do they most want from you…

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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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Why Athletes Disengage

My first overseas volleyball experience was bitter-sweet. The sweet parts for me were the opportunities to get to know a new culture, the chance to learn a new language, and the chance to get to make some amazing friends. Even better was getting paid to improve at the sport that I loved. In contrast to…

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GOOD FOR AND GOOD TO

GOOD FOR AND GOOD TO YOUR TEAM – Carl McGown Fred Sturm, who is now the head coach of the Danish Senior Men’s National Volleyball team, is one of the USA’s greatest volleyball coaches. From 1978 to 1985 he was the coach of the Stanford women’s team, and from 1979 to 1990 he was also…

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Fundamentals of Relationships

The Fundamentals of Relationships When traveling with the Men’s National Team, there is inevitably a significant amount of downtime.  I try to be as productive as possible while waiting for the next flight, bus ride or meal by reading a variety of non-fiction books that might help my coaching.  Two weeks ago while in Puerto…

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Another Great Summer!!

Another Great Summer Late August is always an exciting time of the year for women’s volleyball. Currently High School and College programs all over the country are hard at work preparing for the upcoming season. Gold Medal Squared on the other hand is winding down another successful summer camp season. We are always humbled when…

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