Teaching

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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Blocking in Volleyball – How to Master the Bunch Read

Blocking in Volleyball – How to Master the Bunch Read Blocking in the sport of volleyball is one of the most worked on skills out there.  It’s complex, demanding and requires great discipline to get good at.  My dad (Carl McGown) was relentless when teaching blocking.  Because of his love for this skill, those that got…

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How to Execute the “Set-Over”

How to Execute the “Set-Over” By Rob Browning, Saint Mary’s College Before coaching at Saint Mary’s, almost all of my volleyball career had been in boys and men’s volleyball where there is a general disdain for the set-over. When I came to Saint Mary’s to coach the women’s volleyball team I was not a fan,…

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Middle-Middle 2.0

The first time I heard of Carl McGown, I thought he was a fool. I read an article about how most balls go to the middle of court, and most of them landed at least 10’ in from the end line. Fortunately for me, I knew this to be nonsense. Your middle-back player was supposed…

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Back Setting

There’s currently a discussion going on in the volleyball toolbox forum regarding back setting.  I thought I’d share Tom Black’s response here.. Thanks for this question. My urge is keep setting as simple as possible, so I’ll stay consistent with that here. Contact on your midline We want to take the ball in the same…

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Setting off a Lead Leg

Setting off a Lead Leg Spend any time discussing setting with another coach, and “what type of footwork do you teach?” pops up pretty quick. It tends to be a hot button issue at our GMS clinics as well (something has to take swing blocking’s place…). Ron Larsen did a great study for us here…

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Shot-Put Serve

Question:  “We have all seen the girl that does a “shot-put” arm motion when serving. What have you tired that has helped?” Answer:  Carl McGown has been talking about “cycling the arm”. In this system, we get the should her elbow BACK (not up). In fact, Carl is saying that it’s perfectly ok for the…

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Fail Faster, Learn Faster

Fail Faster, Learn Faster My friend Keegan told me about a business model of an app company: We will Fail Faster than any other app creator. The idea is that they will learn from their mistakes* quickly, abandon apps that aren’t showing promise, take what they’ve learned and move on. Other companies might be afraid…

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Serving – Teaching the Young Kids

Of all the skills we must teach young kids, serving and passing must be at the top of the list. Mastery of these skills takes a long time so they must begin early and in earnest. In this blog I will discuss what I have learned about teaching young kids serving.  Kids must practice their…

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Coaching Volleyball’s Youth – Part 3

When coaching younger kids we sometimes wonder what we should be doing for strength and conditioning and overall volleyball fitness. Here are some important points to remember. Volleyball is a Skill Sport The better-skilled team will win almost all of the time regardless of their strength or fitness level compared to the other team.  With…

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