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...


See It, Pass It

See it, Pass it Written by GMS Advisory Staff Member Ron Larsen During my tenure as an Assistant Coach with the USA Men’s Team, I often had the opportunity to talk to Hugh McCutcheon about what were the most important skills for our players in our...


Thoughts on Serving

Game-like Serving is the only skill in volleyball that begins and ends with the individual. You toss, you hit. You don’t have to react to another player’s previous contact. Because of this you can simulate game-like conditions by simply...


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...


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...


Teaching Young Volleyball Players To Serve

Teaching Young Volleyball Players How to Serve We have a thread going in our toolbox message board regarding teaching young kids how to serve.  Rob Browning contributed some ideas that I thought would be helpful for some of you... Kids should...


Volleyball Setting - Location, Location, Location

Volleyball Setting - Location, Location, Location This post is in response to a number of recent emails with coaches looking for information on set location - In 2007, Nina Puikkonen Mortensen began work on her Masters Thesis at Brigham Young...


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’...