Teaching

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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Teaching the Young Kids

Teaching the Young Kids As the club volleyball season gets underway, I would like to share some thoughts on my experience Coaching Volleyball players from 8 to 14 years old. I will do this in parts over the next couple of months. It’s great when kids are excited to play volleyball, and it’s even better…

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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 (Olympians) the same fundamental skills that we teach junior high girls and boys.  There’s no question…

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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 instead. This idea, that moving fast to my right doesn’t mean I’m fast, it just means I move fast to…

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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 quest to win a Gold Medal in Beijing. Unequivocally,…

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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 visualizing yourself in a match: the score is 14-14, the crowd is roaring (or is deathly…

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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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