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Helping Your Defensive Players Improve Vision

Former Olympians and current coaches Kayla Banwarth and Rich Lambourne will share tips and tricks to help your back row players improve as defenders by improving their vision.

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Science Updated: 3 New Motor Learning Ideas

We'll share some new ideas in the Motor Learning field that we think will make you a more effective teacher in the gym, and answer questions related to these principles.

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Making Allies of Parents

We'll be joined by multiple large club directors from around the country to discuss the importance of coach and parent relationships and how to make them successful.

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Virtual Clinic Update

Our virtual clinic sessions have moved back to GMS+.


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Completed - Mindset Training

Courtney Thompson gives a mental training session and then answers questions from the viewers. She shares her experiences as a player and what she learned from her coaches.

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Completed - Blocked vs Random

Chris McGown & Mike Wall will discuss the differences between blocked & random practice, when each is appropriate, and the advantages of each. There will also be a Q&A session.

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Completed - Defensive Systems Q&A

Chris McGown will explain the common defensive systems and highlight the middle-middle defensive concept. He will answer your questions about anything related to team defense.

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Completed - Q&A with Heather and Keegan

2018 AVCA Coach of the Year Heather Olmstead (BYU Head Coach) and Keegan Cook (UW Head Coach) will answer more questions related to team defensive systems and individual defense.

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Completed - Setting Q&A

Former USA setter Courtney Thompson will discuss setting, and will answer questions related to setting and setters - from mindset to strategies to techniques.

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Completed - Athlete Mindset Training + Q&A

Courtney Thompson gives two mental mindset lessons for athletes and answers questions. Both presentations and Q&A sessions are below:

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Completed - Mindset Training Part 2

Courtney Thompson follows up from her earlier trainings with this presentation and dives into setting goals, setting a vision, and how to use both to tap into your true potential.

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Completed - GMS+ Tutorial and Q&A

Mike Wall demonstrates and explains the many features of GMS+ available to GMS+ subscribers and GMS+ trial users and shows how a GMS+ membership can help coaches and their athletes.

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Completed - Strength + Nutrition Q&A

Mitch Sadowsky will introduce some volleyball specific at-home drills for athletes and give a training session about Strength & Conditioning as well as Nutrition.

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At-Home Workout

Training with Mitch

Beginning

(2 minutes)

Warmup Prep Mobility

(15 minutes)

Pillar Prep Core

(7 minutes)

Speed, Agility, Power

(12 minutes)

At-Home Strength

(15 minutes)

Monday, March 23

Motor Learning

From the GMS+ Motor Learning Course. View Full Course Here.

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Coaching is Rocket Science!

In this lesson Chris McGown talks about the complexities that we face as coaches. We have hundreds, if not thousands of decisions to make over the course of a season.

Five Major Coaching Decisions

In an effort to simplify the process, we want to distill our coaching decisions down to five primary buckets. Mechanics, Systems, Motivation, Drills and Time.

How We Should Spend Our Time

Volleyball is a fickle sport with extremely thin margins. Because of that, there are no little things. So how can we optimize our training time when deciding what we want to focus on?

The Importance of Sideout Percentage!

Learn the 2% rule and how we can apply that to our coaching decisions. This video explains how tiny improvements made by a team can lead to significant results on the court.

Where We Get Our Coaching Methods

Every decision we make as coaches matter. This puts a level of importance on what we do, and why we do what we do. How should we get our coaching methods?

Intro to Motor Learning

Motor learning is the science that will drive our principles. These principles help us shape our coaching philosophy and the way we train our athletes.

Area 1: Goal Presentation

The first area of motor learning is goal presentation, which is to show our athletes how to successfully perform the skills we want them to improve.

Area 2: Motor Program Development

The next area is motor program development. This video explains addresses many of the theories surrounding motor programs, and applies them to volleyball.

Area 3: Types of Feedback

The last area focuses on how we can give our athletes the correct amount of game-like repetitions in practice. We also need to provide the right feedback to our players.

Tuesday, March 24

Passing

From the GMS+ Passing Course. View Full Course Here.

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Passing Introduction

Passing is the most important skill in the game. We need to spend a lot of time teaching and coaching this skill. This video explains the principles of passing.

Passing Keys

There are five separate passing keys. This video diagrams each key individually. To see a detailed breakdown of each key, click here to watch the free passing key videos in our passing course.

Starting Posture

This video teaches us what to look for in our athletes when they are setting up to pass a volleyball. Mike Wall explains the three steps to perfect starting posture.

Simple Passing from Team USA

Now that we know we want our passers to make simple movements, let's see the best in the world doing just that. We highlight Team USA's libero Kayla Banwarth as a prime example.

Passing Principles with Tom Black

In this video, Tom Black shares with us his thoughts about simple movements among our passers and passing targets as two key indicators of success.

Passing Target

For our athletes to be good passers, they need to know where to pass the ball. This is an important decision for coaches to make. This video helps make that decision easier.

Serve-Receive Formations

Learn and watch different offensive formation options from each rotation.

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Rotation 1 Analysis

Learn the overlap rules and watch video examples of each serve-receive formation option in rotation 1. To access the full free analysis of rotation 1, click here.

Rotation 2 Analysis

Learn the overlap rules and watch video examples of each serve-receive formation option in rotation 2. To access the full free analysis of rotation 2, click here..

Rotation 3 Analysis

Learn the overlap rules and watch video examples of each serve-receive formation option in rotation 3. To access the full free analysis of rotation 3, click here.

Rotation 4 Analysis

Learn the overlap rules and watch video examples of each serve-receive formation option in rotation 4. To access the full free analysis of rotation 4, click here.

Rotation 5 Analysis

Learn the overlap rules and watch video examples of each serve-receive formation option in rotation 5. To access the full free analysis of rotation 5, click here.

Rotation 6 Analysis

Learn the overlap rules and watch video examples of each serve-receive formation option in rotation 6. To access the full free analysis of rotation 6, click here.

Serving

From the GMS+ Serving Course. View Full Course Here.

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Serving Introduction

Serving is the next most important skill in the game for our players. This video introduces a study that shows the impact good or bad serving will have on each match.

Serving Principles

We want principles to guide us in the way we coach this skill. This video explains the three principles of serving and goes into great detail about each.

Serving Keys

There are four common types of volleyball serves. Each has its own keys. To watch detailed breakdowns of each serve type, click here to watch the free videos in our serving course.

Purpose of a Routine in Serving

Mindset training guru Adam O'Neal shares with us how each of our athletes can have their own individual and unique routine they go through before serving, and why these routines help.

Serving Tips from 2-Time Olympian

We had a conversation with USA Olympian Christa Dietzen about serving. She shares her experiences in this area, and gives tips and ideas for coaches to use when training younger players.

Using a Radar Gun with your Servers

Rob Neilson shows us how we can use a radar gun in practices to help our servers correctly balance accuracy and velocity. This data can help our servers become better and more consistent.

Passing and Serving Practice Drills

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Butterfly

Butterfly is a common passing drill at all levels of the game. Don't miss this opportunity to see the GMS master teachers in action as they coach and communicate with players through this drill.

Serve & Pass Ladder

Keegan Cook shares a drill he uses at the University of Washington to train both servers and passers in a competitive environment. Learn the drill here.

10 in a Row

Mike Wall explains a drill that can be used at every level. This game pins a group of servers against a group of passers, one with a goal to achieve and the other group to prevent it.

Wednesday, March 25

Spiking: Mechanics, Footwork, and Drills

From the GMS+ Attacking Course. View Full Course Here.

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Introduction to Spiking

Attacking is the most important part of the game when it comes to winning or losing. Chris McGown introduces this critical skill in this opening video.

Spiking Principles

The principles of spiking are things that our athletes can do to help them become better attackers. Knowing these principles will help us when we're teaching our players.

Spiking Keys

There are four keys to attacking, each of them highlighted in this video. To see even more detailed breakdowns, click here to watch the free spiking key videos in our attacking course.

Approach at an Angle

Mike Wall was one of the best attackers in the country during his college career. In this video he talks about the benefits of our attackers taking an angled approach as they prepare to spike.

The Importance of Vision

This conversation with Chris, Rob, and Mike focuses on the importance of good vision for our attackers, and how we can help our athletes get better at this skill.

Hitting the Slide

A middle attacker slide is a key part of offenses in women's volleyball. This video breaks down this attack in great detail, including locaton, footwork, timing, and keys.

Serve-Receive Attacking Footwork

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Attacking Footwork in Serve-Receive

Mike Wall teaches us the different footwork patterns for our attackers in serve-receive, which varies from to time depending on some of the situations explained in this video.

Left-Side Attacker Footwork in Serve-Receive

This video displays on-court graphics of each serve-receive footwork pattern for outside hitters, and includes several slow motion examples of each footwork option.

Middle Attacker Footwork in Serve-Receive

This video displays on-court graphics of each serve-receive footwork pattern for middle attackers from different rotations, and includes several slow motion examples of each.

Transition Attacking Footwork

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Attacking Footwork in Transition

Mike Wall teaches us the different footwork patterns for our attackers in transition offense. He goes into great detail for blockers transitioning, off-blockers transitioning, and each position.

Left-Side Attacking Footwork in Transition

This video displays on-court graphics of the different footwork pattern for outside hitters in transition offense, and includes several slow motion examples of each footwork pattern.

Tom Black Mic'd Up

This video listens in on Tom Black talking with one of his middle attackers about being available in transition. It's important that all hitters have the right footwork and mentality to be available.

Spiking Drills

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Drill: First Strike

AVCA Coach of the Year Ryan McGuyre explains one of his three favorite drills. This one is all about getting kills. This video shows it in action at a Baylor practice.

Drill: Gap Go

One of the most effective offensive combination play is a "Gap Go" because it's so hard for blockers to defend against it. See how to practice it in this video.

Drill: Outside Hitter Tournament

One way to let your hitters compete against each other is with offensive position tournaments. Brent Crouch explains how these tournaments work and what you can learn.

Thursday, March 26

Middle Middle Defense

Our Preferred Defense. From the GMS+ Defensive Systems Examples Course. View Full Course Here.

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Middle Middle Defense

An in-depth explanation of the middle middle defense.

Middle Middle Advantages

The advantages of a middle middle defense.

Middle Middle Spacing

The spacing of a middle middle defense.

Middle Middle vs Quick Attacks

How the middle middle defense works against quick attacks.

Middle Middle vs Outside Attacks

How the middle middle defense works against outside attacks.

Middle Middle vs Opposite Attacks

How the middle middle defense works against opposite attacks.

Rotation Defense

We strongly recommend the middle middle defense, but it's important to learn about others and know why teams use them.

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Rotation Defense

An in-depth explanation of a rotation defense.

Rotation Defense Advantages

The advantages of a rotation defense.

Rotation Defense Disadvantages

The disadvantages of a rotation defense.

Man Up Defense

We strongly recommend the middle middle defense, but it's important to learn about others and know why teams use them.

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Man Up Defense

An in-depth explanation of a man up defense.

Man Up Defense Advantages

The advantages of a man up defense.

Man Up Defense Disadvantages

The disadvantages of a man up defense.

Perimeter Defense

We strongly recommend the middle middle defense, but it's important to learn about others and know why teams use them.

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Perimeter Defense

An in-depth explanation of a perimeter defense.

Perimeter Defense Advantages

The advantages of a perimeter defense.

Perimeter Defense Disadvantages

The disadvantages of a perimeter defense.

Live Examples of Each Defensive System

We strongly recommend the middle middle defense, but it's important to learn about others and know why teams use them.

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Rotation Defense Examples

Live examples of breakdowns of a rotation defense.

Man Up Defense Examples

Live examples of breakdowns of a man up defense.

Perimeter Defense Examples

Live examples of breakdowns of a perimeter defense.

Friday, March 27

Setting

From the GMS+ Setting Course. View Full Course Here.

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Principle 1

Courtney Thompson, Chris McGown, and Tom Black teach the first principle of setting - set inside the court and off the net. They explain why this is an important philosophy.

Principle 2

In this video we learn the second principle of setting - to prioritize repeatability and consistency over deception. Although setters might want to be super flashy, it's not necessary.

Principle 3

This video shows us the third principle of setting - to keep the hitters in rhythm. Attackers are better if they can flow through their approach, and setters can help a lot in this area.

On-Court Philosophies

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Passing Target

The first idea with setting is actually about passing. Where do we want to pass the ball? This video explains some of the flaws with trying to hard to make a perfect pass.

Passing Quality Over Time

Chris McGown illustrates how pass quality relates to passing practice, and how we can use this information to understand why our passing results are what they are.

Move the Passing Target

This video shows that the best way to solve overpass problems is by moving the passing target a little bit off the net, and how the distribution looks as a result.

Setter Starting Location

After the passers know where their target is, the setter should also know where the ideal starting location is. She doesn't need to be right in the middle of the pass target.

Set Location

The last concept to figure out is where should the setter's set target be? This video diagrams where attacker's ideal contact point is, and how setters should hit that target.

Set Location Data & Statistics

This video is all about stats. It shows hitting percentages by outside hitters broken down by their points of contact. This data shows exactly where setters should be aiming for.

Setter Mentality

What can Setters do to Improve Beyond the Mechanics of Setting?

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Characteristics of a Setter

Courtney Thompson and fellow All-American University of Washington setter Bailey Tanner discuss the common characteristics of good setters.

Let the Hitter do the Work

Courtney remembers when she first learned about this concept. Setters don't need to be perfect, but they need to be good enough over time.

Motivating Team to Work Hard

Courtney explains that setting is an art and a science, and the best setters in the world make the teammates around them better.

Monday, March 30

Offensive Systems

From the GMS+ Offensive Systems Course. View Full Course Here.

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Principles of Offense

Chris McGown teaches the principles that help us decide what type of offensive system to run and what we should prioritize in our offense.

Most Important Offensive Skills

This video breaks down the many skills that can affect a game's outcome and ranks each skill in order from top to bottom.

Most Important Offensive Players

This video answers what positions are the most important to influence the outcome of a match and ranks them in order.


Emphasis of a Team Offense

This video helps prioritize what coaches should focus on most during practices and breaks down women's and men's volleyball separately.

Lessons from a Box Score

This video shows box scores from various matches over the years to help us see exactly what players and skills most influence a match.

Mock Player Draft

This video allows us to hold our very own imaginary mock draft to create the ideal volleyball team and shows us what players we most need.

Types of Offensive Systems

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4-2 Offense Explanation

Chris McGown explains and breaks down a 4-2 offense and shares thoughts about when this type of offense would be best for a team to run.

5-1 Offense Explanation

Chris McGown explains and breaks down a 5-1 offense and shares thoughts about when this type of offense would be best for a team to run.

6-2 Offense Explanation

Chris McGown explains and breaks down a 6-2 offense and shares thoughts about when this type of offense would be best for a team to run.

Set Tempo Video Series

How fast your offense be? From GMS+ Set Tempo Video Course. View Full Course Here.

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2nd Step Sets

BYU assistant coach Jonny Neeley teaches us about 2nd step sets and shows us how and when to most affectively run this tempo.

1st Step Sets

This video shows what tempo sets we should run when we don't have a perfect pass or dig and how we can still be good with pin attackers.

Exceptions to the Tempo Rule

This video shares some exceptions to running a 2nd step or 1st step set depending on the pass, and when we might need to go even faster.

Middle Attack Tempo

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Middle Attack Tempos

BYU assistant coach Dave Hyte explains the different tempo and speed options available to middle attackers in normal situations.

Pros & Cons of Middle Attack Tempos

This breaks down the pros and cons of a quicker middle attack versus a slower middle attack, and why we might want one or the other.

Slide Attack Tempo

This video shows us how to correctly time a slide set and what steps our middle slide attackers should be on when the setter is setting the ball.

Tuesday, March 31

Individual Defense

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Principles of Individual Defense

Chris McGown begins the individual defense course by sharing the principles behind the way we coach back row defenders.

Individual Defense Key #1

This video explains the first key to individual defense and includes some stats about the most common types of digs.

Individual Defense Key #2

The second key to individual defense talks about how defenders can extend their defensive range, especially as they go to the floor.


Individual Defense Key #3

The final key for defenders is about their eyework and how they can improve their vision and help them read correctly.

Types of Defensive Moves

Chris McGown breaks down the eight types of digs a defender can make and explains when each type of move would be appropriate.

Correct Defensive Posture

Three-Time All-American Mary Lake models the perfect defensive posture. This video looks at her example from head to toe.

Learning from Heather Olmstead & Mary Lake

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Q&A with Heather Olmstead

AVCA Head Coach of the Year Heather Olmstead answers questions about defenders - from what she looks for, how she coaches them, and how they can improve.

Q&A with Mary Lake

Mary Lake answers questions about the things that helped her become an elite defender at BYU and gives advice about how other liberos can do the same.

Put Your Defenders in a Box

Heather and Mary show us the box they use at BYU that helped Mary Lake when she got to BYU. The box is about 2 feet by 2 feet in the middle-middle of the court.

More Team Defensive Systems

From the GMS+ Defensive Systems Course. View Full Course Here.

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Introduction to Team Defense

Chris McGown explains the general principles behind designing the perfect team defensive system.

Principles of Team Defense

This video shares the specific principles behind a defensive principle and answers the questions that need to be asked.

Where Balls Go

The charts and data in this video shows where most of the balls go on a volleyball court at every level of the game.


Power vs Depth

This video explains the relationship between power (higher levels) and depth (where the balls go) and how we can use that information.

Read & React

This video gives ideas for how we can teach our players to read and react, and how this ability will let them make good volleyball plays.

Tactics & Trends

This video addresses the tactics that we use, and how we should decide to use them. It also teaches important blocking vocabulary.

Thursday, April 2

Blocking

From the GMS+ Blocking Course. View Full Course Here.

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Principles of Blocking

Chris McGown dives into the principles of blocking, one of the most exciting plays in volleyball. There are four principles that help us know how to coach blocking.

Swing Blocking Mechanics

A swing block move is a very effective blocking move in which the player swings her arms to jump. This video introduces the types of swing blocking moves.

Swing Blocking Key #1

This video looks at the footwork of swing blocking move and includes video examples. This and the remaining key videos also cover some common pitfalls to be aware of.

Swing Blocking Key #2

This video shows how blockers need to drop their hands while taking the first step of their swing blocking move and explains how this is beneficial.

Swing Blocking Key #3

This video teaches what blockers need to do with their arms and elbows while jumping to block at the end of the swing blocking move.

Swing Blocking Key #4

This video teaches the importance of a blocker getting her body square to the net and her hands over the net to block.

More Blocking Tips

Mastering the Triple Block

Mike Wall discusses a triple block and describes when coaches should or shouldn't try to implement a triple block into their defensive strategy.

When to Not Block

Mike Wall explains that it's sometimes important to not block. He shares data to help us decide when coaches should have their front row players stay down.

Blocking Tips from Christa Dietzen

2-time Olympian Christa Dietzen talks about blocking. She shares stories, tips, ideas, and mechanics that helped her in this area of the game.

Blocking Tactics

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Blocking Cheats - Dedicate

This video explains and shows examples of a middle blocker dedicating towards an attacker on the opposing team.

Blocking Cheats - Middle Front

This video explains and shows examples of a middle blocker fronting the middle attacker on the opposing team.

Blocking Cheats - Wing Help

This video explains and shows examples of a wing blocker helping against the middle attacker on the opposing team.

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