JS Consulting Newsletter 5/19/22

New Stuff This Week JS Consulting Blog Post – This week, we focus on teaching forearm passing and some thoughts as to how we might make some changes that will positively impact performance. The velocity of the serve and attack is putting a lot of pressure on the passers. Some changes in technique might be in order. READ MORE…

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Being Balanced More Important Than Being Stopped When Passing

I spent much of my early coaching days preaching to my athletes to be stopped when passing or defending. As with many of my earlier coaching cues, I’ve reshaped what I value in both serve-receive and defense. In recent years, the increased velocity of the serve and attack places a lot of pressure on the…

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JS Consulting Newsletter 5/5/22

New Stuff This Week Quote of the Week – “Our level of improvement often has much less to do with our innate limits than with what we consider an acceptable level of performance.” ~Bill Stainton, 29-time Emmy Award Winner Blog Post This Week: One of the things that drive me crazy is when coaching is the off-speed…

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Keep the Tips Off the Floor!

It is a challenge for players or teams to excel at all aspects of the game. In many cases, teams that win are good at one or two aspects of the game that might offset a skill or system weakness. Coaches determine how time is spent in practice and the areas of the game they…

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JS Consulting Newsletter April ’22

Quote of the Week: “The game is ninety percent mental; the other half is physical.” ~Yogi Berra, former NY Yankee catcher New Blog Post– This week, I talk about visual keys and the concept of If/Then as an essential component of skill development. So many players will only focus on the ball during play and miss out on…

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Visual Cues, If/Then, and Skill Development

If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it.” ~Albert Einstein When using an Excel spreadsheet, the concept of “if/then” is a condition-specific set of instructions that will initiate a response, simply put, “if condition A is met, then B is…

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Some Skills Are More Important Than Others!

In my earlier coaching days, I would spend hours on a box in practice, hitting balls at players to work on their defensive skills. In retrospect, I was spending time in the wrong area of the game. Investing time in defense is not without value. A good defensive team demands the desired qualities of heart,…

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Better Teaching Skills=Better Coaching

In recent blogs, the focus has been on time management in practice. In this piece, the focus is on the ingredients of effective teaching. Although my undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Education, most of what I learned as a teacher came from being in the educational cauldron with students. To run beneficial training sessions,…

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Logistics Will Dictate a Quality Practice

“Novices argue tactics, and experts argue logistics” ~Erwin Rommel, WWII German General Former Los Angeles Laker head coach Pat Riley once said that he would spend three hours planning a three-hour practice. I have no doubt that a significant portion of this planning time was spent detailing practice activities. I am equally confident that substantial…

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Get Rid of “Time Sucks” in Practice

“Never mistake activity with achievement”. ~John Wooden The most valuable commodity for volleyball coaches at all levels is time. For collegiate coaches, practice is worked into a day that includes recruiting duties, administrative paperwork, public relations, marketing, budgeting, etc. Club teams must juggle the facility schedule, player and parent schedules, and the academic obligations of…

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