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Don’t Assume Playing = Learning

By Jim Stone | May 27, 2024 | Comments Off on Don’t Assume Playing = Learning

Coaches are, by default, teachers. Their players are, by default, learners. How to best transmit the information the coach may possess and impact learning by the student is a constant subject of debate, as it should be. Teachers and coaches should constantly test and experiment with new and better methods of instruction.

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Core Values and Leadership Are Equally Essential

By Jim Stone | May 12, 2024 | Comments Off on Core Values and Leadership Are Equally Essential

A true test of one’s philosophy and leadership skills comes when the fire is hot. It’s easy to be a leader during smooth sailing times. However, in times of stress, one needs to implement actions reflective of sound core values. Coaches, by default, are placed in a position where their core values and leadership are tested daily.

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Can Women’s Volleyball Be Positionless?

By Jim Stone | Apr 5, 2024 | Comments Off on Can Women’s Volleyball Be Positionless?

We compare the offensive systems that are being used in basketball at the collegiate and professional levels, with the potential crossover to volleyball

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Stress Is Not the Enemy. Teaching Your Athletes to Embrace Stressful Situations

By Jim Stone | Mar 18, 2024 | Comments Off on Stress Is Not the Enemy. Teaching Your Athletes to Embrace Stressful Situations

We are inundated with the message that stress is inherently debilitating. Stress can promote anxiety, trigger sleepless nights, raise pulse rates, and compromise performance. But, given the proper mindset, there is a different component of stress with a positive side.

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“Not Everything That Can Be Counted, Counts”

By Jim Stone | Feb 28, 2024 | Comments Off on “Not Everything That Can Be Counted, Counts”

Observing your team in action can be a powerful way to evaluate progress. It is important to incorporate statistics into the process. Critical thinking is needed to use all the observational and statistical information appropriately.

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Coaches That I Want to Watch in a Practice Session

By Jim Stone | Feb 5, 2024 | Comments Off on Coaches That I Want to Watch in a Practice Session

I’ve learned the most about the game when observing colleagues in action. I would highly recommend that coaches get out of their gyms and watch respected colleagues run a practice.

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Proposed Rule Changes in NCAA Volleyball-“Cui Prodest” (Who Benefits?)

By Jim Stone | Jan 11, 2024 | Comments Off on Proposed Rule Changes in NCAA Volleyball-“Cui Prodest” (Who Benefits?)

The AVCA Rules Committee recently recommended rule changes for collegiate volleyball. The most controversial was “allowing players to contact the ball more than once with any part of the body in a single attempt on a team’s second contact when the ball is played to a teammate.”

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Serving With Intent

By Jim Stone | Dec 25, 2023 | Comments Off on Serving With Intent

The serve in volleyball is the first point scoring opportunity. I have listed some strategies that coaches and players should consider.

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Embracing Doubt to Be a Better Coach

By Jim Stone | Dec 15, 2023 | Comments Off on Embracing Doubt to Be a Better Coach

The behavior expectation of anyone with leadership responsibilities, such as coaches, is to exhibit confidence with all decisions and be all-powerful in their body language. Exhibiting a miniscule dose of self-doubt is verboten. I want to make a case for the positives of embracing doubt as a positive component for coaching success.

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Plus, Minus, and Equals Training System for Club Volleyball

By Jim Stone | Dec 7, 2023 | Comments Off on Plus, Minus, and Equals Training System for Club Volleyball

Frank Shamrock was the first mixed martial arts fighter to hold the UFC Middleweight Champion title and retired as a four-time undefeated champion. During his reign as the UFC Middleweight Champion, Shamrock was the world’s No. 1 ranked pound-for-pound UFC fighter. Shamrock now trains fighters and has a routine for all his fighters that volleyball…

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