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Options When Evaluating Serve Receive

By Jim Stone | Jul 23, 2021 | Comments Off on Options When Evaluating Serve Receive

Being proficient in serving and passing is essential to point-scoring opportunities, either directly or indirectly. With an effective serve, I can earn points directly via serve aces or force the opponent out-of-system and into an easily defended attack. At every level, there is a direct correlation between the quality of the pass and the ability…

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Model Your Coaching After Abe Lincoln!

By Jim Stone | Jul 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Model Your Coaching After Abe Lincoln!

Jim Collins, the author of the best-selling business book “Good to Great,” was giving a speech on leadership. He offered the following scenario. “I would like you to picture Abraham Lincoln, sitting there at 1:30 in the morning in October 1862, getting the battle reports from Antietam. Seven thousand Americans, North and South, dying in…

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Keeping the Non-Starters Engaged

By Jim Stone | Jul 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Keeping the Non-Starters Engaged

All coaches want positive vibes to permeate the team environment. Rarely do these vibes occur by accident. Unfortunately, society sends a strong message that it’s all about the individual, not the team. So, it’s swimming upstream for some players to be supportive and engaged when the spotlight is not on them. A wise coach budgets…

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Team Culture, Water Buffaloes, and High Fives

By Jim Stone | Jun 27, 2021 | Comments Off on Team Culture, Water Buffaloes, and High Fives

An often asked question is how to create a great team culture. Building culture is one aspect of a program that you need to start with a finish in mind. What values do you want your team to reflect, and how might a coach instill those values? Perhaps the jumping-off point is this video that…

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The Future of the NCAA?

By Jim Stone | Jun 24, 2021 | Comments Off on The Future of the NCAA?

In the most recent post, we presented information about the upcoming push for the athletes to control their ability to market their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL). Legislation that will allow collegiate athletes to market themselves will be initiated very soon. The only question is the format and source of the legislation. It will benefit…

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Changes Are Coming Fast in Collegiate Athletics

By Jim Stone | Jun 15, 2021 | Comments Off on Changes Are Coming Fast in Collegiate Athletics

Part 1 of a two-part series. In the next five to ten years, there will be shifting sands of change in the world of collegiate athletics. Anybody claiming insights into what those changes will be, and the ensuing results, are merely guessing. What is not a guess is the ramifications of the upcoming changes will…

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Player Movement and Essential Motor Skills

By Jim Stone | Jun 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Player Movement and Essential Motor Skills

Volleyball is a game of movement. Players move in order to move again. We aren’t playing darts or chess; we play a sport where six players need to effectively cover 840 square feet and keep the ball from hitting the floor on their half of the net. At times, especially in serve-receive, three players are…

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What Volleyball Coaches Might Learn from Golfer Phil Michelson

By Jim Stone | Jun 1, 2021 | Comments Off on What Volleyball Coaches Might Learn from Golfer Phil Michelson

Last week 50-year-old Phil Michelson won the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four major tournaments. In the process, he became the oldest golfer in history to win a major. Putting the age aside, Michelson is one of the all-time great golfers. He has won forty-five tournaments in total, including winning six major championships. Going into…

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Failure Has Value….Sometimes

By Jim Stone | May 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Failure Has Value….Sometimes

In sport, failure comes with the territory. I’ve always have believed that I learned more from failure than from success. In my first USA U-18 competition at the FIVB World Championships, we finished a less than glorious 14th out of 16 teams. Yikes, a massive fail! To be kind, this was a learning experience! The…

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What’s Really Matters the Most in Skill Development?

By Jim Stone | May 16, 2021 | Comments Off on What’s Really Matters the Most in Skill Development?

Very few would debate the importance of repetition in the process of learning a skill. However, repetition in and by itself is not the key. The nature of the repetition is relevant to the learning process. Mindless repetition does not foster improvement. Repetition without thought merely confuses activity with getting something accomplished. The video below…

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