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Skill Wins Out, Regardless of the Sport

By Jim Stone | Sep 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Skill Wins Out, Regardless of the Sport

“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training”~Greek poet Archilochu Having played a little high school tennis, I know enough about the game to be interested in a good match and appreciate the quality of play. In the recent US Open tournament, I was engrossed in…

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There Are Over Seventy Learning Styles, What is the Coach to Do?

By Jim Stone | Sep 8, 2021 | Comments Off on There Are Over Seventy Learning Styles, What is the Coach to Do?

Learning styles do exist, and they all have the potential to be effective. Unfortunately, there is no documentation of a singular “best” learning style or teaching style that is guaranteed to help all athletes. I’ve heard many athletes tell me that they are “visual” learners. The fact is that the athlete might enjoy learning visually,…

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Teaching Your Players to Throw Correctly

By Jim Stone | Aug 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Teaching Your Players to Throw Correctly

Incorrect throwing mechanics will impact a player’s ability to execute the skills of attacking and serving correctly. The absence of proper form will also impact the athlete’s long-term health by placing undue stress on the shoulder. In my book, A Game Plan for Better Practices, we explore the mechanics of throwing and teaching suggestions. It…

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For the Sake of the Students-Coaches Need to Maintain a High Standard

By Jim Stone | Aug 23, 2021 | Comments Off on For the Sake of the Students-Coaches Need to Maintain a High Standard

Plenty of data is available that indicates the ideal learning environment is when the current skill or knowledge boundaries are pushed to the edges. UCLA professor, Robert Bjork, termed the process of challenging the student “desirable difficulties.” According to Dr. Bjork, one of the keys to a productive learning environment is testing. The ability to…

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Organize Your Practice for Learning

By Jim Stone | Aug 19, 2021 | Comments Off on Organize Your Practice for Learning

“You haven’t taught until they have learned” ~John Wooden If you want your players to learn and make it stick, you need to make it harder. By harder, I don’t necessarily need physically more challenging. Many studies indicate that the learning process is more lasting if there are learning challenges that make the process more…

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What Can the High School Coach Take From The Olympics?

By Jim Stone | Aug 8, 2021 | Comments Off on What Can the High School Coach Take From The Olympics?

Unless there is a galactic championship out there, the Olympics demonstrates volleyball at the highest level. As the Olympics wind down, I find myself bleary-eyed from watching as many matches and events as possible. I have the utmost respect for these athletes that push the edges of their talents. Although these are the best players…

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Keys for Great Practices!

By Jim Stone | Aug 2, 2021 | Comments Off on Keys for Great Practices!

If you want to play better on game night, you must have productive and efficient training sessions. That’s a “no brainer” statement. The challenge is how to create productive training sessions. I want to provide components of a productive training session that I value. There is no question that there are many practice formats by…

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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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