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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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Embrace the Give and Take of Lineups and Systems

By Jim Stone | Nov 17, 2023 | Comments Off on Embrace the Give and Take of Lineups and Systems

There are no perfect teams or players. Coaches must decide what they are giving up versus what they gain.

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If I Had Coaching Do-Overs, This Would Be One

By Jim Stone | Oct 11, 2023 | Comments Off on If I Had Coaching Do-Overs, This Would Be One

Writing is a great explainer. The French writer Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux once said, “What is clearly thought out is clearly expressed.”

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Nebraska’s Offense is a Game-Changer

By Jim Stone | Sep 28, 2023 | Comments Off on Nebraska’s Offense is a Game-Changer

Nebraska is currently ranked #2 nationally. They have a young group of athletes that incorporates the backrow attack in their offensive system at a tempo that will be challenging to defend.

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How Aryna Sabalenka Dealt with Her Serving Issues and What Might Coaches Learn?

By Jim Stone | Sep 11, 2023 | Comments Off on How Aryna Sabalenka Dealt with Her Serving Issues and What Might Coaches Learn?

In the space of 18 months, Aryna Sabalenka has gone from not being able to serve the ball over the net to the #1 player in the world. There is much to learn about her process

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Can Volleyball Coaches Learn From a Soccer Coach?

By Jim Stone | Aug 20, 2023 | Comments Off on Can Volleyball Coaches Learn From a Soccer Coach?

Soccer and volleyball are very similar. Soccer coach, Tom Byer has developed a teaching his sport that volleyball coaches might consider.

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