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Clayton Kershaw, Tunneling and Developing an Effective Serve Strategy

By Jim Stone | Jun 20, 2022 | Comments Off on Clayton Kershaw, Tunneling and Developing an Effective Serve Strategy

I am developing an affinity for baseball. Other than the normal Little League play growing up, I’ve never followed the game too closely. This newfound interest is the direct result of listening to the baseball announcers analyze the strategies, offer insights, and make predictions about the events on the field. Their expertise allows a novice…

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Five Coaching Assumptions That Might Not Be Accurate

By Jim Stone | Jun 11, 2022 | Comments Off on Five Coaching Assumptions That Might Not Be Accurate

I don’t believe any coach intentionally coaches with full knowledge that their methods might be inefficient or may not lead to quality learning and consistent improvement on the part of the athletes. Although their heart may be in the right place, it is not unusual for coaches to operate under false assumptions that will negatively…

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Mental Health and “Doing the Next Right Thing”

By Jim Stone | May 23, 2022 | Comments Off on Mental Health and “Doing the Next Right Thing”

In recent years, the mental health of athletes has been in the limelight. Gymnast Simone Biles, tennis player Naomi Osaka, swimmer Michael Phelps and countless other athletes have exhibited tremendous leadership in expressing concern about this aspect of athlete development and performance. Athletes and coaches are on the front lines of dealing with stress and…

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JS Consulting Newsletter 5/19/22

By Jim Stone | May 19, 2022 | Comments Off on 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

By Jim Stone | May 16, 2022 | Comments Off on 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

By Jim Stone | May 5, 2022 | Comments Off on 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!

By Jim Stone | May 3, 2022 | Comments Off on 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

By Jim Stone | Apr 25, 2022 | Comments Off on 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

By Jim Stone | Apr 20, 2022 | Comments Off on 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!

By Jim Stone | Apr 12, 2022 | Comments Off on 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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