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The Pursuit of Higher Television Numbers

By Jim Stone | May 9, 2023 | Comments Off on The Pursuit of Higher Television Numbers

The 2022 Division 1 Volleyball Championship drew 786,000 viewers, significantly trailing the Collegiate Football Playoff championship game (17 million), the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game (14 million), and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game (10 million) in viewership. These figures represent the average views. Viewers that leave early or watch only parts of…

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It’s Easier to Move If You’re Already Moving

By Jim Stone | May 3, 2023 | Comments Off on It’s Easier to Move If You’re Already Moving

Volleyball is a game of movement. The entirety of the game involves moving from Point A to Point B, then executing a skill. The faster you can move to the ball, the chances of a successful contact are increased. At all levels, volleyball is being played at a faster tempo. Players are serving at an…

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A Former Player Spurs My “Why”

By Jim Stone | Apr 27, 2023 | Comments Off on A Former Player Spurs My “Why”

It is distressing when I read how academia is redefining excellence. Admission standards are dropping, failing a class is almost impossible, homework is being deemphasized, and teachers and coaches need more support to do what they were trained to do. As coaches, we often question if the values we encourage and preach will last beyond…

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Additional Thoughts on Serve-Receive

By Jim Stone | Apr 23, 2023 | Comments Off on Additional Thoughts on Serve-Receive

As a follow-up to my recent article on serve-receive, I’ll present some additional items I value. Why the continued focus on this component of the game? In conversations with coaches, serve-receive is the one component of the game that is a never-ending challenge for players. Part of the challenge is the improved ability of the…

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Direct Teaching Is A Roadmap for Player Development

By Jim Stone | Apr 18, 2023 | Comments Off on Direct Teaching Is A Roadmap for Player Development

“Not only is unguided instruction less effective, but there is also evidence that it may have negative results when students acquire misconceptions or incomplete or disorganized knowledge. Teachers should provide their students with clear, explicit instruction rather than merely assisting students in attempting to discover knowledge themselves.” -Paul Kirschner I’ve had many inspiring mentors during…

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A Good Approach is Essential to an Effective Attack

By Jim Stone | Apr 11, 2023 | Comments Off on A Good Approach is Essential to an Effective Attack

Coaches will agree that attackers are most effective when the attacker implements a quality attack approach. One of the positives of running an offense with high sets at every position is that it is easier to implement a dynamic 4-step approach to attack. However, when running a quicker tempo offense with middle and outside attackers,…

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The Misuse of a Bell Curve for Determining Your Target Area in Serve-Receive

By Jim Stone | Apr 4, 2023 | Comments Off on The Misuse of a Bell Curve for Determining Your Target Area in Serve-Receive

It is common for many coaches to have their passers target an area 6′-8′ off the net when receiving a serve. The thought is to build in a buffer area to avoid a pass that either goes too close or over the net. Some will use a bell curve to validate this approach (excuse the…

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Thoughts on Serve-Receive

By Jim Stone | Mar 27, 2023 | Comments Off on Thoughts on Serve-Receive

My recent post on serve-receive initiated significant responses, directly or on various venues. The article aimed to encourage coaches to be creative in organizing serve-receive patterns. The straight 3-person pattern isn’t necessarily the best way to deal with the challenges of receiving a short or deep serve, which is statistically the most difficult for the…

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Will Professional Volleyball Impact Club and Collegiate Programs?

By Jim Stone | Mar 20, 2023 | Comments Off on Will Professional Volleyball Impact Club and Collegiate Programs?

An increasing number of students are “canning” the over-rated and overpriced collegiate experience and are focused on getting a head start on a career without being saddled with a college loan. A study by the National Student Clearinghouse indicates a decline in college enrollment of 5.1 percent or 938,000 students since the fall of 2019.…

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Passing Techniques and Systems- One Size Does Not Fit All

By Jim Stone | Mar 14, 2023 | Comments Off on Passing Techniques and Systems- One Size Does Not Fit All

Coaches must guard against automatically mirroring other teams’ or coaches’ techniques and tactics. Many factors should influence how the skills are taught and the systems implemented. The game is different at the collegiate or national team levels compared to a 14-under club team. The men’s game at the international level is a beast unto itself—the…

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