Choose Your Leaders With Care

If you want to see countless books on the same subject matter, search for books on leadership. You will see endless titles focusing on the keys to being a good leader; Servant Leadership, The Five Levels of Leadership, The Leadership Secrets of Nick Saban, The Dichotomy of Leadership, Strengths Based Leadership, and on and on.…

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My Evolution to Constraint-Led Teaching

Without much effort, I can reflect on my coaching career and create a lengthy list of on-court and off-court mistakes. One of these blunders would manifest daily in how I taught volleyball skills. I was the guy on a box hitting balls at players so they could work on digging skills. Or I was tossing…

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A Painstaking, But Worthwhile Evaluation Tool

Hall of Fame coach Mike Hebert told me that one of his most valuable tools to develop as a coach was recording video and audio of himself during multiple practices. My first reaction was my fear of what I would see or hear if I tried this self-improvement tactic. I did summon the courage, and…

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Could the Suzuki Method of Violin Instruction Work in Club Volleyball?

“This method is not education of the violin. It is education by the violin.” — Shinichi Suzuki The late Shinichi Suzuki developed the Suzuki Method of violin instruction that over 400,000 children use worldwide. The goal of Suzuki was not to teach children to be elite violinists. The ultimate goal was to use the learning…

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There is Value in Both Internal and External Cues When Teaching

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Of the many things that, in retrospect, I wish I had done better in my career is giving more thought to how I provided feedback to players. I knew what behavior I wanted from a player or team, but I was uncertain about transmitting the information in the most impactful fashion. I’m better now because…

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Jim Stone Consulting-New Stuff 12.23.22

Quote for the Week- “Champions behave like champions before they’re champions” — Bill Walsh Blog Post This Week– The post this week is somewhat personal. I list twelve “pillars” I use as a template for my practices. These twelve items are the core of my beliefs about how young players best learn the game. Too often,…

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A Dozen Pillars for a Productive Practice

As the club season starts, coaches spend significant time in practice sessions. The time spent in practice is the most precious aspect of a season. Every coach should operate their training sessions in a fashion that mirrors their teaching and coaching philosophy, knowledge of the game, how players best learn, the personality of the coach,…

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Assisting the Inexperienced Club Coach

The phrase “heavy is the head that wears the crown” was used by Shakespeare in the play King Henry IV. The gist of the phrase was the King acknowledging the hardships of implementing his never-ending responsibilities. The inexperienced club coach feels a similar weight of being responsible for teaching, planning, and organizing all the activities…

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Be Creative With Training Activities

There are an array of methods to foster player development. The most obvious is to play the game a lot. However, as the saying goes, “there are a lot of roads leading to Chicago.” A creative coach, or player, can create activities that will allow a transfer of physical, technical, or tactical components to the…

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Volleyball Contemplations

After watching a lot of collegiate volleyball during the fall, both with the team I’m helping (University of Denver), or whatever I’m watching on television, I find myself evaluating various aspects of the collegiate game. I’m not 100% sure of my opinions and do not have extensive data to back up my thoughts. These are…

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