“Not Everything That Can Be Counted, Counts”

Observing your team in action can be a powerful way to evaluate progress. It is important to incorporate statistics into the process. Critical thinking is needed to use all the observational and statistical information appropriately.

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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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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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Statistics-One Size Does Not Fit All

I am an information fanatic on many fronts. I especially relish diving into a statistical match analysis, picking up on player or team tendencies, determining strengths and weaknesses, developing game plans, etc. Many software programs provide detailed analysis of a team’s performance. As much as I enjoy detailed information, the most valuable statistic(s) is the…

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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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Nine Pillars of Designing a Team Defense

Last week I detailed the nine items I value when constructing an offensive system. This week, I will focus on the considerations when constructing my defense. There is more to the defensive game than what is listed. These items provide a foundation and roadmap for developing a better defensive team. When looking at the game…

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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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