A Willingness to Argue

Given the events of recent months, the health benefits of a primal scream might be under-utilized. The Edvard Munch painting of “The Scream” comes to mind. The wonderfully simple picture…

Outcome-Based Stats vs. Player Development

“You can identify value, or you can create value” Chris Long The current environment prevents watching a live baseball game. So instead of watching baseball, I’ve been reading about baseball….

When Things Go Bad? Be on the Lookout for Good!!

We are all in uncharted waters in dealing with the virus that is impacting our daily lives. We are dealing with unanticipated stresses and disrupted life environment. One of the…

What Can Be Learned from The Howling Bear?

“Be curious, not judgemental” -Walt Whitman Nikolay Karpol, former coach of the Russian (Soviet Union) women’s volleyball team won five medals (two gold, three silver) at the Olympic Games, along…

The Checklist Manifesto for Volleyball

“A Checklist Manifesto” is a compelling book written by Dr. Atul Gawande that explores how doctors, pilots, and construction engineers use checklists to manage extremely complex challenges. In all these…

Kaizen, Chunking and Coaching Volleyball?

Volleyball is very difficult to play correctly. There are so many moving body parts, not to mention a moving ball. Also, much of the game is with feet off the…

The Demise of Expertise

It’s not my style to be an alarmist, but there is a problem inside the volleyball coaching community that merits attention. The quality of the athlete is getting ahead of…

In Search of a Meaningful Evaluation

The fall volleyball season is history, and now we enter a different season. This season doesn’t have matches or practices but is equally consequential. The postseason is the time for…

A Jump Count for Volleyball??

Much as been written about the preponderance of injuries in youth sports, specifically volleyball. There has been a clamor for reducing the length of the season, players should be playing…

Sometimes It’s Best to Do Nothing

In soccer, the most exciting moments are when a penalty kick or a shootout occurs. A goalie and the kicker matched in a duel that can determine the outcome of…

Recipe for a Productive Practice-Part 3

In this last of the three-part series on practice management, we will explore how to combine the components of deliberate practice and opportunities to repeat into your training sessions. The…