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…

If You Want to be Great, Get a Coach!

I was recently conversing with an experienced high school coach that is probably in the autumn of his career. He has worked hard at his profession and always produced competitive,…

What I Value When Teaching Serve Receive

In a previous piece, I focused on the importance of increasing the degree of difficulty in the serve. Increasing velocity, accuracy, and consistency will place pressure on the opponent’s side-out…

Don’t Be A Presenter, Be a Teacher!

The challenge of coaching is no different than the challenge of teaching any academic offering. There is a need to transfer information in a timely and impactful manner. Coaches will…

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…

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…

Recipes for a Productive Practice-Part 2

In Part 2 of our recipe for productive practices, we will focus on the importance of repetition in developing a skill. I remember sitting at lunch with the late Carl…

Recipes for a Productive Practice- Part 1

“expertise of the coach is critical. Contrary to the popular volleyball mantra of let the game teach the game, I think the quality of feedback the coach provides is critical…

Variance and Lineup?

 “There’d be a whole lot less drama in the world if people understood variance. Even a little bit.”   -Cade Massey, Wharton School of Business A critical statistic that is sometimes…

Your Players Are Seeing Less Than You Think

How often in a match does an obvious tip find the floor? The coach looks on in wonderment, trying to ascertain how that lame shot could score. Is it possible…