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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Learning Styles Debunked

There is little to differentiate between teaching principles of coaching and teaching. It would seem the methods to effectively transmit information will be similar whether you’re on the court, or…