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Archived Since:November 19, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Anatomy of a win

“I learned a lot from you this week. We worked really well together because you use statistics and I coach with my gut. I hope we can do this again some time.” – Michael Miller This was some flattering words from my fellow Victorian U19 men’s team assistant coach as we said our goodbyes at […]

Giving feedback on failure

Carol Dweck’s work is just amazing and I keep finding pearls of wisdom and stuff useful to coaching all the time. In particular is a scenario presented in Mindset about “Elizabeth”, a child who competes in a gymnastics meet and is disappointed  to not win a single prize at the event. The scenario gives the reader 5 possible things […]

Speed and perfection is the enemy of difficult learning

…is a phrase that really stuck with me from Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset. In it, she states that praising people (children in particular) on how effortlessly they accomplish easy tasks promotes the Fixed Mindset. How does this relate to volleyball. Getting good at volleyball takes years of difficult learning in mastering “open” skills such as […]

No way out

  Admittedly, Cortes’s conquest is a cringeworthy moment in human history. It does however, illustrate how having “no way out” can motivate people to be truly committed. Late last year at the Australian Junior Women Development Camp, we were fortunate to be visited by Australian beach Volleyball team coach Mick Nelson and player Louise Bawden, […]

The Most Important Coaching Research Ever II

The title for this post comes from a post Mark Lebedew wrote a few years ago about the Hawthorne Effect. Indeed, the studies of Elton Mayo & Co formed the cornerstone of modern motivation theory in the workplace replacing the medieval notions of financial reward and punishment. However, I recently read a book which would […]

Running DataVolley on an Apple

I’m a big fan of DataVolley/DataVideo, but one of the things that sucks about it is there’s no OSX version. I’m partial to my Apple MacBook and take it wherever I go. Which means I’ve had to take both my MacBook and Windows laptop the last few times I’ve travelled (one of my “first-world problems” […]

Setter Following the Receiver

Commonly, most teams play now with the setter following the middle blocker in the rotation (the middle is clockwise to the setter). It’s considered common wisdom this is the way to play that we assumed everyone always played this way. Having the setter following the receiver is often considered a bad idea – the setter […]

Lost Months: Part 5, Women’s AVL (5 Oct 2013 – 10 Nov 2013)

I try to write a post a month. That went well for about 4 years straight, until July this year. I was busy. Turns out being an amateur volleyball performance analyst is quite time consuming. It’s no excuse, but thought I’d fill in what I’ve been up to…. I got involved with the Canberra Heat […]

Lost Months: Part 3, CVL finals (15 Sept 2013)

I try to write a post a month. That went well for about 4 years straight, until July this year. I was busy. Turns out being an amateur volleyball performance analyst is quite time consuming. It’s no excuse, but thought I’d fill in what I’ve been up to…. The Capital Volleyball League in Canberra is […]

Lost Months: Part 2, World Champs Qualifiers (7-9 Sept 2013)

I try to write a post a month. That went well for about 4 years straight, until July this year. I was busy. Turns out being an amateur volleyball performance analyst is quite time consuming. It’s no excuse, but thought I’d fill in what I’ve been up to…. The weekend following the SA State League […]

Australian Junior Volleyball Championships 2013

After a week and a bit, I have finally recovered from this year’s Australian Junior Volleyball Championships, hosted in my current home town of Canberra. This is the 5th year I’ve participated as a “coach” (or more accurately someone who is NOT playing, officiating or helping to run the event). It was a bit different for me […]

“The Gold Mine Effect” and Extrinsic Motivation

I recently read “The Gold Mine Effect” by Rasmus Ankersen, a Danish former footballer who sold his possessions to research 6 talent “Gold Mines” – Iten, Kenya (Long Distance Running); Bekoji, Ethiopia (Middle Distance Running); Jamaica...Show More Summary

Teams

The word “team” is used so liberally now to describe a collection of people with a common purpose. I’ve worked in several “teams” in my professional life that weren’t really teams. We just shared a common supervisor and divvied up the work. There are teams that are exactly the sum of their parts; there are [...]

Ignition v Quick Wins

I’ve previously written about the choices coaches can make in how they teach players and the implications for short term and long term success. In some of the programs I have been involved with, many of the decisions on how kids are coached, and at what level of competitions they will compete have been made [...]

More fun with an iPad mounted on a Tripod

I wrote yesterday about how handy it was to have a video delay system at trainings that consisted of an iPad mounted on a tripod. Here’s some other things I’ve found handy: Goodreader. It’s a file management system. The annoying thing about iPads is that you can’t organise your videos and photos into a conventional [...]

Video Feedback, Technology and Laziness.

Tripod from eBay: $23.99 Tripod mount for iPad from eBay: $27.95 BAM! Live Delay app from iTunes: $5.49 Having a video delay system at training: PRICELESS As you read in my post it’s not always actually “priceless” It’s great to see that Moore’s law applies to volleyball and art too. The defining moment for my [...]

The 12th Player

“I thought one of the most valuable players in the game for us didn’t play, and that was Damon Huard (#19). I thought the look he gave us in the scout team for our defense was fabulous.” – Bill Belichick after the Patriots win over the Baltimore Colts for the AFC Championship One thing I [...]

Sad Day

While I was watching New Year’s Eve fireworks with friends from my volleyball club on Brighton beach (SA), an 18-year-old was killed only a few streets away in a moment of madness that is incomprehensible. We saw ambulances driving past as we headed back to the house but thought nothing of it until news broke. [...]

Risk Part 2: Creative Risk Assessment

Risk is assessed by likelihood and impact. For example, if a spiker contacts the ball high and aims deep in the court, the likelihood of getting blocked is low and the impact (ball usually stays in-play) is relatively low. It’s low risk. At this point it gets interesting. As an IT Project Manager, I’m required [...]

Risk Part 1: Risk and Skill development

One aspect of volleyball (and sport more broadly) that fascinates me is the element of risk, and the role it plays in a coaching or playing philosophy. For example in a competition for 12-year-old beginners, playing the first ball straight over the net is low-risk/high-reward; playing three hits is high-risk/low-reward. Even at a slightly more [...]

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