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Why you should believe in the “Long Term Athlete Development program”?

By Francois St-Denis Canada went from being a two time host of the Olympic Games without any gold medals (1976, 1988) to a powerhouse. Indeed, as the hosting nation, Canada now has the record for the most gold medal wins … Continue reading

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The Second Contact in Volleyball – Reflections on the 2010 Women’s World Championship

By Julien Boucher Many coaches will tell you, likely with reason, that the most important contact in modern volleyball is the first one. The serve, the reception and the block are the key elements which “define” a team. One must understand … Continue reading

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Do Efficient Grocery Shoppers Make Great Coaches?

By Jeff Mooney I have always found my visit to the grocery store an interesting situation.  Each and every time I go to the grocery store I can’t help but notice how many people spend their time walking up and … Continue reading

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Coaching and developing young athletes

Coaching is “the art of making someone better”. When engaging in teaching and managing young athletes you become a “problem solver”. This should be understood at the start, the experience will be challenging but also very fulfilling.

At any initiation stage, the coach needs to assess the young athlete: sex, age, physical literacy (sport history), etc. The coach will obviously start teaching the game of volleyball way before the whole profile of his young athlete is done. Creating a profile of your player helps you set development objectives and teaching methodology. So basically the “WHAT” & the “HOW”. Continue reading

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