From The First Chair Podcast
Episode 31 - Being a Rookie OUA Coach, Growth Mindset & Much More with Steve Delaney

Episode 31 - Being a Rookie OUA Coach, Growth Mindset & Much More with Steve Delaney

April 17, 2019
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Brock University women's volleyball Head Coach Steve Delaney to discuss his rookie season in the OUA, growth mindset, serving & hitting philosophies and much more.
 
(2:07) - Steve's bio
 
(2:40) - How did Steve begin his club volleyball career?
 
(3:48) - What memorable moment does Steve have to share about playing alongside Dan Lewis?
 
(6:09) - Why was Steve's beach nick name Stone Cold Steve Delaney?
 
(7:08) - Which wrestler's autobiography does coach Delaney recommend?
 
(8:35) - What is the game plan when Steve and his beach partner face off versus Karch Kiraly on the AVP beach tour?
 
(9:50) - What has his time on the AVP tour taught Steve?
 
(10:30) - How Not to Do It, originally published in True North Volleyball
 
(12:48) - Why did coach Delaney get into coaching?
 
(14:00) - What is Steve's proudest moment and something he would do differently in his first year of club coaching?
 
(15:50) - What are some differences between Canadian and American volleyball clubs?
 
(18:15) - Why does Steve coach a female club team and a male provincial team?
 
(20:46) - Does coach Delaney approach coaching female or male athletes differently?
 
(22:35) - How did Steve prepare for his Brock appointment?
 
(23:40) - What is coach Delaney's proudest moment and something he would do differently in his first year of OUA coaching?
 
(26:00) - Why is Steve now setting on the beach with his team?
 
(28:35) - Why did Steve finish his business degree online?
 
(30:00) - What can club coaches do to better prepare athletes for the OUA level?
 
(31:20) - How do you teach athletes to have a growth mindset, to embrace failure and to win the learning race?
 
(35:50) - How does a coach maintain a growth mindset himself to be a life long learner and to be a good role model for her or his athletes?
 
(40:22) - Who are Steve's mentors?
 
(41:30) - What are some lessons Steve learned through playing for Larry McKay?
 
(43:30) - What is something new that Steve and Frank want to implement or learn about this upcoming summer within their respective provincial program roles?
 
(50:00) - What statistics do coach Delaney look at particularly with OUA matches?
 
(59:00) - What hitting philosophy does coach Delaney preach?
 
(66:30) - What are three keys for success on playoffs day at provincials and nationals?
Episode 30 -  Mental Performance During Championship Season with Mental Performance Consultant Jelle Kooijman

Episode 30 - Mental Performance During Championship Season with Mental Performance Consultant Jelle Kooijman

April 3, 2019
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome back Mental Performance Coach Jelle Kooijman to discuss lessons learned from the Maverick Mental Training Program, self-talk and mental performance during championship season.
 
(0:45) - Jelle is our first recurring guest that was also on Episode 22 on Mental Training
 
(0:53) - How is the Maverick Mental Training Program going?
 
(1:18) - Why is self talk such a popular mental skill with the athletes?
 
(2:00) - What is the difference between planned self-talk and automatic self talk?
 
(5:33) - Myth or reality: Sports are 90% mental?
 
(9:00) - Myth or reality: Mental preparation is for mentally weak athletes?
 
(10:21) - Myth or reality: Mental preparation is only for elite athletes?
 
(11:44) - Myth or reality: Mental training requires long hours of training to see positive effects?
 
(13:32) - Myth or reality: All mental skills work equally well for all athletes?
 
(14:31) - Myth or reality: The core of mental preparation is visualization et positive thinking?
 
(15:40) - Myth or reality: Mental training fosters the athlete's dependency towards the mental performance consultant?
 
(18:34) - What are some key takeaways from the first year of the MMTP?
 
(23:20) - How many times did Jelle work with each HP athlete in the club?
 
(23:48) - What adjustments would Coach Kooijman make for next season with the MMTP?
 
(26:16) - What can coaches do to ensure athletes keep using their newly acquired mental skills such as visualization and self-talk?
 
(29:04) - How should a coach integrate mental training in a seasonal plan?
 
(32:48) - How could mental training be approached in the off season?
 
(37:55) - What should an athlete do in the week prior to a big event like a provincial or national championship?
 
(43:40) - What should a coach do in the week prior to a big event like a provincial or national championship?
 
(49:50) - What should an athlete and a coach do in the 24 hours prior to a big event like a provincial or national championship?
 
(54:29) - What should an athlete and a coach do in the moments just before a big match at a provincial or national championship?
 
(57:19) - What should coaches not do in the moments just before a big match at a provincial or national championship?
 
(60:12) - What are some dos and don'ts after a critical match at a provincial or national championship?  
Épisode 29 (FR) - Le système de développement de l’athlète français avec Jocelyn Trillon

Épisode 29 (FR) - Le système de développement de l’athlète français avec Jocelyn Trillon

March 19, 2019
Dans cet épisode, Frank et Thierry accueillent Jocelyn Trillon, un des entraîneurs du Centre National de Volley-ball (C.N.V.B.) à Montpellier en France pour discuter de la structure de développement des athlètes français.
 
(1:24) - Bio de Jocelyn Trillon 
 
(2:00) - Est-ce que Jocelyn a toujours eu comme objectif de devenir entraîneur de haut niveau?
 
(2:55) - Qu'est-ce que le parcours athlétique de Jocelyn?
 
(4:30) - Quel est le système de développement des volleyeurs en France?
 
(7:25) - Depuis quand est-ce que la structure des Pôles existe-t-elle?
 
(10:46) - Est-ce que la spécialisation de l'athlète en volleyball dès l'âge de 15 ans est préférable?
 
(14:30) - Comment est-ce que les jeunes athlètes de haut niveau actuels diffèrent de la génération précédente?
 
(15:50) - Quel est l'horaire d'entraînement type d'un athlète dans un Pôle Espoir?
 
(17:24) - Est-ce qu'il y a des compétitions inter-pôles?
 
(18:30) - Comment est-ce que la collaboration entre l'entraîneur club et l'entraîneur du Pôle a lieu pour faciliter le développement de l'athlète?
 
(21:15) - Quelles sont les pratiques gagnantes d'après Jocelyn qui accélèrent le développement de l'athlète en France?
 
(25:06) - Est-ce que le travail aux Pôles est davantage technique?
 
(27:38) - Quel est l'horaire d'entraînement type d'un athlète au Pôle France?
 
(30:45) - Comment est-ce que les athlètes du Pôle France sont partagés au sein des équipes de la Pro B et de la N1?
 
(34:50) - Combien y a-t-il de joueurs par position au C.N.V.B.?
 
(35:23) - Quel est le coût pour participer à un tel programme?
 
(36:58) - Est-ce que les athlètes au Pôle France sont encore «à l'école»?
 
(38:00) - Quelles sont les particularités qui démarquent les athlètes exceptionnels même à un jeune âge?
 
(41:00) - Serait-il préférable pour les athlètes canadiens qui aspirent à devenir professionnel d'y aller directement suite au secondaire au lieu d'attendre après la formation universitaire ou collégial?
 
(44:55) - Quelle est la philosophie d'entraîneur de Jocelyn?
 
(48:28) - Quels sont trois conseils que Jocelyn invite les entraîneurs civils à mettre en pratique?
 
 
 
Episode 28 (EN) - Thoughts on Blocking and Data Driven Coaching Decisions

Episode 28 (EN) - Thoughts on Blocking and Data Driven Coaching Decisions

March 6, 2019
In this guestless episode, Frank & Thierry tackle two different topics: training the skill of blocking and how data can help a coach make more educated decisions.
 
(0:50) - Guestless episodes cover various topics including a technical skill
 
(2:15) - Resource: Read the Game from Karch Kiraly (Part 123456789)
 
(3:38) - Resource: Tested to the Limit with Ronaldo (15:58 on eye tracking, 20:18 on cue reading)
 
(4:05) - Resource: Integrating Cue Reading and Decision-Making into Skill Development from Volleyball Canada
 
(4:40) - Why is blocking often a skill that is neglected by coaches?
 
(6:48) - How early should coaches focus on the skill of blocking?
Critical Analysis of Blocking by Art of Coaching Volleyball
 
(10:35) - How important is it to teach proper footwork for efficient blocking?
 
(11:10) - How can blocked training be minimalized with the training of blocking?
 
 
(17:40) - Why is using video so useful for training blocking?
 
(20:51) - Is the string above the net useful to teach early hand penetration?
 
(23:33) - How can various game like blocking scenarios help athletes read better and improve their blocking ability?
 
(28:23) - What are some key technical cues that should be used with blocking?
 
(33:03) - Should a late middle reach to close the block?
 
(37:19) - Can going through various blocking patterns be used as a warm up?
 
(38:30) - What is the eye sequence with blocking and how can it be trained?
 
(41:20) - How to be data driven when making coaching decisions?
 
 
 
 
(49:24) - Is midline passing better from a data perspective?
 
(52:15) - Please propose some topics for the championship season that should be discussed on the podcast at ftfc@maverickvolleyball.ca.
Épisode 28 (FR) - Quelques pensées au sujet du contre et de la prise de décision à partir de données

Épisode 28 (FR) - Quelques pensées au sujet du contre et de la prise de décision à partir de données

March 6, 2019
Dans cet épisode sans invité, François et Thierry présente deux capsules : des concepts au sujet de la technique du contre sont discutés et la prise de décision fondée l'analyse de données est présentée.
 
(1:00) - Les épisodes sans invité touchent à divers thèmes dont un élément technique
 
(2:55) - Ressource: Read the Game de Karch Kiraly (Part 123456789)
 
(4:05) - Ressource: Integrating Cue Reading and Decision-Making into Skill Development from Volleyball Canada
 
(4:35) - Ressource: Tested to the Limit with Ronaldo (15:58 sur le suivi du regard, 20:18 sur la lecture du jeu)
 
(5:33) - Pourquoi est-ce que la technique du contre est négligée par les entraîneurs?
Critical Analysis of Blocking by Art of Coaching Volleyball
 
(7:26) - À quel âge est-ce que le contre devrait être introduit en entraînement?
 
(10:37) - Est-ce que le contre est la technique la moins maîtrisée par les entraîneurs au niveau civil?
 
(11:57) - Comment est-ce possible de mieux intégrer la lecture et la prise de décision chez l'athlète lorsque le contre est entraîné?
 
 
(17:04) - Comment est-ce possible de modifier des situations de jeu avec des conditions pour aider les athlètes à mieux lire le jeu et prendre des décisions plus efficacement?
 
(24:59) - Quels sont les critères les plus importants à accentuer avec la technique du contre?
 
(31:08) - Pourquoi est-ce que l'usage de la vidéo est particulièrement utile avec le développement du contre chez l'athlète?
 
(34:15) - Est-ce que le central doit tenter de fermer l'intervalle au contre ou laisser l'intervalle au joueur de la position 6?
 
(38:40) - Quelle est la séquence visuelle à prôner avec les athlètes et comment en faciliter le développer?
 
(41:55) - Serait-ce bénéfique de suivre divers patrons d'échauffement au contre durant l'échauffement?
 
(44:20) - Comment s'appuyer davantage sur des données scientifiques pour sa prise de décision comme entraîneur?
 
 
 
 
(55:05) - À l'approche de la saison des championnats, veuillez s.v.p. nous proposer des thèmes spécifiques à discuter sur la balladodiffusion en nous écrivant au ftfc@maverickvolleyball.ca.
Episode 27 - Centre Approach Coaching with Chris Lawson

Episode 27 - Centre Approach Coaching with Chris Lawson

February 19, 2019
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome former University of Waterloo  Men's Volleyball Head Coach Chris Lawson to discuss becoming a seasoned coach, practice planning, centre approach coaching and much more.
 
(0:27) - Check out our Twitter account @ftfcpodcast to obtain all resources from previous episodes. Don't hesitate to rate, review and subscribe on any podcast platform (PodbeanStitcheriTunesPlayerFM) to help us tailor our product better to your needs.
 
(1:23) - How is the volleyball coaching life treating Chris after retirement from the Waterloo Head Coach position?
 
(2:14) - Chris' bio
 
(3:55) - How do football skills transfer to volleyball?
 
(8:26) - Why did coach Lawson initially start to coach volleyball?
 
(9:07) - What particular characteristics of the game did Chris enjoy early on?
 
(10:30) - Why Bill Belichick is an excellent football coach to observe even for volleyball coaches?
 
(11:57) - What does coach Lawson's Pathway Coordinator role with London Volleyball Club entail?
 
(15:40) - Who are Chris' mentors?
 
(18:15) - Why it takes a lot of time to become a seasoned coach?
 
(21:10) - Why coaches need to continually focus on the why?
 
(23:10) - Why is the design down approach a great tool to use for practice planning?
 
(24:55) - Why should coaches share their ideas with colleagues and self-reflect more often?
 
(29:33) - How did coach Lawson adapt his coaching skills to the University level and turn the program around?
 
(34:29) - What is Chris' proudest moment as Head Coach of the Warriors' program?
 
(36:04) - How did coach Lawson transition from Head Coach to Mentor Coach?
 
(38:12) - How can quality coaching and team culture be sustained better through coach assignment?
 
(41:05) - Why is the centre coaching approach (or the master coach or the pod method) a great way to maximize the reach of their best coaches and encourage information sharing amonst their coaches for a club?
 
(43:22) - How will the game evolve in the coming years according to Chris?
 
(47:59) - How can development coaches obtain the useful and actual technical and tactical knowledge given the age group they are coaching?
 
(51:08) - What are the top three tips Chris shares with coaches attending his coach workshops?
 
(55:33) - What are some do's and don't's coach Lawson looks for when observing a coach running a practice?
 
(61:10) - What does Chris recommend for improving practice planning?
 
(69:54) - Why is the centre approach especially good for the club environment?
 
(75:52) - How can coaches with different styles or approaches collaborate together better?
 
(79:56) - What is the Lead Coach's responsibilities?
Episode 26 - Inner Drive, Coach Development and Technical Tips with Louis-Pierre Mainville

Episode 26 - Inner Drive, Coach Development and Technical Tips with Louis-Pierre Mainville

February 6, 2019
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome OVA High Performance Director LP Mainville to discuss his illustrious career, developing inner drive, improving the arm swing, coaching peeves and much more.
 
(1:02) - How are LP's and Thierry's past linked?
 
 
(5:57) - Why was Technical Timeout the inspiration behind the FTFC podcast?
 
(10:30) - What is LP's favorite Technical Timeout moment?
 
(13:38) - LP's bio
 
(18:53) -  What is LP's most memorable moment of his playing career?
 
(26:13) - Why did LP start coaching at such a young age? 
 
(29:25) - Who are LP's mentors?
 
(30:08) - What is LP's coaching philosophy?
 
(32:36) - Where did LP develop his inner drive? Who influenced him to become this way?
 
 
(37:13) - How do you teach an athlete to develop his or her inner drive in a practice setting?
 
 
(41:24) - What has being the OVA's High Performance Director taught LP?
 
(43:58) - What does LP envision as the next critical step for the OVA in terms of athlete and coach development?
 
(51:14) - What are LP's biggest coaching peeves?
 
(52:02) - How can coaches be better role models for their athletes?
 
(56:52) - How to improve your athletes' arm swing?
 
(60:40) - Resource: The Most Common Hitting Mistake
 
(61:00) - How to help a right handed right side hit better?
 
(63:25) - Why middle and right side attackers should be set more often?
 
(69:10) - Why coaches need to self-reflect about their performance as much as their athletes' performance?
Episode 25 - Using Statistics Efficiently with Nathan Janzen

Episode 25 - Using Statistics Efficiently with Nathan Janzen

January 22, 2019
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome McMaster Marauders Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach Nathan Janzen to discuss statistics: what they mean, how to gather them and how to use them.
 
(0:40) - Why are statistics so meaningful to Frank?
 
(1:35) - Resource: Statistics Forms on Coaches Corner
 
(3:20) - Resource: Statistics Apps
 
(5:10) - What is Frank's system to gather and use statistics?
 
(7:29) - How is the season going so far for the Marauders?
 
(7:55) - What does learning how to win mean?
 
(8:50) - What is the mindset for the coaching staff with varsity athletes coming back from the exam and holiday break?
 
(10:35) - How does monitoring jumping volume impact practice planning?
 
(13:10) - How is coach Janzen adapting to and enjoying being a full time assistant coach?
 
(14:50) - Nathan's bio
 
(15:08) - How does baseball relate to volleyball?
 
(16:50) - Did Nathan coach baseball? And why did he choose volleyball over baseball as a coach?
 
(21:36) - Who are Nathan's mentors?
 
(23:45) - When did coach Janzen first start to use DataVolley?
 
(25:55) - How does DataVolley work? What is the setup? And why is it so difficult to master?
 
(31:11) - What are some key statistics that a club coach or a post-secondary coach should look at?
 
(36:45) - Why does Nathan prefer passing efficiency over passing average?
 
(42:28) - What does coach Janzen look at first when analyzing a statistical report of a match?
 
(43:40) - What are good serving numbers?
 
(44:50) - What is a good hitting efficiency?
 
(47:30) - How often is data collected during practice?
 
(49:30) - How are statistics considered when practice planning? How can a balance be maintained between the seasonal plan and statistical needs?
 
(53:10) - How many drills should a club coach allot to statistical needs on a weekly basis?
 
(56:05) - How well prepared are the club athletes coming to university in regards to using and understanding statistics? 
 
(57:20) - What is the process to educate athletes about statistics?
 
(61:30) - What does Frank do in terms of statistical analysis at 18U in the club setting?
 
(68:18) - Would Frank do it differently at 15U?
 
(71:25) - How does a big sample size help a coach determine the true talent level of an athlete overall or for a particular skill?
 
(72:49) - What can a coach do to help an athlete that is too fixated on his or her stats?
 
Episode 24 - Interacting with Officials with Retired International Referee Malcolm Mousseau

Episode 24 - Interacting with Officials with Retired International Referee Malcolm Mousseau

January 8, 2019
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome retired International Referee Malcolm Mousseau to discuss intervening with the official and the rules of the game.
 
(0:55) - What are Thierry's and Frank's coaching highlight of 2018?
 
(6:25) - What are Thierry's and Frank's New Year's coaching resolutions?
 
(9:25) - What are your highlights from the previous year? What are your New Year's coaching resolutions?
 
 
(13:32) - Can a team keep playing if their coach is disqualified? 
 
(14:40) - Can a libero do a beach dig, a pokie or a tomahawk to set inside the attack zone?
 
(15:38) - When must the lineup be submitted to the referee between sets?
 
(17:10) - Does the screen rule still exist?
 
(17:24) - Can a player touch the ball thru the net?
 
(18:20) - When can a player contact the ball in the opponent's free zone?
 
(18:50) - Are players permitted to yell during the opponent's execution of the service?
 
(21:15) - Malcolm's bio
 
(22:10) - How can developing an artistic ability be beneficial for an athlete? 
 
(23:08) - What are Malcolm's thoughts on the importance of a multi-sports background?
 
(25:27) - Why did Malcolm get into refereeing at such a young age?
 
(26:55) - How did Malcolm progress so quickly though the upgrades to obtain his national badge at 24 years old?
 
(30:13) - What is Malcolm's refereeing philosophy?
 
(33:48) - What steps does an official follow to prepare for a match?
 
(36:30) - What process must a level 5 candidate do to obtain his or her international level upgrade?
 
(38:58) - Where do most of the conflicts between referees and coaches arise?
 
(42:10) - What evaluation process is in place for officials during major events?
 
(44:40) - Should there be a similar formal assessment and feedback structure in place for coaches during major events?
 
(45:35) - What are a few of the top tips Malcolm has to offer to club coaches?
 
(50:25) - How much back and forth can a captain do between the head referee and the head coach?
 
(52:00) - How can coaches better prepare their captain to intervene with the officials during competition?
 
(55:05) - How much can a coach "work" the referee and should that be allowed? 
 
(56:40) - Should there be interactions between the officials and the coach after the match?
 
(60:00) - Who is a great role model in terms of a coach having excellent coach-referee relationships?
 
(61:20) - What are some bad things coaches should really stop doing in regards to the officials?
 
(65:00) - Are there rules that coaches often get wrong?
 
(70:35) - What are a few tips a volunteer line judge should really follow?
 
(71:27) - Why don't head referees overrule the line judges more often?
 
(72:40) - What should a 12-14U coach do to help prepare the captain better?
 
(74:45) - How important is the role of mentorship for becoming the best version of yourself?
Épisode 23 (FR) - Le rôle de l’adjoint et quelques apprentissages au sein de l’équipe nationale avec Mélanie Desrochers

Épisode 23 (FR) - Le rôle de l’adjoint et quelques apprentissages au sein de l’équipe nationale avec Mélanie Desrochers

December 25, 2018
Dans cet épisode, Thierry accueille l'assistante-entraîneure de l'équipe masculine des Carabins de l'Université de Montréal Mélanie Desrochers pour discuter du rôle de l'adjoint, de l'importance de s'investir dans divers programmes et de quelques conseils découlant de son engagement avec l'équipe nationale.
 
(1:45) - Bio de Mélanie Desrochers
 
(2:50) - Pourquoi est-ce que Mel est devenue passeuse très tard dans sa carrière d'athlète?
 
(4:25) - Qu'est-ce qui motive coach Desrochers à être encore active comme athlète avec le club Celtique de Montréal?
 
(5:20) - Est-ce que de jouer au niveau compétitif permet à Mel de parfaire son coaching?
 
(6:55) - Qu'est-ce qui a poussé coach Desrochers à commencer sa carrière d'entraîneur si jeune?
 
(7:58) - Qui ont été les mentors de Mel?
 
(10:08) - Pourquoi est-ce que coach Desrochers entraîne davantage du côté masculin?
 
(13:15) - Pourquoi est-ce que Mel apprécie particulièrement le rôle d'adjointe?
 
(14:50) - Quels sont les conseils de Mel pour être un entraîneur-adjoint en herbe?
 
(19:48) - Comment est-ce que coach Desrochers réussit à gérer son horaire très chargé d'entraîneure, d'enseignante et d'athlète?
 
(21:11) - Est-ce que ces différents rôles déteignent les uns sur les autres?
 
(21:58) - Quelle est la philosophie de coaching à Mel?
 
(24:45) - Quelles sont les fonctions de coach Desrochers en tant que gérante pour l'équipe nationale?
 
(31:57) - Quels sont les entraîneurs de grand profil que Mel a eu le privilège de côtoyer au fil des années avec les équipes nationales?
 
(33:55) - Quelles sont des leçons marquantes apprises par l'entremise de ces expériences en présence de grands cerveaux du volleyball?
 
(38:55) - Quels sont les observations de coach Desrochers au niveau des statistiques, de la vidéo et des plans de match à ce niveau?
 
(43:15) - Comment est-ce que Mel a établi un réseau élaboré avec les entraîneurs au Québec et même au Canada et quels en sont les avantages?
 
(45:44) - Qu'est-ce que coach Desrochers ferait de différent si elle recommençait son cheminement d'entraîneur?