Episode 13 - Thoughts on the Middle Blocker with Nathan Groenveld

August 7, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome newly appointed York University men's volleyball Head Coach Nathan Groenveld to discuss the importance of the middle blocker position and how to train it more efficiently.
(0:30) - Congratulations to Coach Groenveld for being selected as York University men's volleyball Head Coach
(2:05) - Nathan's bio
(2:35) - What was Thierry's initial impression of Nathan Groenveld, the club player?
(4:21) - What is Glenn Hoag's advice to high level athletes that are pondering coaching after their playing  career?
(6:07) - What brought Nathan into coaching?
(7:15) - What were some of the challenges coach Groenveld had to overcome building the Niagara College program?
(9:10) - How have some experiences such as Team Ontario and the Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence program made Nathan a better coach?
(10:55) - How does coach Groenveld develop a family atmosphere with his teams?
(12:50) - Who are Nathan's mentors and how does he interact with them?
(15:50) - How can summer programs such as a provincial or junior national team help a coach in his or her professional development?
(18:10) - Is the middle position presently undervalued at the club level and what can be done to change that perception?
(24:45) - How can club coaches improve their ability to coach middle blocker more effectively?
(29:00) - Middles need to include cue reading in blocking as early as possible such as Glenn Hoag's blocking progression
(30:05) - What good online resource for training middle blockers does coach Groenveld recommend?
(34:00) - Should every athlete get some repetitions in the middle at some point?
(37:05) - How can lateral speed or a fast arm swing be trained with 14U to 16U athletes?
(40:55) - How much block training is necessary and how quickly should drills be more random when considering the middle position?
(42:15) - What are typical weaknesses coach Groenveld sees in rookie college athletes playing in the middle?
(43:53) - How can an incredibly difficult skill like blocking be trained better in the club setting?
(50:20) - What are rookie middle athletes lacking on the offensive side of the game at the collegiate level? 
(55:00) - How is a middle's arm swing different and how do you train that efficiently?
(59:30) - Which middle from Team Canada should a young club athlete be watching?
(61:00) - Do you like podcast episodes that focus on a particular position like this one? Please provide feedback at FTFC@maverickvolleyball.ca

Episode 12 - Tips for Rookie Head Coaches with Niko Rukavina

July 24, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Niko Rukavina to discuss his path early in his coaching career and many tips for rookie head coaches will be shared.
(1:44) - Resource - I am a New Coach, USA Volleyball
(4:15) - Thierry's top three recommendations to a rookie head coach
(9:36) - Frank's top three recommendations to a rookie head coach
(15:00) - Niko's bio
(15:32) - How did a multisport background help Niko as a volleyball athlete?
(17:35) - How did Niko transition from left side to libero in his fifth year in University?
(21:38) - What are Niko's thoughts about being an assistant coach with your alma matter soon after your playing career?
(23:50) - How did Niko successfully transition from post-secondary athletes to 18U athletes to 13U athletes?
(25:40) - What were some of the biggest challenges Niko had to face with 13U athletes?
(29:30) - What brought Niko into coaching?
(30:50) - Who are Niko's mentors?
(31:55) - What particular skills or habits did coach Rukavina take from his previous coaches under whom he played?
(34:00) - Many coaches in the volleyball community including Frank believe Niko Rukavina is a young coach that is doing it right. What are Niko's thoughts about this statement?
(36:40) - What age group does Niko's recommend for a rookie coach?
(38:00) - What advice does coach Rukavina have for a coach that works with younger age groups such as 13U and 14U?
(39:25) - What certification level is Niko at and how did he go about completing it?
(40:09) - What are the benefits of head coaching a team and assisting with another team?
(41:45) - What is Niko's long term coaching plan?
(43:00) - What did coach Rukivina do specifically with his team to maximize both age specific needs and competition success?
(46:40) - How important is the serve-pass part of the game? What was done to develop it?
(48:12) - What offensive system was chosen and why?
(49:50) - What is the plan for setting at 15U?
(50:35) - How long would Niko like to go positionless with his club team?
(52:33) - What are coach Rukavina's thoughts on prohibiting overhead passing at the younger age groups?
(55:50) - What advice does Niko have to help rookie coaches deal with off court elements such as seasonal planing, physical preparation, etc.?

Episode 11 - The Benefits of Beach Volleyball with Josh Nichol

July 10, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome National Beach Team Performance Analysis Coach Josh Nichol to discuss various topics related to beach volleyball.
(1:00) - How some very successful MVC cohorts were very active on the beach.
(2:18) - What are some good reasons to play beach?
(6:59) - Resource - The Benefits of Beach Volleyball by Ed Drakich HP Beach Director
(7:47) - Resource - Beach Volleyball, book by Karch Kiraly
(9:37) - Resource - AOC Beach Training Series by Holly McPeak
(11:30) - Josh's bio
(13:43) - What brought Josh into coaching?
(14:29) - What are some obstacles coach Nichol had to overcome to build the George Brown College men's program?
(16:44) - Who are Josh's mentors?
(19:21) - What are differences between coaching indoor vs coaching on the beach?
(21:00) - Would coach Nichol like to be able to intervene more while coaching beach?
(23:43) - How does the athlete centred approach impact the training environment?
(27:57) - What are some of Josh's involvement with Volleyball Source?
(30:25) - What is Volleyball Source's impact on the canadian volleyball community?
(37:18) - What are the benefits of playing beach for indoor players?
(40:14) - At what age should players start to play beach?
(41:44) - How can an indoor coach that isn't familiar with beach volleyball help his indoor athletes transition to the beach in the summer?
(44:02) - What are Josh's tips to parents acting as managers and or coaches at tournaments?
(48:27) - How can a club help get more athletes on the beach?
(49:50) - How could beach volleyball at the USports level impact club athletes?
(53:40) - What are some successful practices from other beach clubs in Ontario that MVC should steal?
(58:13) - What is coach Nichol's role with the national beach team as a performance analysis and program coach?
(59:20) - Most international beach volleyball can be streamed online: FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour (FIVB YouTube Channel),  AVP Beach Volleyball (AVP on Prime Amazon Video)

Episode 10 - International Coaching Symposium, Athlete Development, Coaching Tips & More with Brenda Willis

June 26, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome former Queen's University men's volleyball Head Coach Brenda Willis to discuss various topics including the International Coaching Symposium, athlete development, recruitment and coaching tips.
(2:05) - What does VNL mean for Ottawa and the volleyball community?
(3:10) - How was the International Coaching Symposium concept developed?
(4:50) - How was the impressive list of international coaches presenting at the symposium gathered?
(6:20) - Brenda's bio
(6:58) - How is being a tactical player a great starting point to developing a great coaching mind?
(8:25) - What brought coach Willis into coaching?
(9:25) - How did Brenda end up coaching boys?
(12:05) - How did coach Willis turned the men's volleyball program around quickly early in her Queen's University career?
(12:46) - Who were Brenda's mentors?
(17:15) - How important is it to always be a student of the game?
(18:05) - What is the most significant achievement of coach Willis' stellar career?
(20:10) - What does being a female coach role model represent for Brenda? 
(21:45) - What is the importance of having a why for doing something?
(23:50) - What would Brenda do differently if she had to start her coaching career again?
(28:00) - What is Brenda's coaching philosophy?
(30:00) - Why does coach Willis remain so involved in the volleyball community?
(33:05) - What is the biggest weakness rookie athletes demonstrate often upon arrival in a university program?
(36:29) - What can a club coach do to improve the athlete's ball control capacities?
(37:45) - What can a club do to help athletes prepare better for the physical demands of a long USports season?
(39:00) - What should a club athlete be doing in the off season ideally?
(43:25) - What are some of the off court weaknesses athletes need to focus on?
(44:50) - How does coach Willis observe some of the off court behaviours?
(45:45) - What does Brenda look for in athletes when recruiting?
(47:50) - How can a club coach help the athletes develop their character and life skills?
(49:42) - What are the three main coaching tips coach Willis has for club coaches?
(53:50) - Why is it so important to play all your players?
(57:28) - Why should a coach never reward poor performance?

Episode 09 (EN) - Thoughts on the International Coaching Symposium

June 12, 2018
In this guestless episode, Frank & Thierry discuss their highlights of the International Coaching Symposium that was delivered in conjunction with the VNL stop in Ottawa on June 8-10, 2018.
(1:00) - Preview on upcoming episodes recorded during the International Coaching Symposium
(1:50) - The Volleyball Nations League and the International Coaching Symposium attracted a large portion of the canadian coaching community
(3:40) - What was Thierry's biggest highlight of the symposium?
(4:58) - Take a moment to watch some of John Kessel's videos. 
(5:10) - Create a culture of play
(6:10) - Random drills enhance learning and transfer better to the game
(6:30) - Use of the court without use of the net is prohibited
(7:40) - What is the white ribbon trick?
(8:30) - A few of John Kessel's favorite drills are explained
(11:25) - How do you provide feedback in a John Kessel drill?
(13:06) - What was Frank's biggest highlight of the symposium?
(13:42) - Why is John Speraw a great speaker?
(15:32) - What was Team USA's Rio experience and what can we learn from that experience?
(16:12) - Why does Speraw believe in intergrated sport psychology?
(17:12) - Kyle Paquette's resource, Trainwave, is a great solution to intergrated mental training.
(17:26) - What statistics are particularly important for coach Speraw?
(19:02) - Why Thierry really enjoyed Alix Krahn's session on Sport Culture?
(20:22) - What are the pillars of trust?
(22:02) - Why is focusing on relationship building so important? 
(22:17) - Brené Brown is a great resource on this topic
(22:39) - Why did many MVC coaches enjoyed LP Mainville's session?
(25:17) - Why Thierry enjoyed Larry McKay's session on in match adjustments?
(26:22) - Why in game management needs to be simple and based on facts like statistics?
(27:27) - What statistics are particularly important for coach McKay?
(29:42) - Who should gather the data?
(30:22) - Why Frank's favorite moment of the weekend revolved around Glenn Hoag and his session on match planning?
(32:02) - The OVA will attempt to transform every symposium session into a webinar and make them available on their website.
(32:11) - Why coach Hoag still does a personal pen and paper scouting method to prepare a game plan?
(33:41) - How Glenn Hoag simplifies the block defence relationship on court?
(34:24) - How did Frank's session on individual defence turn out?
(38:56) - What was the highlight of the MVC coaches who attended the symposium?
 (43:21) - Any suggestions on how to improve the symposium if we were to host another one next year?
(48:16) - What would you like to hear about on the podcast?
(48:51) - What Mark Matheson would like to hear on future pods?
(51:31) - What Gerry DiGirolamo would like to hear on future pods?
(53:16) - Please provide feedback via FTFC@maverickvolleyball.ca

Épisode 09 (FR) - Quelques pensées au sujet du Symposium international d’entraîneurs

June 12, 2018
Dans cet épisode sans invité, François et Thierry élaborent au sujet de leurs faits saillants concernant le Symposium international d'entraîneurs qui a été présenté en conjonction avec l'étape de la LNV à Ottawa le 8 au 10 juin 2018.
(0:40) - Grand rassemblement de la communauté de volleyball canadien dans le cadre du Symposium international d'entraîneurs
(1:15) - Aperçu des prochains épisodes qui ont été enregistrés dans le cadre du symposium
(3:00) - Quel a été le plus gros coup de coeur de Thierry en relation aux sessions du symposium?
(4:02) - Il est fortement recommandé de visionner quelques vidéos de John Kessel. 

(4:10) - Il faut créer une culture de jeu en entraînement.
(5:45) - L'usage du terrain sans l'utilisation du filet est interdit
(6:56) - Il faut vraiment accentuer des situations aléatoires pour maximiser le transfert à la situation de jeu
(7:00) - Quels sont quelques les éducatifs pronés par John Kessel
(10:30) - Comment est-ce possible de donner de la rétroaction dans des éducatifs de style Kessel
(11:30) - L'OVA tentera de publier les sessions présentées sous forme de webinar en ligne.
(11:40) - Quel a été le plus gros coup de coeur de Frank en relation aux sessions du symposium?

(12:24) - Pourquoi est-ce que John Speraw est un orateur phénoménal?
(13:50) - Quel a été l'expérience de l'équipe américaine lors des Olympiques de Rio et quelles sont les leçons à partager?
(14:45) - Pourquoi est-ce que coach Speraw promouvoit fortement la préparation mentale intégrée?
(15:35) - Quelles sont les statistiques que John Speraw priment davantage?
(18:32) - Pourquoi est-ce que Thierry a particulièrement apprécié l'atelier d'Alix Krahn au sujet de la culture sportive? 
(19:40) - Pourquoi est-ce important de développer des relations saines avec les athlètes?
(20:00) - Quels sont les piliers de la confiance?
(22:15) - Pourquoi est-ce que Frank vous recommande d'apprécier pleinement l'atelier de LP Mainville au sujet de l'athlète en développement au contre?
(26:08) - Pourquoi est-ce que Thierry a trouvé la séance de Larry McKay au sujet d'ajustements en situation de partie particulièrement utile?
(27:30) - Pourquoi est-ce préférable de prôner une approche simpliste et de se baser sur des faits telles des statistiques? 
(28:40) - Qui devrait faire la prise de données en partie?
(29:40) - Quelle statistique est-ce que coach McKay observe davantage?
(31:22) - Pourquoi est-ce que le moment fort de la fin de semaine pour Frank s'est produit lors de l'atelier en classe de Glenn Hoag?
(33:15) - Pourquoi est-ce que coach Hoag fait encore l'analyse d'un match avec l'approche papier et crayon pour préparer un plan de match?
(34:20) - Comment est-ce que Glenn Hoag, un expert de renommée mondiale au niveau de la défensive, a réussi à simplifier et vulgariser ses connaissances si efficacement pour les participants?
(35:00) - Comment est-ce que Frank a vécu son expérience d'animer une session sur terrain?

(37:45) - Comment est-ce que le symposium international peut offrir un meilleur produit la prochaine fois?

(42:26) - On aimerait énormément recevoir vos idées de thèmes pour des épisodes futures comme l'on fait Mark Matheson et Gerry DiGirolamo.
(45:55) - SVP nous fournir vos commentaires par courriel au FTFC@maverickvolleyball.ca

Episode 08 (EN) - Thoughts on Serve Receive and Using Video in Practice

May 29, 2018
In this guestless episode, Frank & Thierry tackle two different topics: a skill is scrutinized, and a technological tool is recommended.
(1:00) - Special episode format, no guest, 2 topics, a skill & a technological tip
(1:10) - Similar episode also available in French (see below)
(1:50) - Please provide feedback about the recommended resources at FTFC@maverickvolleyball.ca
(2:42) - McKibbin Brothers (bioWebsiteYouTube ChannelTwitterInstagram), AVP pro beach players that share their knowledge
(4:15) - Many good videos on technical skills, physical preparation and psychological skills
(5:00) - Siblings competing together is special and very particular
(6:50) - Serve receive: the most important technique in the game?
(8:14) - Why serve receive is indeed important
(9:30) - Having the right mindset is critical to be a great passer
(12:40) - How do you train serve receive
(13:52) - A very important factor to be a good passer seems to participate in various sports in the critical period for skill development (8-12 years old)
(18:30) - What can coaches do to help the fast track the development of the serve receive skill
(19:00) - Try to increase decision making and cue reading as soon and as often as possible
(21:00) - Developing a specific aspect to a skill such as serve receive requires a large volume of training and a lot of time
(23:45) - Replace all small group on same side of net with some kind of over the net serve receive and rally drills
(26:35) - Common serve receive mistakes and potential solutions
(30:52) - Should a coach prioritize hand or forearm passing?
(36:50) - Should a passer use more the legs or the arms to control the push to the net?
(40:39) - Should a passer prioritise passing the ball on her or his mid line or "open up" the hips?
(46:00) - What do you do when your passers break down in a game?
(55:50) - What kind of stats on serve receive should be taken and how should they be used
(62:50) - What kind of technology should a coach use in a practice setting to analyse video?
(64:10) - Recommended tripodswivel & mount on Amazon
(64:58) - Using the Video Delay (lite versionPro version - $4,99) as periodically or almost every practice for at least a drill is highly recommended
(65:42) - Use Coach's Eye ($6,99) to analyse the skill periodically and compare the progression with a double screen, drawing lines, and doing voice over recordings
(66:43) - Dan Lewis uses WhatsApp with the national team to share short action videos with athletes so they can observe themselves outside of practice time 
(68:30) - What type of drills are conducive to using these different tools?
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Épisode 08 (FR) - Quelques pensées au sujet de la réception de service et bénéficier de la technologie vidéo en situation d’entraînement

May 29, 2018
Dans cet épisode sans invité, François et Thierry présentent deux capsules : des concepts au sujet d'une technique précise sont discutés, et des conseils entourant l'utilisation d'outils technologiques sont partagés.
(0:22) - Deuxième épisode en français, certains épisodes avec des invités francophones seront produits en français exclusivement et les épisodes sans invités seront fréquemment produits dans les deux langues officielles.
(1:01) - Épisode similaire disponible en Anglais (voir ci-dessus)
(2:08) - Ressource proposée : frères McKibbin (biosite webchaîne YouTubeTwitterInstagram), joueurs de plage de l'AVP qui partagent leurs connaissances tant techniques que tactiques
(3:20) - De très bonnes productions principalement sous forme de vidéos sur les techniques, la préparation physique et l'entraînement mental
(3:35) - Des coéquipiers de la même famille ont une relation particulière à considérer en entraînement et en compétition
(4:23) - Bio des frères McKibbin
(5:40) - Deux excellentes capsules vidéo sur la réception
(6:05) - Est-ce que la réception est la technique la plus importante? 
(8:40) - Les athlètes qui maîtrisent la technique ont une dimension psychologique très forte
(11:20) - Comment mieux entraîner la réception?
(11:50) - N'hésitez pas à fournir de la rétroaction au FTFC@maverickvolleyball.ca
(12:28) - Un facteur important pour être un excellent réceptioneur semble être d'avoir pratiqué divers sports lors de la période critique de développement moteur (8-12 ans)
(15:47) - Acquérir une nouvelle technique ou développer un élément particulier de la réception nécessite énormément de temps en entraînement et en situation pertinente
(17:50) - Quels types d'éducatifs devraient être priorisés pour cheminer plus rapidement? 
(19:30) - Maximiser la lecture du jeu et la prise de décision dès que possible
(21:00) - À quel âge est-ce préférable de commencer à travailler la perspective réception de service flotteur vs service smashé?
(22:40) - Quelles sont les erreurs communes et des solutions potentielles?
(28:45) - Pourquoi est-ce que les filles réceptionnent moins souvent en touche?
(32:05) - Est-ce préférable de prioriser l'utilisation des jambes ou des bras pour contrôler la réception?
(35:00) - Est-ce préférable de prioriser la réception entre les appuis ou le pivotement des hanches?
(38:40) - Quelles sont les différences entre la réception d'un service flotteur versus un service spin?
(39:58) - Comment gérer la réception de service durant un match?
(49:15) - Quelle statistique à la réception est préférable à cumuler et comment s'en servir?
(56:58) - Comment utiliser l'analyse vidéo efficacement en situation d'entraînement?
(58:44) - Utiliser une application comme Video Delay (version gratuiteversion pro - 4,99$) périodiquement ou même à chaque pratique pour permettre à l'athlète de revoir rapidement son exécution
(60:33) - Utiliser une application comme Coach's Eye (6,99$) pour comparer l'évolution d'une technique 
(62:18) - Utiliser une application comme WhatsApp pour faire le partage de vidéo avec les athlètes et leur permettre de s'analyser sur leur propre temps 
(63:50) - Trépiedpivot et monture recommandés sur Amazon
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Episode 07 - Crafting your Coaching Identity with Judi Mousseau

May 15, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome long time Maverick Coach Judi Mousseau to discuss coaching style, its evolution and its impact on the athletes.
(1:35) - Recommended resource: Coaching Volleyball Champions, by Mary Dyck & Ard Blesheuvel
(3:57) - Many factors influence your coaching style
(5:30) - Be a lifelong learner to keep growing as a coach and to evolve your coaching style
(7:30) - Reflect on your coaching style and try to refine it continually
(9:10) - Three tips to develop your coaching style
(13:28) - Judi's bio
(14:52) - How do you manage coaching with your partner or spouse?
(17:19) - Any differences between coaching boys and girls?
(25:10) - How did Judi approach coaching a 13U team?
(30:10) - How advantageous is it to have an officiating level as a coach or a team captain?
(34:08) - What does it mean to be recognised with an individual award in a team sport like volleyball?
(35:38) - Judi's coaching style
(36:20) - How does Judi strive to get her athletes to be strong independent young women who question, perform and embrace adversity?
(41:15) - Are there other ways to instil courage in an athlete?
(43:40) - How do you help athletes that have very low self-confidence?
(46:33) - How and when do you define the roles for each athlete on the team?
(49:23) - When and how did Judi develop her very competitive and intense coaching style?
(51:28) - What has been Judi's self-reflection on her intense coaching style through the years?
 (54:29) - Judi has an intense coaching style but also tries to adapt to each athlete individually
(55:52) - How does Judi push athletes that are more sensitive?
(59:29) - Coaching can be defined as the dynamic interactions of a coaching style, the progression of the athletes and their enjoyment of the process
(61:09) - Trial and error is an important structure of developing a coaching style
(64:25) - How do you deal with an athlete that doesn't seem to buy in with your coaching style?

Episode 06 - Biomechanics, Athlete Development, Recruitment & More with Lionel Woods

May 1, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome University of Ottawa women's volleyball Head Coach Lionel Woods to discuss various topics including biomechanics, athlete development and recruitment.
(1:20) - Lionel's bio
(3:40) - How did Lionel start coaching volleyball?
(7:30) - How did a multisport background help Lionel as a volleyball coach?
(11:20) - How Lionel developed his understanding and feel of the flow of the game?
(13:30) - How did coach Woods develop his kinesthetic learning style?
(15:20) - Who were Lionel's mentors?
*A deleted segment also had Lionel recommend a great leadership resource as follows: http://www.janssensportsleadership.com/
(19:10) - Coaches impact their athletes considerably through the passion they demonstrate and the values they abide by.
(22:10) - What would Lionel do differently if he had to start his coaching career again?
(24:15) - How does coach Woods keep developing as a coach after so many years?
(27:05) - What does Lionel think the men's game and the women's game could steal from each other?
(31:50) - What is Lionel's coaching philosophy?
(34:20) - What is the biggest weakness rookie athletes demonstrate often upon arrival in a university program?
(39:25) - What should a club athlete be doing in the off season ideally?
(44:00) - Who should be the yearly plan leader?
(47:36) - What can a 12-14U coach do to help the athletes move better?
(53:18) - Is there room for club and school volleyball to coexist, even for the high level athlete?
(58:07) - Does Lionel as a recruiter consult the high school volleyball coach?
(59:00) - How should a 17U or 18U athlete should approach post-secondary recruitment?
(63:18) - How can club coaches facilitate the recruitment process?
(66:40) - How critical is it that the club coach provide information about a potential recruit?
(70:35) - What is being done off court with the university program? What does Lionel think should be done at the club level?
(74:30) - Assigning an assistant coach to mental training is a winning strategy
(79:35) - What does Lionel think the Maverick Volleyball Club is doing well to prepare properly the athletes for the next level?