Episode 22 - Mental Training with Mental Performance Consultant Jelle Kooijman

December 11, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome 16U Longhorns Associate Coach and Capital Athletic Therapy & Rehab Mental Performance Consultant Jelle Kooijman to discuss mental preparation, the implementation of mental skills and the Maverick Mental Training Program.
(1:45) - Why is mental training so important to Frank?
(5:06) - Resource: Mental Fitness for LTAD
(6:40) - How can a coach start implementing a mental skill in a simple way?
(8:48) - Jelle's bio
(9:49) - How big is volleyball in the Netherlands?
(10:30) - How did Jelle initially become interested in the mental aspect of sports?
(12:58) - What did Jelle discover while completing a thesis on self-talk?
(15:17) - What brought Jelle to Ottawa, Canada?
(16:30) - What did coach Kooijman learn through an internship with Carleton University Women's Soccer team?
(21:05) - What is Jelle's coaching philosophy as a Mental Performance Consultant?
(25:35) - How important is mental training according to coach Kooijman's and how does he see it implemented ideally?
(31:06) - What can a head coach do versus what can a consultant do to help the athletes develop mental skills?
(33:00) - Where should a head coach fit in mental training in a season plan or a practice plan?
(33:48) - Why is developing critical thinking so important with the athletes before acquiring a mental skill?
(36:10) - How often should mental training drills be done?
(39:05) - Should coaches use a tracking tool to ensure the mental training exercises are completed?
(43:30) - What is the value of journaling as a way to enhance the mental training process?
(44:41) - How can mental training still be including during on court practices with 17U and 18U athletes?
(46:30) - Why did Jelle choose imagery and self-talk as the primary skills trained within the Maverick Mental Training Program?
(48:10) - Could coaches benefit from imagery themselves?
(51:38) - In an interview during the Tim Ferriss Show (episode #349), Lebron James indicated self-talk was one of the most important skills he trained frequently, even after many years in the NBA.
(53:11) - What can a coach to do help with the implementation of the Maverick Mental Training Program?
(56:30) - What resource does Jelle recommend in relation to learning about mental preparation?
(57:24) - Resource: Life as Sport, by Jonathan Fader
(58:50) - What additional skills will likely be added to the Maverick Mental Training Program in the coming years?
(60:27) - Jelle Kooijman can be reached on Instagram at @jwk_mpt, on YouTube at JWK Mental Performance Training or Facebook at JWK Mental Performance Training

Episode 21 (EN) - Thoughts on Attacking, Coaching Relationships and Warm Up Games

November 27, 2018
In this guestless episode, Frank & Thierry tackle three different topics: training the skill of attacking, the importance of developing sound relationships with other coaches and some or our favourite warm up games.
(2:50) - Erratum: Apologies to John Forman and Mark Lebedew which we highlighted in Episode 15. John is an American and not an Englishman as originally mentioned and Mark's last name was mispronounced. Congratulation to John who was recently appointed as Technical Director of Charleston Academy.
(4:15) - Resource: Volleyball Explained (YouTube channelFacebook page)
(6:05) - Why is attacking so important to athletes and coaches?
(7:00) - How did Thierry's experiment with his school athletes on hitting velocity turn out?
(15:50) - What does Frank value in regards to hitting?
(19:00) - How do you train an attacker to recognize the hitting situation better and make a better decision in regards to being aggressive or conservative?
(22:00) - How can a coach challenge an athlete to develop an additional hitting shot and not be a one trick pony? 
(28:18) - What can be done to make hitting warm ups a better learning experience?
(32:00) - What are some of the favourite tools or approaches that Frank and Thierry particularly emphasize to facilitate the evolution of a hitter?
(36:38) - How important is the coach to coach relationship?
(37:40) - Why is the head coach's relationship with the assistant coach(es) perhaps the most critical one?
(41:40) - How can coaches from the same club spend quality time together and share successful practices?
(43:12) - How can being part of summer programs facilitate growing a coach's network?
(46:15) - How can club and school coaches improve their relationships and enhance the athletes' experience?
(51:00) - What are some of Thierry's and Frank's favourite fun warm up games?
(51:45) - Popcorn Tennis
(54:18) - 2 on 2 Hula Hoop Vollis
(56:30) - 6 on 6 Continuous Recycling
(58:30) - 2 on 2 Dig & Set Over
(60:38) - 2V2 or 3V3 Speed
(62:50) - Please share your favourite warm up game if you have one at ftfc@maverickvolleyball.ca.

Épisode 21 (FR) - Quelques pensées au sujet de l’attaque, des relations d’entraîneurs et de jeux d’échauffement

November 27, 2018
Dans cet épisode sans invité, François et Thierry présentent trois capsules : des concepts au sujet de la technique de l'attaque sont discutés, des conseils au sujet des relations d'entraîneurs sont proposés et quelques uns des jeux d'échauffement préférés de François et Thierry sont expliqués.
(2:50) - Erratum: Nous désirons nous excuser auprès de John Forman et Mark Lebedew qui ont été présentés dans l'épisode 15. John est un Américain et non un Anglais tel qu'initialement mentionné et le nom de famille de Mark avait été mal prononcé. Félicitation à John qui a récemment été nommé comme Directeur technique du Charleston Academy.
(5:15) - Ressource: Volleyball Explained (chaîne YouTubepage Facebook)
(6:40) - Pourquoi est-ce que l'attaque est si importante pour les athlètes et les entraîneurs?
(8:05) - Comment est-ce que l'expérience de Thierry avec ses athlètes scolaires au niveau de la vélocité d'attaque s'est conclue?
(18:10) - Qu'est-ce que François valorise davantage relativement à l'attaque?
(20:15) - Comment est-ce possible d'entraîner l'attaquant afin de mieux reconnaître le contexte offensif et prendre une meilleure décision en étant agressif ou conservateur?
(26:05) - Comment est-ce possible de défier les athlètes pour favoriser le développement d'une autre option à l'attaque et éviter d'être unidimensionnelle à l'attaque?
(31:45) - Qu'est-ce qu'il faut éviter de faire lorsque le développement de l'attaque est ciblé?
(40:30) - Quelle est l'importance de la relation entraîneur-entraîneur?
(41:20) - Pourquoi est-ce que la relation de l'entraîneur-chef avec ses adjoints est sans doute la plus critique de toutes les relations?
(44:12) - Comment est-ce que des entraîneurs au sein d'un même club civil peuvent se côtoyer davantage et partager plus souvent leurs pratiques gagnantes?
(45:25) - Comment est-ce que l'implication avec des programmes estivaux peuvent favoriser l'accroissement de son réseautage d'entraîneurs?
(46:55) - Comment est-ce que les entraîneurs scolaires et civils peuvent améliorer leurs échanges et favoriser une expérience plus riche pour leurs athlètes?
(50:50) - Quels sont des jeux d'échauffement que Thierry et François apprécient particulièrement?
(52:04) - Vollis patate
(54:10) - 2 c. 2 vollis cerceau
(56:20) - Recyclage 6 c. 6
(58:15) - 2 c. 2 défense & passe attaque
(60:23) - 2 c. 2 ou 3 c. 3 vitesse
(62:20) - N'hésitez pas à partager vos jeux d'échauffement préférés avec nous au ftfc@maverickvolleyball.ca.

Episode 20 - Physical literacy, Ottawa U Men’s Volleyball & Learning with Colin Walker

November 13, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Ottawa U Men's Volleyball Head Coach Colin Walker to discuss integration of physical literacy, the evolution of the men's program at Ottawa U and the importance of learning.
(0:50) - How is Frank's club preseason going?
(2:50) - What does it represent to be producing episode 20?
(4:45) - Resource: Changing the Game Project
(10:40) - Colin's bio
(10:55) - What is Colin's description of himself as an athlete?
(12:00) - How did a grade 12 enrichment course kick start Colin's coaching career?
(13:15) - Why did coach Walker choose to coach volleyball over other sports?
(15:50) - What did Colin learn from his time with the Youth National Team alonside past UBC Men's Volleyball Head Coach and present Volleyball Canada's Director of Sports Science, Medicine and Information Kerry MacDonald?
(16:30) - What are some of Kerry's thoughts on serving?
(18:20) - Resource: Coach Your Brains Out Podcast - Serving Mindset with Andrea Becker (episode 1episode 2), Andrea Becker on Perfect in Mindset
(20:55) - What are some of Kerry's thoughts on controlling jumping load?
(26:40) - Why did coach Walker take on the Ottawa U Men's volleyball program?
(28:08) - What kind of men's team could Ottawa U have using primarily regional volleyball players?
(29:15) - What is the history of the Ottawa U Men's volleyball club team?
(35:30) - How is the team doing this year so far?
(38:30) - Is a men's varsity program at Ottawa U going to see the day any time soon?
(39:50) - Why and how did Colin found the SportsCan project?
(42:00) - How does SportsCan cover the full LTAD pathway and focus especially on ancillary training?
(46:50) - What can be done to facilitate physical literacy development? What can a 12-15U volleyball coach do to enhance physical literacy development?
(51:50) - Can physical literacy still be developed at the older age groups?
(53:08) - How can broader physical literacy activities be integrated into a volleyball practice already taxed for time to develop volleyball skills?
(54:50) - When would be a good time during the season to integrate physical literacy activities? How long should athletes work on given skill sets?
(55:50) - What are some of coach Walker's tips to teach ball control with younger age groups?
(61:00) - What is Colin's definition of learning and how does learning take place in his coaching environment?
(64:30) - What is coach Walker's analogy to explain learning from a neurological perspective to his athletes?
(66:00) - Why are growth mindset, grit and failure key words Colin uses repeatedly with his students and athletes?

Épisode 19 (FR) - Le développement du passeur avec Olivier Faucher

October 30, 2018
Dans cet épisode, Thierry accueille le conseiller technique volet volleyball masculin de Volleyball Québec Olivier Faucher pour discuter de l'apprentissage d'un entraîneur recrue et de la position de passeur.
(0:50) - Suivez-nous ou partagez vos commentaires sur les réseaux sociaux sur Instagram ftfcpodcast, Twitter @FTFCpodcast ou Facebook From the First Chair Podcast
(2:14) - Bio d'Olivier Faucher
(2:34) - Est-ce qu'un parcours multi-sports a aidé Olivier à cheminer plus rapidement au volleyball?
(3:40) - Est-ce qu'Olivier a évolué seulement à la position de passeur?
(5:45) - Quel est le fait saillant de la carrière internationale de coach Faucher?
(7:46) - Qu'est-ce qui a poussé Olivier vers le rôle d'entraîneur?
(9:05) - Comment est-ce que coach Faucher a surmonté quelques défis lors de sa première année comme entraîneur recrue avec les Faucons de Lévis?
(13:10) - Qui ont été les mentors d'Olivier?
(17:45) - Quel est le rôle de coach Faucher à titre d'entraîneur-chef et conseiller technique pour Volleyball Québec?
(20:05) - Quel est l'objectif à long terme au niveau du développement du volet masculin au Québec?
(25:00) - Quelles sont les principales problématiques qui empêchent de prioriser le développement de l'athlète?
(28:15) - Comment est-ce possible de bien développer le passeur, soit possiblement la position la plus importante?
(29:24) - Comment est-ce que des passeurs potentiels devraient être identifiés?
(34:55) - À quel âge est-ce qu'un athlète qui démontre du potentiel comme passeur devrait se spécialiser à cette position?
(37:20) - En fonction du développement et de l'âge, quelles devraient être les priorités à enseigner au passeur?
(44:16) - Lors d'un entraînement dédié au passeur, quel devrait être les conseils à respecter?
(47:00) - Qu'est-ce qu'un passeur peut faire sur son propre temps pour s'améliorer?
(48:38) - Quels sont les conseils d'Olivier relativement à la gestion d'un passeur en compétition?
(51:40) - Quelles sont des erreurs communes à éviter dans le développement des passeurs?

Episode 18 - Dealing with Adversity, Emphasizing the Process, Leadership & more with Tim Louks

October 16, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome McMaster University women's volleyball Head Coach Tim Louks to discuss dealing with adversity, the process of coaching, developing good leaders and more.
(0:10) - Follow FTFC on Instagram ftfcpodcast, on Twitter @FTFCpodcast and on Facebook From the First Chair Podcast
(1:45) - How is the weekend going so far for the Mauraders at the GeeGee's Preseason Classic?
(2:40) - What are some goals for the weekend for coach Louks?
(7:38) - Tim's bio
(10:22) - What were Tim's playing days at McMaster like?
(12:00) - How did coach Louks get into coaching at a young age and why did he transition to the women's game?
(15:00) - Who are one or two coaches that particular impacted Tim's coaching?
(21:20) - How does coach Louks explain the recent run of OUA titles?
(28:20) - How does Tim approach more successful programs and coaches to learn from them?
(30:20) - What would coach Louks do differently if he had to start his coaching career again?
(34:40) - How does Tim make the communication process within the team as efficient as possible?
(37:34) - How are 3 words at the centre of coach Louks' process: engaging, enabling and empowering?
(43:10) - What are some team rules Tim likes to set and how are the athletes involved in the establishment of these guidelines?
(48:00) - How are the athletes involved in the decision making process?
(51:00) - Why is coach Louks using mostly a leadership council these days and who chooses the various leaders?
(58:00) - Are there particular resources Tim likes to read or consult to help him learn and emphasize the process?

Episode 17 - Transformational Coaching with Jordan Chen

October 2, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Queen's Jordan Chen who is completing a master's degree in sport psychology to discuss transformational coaching.
(1:19) - Who are some coaches from various sports that are great leaders?
(9:15) - How should leadership be defined in a coaching context?
(10:15) - What is transformational leadership?
(11:00) - Resources: transformational coaching education
What is Transformational Coaching, Ontario Soccer Webinar
Jean Côté on Transformational Coaching, United States Center for Coaching Excellence Podcast
How to Become a Transformational Coach, Changing the Game Project, Way of Champions Podcast
Transformational Coaching, Smarter Coaching Podcast
Dr Jean Côté, The Athlete Development Show (podcast)
Transformational Coaching Workshop, International Sport Coaching Journal, Jean Côté & Jennifer Turnnidge (article)
(13:48) - Jordan's bio
(17:20) - How did being a data analyst for the men's team at Queen's change his perception of the game?
(18:50) - Has Jordan ever coached volleyball formerly?
(20:00) - Why did Jordan choose to study in the field of sport psychology?
(20:50) - Is the buy in from athletes and coaches in regards to sport psychology better nowadays or is it still marginalized?
(21:30) - What are early discoveries on youth coaching?
(26:30) - What is effective coaching?
(28:45) - What is transformational leadership and how does it apply to sports?
(32:48) - How recent is this concept of transformational coaching?
(36:30) - How does Jordan deal with coaches that aren't open minded to this concept of transformational coaching?
(38:10) - What does the early data collection on transformational coaching indicate?
(40:15) - How can the 4 C's be measured?
(42:50) - What are some key coaching behaviours in regards to the first I: Idealized influence?
(46:42) - What are some key coaching behaviours in regards to the second I: Inspirational motivation?
(50:30) - What are some key coaching behaviours in regards to the third I: Intellectual stimulation?

(56:40) - What are some key coaching behaviours in regards to fourth I: Individualized consideration?
(60:00) - How can the transformational coaching concept be adapted to younger age groups versus older age groups in club volleyball?

Episode 16 - Tryout Tips with John Nguyen

September 18, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Maverick Volleyball Club Director of Finance and VP of Operations John Nguyen to discuss tryout and finance tips.
(2:10) - Best resource for tryout is an experienced coach
(2:26) - Resource: Volleyball Tryout Checklist by Art of Coaching
(3:23) - Frank's tips for a successful tryout
(9:01) - Thierry's tips for a successful tryout
(17:18) - John's bio
(19:05) - What were Jonh's playing days like?
(21:06) - What got John into coaching early on?
(22:15) - What is the OVA Banjam?
(24:02) - What is John's coaching philosophy?
(26:52) - Who are John's mentors?
(32:40) - As MVC Director of Finance, what are some tips John has for our club coaches on the financial level?
(36:26) - How often should a team's budget be discussed or reviewed?
(38:44) - What is the ideal tryout process?
(41:45) - How does a coach gather as much useful information as possible during a tryout?
(44:00) - What is the 4 or 5 step selection process MVC emphasizes during tryouts?
(46:50) - What should a coach prioritize to obtain the most important information on her or his athletes?
(50:22) - What does that first tryout practice look like for John?
(52:41) - How does John asses the intangibles?
(54:30) - Should a coach use video during a tryout to observe behaviours and even gather stats?
(57:43) - How important is the athlete & parent meeting during the tryout process and what should it include?
(59:45) - What are some thoughts on the "project player"?
(62:10) - What are some thoughts on the practice player?

Episode 15 (EN) - Sharing Lessons from the Summer & Pre-season Tips for Coaches

September 4, 2018
In this guestless episode, Frank & Thierry discuss their summer commitments with provincial programs and what they learned through such an enriching experience. Pre-season tips are also offered to coaches. 
(1:20) - Resources: Find a resource that forces you to reflect on your coaching practices. 

At Home on the Court (Mark Lebedew)

Coaching Volleyball (John Foreman)

Volleyball Coaching Wizards Podcast (Mark & John)

Volleyball Coaching Wizards (books)


(4:45) - Resource: Conscious Coaching by Brett Bartholomew


(6:37) - If you have a resource you would like us to propose on a future episode, please share it with us at FTFC@maverickvolleyball.ca


(7:45) - Why should a club coach participate in a summer provincial program?


(8:40) - Thierry's takeaways from being involved with Team Québec


(11:00) - How can a summer program permit a coach to self-improve continually?


(12:22) - Is physical conditioning the most limiting training factor in regards to the athletes?


(17:40) - Why is seasonal planing so important even for a short program like a provincial team?


(20:09) - Why are classroom sessions so critical in preparing the high performance athlete?


(24:30) - Frank's takeaways from being involved with Team Ontario


(25:25) - Why is collaborating with passionate coaches every summer so invigorating?


(26:40) - What is the ideal selection process according to Frank?


(32:30) - Why are summer programs an ideal environment for professional development?


(34:45) - Why is team culture becoming a big part of Team Ontario programs?


(37:45) - Why should a head coach and her or his assistants hold a pre-season meeting? What should be discussed during that meeting?


(43:30) - What are the priorities when preparing the seasonal plan?


(48:00) - Why is the pre-season a great time to identify an area of coaching improvement, find a resource and set a plan to put in action?


Épisode 15 (FR) - Partage d’apprentissages de l’été et conseils de pré-saison pour les entraîneurs

September 4, 2018

Dans cet épisode sans invité, François et Thierry discutent de leurs engagements estivaux avec les équipes provinciales et partagent des apprentissages qui en découlent. Aussi, des conseils de pré-saison pour les entraîneurs sont présentés.


(1:30) - Ressources : Trouver une ressource qui fait porter à la réflexion est une excellente pratique gagnante.

At Home on the Court (Mark Lebedew)

Coaching Volleyball (John Foreman)

Volleyball Coaching Wizards Podcast (Mark & John)

Volleyball Coaching Wizards (books)


(5:40) - Resource: Conscious Coaching by Brett Bartholomew


(9:10) - Les faits saillants de Thierry suite à son engagement avec équipe Québec


(9:55) - Pourquoi est-ce qu'un entraîneur civil devrait s'investir avec un programme estival?


(11:25) - Pourquoi est-ce que l'environnement d'une équipe provinciale favorise l'apprentissage?


(12:25) - Est-ce que la préparation physique est le principal facteur limitant en relation à l'athlète participant à un programme estival?


(16:33) - Pourquoi est-ce que la planification d'une saison est si importante même pour un programme aussi court qu'une équipe provinciale?


(20:05) - Pourquoi est-ce que les séances en salle de classe sont si critiques dans le développement de l'athlète de haut niveau?


(24:15) - Les faits saillants de Frank suite à son engagement avec équipe Ontario


(25:35) - Comment est-ce que la collaboration avec des entraîneurs passionnés à chaque été peut être si motivant et bénéfique?


(26:50) - Quel est le processus idéal de sélection et de développement selon Frank?


(28:55) - Pourquoi est-ce que les programmes estivaux sont un milieu idéal pour le développement professionnel des entraîneurs?


(31:33) - Pourquoi est-ce que la culture d'équipe est présentement un thème très chaud avec les équipes de l'Ontario?


(36:15) - Comment est-ce que l'entraîneur chef devrait s'y prendre pour recruter ses adjoints?


(39:51) - Pourquoi est-ce qu'un entraîneur chef et ses adjoints devraient avoir une rencontre de pré-saison? Qu'est-ce qui devrait être discuté lors de cette rencontre?


(44:18) - Quelles sont les priorités lors de la préparation du plan de saison?


(47:10) - Comment est-ce que la pré-saison s'avère un temps idéal pour cibler une compétence à améliorer, trouver une ressource relative à celle-ci et établir un plan d'attaque pour en faire la mise en oeuvre?


(48:10) - N'hésitez pas à nous écrire au FTFC@maverickvolleyball.ca pour partager votre rétroaction. Dites-nous ce que vous appréciez, ce que vous aimez, ce que vous aimeriez entendre. Aussi, proposer nous une ressource que nous pourrions partager avec les auditeurs.