Episode 05 - Physical Preparation with Nick Haince

April 17, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Capital Strength Training Systems co-founder Nick Haince to discuss physical preparation.
 
(2:30) - Recommended resource: VCDM warm up circuit & injury prevention program
 
(4:02) - Art of Coaching Injury Prevention Series
 
(6:05) - Head Coaches' role with physical preparation
 
(7:15) - Nick's bio
 
(10:33) - What is Nick's coaching philosophy?
 
(13:20) - Why Nick got into strength coaching?
 
(14:24) - How Nick connects with the Mavs athletes?
 
(16:50) - Why should an athlete do physical preparation?
 
(18:45) - Being a "good mover" is important to be a high level athlete and to prevent injuries 
 
(20:00) - In season physical preparation priorities
 
(23:46) - Off season physical preparation priorities
 
(27:30) - Club culture needs to improve for off season physical preparation engagement
 
(31:42) - Coaches & parents have to support this culture (i.e.: exit interview or report card, set volleyball & physical goals)
 
(34:25) - Physical preparation is the priority in the off season, volleyball can happen around that if necessary
 
(35:50) - Having at least a coach (HC or AC) in the weight room has a tremendous impact on the team culture
 
(39:35) - How long does it take an athlete to learn a core movement like a squat or a deadlift?
 
(42:16) - 3 tiered system to 4 fundamental movements (squat, hinge, pull, press) allows athlete to progress individually
 
(44:16) - Is a 14UG or 15UB athlete too young for the gym?
 
(45:36) - What is peak height velocity (PHV) and how is it applied with physical preparation
 
(48:12) - The CSTS app, why, what and how
 
(53:10) - The app will be a year round multidimension data collecting and exercise prescribing tool
 
(56:03) - Elite volleyball often ends in the mid twenties to the early thirties, but physical conditioning should last a lifetime
 
(58:20) - Tips for coaches on what to do on the court to make their athletes better movers
 
(60:05) - A CSTS designed warm up that all teams follow pre-practice would be a great resource
 
(61:00) - A good warm up includes temperature elevation, soft tissue work, full range of movement development, joints stability and mobility maintenance
 
(64:08) - Nick's thoughts on a good cool down
 
(65:40) - CSTS driven seminars on recovery are in the works for the coming seasons
 
(67:24) - What a tournament warm up and cool down should entail?
 
(72:18) - Coaches discussing strengths and weaknesses and making adjustments is a great process
 
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Episode 04 (EN) - Thoughts on Serving, MVCCP & Tournament Tips

April 3, 2018
In this guestless episode, Frank & Thierry tackle three different topics: a skill is scrutinized, a shoutout to a successful practice from another club is shared and a coach wellness topic is recommended.
 
(1:30) - Special episode format, no guest, 3 topics, a skill, a shoutout & a wellness tip
 
(3:56) - Similar episode also available in French (see below)
 
 
(8:15) - John Kessel will be presenting at the Coaching Symposium as part of the Volleyball Nations League (June 8-10). Click here to register.
 
(8:50) - Follow John Kessel on Twitter @JohnKesselUSAV
 
(10:00) - Serving cliché: when to not miss a serve
 
(12:00) - Lesson learned on serving through tennis
 
(13:22) - Serving is a very important skill that merits much attention to very specific details such as gathering performance numbers both in practice and competition 
 
 
(18:30) - More needs to be done on serving: more volume, more specific & purposeful practice
 
(20:20) - Block training with serve has its place and time
 
(21:50) - The need to focus on very specific details: starting point, toss, approach, reading of toss, quality of contact & affect on ball (trajectory, ball action, location, velocity
 
(23:33) - How to assess and use serving velocity
 
(26:50) - Make serving more purposeful in practice: serve & defend everytime, set very demanding success criteria, interval team serving late in season, create game like pressure
 
(33:30) - Blocked serving reps outside of practice on athlete's own time are very helpful
 
(35:12) - Thoughts on in game serve management
 
(40:05) - The most important club resource is the coaching group
 
(40:40) - Jos Nederveen, Mountain Volleyball Club, founded the MVCCP, an inhouse coaching program for their athletes
 
(45:09) - Coach wellness - how to avoid the OVA tournament traps and possible solutions
 
(46:10) - Make better decisions and lead by example
 
(47:45) - Bring your own meal to eat healthier, cheaper and save time
 
(49:12) - Use the down time on the road to be productive (catch up on work, prepping for tournament, discussing last training segment, gather information from all coaches, planning the next practices, updating each individual athlete file on strengths & things to improve)
 
(51:10) - Get a quick workout in upon arrival at hotel or in the morning before the tournament (i.e.: quick run on treadmill, a few laps in the pool, tabata workout in hotel room)
 
(53:38) - Avoid alcohol and go to bed earlier as requested with athletes
 
(54:20) - Take full advantage of the team food table to eat healthier, cheaper & faster
 
(55:52) - Read during breaks to relax, refresh your mind or perhaps to keep you on track by focusing on coaching topics such as leadership, motor learning, etc.  (i.e.: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leaf Babin, Talent Code & Culture Code, by Daniel Coyle) 
 
(58:33) - Participate actively during team warm up by foam rolling, stretching or doing some core exercises
 
(59:40) - Provide feedback or propose topics by e-mailing at FTFC@maverickvolleyball.ca
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Épisode 04 (FR) - Réflexions sur le service, le MVCCP et conseils de bien-être

April 3, 2018
Dans cet épisode sans invité, François et Thierry présente trois capsules : des concepts au sujet d'une technique précise sont discutés, une pratique réussie d'une autre organisation civile est présentée, et des conseils entourant le bien-être de l'entraîneur sont proposés.
 
(0:58) - Premier 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.
 
(2:30) - Épisode spécial sans invité, 3 capsules seront présentées : une technique, une pratique réussie et le bien-être de l'entraîneur
 
(4:52) - Ressource proposée : John Kessel, auteur du blog Grow the Game Together, invité à nombreuses reprises sur diverses balladodiffusions (Technical TimeoutCoach Your Brains OutThe Apiros Podcast,  The Way of Champions - Changing the Game PodcastJust Kickin' It)
 
(7:00) - John Kessel sera un des entraîneurs à l'affiche lors du symposium international d'entraîneurs présenté conjointement avec le Volleyball Nations League (8-10 juin). Cliquer ici pour s'inscrire.
 
(7:40) - Suivez John Kessel sur Twitter au  @JohnKesselUSAV
 
(8:34) - Il existe de nombreux clichés au sujet du service tel quand ne pas rater son service
 
(10:10) - Les leçons transférables du tennis
 
(11:20) - Utiliser efficacement les statistiques au service pour progresser
 
(12:25) - Utiliser un radar pour mesurer la vélocité et entraîner le service 
 
(15:03) - L'importance du service selon les données internationales dans un article de Volleball 1 on 1 article intitulé Using Science to Develop a Team Game Plan and a Volleyball Coaching Philosophy
 
(18:52) - Il faut pratiquer énormément le service avec raison; il y a une place pour le travail en bloc
 
(21:06) - Il faut entretenir un dialogue précis sur la technique : point de départ, lancer, approche, lecture du lancer, qualité du contact et effet sur le ballon (trajectoire, rotation ou flotteur, direction et vélocité)
 
(22:48) - Assigner à un entraîneur la responsabilité du service pour s'y attarder en pratique et en partie
 
(24:23) - Concepts clés et critères de réussite à priser  
 
(25:45) - Les bonnes erreurs au service
 
(28:35) - L'aspect psychologique du service et comment l'entraîner
 
(32:00) - Améliorer la qualité de l'entraînement du service : toujours servir et prendre sa position défensive, établir des critères de réussite très exigeants, faire bon usage de la technique de service d'équipe par intervalles en fin de saison, avoir des entraînements individualisés à haut volume au service
 
(35:34) - La ressource ultime des clubs civils, c'est la qualité, la quantité et la longévité de ses entraîneurs
 
(36:40) - Souligner une bonne pratique d'une autre organisation pour partager la bonne nouvelle et en favoriser le développement 
 
(37:10) - Jos Nederveen, du Mountain Volleyball Club, a mis sur pied le MVCCP, un programme de certification personnalisée pour leurs athlètes
 
(42:00) - Bien-être des entraîneurs - comment éviter et remédier aux pièges des tournois de l'OVA 
 
(43:50) - Mieux performer, prendre de meilleures décisions, montrer l'exemple
 
(45:45) - Préparer son propre repas pour la route, c'est plus économique, plus santé et plus efficace au niveau temporel
 
(47:24) - Prendre avantage du temps sur la route pour être productif (préparatifs pour le tournois, évaluer les dernières semaines d'entraînement avec les adjoints, planifier les prochains entraînements, écouter une baladodiffusion et en discuter, faire la mise à jour du profil de chaque athlète quant à ses forces et ses points à améliorer)
 
(49:05) - Faire un court entraînement en arrivant à l'hôtel ou le matin suivant avant le tournoi (p.ex., courte course sur le tapis roulant, faire quelques longueurs dans la piscine, circuit tabata dans la chambre) 
 
(51:04) - Éviter la consommation d'alcool et se mettre au lit plus tôt tel que demandé aux athlètes
 
(52:22) - Faire des meilleurs choix lors du déjeuner, profiter pleinement de la table de nourriture d'équipe qui déborde habituellement  de choix santé, plus économique et efficace au niveau temporel
 
(53:45) - Prendre le temps de lire entre les matchs afin de se détendre, dans faire le vide psychologique suite à des parties émotives ou encore pour maintenir un haut niveau de concentration en lisant sur des thèmes relatifs au coaching tels le leadership, l'apprentissage moteur, etc. (p. ex.,  Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leaf Babin, Talent Code & Culture Code, by Daniel Coyle) 
 
(57:20) - Participer activement aux échauffements de l'équipe hors terrain en roulant, s'étirant ou encore en faisant quelques exercices de gainage
 
(58:30) - Les auditeurs sont invités à fournir de la rétroaction et à proposer des thèmes pour les prochains épisodes par courriel au FTFC@maverickvolleyball.ca
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Episode 03 - Long Term Athlete Development with Bruce Dunning

March 21, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Maverick Volleyball Club Athlete Development Director Bruce Dunning to discuss Long Term Athlete Development.
 
 
 
 
 
(6:40) - Long Term Athlete Development and its canadian debut
 
(9:40) - Shortcomings in canadian sports (LTAD, p. 21)
 
(12:22) - The 10 Key Factors (Sport for LifeLTAD, p. 23)
 
(13:20) - Volleyball for Life (Train to Train, p. 17, Learn to Compete, p. 18)
 
 
 
(18:20) - Importance of respecting the competition to practice ratio
 
(20:30) - Maximize windows of trainability
 
(23:30) - Bruce's bio
 
(25:00) - What was Bruce's playing career at York like?
 
(26:33) - What brought Bruce into coaching?
 
(27:45) - Who were some of Bruce's mentors?
 
(28:28) - What would Bruce do differently if he had to start his coaching career again?
 
(31:45) - What is Bruce's coaching philosophy?
 
(32:45) - What are some of the differences between coaching girls and boys?
 
(36:00) - Bruce's thoughts on MVC coaches using LTAD concepts
 
(38:40) - What is MVC doing really well in relations to LTAD
 
(40:02) - Typical LTAD traps for club coaches and how to avoid them
 
(42:20) - How to better connect athletes being transfered to a new coach the following year
 
(45:30) - What are key LTAD concepts to emphasize at each age group
 
(46:15) - Train to train A on court focus
 
(49:14) - Train to train B on court focus
 
(50:20) - Learn to compete on court focus
 
(53:20) - Train to train A off court focus
 
(54:30) - Train to train B off court focus
 
(55:05) - Learn to compete off court focus
 
(57:35) - How rookie coaches can obtain help for some of these off courts items
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Episode 02 - A Coach’s Purpose with Kerry MacLean

March 4, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Maverick Volleyball Club president Kerry MacLean to discuss a coach's purpose. 
 
 
 
(2:30) - How can a club volleyball coach focus on the process
 
(3:15) - Be a lifelong learner
 
(3:40) - Invest time in practice planning (for those interested, Chris Lawson did an OVA webinar on How to Design Good Drills in the General Preparation Phase)
 
(4:20) - Expose the athletes to the various aspects of a high performance environement
 
(6:10) - Provide playing opportunities to all athletes  
 
(9:00) - Develop your own character
 
(11:00) - Kerry's bio
 
(13:30) - What was Kerry's playing career at McMaster like?
 
(15:45) - Why Kerry got into coaching so early?
 
(18:10) - What is Kerry's coaching style?
 
(21:50) - What would Kerry do differently if he had to start his coaching career?
 
(24:20) - Coaches should collaborate with officials, not confront them
 
(28:00) - What should be the mission statement of a club coach?
 
(31:00) - When and how should coaches focus on process or results? 
 
(34:15) - What should coaches do to get better? 
 
 
(36:05) - Make use of Internet resources (i.e.: Art of Coaching, online matches such as Laola1.tvFIVB YouTube channelOUA.tv)  
 
(38:00) - How to avoid or overcome typical issues rookie coaches often face
 
 
Thanks for listening and don't miss our next episode with Maverick Volleyball Club Director of athlete development Bruce Dunning!
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Episode 01 - The Intro Pod

February 27, 2018

Welcome everyone to the From The First Chair Podcast! Frank St-Denis and Thierry Lavigne are proud to launch this new project with the goal of creating positive and constructive conversations related to coaching volleyball, lifelong learning and everything in between.  In this episode, our hosts tackle the following topics:

(01:30) - The main goal of the From The First Chair Podcast

(03:30) - How the podcast will work

(04:14) - Thierry's bio

(06:30) - How Thierry walked on at Laval as a tall and unknown kid

(09:20) - How Thierry got into coaching

(13:15) - Thierry's first lesson as a young coach

(17:31) - Thierry's coaching philosophy

(19:25) - Frank's bio

(21:18) - How Frank went from an intense tennis player to a passionate and driven volleyball coach

(26:24) - Why does Frank coach so much?

(33:09) - What would Frank do differently if he had to start his coaching career over?

(39:10) - What's next for the podcast and where to find it.

 

Thanks for listening and don't miss our next episode where we examine a coach's purpose with Maverick Volleyball Club president Kerry MacLean!

 

 

 

 

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