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11 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
In this short PSA, Thierry & Frank discuss the COVID-19 impact on FTFC.
45 minutes | Mar 5, 2020
Episode 55 - Championship Season With Frank and Thierry
In this guestless episode, Frank & Thierry share their top 10 tips for championship season. (0:48) - How is Frank feeling about his 18U boys team's upcoming championship season? (1:57) - #10 - Keep some room in your practice planning for block training. (4:06) - #9 - Watch next level playoff volleyball online. OVA YouTube Channel OUA TV (7:30) - #8 - Focusing more or monitoring more closely off court factors like sleep, nutrition, hydration, etc. (9:11) - #7 - Organize a team building activity. (12:04) - #6 - Watch more game videos and use the freeze frame method. (15:48) - #5 - Level up the mental preparation segment of your program. (18:01) - #4 - More is not necessarily better. (19:54) - #3 - Have individual meetings right at the beginning of championship season. (24:49) - #2 - Get creative with practice planning. (34:34) - #1 - Run primarily championship season drills.
52 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
Episode 54 - Thoughts on Unorganized Sports, the Centre Approach and the Can Am Holiday Volleyball Showcase With Paul Rainville
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Maverick Volleyball Coach Paul Rainville to discuss the benefits of unorganized sports, the value and challenges with a centre approach, the Can Am Holiday Volleyball Showcase and much more. (1:21) - Was Paul a two sport athlete at Laurentian University? (2:20) - What lead Paul to choose volleyball over many other sports and become a coach? (4:39) - Why does coach Rainville believe unorganized sports played a huge role in his upbringing? (6:00) - Is unorganized play less frequent nowadays? (7:33) - Was being a gym teacher or a coach always Paul's long term plan? (8:43) - Why does coach Rainville particularly enjoy working with younger age groups? (10:40) - How is the season going so far with the 14U boys Bandits and Renegades? (11:39) - What is the most enjoyable part of coaching at that age group? (12:36) - Having been involved with various centre approach, what are some of coach Rainville thoughts on the concept? (15:01) - What is the key to a successful centre approach? (15:55) - Why should other age groups or other clubs with large cohorts start using the centre approach? (16:48) - How can a parent better support his child involved with a centre approach? (17:38) - What is the process behind producing rosters, moving athletes around when necessary? (21:35) - What are some typical issues coach Rainville has faced with the centre approach and what solutions does he recommend? (24:13) - How is the final decision on the end of season rosters communicated with athletes and parents? (27:11) - As a symposium participant and a spectator, what are Paul's thoughts on the inaugural Can Am Holiday Volleyball Showcase? (29:29) - Was there a big difference in playing style between the american and canadian teams? (31:40) - What are some key takeaways for coach Rainville in regards to the symposium? (33:30) - Get your feet to the ball and push to 6 (35:20) - Above the Line from Urban Meyer and Wayne Coffey; no BCE (36:10) - 10/80/10 (37:30) - Controlables: attitude, communication & effort (38:42) - Events + response = outcome (39:09) - Play whistle to whistle (40:00) - Air volleyball (41:54) - Importance of steady head level, non midline contact and platform angle on passing (47:05) - Setters staying in their invisible cylinder, square up to the long set (48:15) - Will the event be back next year? (49:25) - What is one of coach Rainville's favorite resource? Chicken Soup for the Soul Rick & Dick Hoyt Backwards Bike by Destin Sandlin
55 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
Episode 53 - Thoughts on Coaching Female Athletes at the Training to Train Stage With John Salem
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Maverick Volleyball Coach John Salem to discuss the rewards and challenges of coaching younger female athletes, the technical and tactical development of his teams, the application of LTAD and much more. (0:39) - How is the season going so far for the 14U Outlaws? (1:02) - After being an assistant coach during his daughter's club career, why did coach Salem decide to work with the younger teams? (3:11) - Why does John believe 13U girls is better suited for his personality? (5:42) - Why does coach Salem remain at the younger age groups? (6:58) - Is coaching at 13U girls simpler? (8:09) - What are some of the typical issues a 13U coach will face? (10:01) - How do you develop the attitude to go for the ball aggressively at a very young age? (12:12) - What is John's approach with athletes that perhaps lack the physical strength to execute a skill properly? (14:14) - Does Thierry share the same vision with his grade 8 school team? (15:00) - What are some of the challenges coach Salem is facing at 14U? (17:44) - What are John's thoughts on LTAD? Is it appropriate for his 13U/14U setting? LTAD 2.1 (2017) LTAD in Sports and Physical Activity 3.0 (2019) Volleyball for Life (2006) (19:15) - How does coach Salem educate parents about the LTAD approach? (20:34) - What stats are tracked at the 13U/14U level and how are they utilized? iStatVball 2 (25:00) - How can a rookie coach at the 12U-14U level apply some LTAD principles? (29:10) - What are coach Salem's goals when working with a 13U/14U team? (33:09) - How does John deal with the pressure of winning early in the season to move up to the top tiers? (36:55) - What strategies does coach Salem prioritize when it comes to setting lineups? (39:30) - What systems does John use with his team and how does he progress from one to another during the season? (44:01) - What are some of coach Salem's thoughts in regards to serve receive formation? (46:27) - When playing up at the 14U level, does John teach and use different systems given there are no restrictions? (48:00) - Given the system restriction for the first event at 14U, how will coach Salem evolve the team systems during the season? (52:24) - What are some books, podcasts, videos or online resources that John recommends? The Talent Code The Little Book of Talent
45 minutes | Jan 22, 2020
Episode 52 - Celebrating Our Successes and Helping School and Club Ball Athletes With Frank and Thierry
In this guestless episode, Frank & Thierry discuss recent club highlights, some international successes, how to help school and club ball athletes and much more. (0:40) - Check out recent episodes Episode 45 - Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation with Melissa Healy Episode 46 - Broaden Your Horizon with John Spack Episode 48 - Growing the Maverick Volleyball Club, Being a Builder and Financial Literacy with Greg Skotnicki Episode 49 - Injury Prevention Through Proper Athlete Development with Jason McCullagh and Nick Haince Épisode 47 (FR) - Les leçons de vie d'une carrière légendaire avec Paul Gratton Épisode 51 (FR) - L'optimisation de la relation entraîneur-athlète et la préparation tactique défensive avec Gino Brousseau (0:55) - What are some recent volleyball highlights that need to be mentioned? @mavsvball & @kw_predators_volleyball training together MVC donating to Diabeties Canada Passin Dimes Podcast Northern Ontario Sport Summit CanAm Volleyball Holiday Showcase (6:30) - What are some of Frank's highlights in regard to the Northern Ontario Sport Summit? (14:25) - Why is it a great time for volleyball in Canada? (19:27) - What are some thoughts on the NORCECA Men's Tokyo Qualification Tournament? CBC stream of NORCECA Men's Tokyo Qualification Tournament (25:43) - Why is Canada so successful on the international scene presently? (29:30) - What does all this success represent for athletes and coaches at the club level? The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle Volleyball Source YouTube Channel - CanAm Playlist (32:10) - Should athletes participate in both school and club volleyball? (37:32) - How can coaches manage better the overlap of school and club seasons?
70 minutes | Jan 8, 2020
Épisode 51 (FR) - L'optimisation de la relation entraîneur-athlète et la préparation tactique défensive avec Gino Brousseau
Dans cet épisode, Frank et Thierry accueillent Gino Brousseau, olympien, entraîneur adjoint de l'équipe nationale masculine, entraîneur adjoint à l'Université de Laval et membre du Temple de la Renommée de Volleyball Québec et Volleyball Canada, pour discuter de sa carrière légendaire de volleyball, sa transition d'athlète à entraîneur, l'optimisation de la relation entraîneur-athlète et la préparation tactique défensive. (0:54) - Comment vont les préparatifs pour le tournoi de qualification olympique? (2:18) - Comment est-ce possible de préparer un plan de match contre une équipe inactive dernièrement étant donné que les joueurs sont avec leur équipe professionnelle respective? (3:04) - Quels sont les objectifs pour un camp d'entraînement de courte durée? (4:10) - Comment les joueurs de l'équipe arrivent à maintenir ou même améliorer la forme compte tenu d'un calendrier si chargé? (7:05) - Étant un olympien qui a participé à trois tournois de qualification, quels sont les souvenirs qui ont particulièrement marqué Gino le volleyeur? (8:38) - Comment est-ce que Gino a commencé à pratiquer le volleyball? (9:57) - Comment est-ce que Gino a réussi à jouer 4 positions différentes pendant sa carrière universitaire? (12:15) - Est-ce que Gino a joué plusieurs positions avec l'équipe nationale aussi? (14:00) - Comment s'est déroulé la carrière professionnelle de Gino en France et au Japon? (16:00) - Quels sont les conseils de Gino en relation à établir des relations de mentorat? (18:56) - Quels ont été les entraîneurs qui ont particulièrement marqué Gino? (22:47) - À quel moment est-ce que Gino a contemplé la carrière d'entraîneur et comment est-ce que sa progression jusqu'à l'équipe nationale s'est produite? (29:45) - Comment est-ce que Gino a développé sa combativité de joueur? Comment est-ce qu'un entraîneur peut développer la combativité de ses athlètes? (34:42) - Comment est-ce que Gino l'entraîneur réussit à établir des relations humaines saines et chaleureuses avec ses athlètes? (38:50) - Comment est-ce que coach Brousseau développe un plan de match au niveau de la dimension contre-défensive? (45:00) - Quand et comment faire des ajustements tactiques pendant le match? (47:15) - Quelle approche est-ce que coach Brousseau recommande lorsqu'une équipe affronte un adversaire à multiples reprises dans une même saison? (49:18) - Quels sont les conseils de Gino pour une équipe qui participe à un tournoi à plusieurs matches dans une courte période de temps? (52:36) - Qu'est-ce que Gino priorise au niveau des stratégies au service? (57:20) - Quels seraient les bénéfices d'avoir des émissions en ligne de pré-match et post-match? (59:30) - Comment est-ce que Gino enseigne les habiletés de plongeon et de poursuite en défensive pour développer le goût de défendre sans peur? (62:42) - Comment est-ce que l'entraîneur peut établir une relation plus significative et développer plus rapidement la nouvelle génération d'athlètes branchés technologiquement? (69:03) - Bon succès lors de la qualification olympique à Vancouver du 10 au 12 janvier 2020.
98 minutes | Dec 24, 2019
Episode 50 - Thoughts on the Libero Position with Dan Lewis
In this episode, Frank welcomes Team Canada Assistant Coach Dan Lewis to discuss the National Excellence Program, his illustrious career, the requirements to being a great libero, drill design and much more. (1:35) - How is training going with the National Excellence Program? (3:17) - What could school, club and provincial team coaches do to help athletes better develop structural tolerance? (5:20) - What is the make up of the athletes at the NEP this year? (9:33) - What type of sports did Dan play growing up? Finland Prevails at WJC, Continuing Tradition of Punching Above Weight La finlande prouve que la compétence est plus forte que le nombre (French article) (12:30) - How did Dan's early success in University impact his athletic development? (15:30) - Why is competition with your teammates a very good thing? (18:44) - How did Dan turn pro early and how did it go early on? (22:53) - What kind of beach experience did Dan accumulate over the years and how did it help him be a better volleyball player? (29:45) - How did Dan transition to the libero position? Episode 26 with LP Mainville (32:22) - How did the libero position grow on Dan over time? (33:34) - How can you teach an athlete to embrace defence? (35:11) - What are the key elements a good libero must possess? (40:50) - Why is it so important for a libero to be a good line digger? (42:34) - What are the key points to a good hand pass? FIVB Technical Videos - Libero in Action (49:44) - How much arm push and wrist action should be used to hand pass? (51:23) - What are the key points to a good forearm pass? (58:07) - Are defenders too active pre-contact? (64:01) - Did Dan do a lot of deviated ball digging during training sessions as a libero? (70:02) - When did Dan realize he was also passionate about coaching? (74:22) - How did a short beach coaching stint impact Dan's coaching style? (76:50) - How can meditation and defining your values help you to grow as a coach? (79:50) - What is the biggest life lesson coach Lewis learned from his father? (83:48) - What are some lessons learned in regards to planning working with some great volleyball minds like Glenn Hoag and Stephane Antiga? Probability of Skill Transfer to Game (90:13) - How has becoming a father helped Dan become a better coach? 2 Year Old on Strider Balance Bike (94:58) - How is Team Canada preparing for the last Olympic qualifying tournament?
70 minutes | Dec 10, 2019
Episode 49 - Injury Prevention Through Proper Athlete Development with Jason McCullagh and Nick Haince
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Strength Coaches Jason McCullagh and Nick Haince to discuss the rise in volleyball injuries, LTAD, sport specialization, athlete wellness and much more. (0:50) - Why is another strength and conditioning topic discussed on a volleyball podcast? Volleyball Faces an Epidemic That is Hurting the Sport (1:40) - Nick's bio Episode 5 - Physical Preparation with Nick Haince (2:10) - What was the impact of producing the initial podcast on physical preparation? @capital_strength_ts (3:45) - Jason's bio @coachmccullagh (4:05) - Why is coach McCullagh still providing some services to the Maverick Volleyball Club while now residing in the GTA? (5:00) - As Jason is the instigator of the MVC off season strength conditioning program, how does he view its evolution over time? (7:55) - What is Jason's and Nick's connection? (8:50) - How does coach McCullagh perceive the growth of the SC program with MVC up to this point? (11:14) - How many athletes are now training off season? (12:58) - What were Jason and Nick's initial thoughts when reading the article on the increase of injuries in volleyball? Volleyball Faces an Epidemic That is Hurting the Sport (16:03) - Why is there a rise in injuries with volleyball athletes, particularly at the younger age groups? (19:33) - Is this situation similar with other sports? ''These Kids are Ticking Time Bombs'': The Threat of Youth Basketball Coaches are Terrible at Talent ID, podcast with Joe Baker (23:30) - How can the lack of education be addressed with coaches, parents and athletes? (27:27) - What can be done in regards to overlapping programs that put too much stress on athletes? (29:00) - What is a the LTAD model not addressing? (30:50) - How can sound communication be a big part of the solution in regards to proper LTAD and preventing injuries? (36:01) - How can club coaches be better communicators? (41:59) - How can athletes be built up to better tolerate stresses in the weight room and on the court? (45:57) - What can be done in regards to developing physical literacy and preventing early specialization? (47:20) - How can down time like the Christmas break, March break or summer break be best utilized by the athletes? (54:06) - How important is athlete monitoring and individualizing training? (57:45) - Would an athlete focused seasonal guide be helpful? (60:17) - Should HP volleyball athletes be prohibited from doing school volleyball?
52 minutes | Nov 28, 2019
Episode 48 - Growing the Maverick Volleyball Club, Being a Builder and Financial Literacy with Greg Skotnicki
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome MVC VP of Finance & Development Programs Greg Skotnicki to discuss the growth of an organization, how to become a builder, the importance of financial literacy and much more. (0:25) - Why should a coach develop his administrative competencies? (1:07) - Greg's bio (1:27) - How is Greg a Maverick original? (2:55) - When did coach Skotnicki start his coaching career? (4:52) - What inspired Greg to pursue a military career? (6:00) - How did Greg discover his passion for entrepreneurship? (7:29) - How was Greg part of the club's tremendous growth early on? (8:55) - What were the critical steps that made a difference in the club's growth? (11:14) - How were the development programs expanded? (14:55) - How did the expansion of the development side of the club impact the competitive side? (16:46) - Why is it critical to have personnel exclusive to development programs? (18:10) - How is growing organizations in Greg's DNA? (21:43) - Why did Greg pilot a financial literacy activity with some competitive club teams? (27:55) - How were the competitive programs expanded? (33:28) - How important is recruiting the top coaches and developping them through professional development? (34:46) - What are Greg's tips in regards to running effective strategic planning sessions? (38:00) - How can a coach be more efficient from an administrative perspective? (41:00) - What are Greg's tips in regards to the team budget? (42:55) - What is Greg such a strong advocate of giving the coaches an honorarium? (49:30) - How can the coaches' accountability be increased?
63 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
Épisode 47 (FR) - Les leçons de vie d'une carrière légendaire avec Paul Gratton
Dans cet épisode, Frank et Thierry accueillent Paul Gratton, capitaine de l'équipe olympique de 1984, ex-agent de joueur professionnel au Canada et membre du Temple de la Renommée de Volleyball Canada, pour discuter de sa carrière légendaire de volleyball, de ses diverses contributions considérables et des apprentissages qui découlent. (1:45) - Comment est-ce que Paul a débuté sa carrière de volleyeur? (4:05) - Quel a été l'impact de l'entraîneur de l'équipe nationale Ken Maeda? (5:22) - En quoi constituait l'entraînement à temps plein avec l'équipe nationale à cette époque? (9:50) - À quel moment est-ce que le rêve olympique s'est véritablement formé? (11:18) - Comment est-ce que Paul a passé de recrue d'une équipe moyenne à joueur pilier d'une équipe mondialement réputée? (14:05) - Étant donné la qualité du groupe d'athlètes et d'entraîneurs, quelle type de culture et de fonctionnement définissaient cette équipe? (16:22) - Comment est-ce que plusieurs joueurs de l'équipe olympique ont développé des compétences d'entraîneur durant leur carrière de joueur? (18:20) - Pourquoi est-ce que Paul a été nommé capitaine de l'équipe olympique? (19:50) - Quel ont été les moments marquants des Jeux olympique de Los Angeles? (21:35) - Comment s'est déroulé le saut vers une carrière professionnelle? (26:20) - Comment l'entraînement et le style de jeu peuvent varier d'une nation à l'autre? (31:05) - Pourquoi est-ce Paul Gratton a été considéré comme l'un des meilleurs attaquants au monde à son apogée? (33:00) - Est-ce essentiel d'avoir une mentalité de croissance? (35:43) - Pourquoi est-ce que Paul est devenu agent d'athlètes professionnels et a fondé l'entreprise SIM Gratton suite à sa carrière de joueur? (38:00) - Comment est-ce est qu'un joueur ou une joueuse de volleyball qui aspire à faire le saut professionnel peut se procurer un agent? (39:25) - Quelles ont été les contributions de Paul Gratton au niveau civil avec le Club de volleyball Maverick? (41:03) - Quelles ont été les premières leçons apprises en entraînant une équipe de garçons 13 ans et moins? (42:50) - Ayant œuvré dans divers pays à travers le monde, est-ce que Paul a utilisé certaines méthodes pour développer les jeunes volleyeurs au Canada? (44:30) - Quels sont quelques conseils que Paul désire offrir à de nouveaux entraîneurs de jeunes athlètes? (46:30) - Ayant entraîné de nombreuses années son fils Maxime, quelles sont quelques conseils que Paul a à partager avec des parents-entraîneurs? (52:30) - Une fois que son enfant passe à une autre équipe et un nouvel entraîneur, comment faut-il l'appuyer compte-tenu de ses connaissances et compétences d'entraîneur? (57:20) - Comment est-ce que le volleyball a évolué au courant des dernières décennies et où se dirige-t-il?
51 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
Episode 46 - Broaden Your Horizon with John Spack
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome MVC 17U girls Head Coach John Spack to discuss the impact of his very successful summer program, Broaden Your Horizon. (0:50) - John's bio (1:06) - What is senior club volleyball? (2:05) - Why did John start coaching volleyball? (4:08) - Why does coach Spack work primarily with girls? (5:15) - Having worked with Frank, does John have a related funny coaching story? (7:10) - Why is coach Spack still very passionate about the game after all these years? (8:35) - What lessons would John like to share with his younger self? (11:07) - How does coach Spack keep learning and developing as a coach? (12:10) - What can be learned from watching the NCAA female game? (15:40) - What is John's coaching philosophy? (17:45) - How did the Broaden Your Horizon program begin? (20:50) - How has BYH evolved through the years? (23:30) - Why do the athletes find the program so beneficial? (25:20) - How much time does coach Spack spend preparing the details of every session? (28:30) - How are the athletes assessed? (30:00) - Where does BYH fall within the blocked to random continuum? (34:50) - How can an athlete combine BYH, physical preparation? Is beach volleyball somewhere in there? (40:00) - What can a club coach learn from a program like BYH? (44:20) - How can more alumni give back to the game by getting involved on the coaching side?
61 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
Episode 45 - Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation with Melissa Healy
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Team Canada Medical Coordinator and Athletic Therapist Melissa Healy to discuss the role of an athletic therapist, common injuries, prevention strategies and more. (1:23) - Which teams from the national men's program was Melissa overseeing this past summer? (3:10) - What were some of the major challenges Melissa had to deal with this past summer? (4:31) - Is dealing with injured athletes a challenge or a stressful situation? (5:45) - What are some differences between summer programs and the National Excellence Program in regards to athletic therapy? (7:55) - Did Melissa play volleyball growing up? (8:50) - How did Melissa's passion for athletic therapy develop? (12:25) - What are some of the main differences between physiotherapy and athletic therapy? (14:15) - How do an athletic therapist and a physiotherapist collaborate with national team athletes? (16:00) - What are some of Melissa's guiding principles when it comes to treating a condition? (18:20) - How does Melissa deal with some of the national team athletes that have practically no off-season? (23:20) - What are some common injuries that an athletic therapist must deal with? (25:45) - What are some of Dan Lewis' tips in terms of prevention and maintenance to extend an athlete's career? (28:20) - How long should a pre-practice routine be for a club athlete? (33:22) - Should it be integrated within the practice time with younger teams or if time before or after practice is limited? (34:00) - Any other general prevention tips? (36:30) - What are some ways to accelerate the rehabilitation process or to work around some injuries? (44:00) - Should an athlete that is dealing with a chronic injury still be involved with a summer program or should healing the injury properly with rest and rehabilitation be the priority? (47:15) - How should a coach handle an injury situation during a critical match? (50:10) - What are a few exercises or stretches that athletes should do in regards to the shoulder? (53:00) - What are a few exercises or stretches that athletes should do in regards to the knee? (54:05) - What are a few exercises or stretches that athletes should do in regards to the ankle? (56:10) - Is having an athlete lead the pre-practice protocol a good strategy? (57:15) - Any final general tips for coaches to consider?
56 minutes | Oct 1, 2019
Episode 44 (EN) - Summer Lessons with Thierry and Frank
In this guestless episode, Frank & Thierry discuss their various summer engagements and what they learned through these enriching experiences. (1:14) - Have you listened to most of our episodes released this summer with stellar guests? Episode 37 with Kerry MacDonald Episodes 38 and 41 with Ian Eibbitt Episode 39 with James Sneddon Episode 42 with Shayne White Episode 43 with Matt Schnarr (2:30) - What did Frank do this summer in terms of coaching? (6:31) - What did Thierry do this summer in terms of coaching? (10:08) - Why should all coaches participate in a summer program? (11:37) - What are Thierry's main takeaways from the summer? (12:20) - Why is planning so important? (16:40) - Is physical preparation the biggest limiting factor with summer programs? (20:40) - Why is connecting with coaches and athletes so critical? (24:50) - What is the impact of open communication? (26:48) - Is there a gap with serving and defending with our male provincial athletes and what can be done about it? (35:15) - What are Frank's main takeaways from the summer? (35:45) - What is Frank's favourite book of the summer? CYBO Book (38:09) - How the Team Ontario values can impact athletes and coaches? (39:09) - Is recovery equally important for coaches? (41:40) - Why being a mentor is so conducive to being a learner? (45:25) - Why is changing so difficult? (48:08) - How can one individual impact a big system like the OVA summer programs? (50:38) - What are a few things coach St-Denis will particularly focus on in the coming club and school season? (53:08) - What are a few things coach Lavigne will particularly focus on in the coming club and school season?
54 minutes | Oct 1, 2019
Épisode 44 (FR) - Les apprentissages estivaux de Thierry et Frank
Dans cet épisode sans invité, François et Thierry élaborent au sujet de leurs engagements estivaux et partagent quelques apprentissages pertinents. (1:25) - Avez-vous écouté les épisodes publiés au courant de l'été avec des invités remarquables? Épisode 34 avec Vincent Pichette (épisode en anglais) Épisode 40 avec Éric Daniel Épisode 37 with Kerry MacDonald Épisodes 38 and 41 with Ian Eibbitt Épisode 39 with James Sneddon Épisode 42 with Shayne White Épisode 43 with Matt Schnarr (3:30) - Quelle est la structure des programmes estivaux de volleyball en Ontario? (5:58) - Quels ont été les projets dans lesquels Frank s'est investi au courant de l'été? (8:04) - Quels ont été les projets dans lesquels Thierry s'est investi au courant de l'été? (10:00) - Pourquoi tous les entraîneurs devraient s'investir dans un programme estival? (11:37) - Quels ont été les principaux apprentissages pour Thierry en participant à ces projets? (12:30) - Pourquoi la planification est si importante? (15:50) - La préparation physique est-elle le principal facteur limitant des programmes estivaux? (20:21) - Pourquoi un lien affectif avec les entraîneurs et les athlètes est-il si important? (24:28) - Quel est l'impact d'une communication ouverte entre les entraîneurs? (26:12) - Y a-t-il un manque au niveau du service et de la défensive avec les athlètes masculins provinciaux et que peut-on faire à ce sujet? (34:15) - Quels ont été les principaux apprentissages pour Frank en participant à ces projets? (34:35) - Quelle a été la lecture préférée de l'été à Frank? CYBO Book (35:50) - Comment les valeurs d'Équipe Ontario peuvent avoir un impact significatif sur les athlètes et les entraîneurs? (37:25) - Est-ce que la récupération est tout aussi importante pour les entraîneurs? (39:35) - Pourquoi être un mentor est-il si propice à l'apprentissage? (43:37) - Pourquoi est-il si difficile de changer? (45:35) - Comment est-ce qu'un seul individu peut influer sur un grand système tels les programmes estivaux de l'OVA? (48:06) - Pour quels éléments particuliers est-ce que Frank accordera une attention particulière lors de la prochaine saison de volleyball scolaire et civil? (51:36) - Pour quels éléments particuliers est-ce que Thierry accordera une attention particulière lors de la prochaine saison de volleyball scolaire et civil?
51 minutes | Sep 17, 2019
Episode 43 - Coaching Team O, Multi-sport Athletes, College Recruitment and more with Matt Schnarr
In this episode, Thierry welcomes Mohawk College women's Head Coach and Team Ontario Black women's Head Coach Matt Schnarr to discuss the value his involvement with the provincial program, multi-sport athletes, college recruitment and more. (1:00) - How is Team Ontario Black doing so far with its summer training? (1:55) - What is a typical training day for Team Ontario Black? (3:42) - What are the main teaching points for coach Schnarr with this 10 day training camp? (5:52) - What is Matt working on personally as a coach this summer with the provincial team? (9:50) - Why is coach Schnarr always trying to recruit multi-sports athletes? (11:17) - How did Matt successfully play 2 collegiate sports? (13:03) - Why did coach Schnarr become an assistant coach so quickly after his collegiate career? (14:09) - How did Matt become a head coach in his second year of coaching? (15:55) - How did coach Schnarr manage athletes that were ex-teammates and really good friends? (16:39) - What were some early lessons as a coach? (18:30) - To what does coach Schnarr attribute his teams' success through the first decade at Mohawk? (20:20) - Why did Matt coach college and club and act as technical director? (21:33) - As a young technical director, how did coach Schnarr interact with older coaches that had more experience than him? (23:40) - How did getting involved with the regional and provincial programs impact his coaching approach? (25:12) - How did Matt come to coach both the men's and women's team at Mohawk? (27:05) - Why did coach Schnarr switch to the women's team full time after that double year? (30:10) - Is there a difference between coaching a male athlete versus a female athlete? (34:48) - How difficult is recruiting at the collegiate level? (39:35) - Is the collegiate level often a gateway to the USports or NCAA level? (40:44) - What does coach Schnarr believe about the collegiate reality between the OCAA and RSEQ? (42:06) - From a tactical standpoint, how different is it to coach at the collegiate level? (45:36) - How did Matt develop his coaching philosophy? (47:51) - What is the next challenge for coach Schnarr?
75 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
Episode 42 - High Performance Coaching, Data Driven Planning, Athlete Profiling and More with Shayne White
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Waterloo Warriors Men's Head Coach and Junior National Team Assistant Coach Shayne White to discuss high performance coaching, data driven planning, athlete profiling and more. (1:00) - How is training going with the Junior National Team that is preparing for the U21 World Championships? (1:44) - What is Shayne working on personally to become a better coach? (3:34) - What did coach White learn from coach Joao Bravo, given his extensive volleyball background? VNL Symposium 2019: Joao Bravo - Defence and Reception: Training Cue Reading and Technical Skills (5:25) - Is trying to execute simply but very efficiently the present trend in volleyball? (7:20) - Did Shayne value sound fundamentals as an athlete too? (8:40) - Did footwork skills transfer well from soccer to volleyball? (10:00) - Should the indoor club season start later? (14:30) - How did Shayne start his coaching career? (17:15) - When did coach White come to the Ontario Volleyball scene? (18:53) - What were some of the first lessons learned at the university level as a coach? (21:49) - Does coach White have a scientific or mathematical degree that pushed him to use an analytical approach to make decisions? (22:40) - What are some lessons learned from assisting Chris Lawson for seven years? Episode 27 with Chris Lawson (26:00) - Why did Shayne take on a indoor development role with the OVA? (27:44) - How did his work with the OVA change his coaching style? (29:55) - As a former Canada Games Head Coach, what advice do coach White have for the next candidate? (34:17) - How did Shayne's seasonal planning evolve over the years? (36:50) - What are some specific examples of shifting focus from winning first to athlete development first? (41:20) - How can a 14U coach incorporate load management in his or her planning? (44:50) - How does coach White individualize his planning to provide maximal help to each athlete? (49:10) - How can a club coach profile his or her athletes to maximize development and long term success? (55:58) - What are the statistics that are particularly important for Shayne? How are they tracked and how are they utilized? (61:55) - How does coach White design drills initiated by a poor passes? (63:50) - What is different for the athletes when they are training to defend versus a 1 pass or a 2 pass? (66:00) - How is cue reading trained particularly with middles in regard to defending against a perfect pass? (68:15) - When and how are post-game stats shared with the athletes? (70:40) - Are any stats shared with the athletes during a match?
59 minutes | Aug 20, 2019
Episode 41 - Leadership with Ian Eibbitt
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome back McMaster University men's Assistant Coach and Youth National Team Assistant Coach Ian Eibbitt to discuss leadership. (0:48) - Check out previous episode with Ian Eibbitt on team culture (1:57) - How did being a captain and a platoon chief helped Ian define his definition of leadership? (4:36) - What kind of leadership did coach Eibbitt foster as a platoon chief? (5:55) - What is a broad definition of leadership and what does a good leader do? (10:02) - Many good resources are available online to help with the definition of leadership Simon Sinek TED talks of leadership (part 1, part 2) Simon Sinek presentation on why leaders eat last The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle The Captain's Class by Sam Walker (11:15) - What were some of the first lessons on leadership that Ian learned through his firefighter experiences? (14:22) - How can a coach or an athlete develop core values that are conducive to being a good leader? (17:32) - Why is the dominant leader approach less prevalent in present times? (20:48) - What are other ways coaches can develop their leadership skills? (22:20) - How can leadership be developed with athletes? (30:50) - How do you identify your leaders within your team or organization? (33:50) - When should leaders be identified? (36:35) - How does a leadership council function? (38:15) - What are some potential obstacles a leadership council approach could produce? (44:48) - How are the responsibilities divided among a leadership council? (47:33) - What are coach Eibbitt's thoughts about choosing a captain through a team vote? (48:38) - How should the court captain be chosen and how does it relate to leadership? (51:16) - How would coach Eibbitt deal with an athlete complaint about a team leader? (52:35) - Who should lead the on-court communication during matches?
53 minutes | Aug 6, 2019
Épisode 40 (FR) - Le développement technique du jeune volleyeur avec Éric Daniel
Dans cet épisode, Frank et Thierry accueillent Éric Daniel, ex-entraîneur de l'équipe nationale française et entraîneur du Pôle Espoir de Languedoc-Roussillon à Montpellier pour discuter du développement technique du jeune volleyeur. (0:33) - Épisode 29 avec Jocelyn Trillon (1:50) - Bio d'Éric Daniel (2:20) - Quel est le meilleur souvenir d'Éric en tant que joueur? (4:54) - Pourquoi est-ce que M. Daniel a muté sa carrière de joueur en entraîneur à un si jeune âge? (6:56) - Est-ce qu'Éric préfère entraîner des jeunes volleyeurs en développement ou des athlètes professionnels? (8:22) - Comment est-ce que M. Daniel a ajusté son approche en fonction du niveau des athlètes? (9:05) - Comment est-il possible de motiver un athlète qui ne maximise pas ses efforts et sa performance? (13:43) - Quelles sont les priorités techniques du développement de l'athlète français? (20:05) - Pourquoi est-ce que le volley français mise davantage sur le «sideout» et la relance? (23:43) - Comment est-ce qu'Éric développe un attaquant polyvalent? (27:35) - Comment est-ce que les jeunes athlètes français développent une force de frappe si impressionnante? (31:27) - Comment est-ce que l'aspect psychologique de l'attaque en puissance est développé? (34:10) - Quels sont la fréquence et le volume d'entraînement musculaire d'un athlète du Pôle Espoir? (37:32) - Qu'est-ce que le concept de leçon mis en pratique régulièrement par l'entraîneur Daniel? (39:55) - Comment est-ce que le service est développé en France? (45:24) - Quel est l'âge idéal pour spécialiser un athlète à une seule position?
47 minutes | Jul 24, 2019
Episode 39 - Certification, Smashball and More with James Sneddon
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Volleyball Canada's Director for Athlete and Coach Pathways James Sneddon to discuss coaching certification, Smashball, Safe Sport, a club recognition program and Women's National Excellence Program. (1:05) - James' bio (1:20) - What pushed James to pursue volleyball at a very young age? (2:45) - What position did James play? (3:25) - How did James' education background help him progress in his volleyball endeavours? (4:01) - At what stage in his playing career did coach Sneddon know he was eventually going to coach? (5:20) - What are some lessons that coaching at Capilano College taught James? (7:40) - What does his role at Volleyball Canada as a Manager of Sport Development entail? (9:00) - Why was the change in the coaching certification pathway such a big undertaking? (12:50) - How can the online information on coaching certification be more intuitive and perhaps only be on one website? https://coach.volleyball.ca/ (16:45) - What is Smashball and how has it grown quickly? (22:00) - How is Volleyball Canada trying to make Smashball more accessible to schools and clubs? (24:10) - Could there eventually be some Smashball competitions? (25:05) - Is volleyball growing in Canada presently? (26:03) - What is Volleyball Canada developing presently in regards to Safe Sport? (30:30) - How can a badge system perhaps stimulate a higher quality club program delivery? (32:33) - Why will the badge recognition system be more successful than the accreditation process? (34:44) - When will this club approval model likely be put in place? (35:45) - What aspects do clubs tend to be good and not so good at when it comes to being accredited or recognized? (38:45) - What is the Women's National Excellence Program that will be inaugurated in 2020? (42:18) - How will the athletes selected for this program be identified? (44:20) - Would it be possible to have a professional league in Canada or North America?
60 minutes | Jul 10, 2019
Episode 38 - Team Culture with Ian Eibbitt
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome McMaster University men's Assistant Coach and Youth National Team Assistant Coach Ian Eibbitt to discuss culture and Team Ontario values. (0:40) - Why will coach Eibbitt be on the podcast for two episodes? (1:40) - What are some of Ian's takeaways from the International Coaching Symposium after two days? (2:46) - What were Ian's playing days like as an athlete? (5:00) - How did Ian's professional career impact his ability to interact with individuals within a group? (6:20) - What are some life altering moments that Ian witnessed over his 30 year career? (8:16) - When did coach Eibbitt begin his coaching career? (10:59) - How did the Madawaska Camp gig originally start? (14:08) - What is the culture like at Madawaska? (15:35) - Why is culture so important for coach Eibbitt? (16:50) - How do you set up team culture and facilitate it with your athletes? (21:55) - Why is creating and maintaining a team culture so difficult? (25:28) - How do you identify core values and key observable behaviours to establish culture? (32:33) - What could 12U vs 18U coaches do with team culture and how should they establish it? (35:10) - What are other big hurdles in regards to team culture and what can be done to overcome them? (37:30) - How can more buy in be created in a club or school setting where team selection is often not as selective? (46:51) - How did the Team Ontario values opportunity come to be? (51:52) - What are Team Ontario core values? (58:10) - Are there any resources that coach Eibbitt recommends for coaches in regards to culture? Gary Curneen (Twitter & Instagram @garycurneen)
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