Hey Volleyballers! I hope your summer is going well and you
are enjoying the volleyball you are playing, whether it be grass, sand, or even
(gasp!) indoor. Since it’s currently summer and pictures of grass and Newport
tournaments fills myInstagram feed
I figured it was a good time to revisit anolder article
about the benefits of
training in the sand.
Even if beach volleyball is not your thing, there are
benefits to be had by using sand for training. The most marked difference
between training for an indoor sport or sports conducted on a solid surface,
such as track and field or soccer, is the “give” of the sand.
An Addendum to our
previous article detailing Steph Curry’s rise to Elite NBA Stardom through the
use of his more functional hips and ankles:
During Game 1 of the NBA
Playoff’s First Round Matchup between the defending champions Golden State
Warriors and the Houston Rockets, Steph Curry re-injured his ankle, just like
he did in the 2013 playoffs. Despite all the work that Curry put into
rehabilitating his hips and, subsequently his ankles, in the offseason, the
reality is that he has spent a considerable amount of time away from his coach,
who is now the executive director of player performance for the Atlanta Hawks.
Ankle issues are common among the general population, not just for athletes. Rolling, swelling, and pain are often attributed to “weak ankles”. But what are “weak ankles”? Let’s take a look at one of the more high profile cases of an elite athlete known for bad ankles in recent history.
Pablo S Torre released an article on ESPN.com on Steph Curry, the reigning NBA MVP and arguably the best player in the world. The article centered on the ankle issues that plagued the beginning of his professional career.
The first H-trip of the season came a little later than we
would have liked. The bounty that our brethren on the West Coast have been
enjoying has not been reciprocated by Mother Nature on our coast of operation.
With mostly man-made snow underfoot, theBIS
crew made our way toOkemo
Our team onOkemo
was made up of four boarders and your
humble two-planker, coach Cashdollar. TheBIS
team on the hill was made up of a
very wide range of riders in every sense. I’ve changed the names of our riders
for this article.
This year, I was invited
to play in the Boston Beantown Classic hosted by the North American Gay
Volleyball Association (NAGVA) for the first time. Coincidentally, one of my
former Boston Institute of Jump (BIJ) athletes was planning to compete. Chuck had not
been attending his usual BIJ sessions since March due to his heavy playing and work
schedule. Chuck is an exemplary athlete, is in incredible shape and had been
injury free throughout his tenure with us. He suffered a pulled groin during a
beach tournament the Monday before the tournament.
I do not condone
selfishness in the aspect that it is a character flaw as is eloquently
but I also believe the idea that being selfish is needed, in moderation, to
achieve your goals. This article stems from an incident I experienced while
coaching girls club volleyball. As a coach, there are certain things that I
expect from my athletes, as do all coaches. Here are two of them:
Be respectful of my time, your
time, and your teammates’ time
The approach jump in volleyball is unlike anything
else in sports. It’s proactive and reactive, linear, rotational, vertical, and
can even be lateral at times. It incorporates flexibility, explosive leg power,
explosive hip movement, trunk control while airborne, and then the strength and
dexterity to land efficiently so that you can repeat this motion over and over
and over again.
Let’s start from the beginning. The first one or two
steps, depending on whether you institute a 3 or 4 step approach, are
LeBron James. Abby Wambach. Tom Brady. Kobe Bryant. Lolo Jones. Wayne Gretzky. Michael Jordan. Wayne Rooney. Usain Bolt. Zlatan Ibrahimovic. What do these professional athletes have in common? All of these players are at the top of their respective sports, yes, but anything else? What if I put it this way: Football
, basketball, baseball, soccer
, bobsled, lacrosse, baseball, boxing, cricket/soccer, and taekwondo? All of these major sports stars all played multiple sports growing up and were successful before becoming well known competing in their main sports.
Can the Red Sox and all associated press drop this “Ace”
conversation please? Let’s just get back to an honest reality, which, by the
way, isn’t bad at all. It’s simple, and this is why…
The Red Sox starting rotation consists of three #3 starters,
two with #2 potential, and three #4 starters. This, in theory, means that the
Sox will be over matched when facing an opposing “ace,” but equally matched or with
a slight advantage for the remaining opposing #2-5 pitchers considering our the
offensive prowess of this current Sox squad.
It isn’t difficult to remember back when the hype
surrounding Tim Tebow entranced the public and created one of the worst hind
sighted first round picks in the history of the NFL. Tim Tebow, who most NFL
quarterback experts predicted to be drafted in the 3 or 4
round, was picked by the Broncos late in the first. Just a few years years
later Tebow was out of the league after what some would call a charity stint
with the Patriots.
The main problem with Tim was not his fitness level, as it
is clear that he was an incredible exerciser, but rather his skill development
as a thrower.