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Sand Training - Revisited

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 articleabout 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.

Steph Curry's Ankle Issues: An Addendum

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.

Weak Ankles? Or Dysfunctional Hips?

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 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.

First H-Trip of 2016!

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, theBIScrew made our way toOkemo Mountainin Vermont.

Our team onOkemowas made up of four boarders and your humble two-planker, coach Cashdollar. TheBISteam 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.

The Boston Beantown Classic

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.

The Importance of Being Selfish (and Still Being OK with Yourself)

     I do not condone selfishness in the aspect that it is a character flaw as is eloquently explainedhere, 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:
1.      Be respectful of my time, your time, and your teammates’ time

The Approach Jump

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 proactive.

Advantage: Multi-Sport Athletes

     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.

No Ace, No Problem

 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.

Why Manziel Could Be the Next Tebow

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.
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