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I now know how to lift heavy things safely, and I feel better and stronger when I do it.
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So that was something that I thought was doing right because I was reading it in books and some of my mentors were telling it to me.
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It was a conversation at the time, but now that I found a different teacher, I found something different that works for me.
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My name is Mark Burik and we are going to get into it today.
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We're going to talk about nine things from my career and from all of my years in sport, coaching and playing that I thought I was doing right, but I just wasn't.
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Or at least that I've changed after thinking that I had locked in.
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And maybe you guys will be able to relate to some of these.
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Maybe you guys are going through the exact same things where you think that what you're doing is a great way to do it.
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And I'm just going to provide some extra answers, some paths that I've taken, and really some key things that I've added to my game.
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If you know that with our guests, with our guests, we always ask what they are adding to their game right now what they're currently working on.
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And I think that's important because as players and coaches, first of all, you want to see your models, role models and understand that they too are working.
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None of us have it right.
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None of us have it perfect.
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And we're all on a path.
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And hopefully you guys can glean some info and insight from my path.
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So that's what we're going to do today and we are going to dive right in.
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Now, the first little group here that I really want to talk about is going to be attacking.
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These are all going to be attacking keys.
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The very first thing that I want to talk about is the speed of your shots.
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And if you're new to volleyball, a shot obviously is not obvious, but it's a slower, softer shot to a location.
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You're just trying to make sure that you hit around the defense instead of blowing them up with a power swing.
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And for some reason, early on, I was able to see where players were standing, so I felt like my shots were pretty good.
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But the problem came with the speed of those swings and let me dive into that a little bit more.
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When you have great vision or even good vision, you can see the defense and you understand where they are.
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And as soon as you know where they are, you probably just say, okay, the points over.
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I made the right decision.
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So now all I have to do is get the ball there.
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When you're shooting.
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If you see the open location, you think that it's easy to get the ball there.
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So anything just kind of slows down and you're like, all right, well, they're in the cross, so I can just hit this high line and it's going to be a point.
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The problem with this mentality is that people get faster and they get faster quick as you go through the levels, as you increase your skill level and play a new level of athlete.
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So when I was playing in New York in Long Beach, I would see people move very early to one spot or the other.
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And I would say, okay, I would take this long exhale and I would just hit the ball where they weren't.
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Then you get into qualifiers, then you start getting at the AVP level, and all of a sudden just the right decision is not enough.
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You have to make the right decision and you have to execute it with speed.
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So one of the things that I had to change really early was not just hitting the location and thinking that I was right, but as soon as I knew that the location was open or I had made my decision, even if I didn't know getting on that ball as fast as I could and I like the word accelerating.
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I needed to accelerate my shots and still, sometimes every now and then I'll fall back into it where I hit a slow shot, maybe because of, well, relaxation or you're not quite certain.
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So when you guys are shooting, make sure that once you make that decision, you get on the ball as quick as you can.
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Your shots get to whatever spot they have to get to as quick as they can.
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That means that your cuts should not be these loopy Arky spinny things.
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Your cuts should go down.
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If you have the physical capability where you can jump high enough, you can get high enough over the net and you can hit the ball down.
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That's what the best cut shot is.
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If you're thinking about a high line, you want to throw darts instead of loops if you can.
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Again, of course, the blocker is going to get in the way.
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You still have to get it above the blocker, but you want it to be as fast as possible.
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So once you make that decision, make sure that you get it there as fast as possible.
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Ok, so the first thing that I was doing that I thought I was doing right was looking, making that decision and then relaxing or thinking that the play was over because I was going to hit the right location, get on the ball quicker.
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The second thing and I mentioned that I was pretty good at looking, I guess early on.
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The second thing is looking too long.
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I used to have this and the way I used to coach, too.
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As I said, you should be able to at some point you're going to get so good at looking that you're going to be able to read the letters on somebody's chest.
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And the problem with that is you try to hold on to your vision for too long.
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When you take off that moment when you're coming out of the sand from your jump to me right now, that's when your decision is over and it needs to be made.
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That doesn't mean that you're going to go up, hang, hang, hang, hang.
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Try to keep your peripherals on the defense and then locate.
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What happens then is everybody knows that you are shooting so they can get ready to run.
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Even if your location is good defense, the defender has also been able to time themselves, which means that they can do like a split stop where they can get just a little bit lower, where they know exactly they're setting their feet before you contact.
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A lot of times if you can hit a little bit quicker and this goes back to the first key.
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If you can hit a little bit quicker into your jump, you actually hit the ball before the defense settles their feet and then they get a late start.
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But if you're looking too long, first of all, too early, maybe we can start with that.
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If you're looking too early, you can't track the set, you should be able to see the setter set, get a good read on the ball and make sure that you can get there.
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If you're staring at the defense while your setter is setting, you're not going to get your read off the ball.
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I understand that when you're learning this, it's probably one of those tough things because you're so focused on seeing the other side of the court that you forget even to look at your setter.
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You forget even to look at the set, but you have to see the setter set.
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And then when you're about to take off, you need to look.
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This look should not the way we teach in our camps and clinics, this look should not be a video.
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This look should be a snapshot.
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As if you're just taking a quick picture, you need to gather all of your information in that instant.
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Okay? So instead of staring, staring, staring, staring, looking at somebody and holding, waiting for them to give up their spot and then hitting, you're already on your way down, you're already lower and everybody knows that you're shooting.
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And even at that moment, your blocker can either take off, they can Peel, and they are really going to catch you if they Peel.
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So looking too long, too early and too long, you can't hold that gaze, make sure that you're taking a snapshot.
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It's quick, and in that quick moment, you go with your best information and you do it as quickly as possible.
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I think that applies to a lot of maybe business and I'm sure kind of military operations where it's the longer you wait because you're just trying to gather as much information as possible.
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You often get stuck, you freeze, and other people are making moves before you can go with what you think is right in that moment and execute it quickly, okay? Make sure that you're getting on it.
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So don't look too long, take a flash and then execute it.
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Get it to the ground as quick as possible.
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The next thing I've applied to my offense in the last couple of years has been getting rid of this idea of going in with an open mind.
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When you're hitting is a little bit of an issue, and I'll tell you why it was an issue for me and I'll tell you why.
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It immediately increased.
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Some of my players hitting percentages.
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Once we applied this, the people that we battle against are going to be the people that talk about flow state in a certain way where you get to just you don't have to think everything is perfect, everything is going right.
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But that's not exactly the full nature of flow state.
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Flow state is where you're not thinking about outside things.
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That's very different than having a plan and being within your craft or within your skill.
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So you can still have a plan, a game plan, a strategy, and be in that flow state where you're performing well.
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So what I've changed about my offense and what I'm trying to change about the players that I coach, their offense, and this has been super effective in increasing hitting percentage is not to go in to their swing with this open mind.
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I don't want to be in the air thinking I have nine different options right now.
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What is the other team doing? First of all, this is reactive instead of Proactive, and we're on offense, right? So we should be dictating the play, not waiting to see what the defense does, and then we do something for that.
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Even in defense, the mindset of defense has changed where you're trying to create things, you're trying to make things happen, not just be reactive.
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And so if you go into every swing with this open mind of you can hit hard cross, you can hit hard line, you can hit high line, you can hit Overcross, you can hit overcut, you can hit high seam, you can hit pokey, you can try to chisel it under them.
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All of a sudden, all of these decisions, they all crash into each other while you're in the air, and they cause indecision.
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There's this marketing study about the dynamics of choice.
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And they put jellies into supermarkets.
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And one of them, I think they had two jellies.
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It was like grape or Apple, something like that.
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And in the other supermarket or in the other testing group, they put like 27 different jellies, all different flavors.
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And what they wanted to see was, did people buy and how long it took them to buy? When shoppers had two choices, they made decisions quicker and they bought more.
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Supermarkets always thought that if we give people more options, they're going to be able to get exactly what they want.
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But instead, you had this paralysis that comes with too many choices.
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And not only were they so much slower to purchase the right jelly, because there are so many decisions to make, but most of them get so frustrated with making a choice that they just stopped.
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And they didn't buy any of the Jellies when we translate this also, as far as I know, there's done a fighter pilot study where they gave them instead of, okay, you've got this giant 3D space.
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And now let's just make whatever decision we have to.
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Instead, they give them a binary checkpoint where it's if, then scenario.
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So basically, you have to answer just a series of yes no questions.
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And this also eliminated errors and made decisions faster.
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So if you take those two for volleyball and you say, okay, I have the entire court to work with, I have a lot of shots in my Arsenal, and the defense is doing a lot of stuff.
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You're not going in being Proactive.
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You're not going in taking control and asserting your will.
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And then with all of these decisions to make, you might end up freezing.
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I did a shot chart with one of my players and literally we talked immediately about offensive strategy, said, okay, what are you trying to do? What are you trying to establish here? What's your best swing? And he told me it was his cut shot.
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So okay, I watched him play a game to 15 and I said, do you know how many of each swing you had in one game to 15? And he had no idea.
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He didn't have an answer.
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I said, okay, well, you told me that your cut shot was your best swing, right? How many times did you use that? And he said two.
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And I said, one in one set to 15, which is the most important hit, one cut shot.
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But more importantly, he literally hit eight other shots, eight other attempts at swinging.
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So this showed me that he was not going in with an offensive strategy.
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He wasn't trying to establish anything.
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He was just making stuff up and hoping it would go.
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But he had a lot of errors.
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So in the next match, I said, you're allowed to hit two balls.
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Cut shot or Highline.
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And if they Peel, you still have to go high line.
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So cut shot or high line, that's it.
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I'm not saying that this is for everybody.
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What I am saying is experiment with it and see if you immediately decrease errors.
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Of course, you can have to take stats to do this.
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His hitting percentage went up 20 points just in that like that one next step because he was able to focus.
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He had two shots that he had to worry about.
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Hit that cut shot, hit that high line.
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Oh, well, what if they Peel? Well, maybe I should hit hard.
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Cross was going to jump in front of me and he's going to block you're being reactive at that point.
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So for me, I used to go in with that open mindset and I said, you know what, I'm going to do my if then shot.
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I'm going to have a binary choice here.
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So when I applied that a couple of years ago, my offense as well.
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Statistically, this isn't subjective.
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It immediately went up.
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I chose a swing each point and I said, this is the swing that I'm going to hit.
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Then I have an unless.
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Normally if somebody is going to stop your favorite swing, there's a singular way to stop it usually.
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So I'd say, if I see them do this, then my next swing is this.
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So I had a plan A and I had a plan B.
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I didn't go for one swing.
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And then if it's closed, I don't have a plan after that.
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And then you have your old crap shot, which I'm telling you right now, for everybody, it should be deep middle.
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When you're in trouble, just hit deep middle, you will be shocked.
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You're going to think it's stupid how many points you get by hitting deep middle when you're in trouble or even if you're in system.
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So this binary check down system for offense improve mine.
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It improves our players, it eliminates errors, and it makes you able to make a decision faster and it helps you dictate your offense.
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You are the dictator at that point.
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Instead of being reactive to what the other team is doing, you don't need to use the same Arm SWING every time.
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You don't have to.
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But each point you should have in mind, what are you trying to establish if this happens and you can dive into that further, you can make a bunch of rules for yourself, but you should have a plan, an offensive plan, an offensive strategy.
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And I don't think most people do that at the BA level.
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I think people just pump that hit with no regard for establishing the long game.
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So I would say having that open mind when you're going into offense, you should try to get rid of it, see what it feels like, see if it helps you eliminate errors, see if it makes it simpler.
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The problem is sticking to this.
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It's sticking to it when you think that you're on the right strategy and you get stopped once or twice.
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I'm telling you right now that a strategy works over time.
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It works statistically, which means you're going to lose a few points down the road.
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And that doesn't mean that you've chosen the wrong strategy, and it doesn't even mean that you should change that strategy.
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Stick to it.
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See it out over the course of a set, two sets of tournament, and see if it works for you.
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We've got tournaments coming up and you've got practices.
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You can use one practice to practice hitting high lines and cut shots only because that practice will make you excellent at hitting those shots from more locations and hitting them better when you need to.
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Okay? So don't go in with an open mind for a little bit.
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I want you to see if you can establish one swing, have an A shot, have a B shot, and then have your, oh, crap shot, your C shot.
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All right, we're still unattacking for our nine tips here.
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So the next thing that I taught for a while and I'm going to blame April Ross was the stomp approach.
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When you see April Ross approach, you kind of see her knees like almost gallop, and it looks like she's jumping up then hitting the ground hard with these sloppy 2ft instead of cruising into an approach.
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Now, she's been a highlight player for a decade and a half now, and so we get to see a lot of her.
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So you're like, alright, well, she's in the finals and she's got this approach.
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The majority of the players do not have the stomp approach, so we're going to look at some excellent people a lot.
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But we also want to look at see if that actually applies scientifically in terms of physics.
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Does it help you a lot of people, when they're going right, left, right, left in their approach, from their left to their right left, they end up hopping up and then slapping their last 2ft and then jumping up again.
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This jump up or like puddle stomp, it creates a big delay midair.
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So between your left and your step close.
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If you go all the way up and then you stomp your feet, you don't have control of your timing anymore while you're in the air.
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So you're sacrificing some control, some ability to time the ball by using that.
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Also, when a lot of people hop up, the problem is when they jump up, they land on straight legs and then they bend them again and then they go up.
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So this causes timing and force reduction.
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If you're going to do the stomp approach properly, you need to hit the sand.
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When your feet hit the sand, they should already be at a 90 degree bend.
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So you take all of that force and you stomp it into the sand and then you get it out.
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But if you're doing this, problem is you're going to waste like you're going to spend a lot of kind of downward energy.
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And too many people use that going up, then down and then up.
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So it's very difficult for people to embrace that hitting the ground with a 90 degree knee bend so that they can then jump a little bit higher instead.
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Let's cruise along the ground.
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Let's stay low through our approach.
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Keep your feet on the ground more that last little burst.
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Instead of going up, go forward.
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The more you go forward into the ball, the more ability you have to see the court, the more you keep the ball and the defense in front of you.
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If you do the stomp approach, a lot of times you kind of almost do that in place.
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And if you're doing that in place, it means you're not moving forward, which means the ball is above you instead of in front of you.
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And you end up losing vision because now you have to look up.
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And when you have to look up, it's very difficult to see what's right in front of you.
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So you lose track of the block or you lose track of the defense.
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I don't think the stomp approach is for most people.
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I used to teach it biomechanically, and in terms of timing, I started realizing that it became incorrect.
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So now I like to cruise low and I teach the players.
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Cruise low, keep your feet on the ground.
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When you go from your left to your right left, you're still going to sink pretty low.
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I don't want their bodies to go up into the air and then to lose that timing, stay low, cruise through it.
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And for the majority of people, trying to get rid of that stomp approach, in most situations, I think it will serve your vision just a little bit better.
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Now let's move on to a little bit of defense before we talk about some intangibles like partner stuff as well as lifting.
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When we talk about serving tough, what does that mean to you? Serving tough does not automatically mean serving harder, serving faster, more powerfully.
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Serving tough can be serving harder with more velocity, but it also means choosing locations over time.
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You see where the people are on the court, and for some reason, the ball becomes a magnet out of our hands and goes straight to somebody's chest.
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We can't have that.
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Serving tough can be serving sidelines.
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It can be serving short all day long.
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It can be serving those high rainbow deep serves all day long.
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All of these causes a lot of footwork that beginner and intermediate players don't always pay attention to how you can change somebody's footwork and actually knock them off balance.
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But when you serve short, most players don't get back to half court and they don't get the full approach that they normally do.
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This doesn't only affect their power and ability to jump, but it affects their vision, too.
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When you serve somebody high and deep now, they have a long pass, which means their setter is probably going to get a little bit more nervous because they're setting a longer, higher ball and they end up carrying their momentum.
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Usually when you put somebody deep, instead of getting to their three quarters depth, where they should start to approach them and then starting their approach, they end up running straight from that back line, and they then lose total control of their timing.
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You can also serve sidelines.
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You can knock them inside, knock them outside, put them some way, find some way to get them off of their line.
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Now that's what I thought serving tough meant.
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We have to be aggressive, we have to serve tough.
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It doesn't just mean bring heat.
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And I'll tell you what happened next as the next evolution.
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Once I realized that serving tough didn't automatically mean bringing more velocity, I got so in tuned with the strategy side of it that I would just kind of rely on hitting those spots.
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And I never went back to bringing the heat.
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Let's talk about it in terms of major League Baseball, maybe with pitchers.
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Pitchers have a hardcore fastball, something that they just let go of right.
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So that you're putting heat on it and you're attempting that location.
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But then you also have those change up serves that are designed to get somebody off balance, designed to change their timing.
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Sorry, off speed pitches, curveball, a knuckle ball, a change up.
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Those Jack up the timing, but those are usually only effective if you can apply different pressures at different times.
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So if you keep throwing curveballs, you keep throwing change ups and you never get in there with a fastball, you're not going to affect the player the way it's designed, the way they're designed to be effective.
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So what I did is once I found out about all those spots and that they changed people's timings and knocked them off balance, that became the thing that I became obsessed with.
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Now I'm back to a place where there is a time to rip, and there's a time to my East Coast buddies say, whip it out and show them what you're made of.
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And then there's also a time to find strategy and see what's going to work in terms of spots.
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Now, ideally, you can spot people and hit with heat, but if you have the type of serve where you can overpower people, don't lose that.
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I think I ended up losing that for maybe a year, maybe two.
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And now I'm back to the point where I can get back there and I could say no, it's time to physically take over instead of mentally taking over.
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So I think you guys can embrace that there's a time to be physical and strong and aggressive and that will turn and win a match.
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But there is also a time to knock people off balance and be very strategic about the spots that you serve.
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And of course, ideally, you want to be able to do both.
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So serving tough.
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I thought I had it right then I changed and I thought I had it right again.
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And now I'm at a place where I think I have it right again.
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But you can explore all of those spots.
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Heat changing up and knowing when it's time to physically push the match.
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Or vice versa.
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If you're hitting too hard and you're hitting too many serves and you're consistently throwing the same 85 miles an hour fastball, somebody's eventually just going to hit that out of the park.
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We talked about that in Panama, where it's so windy and everybody kept trying to bring as much heat as they could, but everybody was passing nails, and maybe the tournament would have been better served or players would have been better served if a lot more people change it up with some float surfs and let the wind dance with the ball.
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So just because it was windy and there's wind in your face doesn't automatically mean that you should go to that power surf, change it up, keep the other team off balance.
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Next on my list is still a defense one for something I thought I was doing right, and we trained this a lot when we were training back in the East Coast.
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Chris Frazier, Shane Donahue, Brandon Joyner, Eric Lucas, Hudson Bates, Don and Dentler.
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And we were practicing.
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I remember specifically because I think I have a picture.
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I found a video of it later on, but we're practicing fours running when the blocker dives into the diagonal and the defender runs to the line.
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The way we ran it was that I kept trying to leave early enough so that I could dig the hard driven down the line.
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I thought that the four was designed to dig everything except for maybe the Overcross it can be, but it doesn't have to be.
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I think people get upset when they run a four, when they dive their blocker into the diagonal and they run their defender late to line and then the attacker hits hard line.
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That's not the time to be upset because normally the four is not designed to dig the hard driven line ball.
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That is one of the swings that you give up.
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So if you're trying to leave so early that you're actually able to dig the hard driven line, most likely you've left too early and you're going to give your spot away to the offense.
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So when you're using that for a little while, for this week, whenever you're listening to it, if you've been under this mentality, don't worry about digging the hard driven line.
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And if they hit that, clap your hands together and say, yeah, all right, nice job.
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That was one of the two swings that could have won against this defense, and they chose correctly.
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And there is always a swing that wins against a certain defense, right? That is something very important to remember that you can't just keep getting pissed off every time you lose a point.
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The offense is supposed to win in beach volleyball.
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So if they have control, you're trying to move them around.
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You're trying to dictate a little bit of what they do and the decisions they make as a defender.
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But if you see professionals the way that professional players react and the way that kind of intermediate players react to losing points, I think you see intermediate players getting pretty upset after every point that they lose.
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And a professional is so relaxed after they lose two or three points in a row because they know what they're giving up.
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They know what their long term strategy is, and they know that they're really only trying to get one out of every eight plays.
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They're trying to get one dig every eight plays to be at the top of the AVP in terms of digs.
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So just keep that in mind that when you're running a four, you're not supposed to take the hard driven line.
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And if you just want to apply that to the rest of everything of your defense, just know that each defense isn't really supposed to dig everything.
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So don't get so upset every time you lose a point.
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Remember, that's a long term strategy.
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Even if you're blocking line and you're defending cross, tell yourself, I'm digging the hard driven cross and a cut shot right now.
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And then the next day you could say, I'm digging hard driven cross and the line shot right now.
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If you find those zones, you'll be more comfortable and you'll be easier on yourself when you give up a certain swing or you don't quite get to a certain swing.
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That doesn't mean give up on it.
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It just means that if they hit it so good and you still can't get to it, that's one that you're okay with, you're still responsible for all the sloppy shots, the ones that they miss, hit, and it just looks ugly and slow.
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Those you still got to eat.
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Okay, so on the fourth or let's just call it on all defense.
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You're not supposed to dig every swing.
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Choose what two swings you're getting.
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That's why you're designing an offense to stop probably two swings, and you should be good from there.
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I've got three more for you guys that I thought I was doing right.
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This one is big, and I see it a lot with Logan.
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Logan Weber practicing too much training.
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You know, I even carry this into the small business.
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Like, now we're doing podcasting, we're doing YouTube videos.
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I still work too hard, honestly, but practicing too much.
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Instead of looking at what you can be doing to maximize each practice, to maximize your conversation, maximize your strategy, and to understand that if you just keep practicing without directing it, without saying what you're improving on, without setting a goal for that month, measuring it and saying, did it work? If you're not doing all of these things, then you're just fatiguing yourself because you might get a little bit crispier.
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But if you just keep playing matches and you never actually figure out how to improve your high line, the small little hand adjustments, feeling and understanding your swing once you jump up into the air, if you can't understand those so that you're training specific goals and you're just shooting in the dark, really, and you're exhausting yourself.
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I practiced for way too many hours, and I would train as well in the gym, literally.
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When I was pro overseas, I had a lot of just six hour days, and the notion of recovery never entered my head.
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And I didn't often set goals.
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All I wanted to do is just get stronger, get better, get stronger, instead of dicing it up, making sure that I'm going into a small scale mindset where I'm going to improve one thing at a time, where I'm going to prove one number at a time and then devising a way to do that.
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So if you're out there and I feel like these athletes are rare, but if you're the person who is just going Ham, see if you can find a coach who can give you some direction so that your practices can be focused.
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Save yourself some time, save yourself some injuries, save yourself some injury potential and direct your energy a little bit better.
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And a coach and mentor will be able to do that.
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You have to choose each month.
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What are you going to get better at this month? Then you need to ask, how are you going to do it? What drills are going to make you better at it and how long you're going to do those.
00:32:51,428 --> 00:32:59,610
And you have to measure those with your gameplay as well because you need game experience, but you can't just keep practicing as hard as you can as long as you can.
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Okay, so that was a mistake I made.
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I thought that I didn't have an ocean of recovery.
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I practiced and played too much without having a very specific direction and without giving any credence to the recovery nature of it.
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Don't practice too much, but instead I would say direct your practices instead of just playing.
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Last two we got this one comes from the relationships with partners.
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I've put a lot of pressure on my partners and my teammates for a long time since I can remember.
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I mean, high school football, they gave me the captainship my JV year.
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And during warm ups, I thought they were giving us we had to do crunches as part of our warm up routine to get stronger, to get fitter.
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And instead it was more designed just to warm up, to kind of increase your base just a little bit.
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So I would just go until the coaches told me to stop and I would make my whole team do 50, 75, 100 crunches just during warm up.
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And people I thought I was crazy, thought I was nuts, and I would just keep going harder and harder and harder.
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And I had a very high and still do have a very high expectation of my partners.
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And that puts a lot of pressure.
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When you show up to practice and you think that somebody is going to hold you to this incredibly high standard for hustle, you just have to know, I'm not going to tell you not to do it, but you just have to know what it's going to do to people.
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And not everybody can handle that high amount of pressure every single day or thinking that their teammates constantly thinks that they're not doing enough.
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I took a look at guys like Casey Jennings, who looked to be like a maniac when he was playing on the court.
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Sometimes you just get in the face of his partner and tell him what to do.
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And I saw it in a couple of other players as well, like Adrian Karambulla, who became a world sensation, put a lot of pressure on his partners and you can see it and you can feel it and it was tense.
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These guys are both great players, but I see a lot of not great players as well who just constantly make their partners feel like whatever they're doing is not enough.
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You have to find an agreement with your partner.
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You have to understand where they're at.
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And all you have to do is you have to understand that consciously this has to be a conscious choice, putting pressure on your player and understanding that with that conscious choice, it's going to affect them in a certain way, they're going to react in a certain way.
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And especially since it's beach volleyball and it's two on two, you have one partner, they'll go somewhere else.
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So if you don't have that solid long term relationship, they will go somewhere else for indoor.
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When I was playing College, I put that same pressure on people, but they had some of the other guys on the team to lean against and to keep them happy and joyful and staying on the team.
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I think that was important for them.
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If it was a team full of me and Hudson where we kept putting tons of pressure on everybody at every instant in the weight room, on the practice court, it would have been a different story.
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But because we had such a good team, we were well rounded people had other people to go to to lean on in beach volleyball, there's one other person.
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And if you're going to make that decision to hold each other to an incredibly high standard and not hold back on your feedback or not even guard it with your words or say it in a softer, nicer, kinder way, there's a good chance that that partner will leave.
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They just won't want to play with you and they'll shut down.
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So just know that when you put that pressure, it's not inherently a bad thing.
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You just have to understand what it has the potential to do to your relationship, to the partnership.
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And then make choices from there.
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See, if every time you do put that pressure, see if it actually works, ask them, hey, do you want to get fired up? Do you want me to be tough on you? If they're just like, no, man, I just need you next to me, okay? Then that's what we'll do.
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But you have to understand that level of pressure will knock out 99% of humans.
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People don't want to experience that or feel that all of the time, okay? It's a lot of emotional strain to be able to tolerate, and it takes a very special person to walk into the same situation day after day in a tense environment.
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That is something that I've been trying to change in my game.
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Put a little bit less pressure.
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And I'm not saying don't hold standards, but react in a different way to hold on to some partners a little bit better.
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And I didn't save the best for last or anything, but my last tip is bracing while lifting.
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I was talking to a good friend physical therapist about this when I was coming up as a personal trainer and a performance enhancement specialist.
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They told me to brace my core by sucking in my belly button and kind of getting tall and keeping my belly button close to my spine.
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And they said that that was core engagement.
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It never kind of made sense to me that I would keep my belly button sucked in and then keep trying to breathe while doing this.
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And I understand that this engages some of the paraspinals, but when you're lifting, it just always created instability.
00:37:50,866 --> 00:37:56,934
And I think because there is so much instability that might have ended up in a lot of injuries for me.
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Recently, I went back to Olympic lifting and powerlifting, and I started studying.
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Some players signed up for some online programs, not players lifters.
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I signed up for some online programs and reintroduce myself bracing, but in a way that the Olympic lifters do it and in a way that pure strength athletes do it and everything.
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When you have those belts, when you have those big lifting belts, every one of those athletes creates internal pressure by expanding their diaphragm, like opening up from the sides and creating this big and then pressing out on it, creating a ton of internal pressure from that cavity, almost like if you were to push your stomach out and tighten it so that you had the ability to punch yourself a bunch of times, create that type of tension.
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This is how Olympic lifters brace themselves.
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When I changed away from the whole sucking my belly button in thing to pressing out from the inside of my stomach and using real air and real pressure from my diaphragm and pelvic floor to actually push my belly out and press it against the weight belt and then learn how to do it without a weight belt.
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I'll tell you what happened.
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My squat numbers went instantly up just from how I changed my stomach, how I changed my bracing around my core, being able to create that internal pressure so that you could push your belly button out and create force from inside.
00:39:21,584 --> 00:39:32,290
What that does, essentially, is when you put all of the pressure in your mid, once you have all of that pressure, the fluid and the space in between, it creates a little bit more rigidity.
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First of all, it creates rigidity so that you have even space between, like, your ribs and your hips, and they don't wobble.
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So that extra pressure out there goes.
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And then once that external, the external core muscles are rigid.
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That helps the spine stay rigid, and then you don't have any wobble and you don't have any of these energy leaks.
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When I fix the way that I brace in terms of lifting, it was an immediate and I'm not talking about like a week or a couple of lifts later.
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I'm telling me that I was able to lift instantly more because of how I held my core muscles.
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And originally when I was coming, I don't know in the industry why they told us to try to bring our belly button close to our spine.
00:40:12,394 --> 00:40:14,874
And I'd like to have more conversations with more people like that.
00:40:14,912 --> 00:40:20,086
But then when I went and I said, you know what? I'm going to study some Olympic level Olympic lifters.
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None of them were doing that, and none of them recommended it and they all recommend the bracing suppressing out from your insides.
00:40:25,366 --> 00:40:26,802
And I said, all right, I'm going to try this.
00:40:26,876 --> 00:40:30,222
And as soon as I started lifting like that, strength numbers went instantly up.
00:40:30,236 --> 00:40:31,102
I got stronger.
00:40:31,186 --> 00:40:37,062
I now know how to lift heavy things safely, and I feel better and stronger when I do it.
00:40:37,136 --> 00:40:41,862
So that was something that I thought was doing right, cause I was reading it in books and some of my mentors were telling it to me.
00:40:41,936 --> 00:40:43,842
It was a conversation at the time.
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But now that I found a different teacher, I found something different that works for me.
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So I hope that can help you just bracing properly.
00:40:51,622 --> 00:40:53,706
And that's all mine, guys.
00:40:53,828 --> 00:41:02,734
That's all nine of the things I'm sure I've done a lot more wrong, but that's nine of the things that I thought that I was doing right, that I've since changed.
00:41:02,782 --> 00:41:05,550
And I do have a few announcements just before we go.
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Just so you guys know, June 1 is the sign up deadline.
00:41:09,874 --> 00:41:14,718
We have our attackingmasterclass at betteratbeach.com right now.
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It's on the home page.
00:41:15,668 --> 00:41:17,862
You can see all you need to see about it.
00:41:17,996 --> 00:41:24,234
But essentially we're going to take you from the ground up and I can actually take you through the modules right now.
00:41:24,332 --> 00:41:30,618
And I'll tell you what's, included in this Attacking Masterclass, it's going to be a month and it might go a little bit longer.
00:41:30,704 --> 00:41:34,446
Because what we do in our online courses is we have all of our videos recorded.
00:41:34,508 --> 00:41:35,454
We take you step by step.
00:41:35,492 --> 00:41:39,558
We give you video homework so that you can watch it, so that you can actually do it.
00:41:39,584 --> 00:41:41,458
And then we give you drill homework.
00:41:41,554 --> 00:41:46,590
When you go and you do your drill homework, you film it, you post it on our private Facebook group.
00:41:46,640 --> 00:41:53,322
We have a team of coaches that goes in there and actually tells you what you're doing right and what you're doing wrong.
00:41:53,396 --> 00:42:07,794
Not only do we have literally thousands of hours invested into the videos that we've created in these courses, but for the Attacking Masterclass specifically, which is starting on June 1, you have to sign up before June 1 if you want to go through the whole thing.
00:42:07,832 --> 00:42:12,490
You're getting access to that course and you're getting access to all of our skill courses.
00:42:12,550 --> 00:42:18,390
Now, we're not going to talk about all the other skill courses, but you have access to them and you have access to 60 day Max vertical program.
00:42:18,500 --> 00:42:28,398
Once you're in here, you're going to watch a few videos each week and you're going to get video homework when you do the video homework you posted on the Facebook group.
00:42:28,424 --> 00:42:31,578
And like I said, we actively coach you.
00:42:31,664 --> 00:42:39,426
So when most people talk about online courses and they go through a recorded version and you can do that and you can crush this.
00:42:39,488 --> 00:42:44,610
I mean, building your technique from the ground up so that your steps are right.
00:42:44,660 --> 00:42:46,350
Your jump mechanics are right.
00:42:46,400 --> 00:42:54,490
Most people, the large majority of people actually legitimately have no idea how to jump in terms of mechanics, in terms of sinking their arms.
00:42:54,610 --> 00:43:06,042
And so one of the first things that we do is we make sure that you get the right footwork so that you can be consistent and you fix your jump mechanics so that you can actually utilize whatever strength or power you have.
00:43:06,116 --> 00:43:07,390
That's just the first module.
00:43:07,450 --> 00:43:10,410
After that, let's see, I'm going to go through the modules here.
00:43:10,460 --> 00:43:15,634
So footwork is the first module and the second we're going through elite jump mechanics.
00:43:15,682 --> 00:43:24,586
After that, we talk about arm swing mechanics for power, how to develop actual power, how to develop torque through your body, and what that actually means, how to create whip.
00:43:24,658 --> 00:43:32,394
And if you have shoulder injury or pain, I'm telling you right now, this course, I can't promise that it's going to eliminate it.
00:43:32,432 --> 00:43:39,186
But when so many players say, hey, as soon as I made those fixes, I was able to hit harder and I was completely out of pain.
00:43:39,248 --> 00:43:42,282
And I haven't been able to swing in a ball without pain in years.
00:43:42,416 --> 00:43:46,798
And all we had to do was give them a few technical cues to fix their arm swing.
00:43:46,834 --> 00:43:47,538
And that was it.
00:43:47,624 --> 00:43:54,474
And when we can see you swinging because you're posting your videos on the Facebook group, we can give you real advice and give you help.
00:43:54,512 --> 00:44:02,914
The fourth module is timing and spacing, understanding exactly where you need to be and when you need to start and how to adjust your timing.
00:44:02,962 --> 00:44:12,478
There's a lot of different spacing scenarios that you need to understand from right side, from left side, when the pass is tight, when the pass is off, and where you need to get your ball.
00:44:12,514 --> 00:44:14,394
And we talk about that a lot in that part.
00:44:14,432 --> 00:44:17,530
The next one we do, we go through strategy.
00:44:17,650 --> 00:44:28,294
Should you use power, should you use for Nest, who should you model yourself after, how to learn what your best attack is and then admitting your weaknesses.
00:44:28,342 --> 00:44:38,718
Honestly, we go through a lot of that and we have deep conversations about saying, hey, what swings should you really be going for? Because we know what swings filled out Houser can go for.
00:44:38,864 --> 00:44:45,198
And I know that you watch him every weekend, but should you play, should you model yourself like him? Probably not.
00:44:45,284 --> 00:44:47,070
So let's find a different model for you.
00:44:47,120 --> 00:44:50,622
And we talk a lot about that in the strategy session as well.
00:44:50,756 --> 00:45:03,682
Then we have the vision and decision making where we train you on how to look, how to see when to make certain decisions, and again, keeping a survey of the court so that you know what looking entails.
00:45:03,706 --> 00:45:09,334
And then we give you all the at home drills that you can do to increase your vision.
00:45:09,502 --> 00:45:15,478
We talk about out of system offense, what to do when everything is bad and when it's really windy.
00:45:15,514 --> 00:45:25,618
So we dedicate one full module just to out of system uncomfortable offense when things don't go right, and then we kind of wrap it up with exercises and workouts that are going to make you better at offense.
00:45:25,654 --> 00:45:26,730
They're going to help you jump higher.
00:45:26,780 --> 00:45:36,286
What types of exercises you should always be incorporating is so that you can actually hit with power, because you can learn how to hit with power, but you can also increase your power potential.
00:45:36,418 --> 00:45:44,230
So we teach you what exercises and workouts you should be doing as well as we give you a collection of offensive and side out drills.
00:45:44,290 --> 00:45:47,394
All of this is just in this one course.
00:45:47,492 --> 00:45:53,322
When you sign up, you get access to all of our courses and our group goes.
00:45:53,396 --> 00:45:58,270
So we take all of our players, all of our members, and we go step by step through the season.
00:45:58,390 --> 00:46:06,370
So right now, currently, our members are in their second week of the how to set better in 30 days, the setting blueprint.
00:46:06,430 --> 00:46:17,934
They're going through all of the setting exercises and they have daily exercises that they can do with hand rhythm, essentially bumping to themselves, hand setting to themselves, and they're recording that, and they're also getting coached on that.
00:46:18,092 --> 00:46:27,150
So if you sign up right now, you can catch the tail end of the setting course so that you can really shore up your hands and understand what setting rhythm looks like.
00:46:27,260 --> 00:46:39,514
And then you'll be in time for the June 1 deadline for the attacking masterclass, which is going to go so in depth into technique and strategy.
00:46:39,562 --> 00:46:47,346
So if you've ever felt like you just can't get your timing right, you don't understand why your consistency is not there.
00:46:47,468 --> 00:46:56,874
You get one great hit every eight balls, but you don't know what led to it or why, or you're the type of person that gets that one great hit and you're like, yeah, that was the set.
00:46:56,912 --> 00:46:58,602
It's not usually about the set.
00:46:58,736 --> 00:47:02,074
A set can ruin your hit, but it's about your footwork.
00:47:02,122 --> 00:47:06,106
It's about establishing consistency so that you can have a great offense.
00:47:06,298 --> 00:47:11,482
So if you guys want to come along this journey for the attacking master class, it's a behemoth.
00:47:11,566 --> 00:47:12,390
00:47:12,500 --> 00:47:26,770
You get real coaching, you get access to all the recordings, and then as soon as we are done with that, we're going to go into our Ultimate Defender, so you can sign up now and then before the season, we can take you through all of the offensive techniques and strategies.
00:47:26,830 --> 00:47:34,594
And then for the next month, once we're done with that course, we're going into Ultimate Defender, which is going to be the exact same thing for everything defense.
00:47:34,762 --> 00:47:49,074
And again, I think the best part about this is that you actually get to post your videos and ask questions in our private Facebook group any time you want, and our coaches respond and give our critique within 24 hours.
00:47:49,172 --> 00:48:02,542
So when you're kind of wondering, are you sitting there and you're searching through YouTube and you're like, Where's the answer to this unique question that I have about how to contact my hand on a cut shot or when I should even hit a cut shot? You don't have to wait anymore.
00:48:02,626 --> 00:48:03,920
Sign up for the program.
00:48:04,370 --> 00:48:13,642
You put that question in the Facebook group and either a national champion or a professional athlete or a national team coach.
00:48:13,726 --> 00:48:16,014
So those are the only people we have coaching in there.
00:48:16,172 --> 00:48:20,550
Those are the ones who are going to give you the answer to all of those questions.
00:48:20,660 --> 00:48:22,842
Can't recommend this enough guys.
00:48:23,036 --> 00:48:35,322
I built it because I wanted it there for players like me who were looking for answers early on and had this kind of slow discovery process and couldn't quite get the answers, couldn't find a place to get the answer.
00:48:35,396 --> 00:48:36,534
So we have it for you.
00:48:36,572 --> 00:48:45,574
We have it built step by step so that you can build your approach and your tag from the ground up and we hold your hand through it with fantastic coaches.
00:48:45,622 --> 00:48:47,298
Don't know of any other program like this.
00:48:47,384 --> 00:49:13,602
I think it is the answer for so many people and it will get you an entirely new offensive set so that you can finally start hitting balls consistently, understanding timing, setting yourself up in the right place so that before you even hit the ball, you have a better chance of getting a great hit just because of the set up and the offensive design which we go through in the first half of that course.
00:49:13,676 --> 00:49:16,854
So I really invite you to come along for that journey again.
00:49:16,892 --> 00:49:21,680
It starts June 1 for the tacking master class.
00:49:22,070 --> 00:49:31,678
If you sign up right now, you will also get the last three weeks of the setting course where we're doing all of the setting drills and we're giving that exact same feedback.
00:49:31,714 --> 00:49:52,894
So if you're iffy on hand setting in any way or you're kind of intimidated by it or you just choose not to, I really think you should get into the course right now because again, when you sign up, you get all of our courses and our 60 day vertical jump program and 53 fully designed practice plans all together in one membership.
00:49:52,942 --> 00:49:57,906
The only thing that happens is that we go through as a group, one course at a time.
00:49:57,968 --> 00:50:04,690
If you don't want to follow along with the group and you want to take one of the other courses because right now we're doing setting, then we're doing attacking.
00:50:04,750 --> 00:50:07,674
If you're only interested in defense, you can go through that course.
00:50:07,712 --> 00:50:12,318
You can still post your videos and we will still answer your questions in the private Facebook group.
00:50:12,344 --> 00:50:14,478
So I want to make sure you guys knew about that.
00:50:14,504 --> 00:50:17,946
The deadline is June 1, but if I had the choice, I would get in right now.
00:50:18,008 --> 00:50:23,862
If I could fix my setting, if I could have somebody lead me for this inexpensive of a price.
00:50:23,936 --> 00:50:33,978
If I could have somebody just lead me through setting and through my game and through my strategy, and I had constant access to them getting it, there's no doubt in my mind that I would sign up for this.
00:50:34,004 --> 00:50:44,934
It's a little crazy, the price that we're offering right now and me and Chad talked about every day we have to increase it because it's not going to actually sustain our company at the price that it's at right now.
00:50:44,972 --> 00:50:48,402
So I want you to go to the homepage, go to betteratbeach.com, sign up right now.
00:50:48,476 --> 00:50:55,518
It's $39 a month for unlimited coaching and access to what we've put in thousands of hours of work into our videos.
00:50:55,604 --> 00:51:00,894
And inside of that, I think there is close to maybe 1200 hours of video.
00:51:00,992 --> 00:51:03,082
But don't worry, I know that sounds intimidating.
00:51:03,166 --> 00:51:08,950
We've structured it so that you can actually take it step by step and you have these modules by module.
00:51:09,010 --> 00:51:09,342
00:51:09,416 --> 00:51:15,178
So again, just to do a little quick rundown, the modules that we go through are the approach your footwork for attacking.
00:51:15,274 --> 00:51:17,254
Then we go through elite jump mechanics.
00:51:17,362 --> 00:51:19,678
We teach you how to jump, how to sync your arms.
00:51:19,774 --> 00:51:22,122
Then we go into arm swing mechanics for power.
00:51:22,196 --> 00:51:27,394
We get into timing and spacing so that you're in a better location to develop your offense.
00:51:27,442 --> 00:51:30,498
We go into strategy so that you know what to hit and when to hit it.
00:51:30,524 --> 00:51:44,686
Then we own the out of system offense and how everything changes once you have a bad pass or once it gets crazy windy and we have exercises and workouts that are going to make you a better hitter, plus all of the offensive drills that you should be incorporating into your practice.
00:51:44,758 --> 00:51:46,530
That's just the offensive course.
00:51:46,700 --> 00:51:52,222
Then there's a ton of modules for all of the other courses, which you get all in the same package.
00:51:52,306 --> 00:51:53,622
So go to bedrebeach.com right now.
00:51:53,636 --> 00:51:58,050
If you're listening, it is the attacking masterclass that will start June 1.
00:51:58,100 --> 00:51:59,790
Really looking forward to working with you.
00:51:59,840 --> 00:52:06,546
If you think that this is up your alley, and if not, then keep enjoying our free podcast and then taking a look at our YouTube videos.
00:52:06,608 --> 00:52:12,694
And if you enjoyed this, please go to our podcast and subscribe.
00:52:12,802 --> 00:52:23,518
We have a podcast where we have, I think, 16 episodes up already, and it will help us, I don't know how yet, but subscribers and followers and shares for growing our podcast.
00:52:23,554 --> 00:52:27,310
It's just going to grow our audience and let us help more players and help more coaches.
00:52:27,430 --> 00:52:30,994
So go ahead and subscribe to the better at beach volleyball podcast.
00:52:31,042 --> 00:52:34,390
I think it's on Google, Spotify and Apple podcasts.
00:52:34,450 --> 00:52:35,082
And that's it.
00:52:35,156 --> 00:52:40,330
If you guys are hanging out and you are on YouTube or Facebook, I have you on Livestream.
00:52:40,390 --> 00:52:44,322
And if you ask any questions now on Instagram, I'll be able to see it.
00:52:44,336 --> 00:52:46,302
And I'm happy to answer any questions.
00:52:46,376 --> 00:52:52,078
Rucky, like I said, is there any reason you aren't playing in Austin? Qualified for Austin.
00:52:52,114 --> 00:52:53,470
We did pretty well in Panama.
00:52:53,530 --> 00:52:55,222
I went hiking in Hawaii.
00:52:55,306 --> 00:52:58,258
I fell out of a tree and it fell out of a tree.
00:52:58,354 --> 00:53:02,862
The tree broke underneath me and landed on a rock, and I now have broken foot.
00:53:02,996 --> 00:53:06,418
So that is why I am not playing in Austin.
00:53:06,514 --> 00:53:12,202
Unlikely for San Antonio, which is the event that leads to New Orleans.
00:53:12,346 --> 00:53:14,662
So I'll be starting this season.
00:53:14,806 --> 00:53:16,590
Three tournaments late maybe.
00:53:16,760 --> 00:53:17,374
00:53:17,482 --> 00:53:19,386
I'm not happy about it, but it is what it is.
00:53:19,448 --> 00:53:22,714
Joshua, for the next Passing Masterclass.
00:53:22,822 --> 00:53:35,310
I want you to remember that as a group, Josh, because you're talking about the Passing Masterclass as a group, we move along in one flow, so we're going to get back into passing, I think at the end of summer and in the fall.
00:53:35,360 --> 00:53:40,506
But when you sign up for the whole package, you get that entire course.
00:53:40,688 --> 00:53:42,210
It's just recorded.
00:53:42,320 --> 00:53:51,522
And the only difference is that the conversation in the private Facebook group, you won't see everybody else posting about passing questions.
00:53:51,656 --> 00:53:54,990
So you can still post your passing questions.
00:53:55,040 --> 00:54:02,874
So if you want to take the Passing Master class right now, sign up at the exact same place, right? It's still sign up at the exact same place.
00:54:02,912 --> 00:54:06,054
You still get access to that and you can still post your videos.
00:54:06,152 --> 00:54:12,550
So if you want to take the Passing Master class, the Setting Master Class fix your arm, swing, the Ultimate Defender, 60 day Max vertical.
00:54:12,610 --> 00:54:17,334
You can do all of that currently right now, and you just sign up in the exact same place.
00:54:17,372 --> 00:54:18,574
It's all under one membership.
00:54:18,622 --> 00:54:26,742
So it's still even if you sign up on the home page that says the Attacking Master class right now, you get access to all of those courses and you can dive into whichever one you want.
00:54:26,816 --> 00:54:27,858
Josh, I hope that's clear.
00:54:27,884 --> 00:54:32,130
It's not always clear in our marketing or our sales pages or anything like that, and I know that.
00:54:32,240 --> 00:54:35,466
But we focus as a group on one thing at a time.
00:54:35,528 --> 00:54:38,118
And so that's what the conversation will be.
00:54:38,204 --> 00:54:41,398
And so you'll see a lot more people getting feedback.
00:54:41,494 --> 00:54:45,166
Like right now, you'll see a ton of people getting feedback on setting.
00:54:45,298 --> 00:55:01,282
So you'll actually be able to learn a lot about setting, not just from your questions, but when other people post their videos and we go in and we help them, you'll actually be able to get a really deep understanding of setting and how it looks when different people set and different feedback that we need to give different athletes.
00:55:01,306 --> 00:55:03,342
So I think you just learn it in a deeper way.
00:55:03,476 --> 00:55:17,674
But if you don't want to take the setting course right now, if you want to dive straight into the Passing class, which we actually just wrapped up, go in, take the course, scroll down on the Facebook group and you'll see a ton of passing feedback from lots of athletes.
00:55:17,722 --> 00:55:24,186
And as soon as you do the drills in the course and you post them, we're still going to coach you the exact same way that we're coaching our hidden class.
00:55:24,308 --> 00:55:26,000
So yeah, I hope that's clear.
00:55:26,570 --> 00:55:27,594
Sounds like you got it.
00:55:27,632 --> 00:55:32,454
All right, Crabby Patty, one tip for the approach for your attack.
00:55:32,552 --> 00:55:35,598
Crabby Patty, I gave a bunch of tips today.
00:55:35,684 --> 00:55:45,214
I would say just follow my Instagram and follow the better at beach volleyball Instagram right now because there are a lot of attacking clips and reels that we are posting.
00:55:45,262 --> 00:55:46,938
So you don't just need one.
00:55:47,084 --> 00:55:55,674
Follow us on Instagram better at beach volleyball or follow me Mark Burik and you will get a ton of small tips just from that.
00:55:55,712 --> 00:56:02,478
Colby, at what skill level should you start developing a consistent flow state with your players? All of them.
00:56:02,564 --> 00:56:04,266
That's something that you get into right away.
00:56:04,328 --> 00:56:09,078
Remember, flow state is just uninterrupted and clean.
00:56:09,164 --> 00:56:11,730
Focus on the activity that you're doing.
00:56:11,780 --> 00:56:18,342
So when a kid when a five year old kid is invested into a video game, he's in flow state.
00:56:18,416 --> 00:56:32,490
You know how like sometimes you'll call your kids to dinner and they won't respond because they're so invested in that thing and they go no dinner and then it's not a response because they're so invested, their mind is essentially controlled and invested in that video game.
00:56:32,540 --> 00:56:46,662
So they are in flow state at that point, right? When somebody is so focused that outside thoughts and outside inputs don't actually affect them deeply, that person is in flow state.
00:56:46,736 --> 00:56:49,040
So we practice it all the time.
00:56:49,490 --> 00:56:54,090
I think adults really struggle to stay in flow state.
00:56:54,200 --> 00:57:05,286
Like if I'm on my computer and then my phone rings or if I'm like writing something that I need to write and then I hear a beep or somebody walks into the room, I haven't been able to enter flow state.
00:57:05,348 --> 00:57:13,282
And those distractions that don't allow you to get rolling, they can be dangerous, they can be time sucks and they make you really inefficient.
00:57:13,426 --> 00:57:24,966
And it's really important for you to try to find some space where you can just do whatever activity you need to do without any outside input or distractions for as long as you can.
00:57:25,028 --> 00:57:37,786
And somebody who has four completely focused and uninterrupted hours every day is ten times more dangerous than somebody who has 8 hours with a boatload of distractions.
00:57:37,858 --> 00:57:39,622
Thanks for your question, Rocky.
00:57:39,646 --> 00:57:49,674
How do you get stubborn partners and training group hires to reevaluate their technique and do things the right way? You can lead a horse to water, Rocky, to look at your whole group and say, hey, you're all doing it wrong.
00:57:49,712 --> 00:57:52,018
It's tough when it comes from one person who's kind of equal.
00:57:52,054 --> 00:57:55,686
I think the best way is again leading them to water.
00:57:55,808 --> 00:58:16,146
So if you want them to look at their technique constantly, share little videos, go into our Instagram and just keep sending or posting the technique videos that we give, send them the YouTube videos that we have, or send them our course so that they can actually fix it so we can help them get their game to another level.
00:58:16,208 --> 00:58:23,514
But to look at a giant group and say you all need to reevaluate how you're passed, you're all doing it wrong, that's not going to be received well.
00:58:23,612 --> 00:58:25,134
So there's got to be a better way to do it.
00:58:25,172 --> 00:58:28,570
And one good way is bringing in a coach or an outside authority.
00:58:28,630 --> 00:58:39,438
And if you want to bring us for a clinic, that would be where it would happen, where we kind of make people we help people who have gone on the wrong road for too long.
00:58:39,524 --> 00:58:43,506
We help them get back on the right road in terms of technique and strategy and game design.
00:58:43,568 --> 00:58:53,970
Neil hey, Mark, any tips for learning a new serve when you are learning on your own? I end up spending 90% of my time chasing the ball across the beach and not making much progress.
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Neil, I would say, number one, invest in one of those big golf nets.
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If you have a beach, maybe there are some garbage cans or something tall that you could stand.
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I know that on Amazon you could find like pitcher and golf nets that you can probably get for less than $100.
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And they're super light.
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You can bring them in like a shoulder bag, and then you can set those up on your court.
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If you got one ball in one court, you could set those up.
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And that way you don't have to keep chasing it down.
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So if you're learning to serve on your own, try to rep it out against a wall.
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If you have a wall or if you want to do it on the sand and on the beach and see if it's actually going in the court, then buy one of those, I don't know, 50, $60 or Amazon nets.
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And if you want to help us out, just go to betteratbeach.com/shop and just click to our Amazon store and then go find it.
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It'll give us like a 1% kickback from Amazon and there'll be a little bit of support for us.
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But that's what I would recommend.
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If you're serving on your own, try to set up a cheap little net to catch everything or get another friend who plays volleyball.
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All right, guys, that is it from me.
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Thanks for listening.
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I hope some of what I said or some of what we consistently say helps you out and get you to enjoy the game more.
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And I hope that some of it crosses those boundaries where you can actually apply it to your lives or your businesses and your relationships.
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That's becoming a lot more at the forefront of my head.
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