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Professional players and coaches John Mayer, Billy Allen, Nils Nielsen, and Andrew Fuller gather insights from experts in volleyball and beyond!

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June 14, 2018

Keegan Cook - Part 1

Keegan Cook, head volleyball coach at the University of Washington, joins us to talk about what makes a great assistant coach.

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Lucas Jadin is a performance coach at Train 2B Clutch who has worked with Major League Baseball, Fortune 500 companies, and NCAA teams. In this podcast, he talks about what he calls “Dungeon Moments,” those fearful, challenging moments in sports, and how our bodies and brains respond to those low points.

These dark periods that lead to self-doubt usually stem from outside expectations—when we are worried about what others think. Lucas says these dungeon moments aren’t a sign that something is wrong; it’s simply a sign that we are human. “By signing up for be an athlete or going all in on something, we have to navigate the dungeon.”

And being in the dungeon isn’t an excuse to quit or give any less. “Just because you’re feeling the dungeon, doesn’t mean you can be an energy vampire.” These moments will come and players can still perform regardless of how they are feeling.

As Ken Ravvisa puts it, “Are you that (bad) that you have to feel good all the time in order to play well?”

An important job of coaches is to create safe learning/practice environments where athletes can make mistakes and push themselves to their limits. This trust comes from the relationships coaches build. One of Jordan’s key principles is, “Your value comes from who you are, not what you do.” When players believe their coaches care about them regardless of how they perform on the court, they will be more willing to take risks and grow.

In this episode, Lucas also talks about matching game environments in practice, self-talk, and communicating with resistant or guarded players.

It’s a great listen on navigating the mental ups and downs of sports.

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Lucas Jadin is a performance coach at Train 2B Clutch who has worked with Major League Baseball, Fortune 500 companies, and NCAA teams. In this podcast, he talks about what he calls “Dungeon Moments,” those fearful, challenging moments in sports, and how our bodies and brains respond to those low points.

These dark periods that lead to self-doubt usually stem from outside expectations—when we are worried about what others think. Lucas says these dungeon moments aren’t a sign that something is wrong; it’s simply a sign that we are human. “By signing up for be an athlete or going all in on something, we have to navigate the dungeon.”

And being in the dungeon isn’t an excuse to quit or give any less. “Just because you’re feeling the dungeon, doesn’t mean you can be an energy vampire.” These moments will come and players can still perform regardless of how they are feeling.

As Ken Ravvisa puts it, “Are you that (bad) that you have to feel good all the time in order to play well?”

An important job of coaches is to create safe learning/practice environments where athletes can make mistakes and push themselves to their limits. This trust comes from the relationships coaches build. One of Jordan’s key principles is, “Your value comes from who you are, not what you do.” When players believe their coaches care about them regardless of how they perform on the court, they will be more willing to take risks and grow.

In this episode, Lucas also talks about matching game environments in practice, self-talk, and communicating with resistant or guarded players.

It’s a great listen on navigating the mental ups and downs of sports.

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"Knock, knock."

"Who's there?"

Patricia Madson! The author of Improv Wisdom joins the podcast to explain how the principles of improv comedy can be applied to life, business, and yes, volleyball. It's about learning to be in the moment and to say "yes" to what comes your way.

http://www.improvwisdom.com/index.html

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May 17, 2018

Gold Medal MAYER!

The Champion, John Mayer, returns from his victory at the FIVB Lucerne for this debrief. We pick his brain on the tournament and what he's learned this offseason that helped bring home the gold medal.

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May 10, 2018

PERFECTIONISM

A discussion on perfectionism and the flaws with trying to appear perfect as a player/coach/human being.

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May 2, 2018

MATCH PREPARATION

With tournaments happening all over the country this weekend, all four hosts get together to talk about how to prepare for matches and tournaments. They discuss preparation from both player's and coach's perspective and how to get ready to perform your best.

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April 19, 2018

Rob Browning - Part 2

PART 2

Rob Browning is the head volleyball coach at Saint Mary’s and former assistant coach for the USA Men’s National Team. Rob joins Coach Your Brains Out to discuss a variety of topics including the importance of “becoming your own coach.” Rob has had many mentors and influences over the years, but he believes coaches should find their own voice and coach in a way that is true to them. As Rob says, “there are principles out there to guide you but they don’t dictate what you do.” The drills he’s taken from other coaches have changed as he puts his own spin on them, finding what works for his team.

We get a glimpse into what a Saint Mary’s practice looks like, and how his players have “to-do lists” or controllable short-term goals they must check off before moving on to something else. Rob also talks about serving and why he is not quick to call timeouts.

Saint Mary’s has a successful college beach program and Rob talks about the similarities between beach and indoor and how playing beach has helped his indoor players.

This a great episode from a knowledgeable and humble coach.

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April 12, 2018

Rob Browning - Part 1

Rob Browning is the head volleyball coach at Saint Mary’s and former assistant coach for the USA Men’s National Team. Rob joins Coach Your Brains Out to discuss a variety of topics including the importance of “becoming your own coach.” Rob has had many mentors and influences over the years, but he believes coaches should find their own voice and coach in a way that is true to them. As Rob says, “there are principles out there to guide you but they don’t dictate what you do.” The drills he’s taken from other coaches have changed as he puts his own spin on them, finding what works for his team.

We get a glimpse into what a Saint Mary’s practice looks like, and how his players have “to-do lists” or controllable short-term goals they must check off before moving on to something else. Rob also talks about serving and why he is not quick to call timeouts.

Saint Mary’s has a successful college beach program and Rob talks about the similarities between beach and indoor and how playing beach has helped his indoor players.

This a great episode from a knowledgeable and humble coach.

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In part 2, Lorraine Davies gets into the specifics of Growth Mindset vocabulary and what our feedback should sound like. Also, some parenting tips for Billy and John.

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