There are roughly 640 muscles in the human body. Athletes spend an inordinate amount of time training and strengthening almost every single one of them. Yet there are six that are often forgotten: the Superior Oblique, Superior Rectus, Medial Rectus, Lateral Rectus, Inferior Rectus, and Inferior Oblique. Or, simply put: Your eyes. The aforementioned six…
The sport of volleyball has undergone a wide variety of changes over the better part of the last decade: the scoring has changed, rules involving the net have changed, even the role of the libero has seen some modification. But the biggest change in regards to coaching the game of volleyball is what has become…
Flo Hyman used to be self-conscious about her height. Standing 6 feet tall before she was even a teenager, Hyman did everything in her power to shrink. And yet, more than half a century later, her name still towers in the world of volleyball. A three-time All-American and 1984 silver medalist, Hyman was named by…
“Reading the Game” – The Biggest Change in Volleyball Coaching And How You Are Likely Teaching it Wrong!
In reviewing volleyball coaching as a whole “Reading the Game” is the biggest change in volleyball coaching in the last 5 years. In review “Reading the Game” is the skill I most often hear high school and club coaches struggle to teach and are most interested in learning. Yet the majority of experts are teaching “Reading the Game” wrong in my opinion! In this article I will review how the most successful fighter pilot in USA Airforce history may offer a better way and why!
Intermediate Dynamic Visual Skills and Drills for Volleyball with Bill and Ryan Harrison (5 Drills / Videos)
This is a series of 5 Intermediate Visual Drills and Skills we filmed with Bill and Ryan Harrison of SlowTheGameDown.com. Bill and Ryan are leaders and pioneer in the area of vision for sports. SlowTheGameDown, their company has been training elite hall of fame athletes for over 40 years. For Volleyball Bill has worked with Hall Famers Flo Hyman and AVP star and current USA coach Matt Fuerbringer.
This is the first of 5 Static Visual Drills and Skills we filmed with Bill and Ryan Harrison of SlowTheGameDown.com. Bill is a leader and pioneer in the area of vision for sports. SlowTheGameDown has been training athletes for over 40 years. From as early as George Brett (Baseball Hall of Fame) in 1971 to currently the 2013 World Champion San Francisco Giants.
Reading the game is described by many coaches and players including Karch Kiraly and Hugh McCutcheon as the premier skill in volleyball. This video is the first video in a series of videos we filmed with Dr. Bill Harrison on vision and reading the game using vision. This video builds on ideas and concepts brought forward by Karch Kiraly when he self analyzed his success as a player.
We have filmed over 100 Videos with Dr. Bill Harrison and his son on Vision for Volleyball. These videos as well as other resources will be posted in the next 2 week!
In this video Bill Harrison describes and teaches about central vision and how this skill if used correctly can significantly slow the game down. The problem is this skill has real physical limitations and it is important to understand these limitations when using the skill to improve athletic performance.
In this video Dr.Bill Harrison discusses how the rapid switching of your eyes stops thinking and forces only seeing. This is an extremely powerful concept that can be used by players to eliminate the focus on past errors that just happened and rather focus on the coming next play.
In this video Bill Harrison explains a critical idea for improving athletic performance. When You Think You Cannot See! This video will also help you be a better coach and also talk less, especially during games! 🙂
Until recently most coaches were flat out wrong as too why an error occurred in the kinetic chain of motor skill movement as it relates to sports. For most coaches the focus of the breakdown will generally be perceived as a breakdown in technique or a breakdown in mental concentration. What is interesting is that nothing could be further from the truth. Most mistakes in sports occur because of a breakdown in vision.
In this video Bill Harrison discusses important concepts as they relate to the zone, the peak the of athletic performance.
This video was filmed for our AVCA Video Tip of the Week series with Andor Gyulai. I filmed this video to share some of the concepts I learned with Dr. Bill Harrison about volleyball vision and reading the game.