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VVI State League Grand Final – 16 Aug 2014

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to be a ringer on the coaching staff in a Victorian State League Grand Final. My good friend Bill was the assistant coach of Yarra Ranges Premier Men, and I had worked with 8 of the players and coaching staff in the Victorian state teams over the last […]

I still don’t like screening

So screening on the serve is still against the rules. But referees are apparently not allowed to call it. This one team at Asian Junior Championships used it a lot. One referee called them on it and they stopped… but the referee got marked down in the assessment for calling it. Good on them I […]

Asian Women’s (U19) Volleyball Championship – Part 3: Players < 175cm

Often in sport we talk about “growing the base of the pyramid”. More participation translates into a larger number of elite athletes at the pointy end (surely). However, a friend of mine who works as a High Performance Manager told me recently this is not a paradigm that will help Australia compete with larger countries. As […]

Asian Women’s (U19) Volleyball Championship – Part 2: The big 5

Interestingly at this tournament, the only 2 teams where the players and staff have to pay to participate are Australia and New Zealand.  All the other teams had their costs covered by their federations or government funding. Some of the top players in the other teams had semi-professional players playing in the top domestic league competitions […]

Asian Women’s (U19) Volleyball Championship – Part 1

Last month, immediately after AJVC, I had the privilege of participating in the 17th Asian Women’s (U19) Volleyball Championships in Taiwan as part of the Australian team’s coaching staff. I love volleyball events and it was like I had died and gone to heaven. I thought tournaments here were a lot of fun. But this is […]

Anatomy of a win

“I learned a lot from you this week. We worked really well together because you use statistics and I coach with my gut. I hope we can do this again some time.” – Michael Miller This was some flattering words from my fellow Victorian U19 men’s team assistant coach as we said our goodbyes at […]

Giving feedback on failure

Carol Dweck’s work is just amazing and I keep finding pearls of wisdom and stuff useful to coaching all the time. In particular is a scenario presented in Mindset about “Elizabeth”, a child who competes in a gymnastics meet and is disappointed  to not win a single prize at the event. The scenario gives the reader 5 possible things […]

Speed and perfection is the enemy of difficult learning

…is a phrase that really stuck with me from Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset. In it, she states that praising people (children in particular) on how effortlessly they accomplish easy tasks promotes the Fixed Mindset. How does this relate to volleyball. Getting good at volleyball takes years of difficult learning in mastering “open” skills such as […]

Pro Beach: NVL Opens Season, AVP Follows This Weekend

The NVL opened the 2014 season with an event in Dallas over the weekend, ushering in the first of several domestic pro beach volleyball events scheduled this summer by the NVL, AVP and FIVB. The AVP will open its 2014 season next weekend in St. Petersburg, FL and the FIVB will host its World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach in late July.... Read Full Post

Ice Cream Immortality for Russ Rose

Penn State women's volleyball head coach Russ Rose was honored this week with his very own ice cream flavor at a Happy Valley's beloved Berkey Creamery. Rose is the first to be honored with a "hall of fame" permanent flavor in 20 years and joins the ranks of Joe Paterno and several other distinguished Penn State faculty and alums.... Read Full Post

Save Garthoff, Save the (Volleyball) World

There are only 10 days left to get your Vol-B-Que tickets. If you're going to be anywhere near the Southern California area on June 7th, you need to be there. World League. USA vs. Russia. Long Beach Pyramid.... Read Full Post

Gulf Shores May Soon Have Competition for NCAA Sand Championships

As collegiate sand volleyball says goodbye to its emerging sport status and hello to its official NCAA sport status, it means there are lots of changes ahead. One such change could be the location for the national championship tournament.... Read Full Post

FIVB Beach: Hughes/Engle & Brunner/Rogers Lead Americans in Puerto Vallarta

The top American teams skipped last weekend's Open tournament in Puerto Vallarta, but several U.S. teams did give it a go and American pairs got as far as the quarterfinals on both the men's and women's sides of the event. The men were led by Theo Brunner and Todd Rogers and the women by Christal Engle and Heather Hughes.... Read Full Post

FIVB Beach: No Medals for USA in Shanghai

The first FIVB Grand Slam in Shanghai yielded no medals for U.S. beach teams. On both the men's and women's sides of the event, the quarterfinals were as far as American pairs were able to go.... Read Full Post

NCAA Men: Play-In Matches Reveal Final Four

The inaugural six-team NCAA men's volleyball tournament began last night with two play-in matches for berths to the Final Four. While top seeds Loyola Chicago and BYU earned automatic berths to the national semifinal, four teams were set to fight it out for the other two spots.... Read Full Post

Pro Beach: Walsh & Ross Start FIVB Season With a Win

The 2014 pro beach season is officially underway and the top American women's team is showing that they mean business. Kerri Walsh and April Ross won the Fuzhou Open last weekend beating some very good Brazilian and Chinese teams on the way. Show More Summary

NCAA Men: Inaugural Six-Team Playoff Bracket Set

The committee has spoken and for the first time in the new expanded playoff structure, six teams will continue post-season play on the way to the NCAA championship. Loyola Chicago received the No. 1 seed and BYU received the No. 2 seed. So those two teams will get a bye straight to the Final Four.... Read Full Post

NCAA Men: Top Seeds Head Set for Conference Tournament Action

Starting tonight and running through this Saturday night, the top four teams in the three big conferences will compete for each's conference championship. When it is all over, we'll see who's still standing and finally find out which teams the committee deems worthy to move on to the play-in matches and the national semifinals.... Read Full Post

Teams Set for NCAA Sand Championships

The 2014 NCAA Sand Volleyball championships will kick off next weekend and the AVCA announced the participants this week. There will be no repeat winner as last year's champion Long Beach State will not be competing in the playoffs.... Read Full Post

Snow Volleyball Aims for Legitimacy

I'll admit, I'm having a hard time picturing what a game of snow volleyball would look like. Volleyball being played in the heavy powder while skiers whiz by? Hmmm. It appears that the sport is gaining a bit of momentum as the proponents begin to get more organized.... Read Full Post

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