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Asian Girls (U17) Volleyball Championships – part 3: Australia

So now that I’ve written about what we did before the tournament, and how other teams went, how did our team (Australia) finish? We came last. We lost 2 games in pool play to the Philippines and India. Both were winnable and we were 2-1 sets up in each game but managed to lose in […]

Asian Girls (U17) Volleyball Championships – part 2: The Big 4

I previously wrote about China, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei and Thailand at the AVC U19 championships. This time, in my follow up to my post about the AVC U17 championships, I will focus on China, Japan, Korea and Thailand. Taipei regularly makes the top 5 with the rest, but I didn’t get much of a chance […]

Jirah Llaneta to make her BIG DECISION soon

In volleyball's recruiting wars, one player stood out among all high school players. This is none other than Jirah Llaneta of Perpetual Help - Molino. A 5'7 1/2 outside hitter, she has amazed UAAP and NCAA coaches with her hang timeShow More Summary

Extrinsic Motivation Part III: Sugar factories and braces

When she was a child, she dreamt of graduating from a Bangkok university but realised that the family’s modest income, with father working at a sugar factory in Ratchaburi, wasn’t going to fully cover her study costs. To accomplish her goal, she needed to get a scholarship. With her brother emerging as a keen footballer […]

Asian Girls (U17) Volleyball Championships – part 1

Currently I’m in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand with the Australian Youth (U17) Girls team preparing for Asian Championships, which starts in 4 days. After travelling with the Junior Women (U19) in July and both groups in April, this is my 3rd tour and I would have spent 7 weeks away from work and overseas. Thailand is a […]

Perana VideoTagger – The best video tagging software ever

There is not hyperbole in the title. After years of testing, the Perana Sports folks who made VBStatsHD have made VideoTagger – an easy-to-use video tagging application that lets you create your own templates and interfaces. VBStatsHD is great – in fact I love to use it for both our match analysis during games and […]

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

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