Notes from the U.S. and Netherlands

I spent Memorial Day flying back from Amsterdam, 24 hours in en route, leaving a place where the Dutch Underground were battling in World War II three-quarters of a century before me.

Why Should I Run a 6-3 or 6-6?

For those with little time to read my blogs and ponderings, the short answer is “In a 6-3 you teach HALF your players on the court the leadership roles and key skill of setting/running an offense, and in a 6-6, every player learns that key skill.”

Motivational Interviewing – Still Learning

John Kessel’s still in learning mode (he’s always there), and now his quest for learning introduced him to Motivational Interviewing (MI), which is all about the communication techniques that help you draw wisdom and answers from your players.

Six Things To Do When Coaching Your Own Child

Coaching your own child can be a fun, rewarding experience for both of you, but it can also be a challenge. Here are six ways you can best keep everyone – your child, the rest of the team, and the rest of the team’s parents – happy.

The Path to Being a Pro Volleyball Player

Few athletes are going to beat the odds and make it to collegiate or professional volleyball. John Kessel’s son is one of those few. Here are tips from John about raising a potential professional athlete.

Increasing Participation Across the Board

In an effort to get more touches in practice for his teams, CAP III coach Dennis Belaire has combined speedball and the Competitive Cauldron to form a new game-like drill: SpeeDron.

The Agony of DeParent

Parents agonizing over defeat need to learn to enjoy all matches, including losses, and spend more time teaching the values and lessons to be gained in the journey.

Teaching More Effectively and Efficiently

Time in the gym is limited – especially now – so practice must be efficient as possible. John Kessel has ideas on how to best use your time in the gym.

Learning is a Process That Never Ends

The process of learning should never stop, and that includes the time between the end of club season and school tryouts. No matter what, remember that the top of the pyramid, our national teams, seek players who are good at all six skills and great at one or two.

The Best Learning Environment Possible

Be sure to create drills that create the most efficient (and most fun) learning environment possible.