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How Low Cost Clubs Operate

Three clubs out of Kansas City operate with most of their fees under $1,000, sometimes well under. Here's how clubs can lower costs while still providing an excellent athlete experience.

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March 14, 2019

What Makes a Good Coach?

Stephen F. Austin University head beach coach Alex Luna shares his thoughts on what makes a good coach in this BCAP II article

March 7, 2019

The Most Important Poster in Coaching

John Kessel's poster of John Wooden quotes is an important part of his coaching toolkit.

February 15, 2019

Teach Your Players to Hit More Effectively

No matter how tall (or short) your players are, John Kessel has tips to improve their hitting efficiency and make a difference for your team.

January 9, 2019

Volleyball Should Be a Game Before It Becomes a Sport

Lessons learned from this year's USOC American Development Model Summit

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December 28, 2018

Starting a Boys Volleyball Program

Just think about it, 10 boys playing on a team. One team, one unit, all together, sweating, working hard, learning discipline, on the court, building muscles, the beginning of a passion.

December 6, 2018

You are Not the Parent

Too often, coaches say “my kids,” and while I understand the wording, I think it’s crucial to remind yourself that you have only a few hours to impact, teach and care for your players.

November 7, 2018

Kids Don’t Care How Much You Know Until They Know How Much You Care

John Kessel is about to embark on another season of coaching, and he reminds you that being a caring coach is of utmost importance.

October 3, 2018

My Team Just Lost Badly – What Next?

Teams lose. Sometimes they lose badly. Where do you go next when your team is down?

September 4, 2018

Growing the Game: It’s Not the Drills

What are the magic drills that make some teams so good? Big secret: it's not the drills. There is no magic.

August 8, 2018

Aha! Moments From Coaches Around the World

It's been a summer full of "aha!" moments as I visited numerous coaching clinics around the world.

June 6, 2018

Summer is a Time of Learning

It's summer, and it's time to learn about yourself as a coach and how to impact players more effectively.

May 1, 2018

John Kessel: Never Be a Child’s Last Coach

There are many ways to define success for a volleyball coach.

March 5, 2018

John Kessel: A Culture of Building

Understand the powerful importance of creating a healthy culture in a program.

July 20, 2017

The Value of Chaos and Failure

Then and now, creating randomness in the learning process, and its imperfections, creates both better retention and creative play at any level.

April 27, 2017

It’s not About Right or Wrong; It’s About Efficiency in Learning

It's not about wrong or right, but about what is more effective. It's not criticism when science guides us to more effective ways to learn, it is information, which sadly many traditional coaches chose to ignore. As the great William Penn said, "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."

April 16, 2017

Playing the REAL Game

If there was one thing I would ask clubs and schools to change, it is to play far less 6 v 6 at younger ages, if any at all, where all but one of the kids stands around and watches the ball. For ALL ages, play much more 1v1/2v0/1v1+1/2v2, and reserve 6 v 6 for older players. It really is that simple.

March 31, 2017

It’s Not about Right or Wrong

It’s not about wrong or right, but about what is more effective. It’s not criticism when science guides us to more effective ways to learn, it is information, which sadly many traditional coaches chose to ignore.

March 16, 2017

Canadian Volleyball Eh?

This month, I journeyed for the second time in a year above to our neighbor north of the 48 states, to work with ACE Volleyball club as part of their Make-A-Wish project. The athletes had fundraised over $24,000 beyond their club costs, for the second year in a row.

January 30, 2017

Lessons Learned from a Pirates Think Tank

There is a small market pro baseball team working hard to get their players “Ready at 7.” This is the time of most single, regular-season games, and the maximum number of games in the World Series. They are also challenging their sport’s traditions in the areas of learning.

January 4, 2017

You Are The Magic

That is something my friend and mentor for over 40 years once told me; add that Carl McGown also often said “There is no magic,” and you will start to have an idea of his mind and his work. Each coach brings his or her own magic to the court but there is only hard work and the science 

January 1, 2017

Choosing Coaches for Young Athletes

The coach you choose can determine whether a child will continue to play or can have a negative impact on their skill development