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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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February 3, 2012

What Can a Player Control?

his week my son Cody is playing in his first ever college matches for Princeton.

February 1, 2012

The Randomness of the Bigger Game

This guest blog is by Eric Hodgson, chair of the USA Volleyball's Grassroot's Commission and full time Director of Outreach for the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball.

January 20, 2012

Coaching the Human Animal

An advance heads up to start this blog, it is going to cost you the price of buying a movie, which you likely have not seen and which has become one of my favorite movies ever – documentary really – as it teaches huge lessons to all those wanting to be a better coach, teacher, or…

January 15, 2012

Cameras, Athletes and Role Modeling

Some of you may know that during my time at Colorado College and after, I worked as a summer hiking guide, did winter ascents, and Outward Bound courses, river rafting thru the Gates of the Ladore.

December 14, 2011

Videos and Principles Worth Many Thousands of Words

If a picture is worth a thousand words, those who have heard me speak know that I love to use video and images to say far more, during the always too short time I find I have to...

December 1, 2011

Willpower to Win

Karch Kiraly talks about his willpower to win

November 19, 2011

I Love to Watch You Play

As my last child winds her way through that last year of high school, somehow juggling five AP classes, two varsity sports with captains practices and road trips, peer counseling, friendships that have endured 3/4th her life on this remarkable planet….I keep thinking on how much I am going to miss watching her play. That has always been my line to the kids after their competitions. I love to watch you play, for it is true, and because it stops the coach in me from coaching, and gives them the chance to talk about what they might want to discuss about that contest, and even practice, if anything.

October 26, 2011

The Rare Find

I just finished one of those books that I feel all readers of this Growing the Game Together blog should also take the time to read. Then re-read. Long ago, then US Olympic team coach Terry Liskevych, told me of a study on talent, done with the National Football League general managers at that time. As I recall it now, they were asked what was the one thing an NFL team needed to win the Super Bowl. Since I work to teach socratically, I then ask coaches what they think the NFL GMs said. Answers such as “Communication…” and “Teamwork…” and many others pour in, but what over 25 of the 32 NFL GMs said was “Talent.”

October 21, 2011

STOP Teaching Setting

After the dialogue from my blog called “Stop Teaching Passing” - I felt as this junior season starts up that it is important to give all you teachers of the game a few more titles to chew on.

October 17, 2011

Random Observations on Coaches…

I have observed thousands of coaches presenting skill and drill ideas to others – both players and coaches – in the last 40 years of my coaching career, and have come to some observations to consider.

September 1, 2011

Time to Close the Serving Gap

Serving is a skill that young players need to spend more time practicing

June 1, 2011

The Game Teaches The Game

From Karch Kiraly's Volleyblog, addressing important learning principles.

May 16, 2011

Bionic Warriors and Heroes

This week begins one of the more special annual events held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, the Wounded Warrior Games.

May 9, 2011

Summer Volleyball Options

So with Regionals done for every USAV player, congrats are in order to those advancing on to Nationals, or on to USAV High Performance programming.

April 27, 2011

A Change of Seasons

So dear team, our club season has come to an end, including my time to be in practice and competition guiding your development and training.

March 2, 2011

STOP Teaching Passing!

No matter where I go in the world to teach, the traditional coaches mantra of “Can’t pass, can’t hit” is one of the first statements I hear in any language.

March 1, 2011

The Importance of Functional Strength

From Karch Kiraly's blog, five simple exercises for functional strength

February 24, 2011

Quantum Hoops II

You may have already read that one of the more fascinating documentaries I own and sometimes share with players and coaches is about Cal Tech Basketball, titled Quantum Hoops.

February 23, 2011

Stats for Parents and Players

I oft speak of the impact a Discover magazine article long ago had on me, on how we are fooled by randomness, in helping me be a better parent and coach.

February 22, 2011

I Just Need a Line

The dawn drive to the Santo Domingo airport to begin my all day journey home to Colorado, goes mostly along the coast of ragged lava rocks - no beaches on this stretch, but lots of palm trees.

February 15, 2011

Choosing the Right Words

I have been reflecting on the lack of specificity in most coaches’ teaching, as well as the choice of words we often make by habit.