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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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December 5, 2016

A Letter to My Younger Self

Lost a friend last month, who impacted so many, without being a coach – just by being damn good at what he did, officiate.  Players around the world held a moment of silence.  We had set up skiing plans for this season, and enjoyed a great Rio Paralympics together – after he was done being a great Rio Beach Olympic referee. 

November 7, 2016

Promoting False Confidence

How can we avoid creating false confidence in players?

November 4, 2016

Lessons we learn from failing

Sometimes, a little reminder is the push you need to keep trying.

November 1, 2016

I Want You To Make Mistakes

For more than 40 years, one of the first things I say to new teams and summer camp players is just that: “I want to see mistakes out here on the court.”  

October 20, 2016

Be Consistent

Consequences and punishment are so prevalent in our sport and this blog explores why. It also talks about how outcome, winning and losing, is "punishment" enough to continue to drive the desire to get better.

October 3, 2016

Helping Elementary and Middle Schools Volleyball through STEM

Learning about volleyball in school does not have to involve waiting in line to get one chance to pass the ball. Find out about the news STEM kit created by USAV and the Huddle Group.

September 16, 2016

Suffering From the Illusion of Knowledge

Years ago, having played some myself, it was easy to say “yes” to coaching my daughter’s 7th grade recreational volleyball team. My twisted logic told me, “I’ve played for years. These are young kids. How hard can this be?” So began my coaching career.

May 27, 2016

What Is It With Physical Punishment??

USAV Director of Development John Kessel looks at the use of physical punishment in volleyball.

May 20, 2016

Fearing Free: Lessons From Washington D.C.

In today's Youth sports world parents are starting to fear free things are not as good or adequate and are opting to continue to spend more and more rather than just letting kids play.

May 3, 2016

So You Want To Be A Volleyball Coach

Pat Madia, USAV Western Empire Region’s Coaches Education Committee Chair, shares eleven core tips for a new coach. Remember and share this, plus other great information for any new coach in the I’m a New Coach section of the USAV Grassroots section.

May 1, 2016

Volleyball Bingo: Fun, Challenging, Productive

Volleyball bingo is a great way to help players focus on things they needed to work on in practice

April 8, 2016

Its not Failure, Its Learning

Allowing kids to learn and teach themselves is difficult, especially when you consider that the best learning happens during failure. Coaches must foster education by allowing that failure, not preventing it.

February 15, 2016

Lessons From a Nose Flute

Learning to play this new instrument and letting others figure it out helps to drive home the lesson that doing the activity is the most important than other things outside of it.

January 15, 2016

A Major Change in My Feedback

Most coaches who have taken IMPACT learned that a coach's feedback/feed-forward is the most important form of changing an athlete's skill set.

November 4, 2015

Oh the Games We Can Play

IMPACT training provides a long list scrimmage scoring options. Some coaches mistakenly read this as “all you do is play games” with supposedly no focus on technical skills. The assumption is, since it is not a coach controlled training environment, it must not be technical.

November 3, 2015

Fifteen Reasons You DON’T Want to Play Volleyball

You spend most of your time active. Wouldn’t you rather play a sport where you get to sit around most of the time like baseball, cricket or wrestling? While you get to rest a bit between points, volleyball makes all 12 people on the court move all over the place and that is just tiring!

October 26, 2015

Bamboo and a Better Self

We’ve become so ingrained with how indoor volleyball should be: nice gym floors made of wood or tile with shiny red or blue poles surrounded by thick padding and pristine black and white game nets in use because the practice nets might have a small tear in them or seem dingy.

October 9, 2015

Creating Talent with What You Have

If you live in a place with thousands of players, this article might help you get better. If you live in a small market with just a few or maybe no players (yet), this is a competitive advantage to help you take on those teams that seem to have all the talent.

August 27, 2015

Words of Little or a LOT of Meaning

Words have little meaning to beginners in motor learning.

August 26, 2015


My son had something that I gave to him in his dorm room at Princeton; in capital letters on an orange post-it note, the word “YET.”

August 24, 2015

False Fundamentals

The term false or fake fundamentals, along with the concept of irrelevant training, is one that it seems coaches, parents and players simply want to ignore.  Understandably so, as it gives them a feeling of success and mastery, even though it is not helping them in competition.