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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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June 2, 2014

Give the Boys a Chance

I simply would like to ask everyone reading this blog to share, as I am about to, their best practices, other sport successes and brainstorming thoughts on how to give boys 5-18 years old a chance to make volleyball their sport for a lifetime.

May 3, 2014

Leave a Ball Behind II

Over a decade ago, I created a program with USA Volleyball, our regions and our amazing clubs to donate just one of their used volleyballs at the end of their seasons, to give away to other programs around the world that are less fortunate.

January 22, 2014

Change Your Words, Change Your Gym

I recently was at the NCAA Finals for Women’s D1 and four words jumped out at me that I have always found of importance, but which were being repeated in session after session. To hear others using these four words in genuine ways, makes me think we have turned a corner in volleyball.

December 12, 2013

Simplified Youth Rules

Ideas for youth play for 3-11 year old athletes, who should be playing in teams of two or four.

March 12, 2012

USA Volleyball Skills Contest

The YMCA of the USA updated this skills contest with USA Volleyball staff help for use during their volleyball centennial celebrations.

February 26, 2012

Jim Coleman Impact & Immediate Feedback Video System

On October 22, 2012, Jim Coleman would be turning 80 years old. His passing a over a decade ago, in August of 2001, meant heaven picked up one of the best volleyball minds in the world to ever walk into a gym. At our USA Volleyball offices, all our historical material is in a large library area

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.”

December 9, 2010

Kessel’s Best Movies for Team Viewing

A personal list of movies, in no particular order, that might be great for team bonding and inspiration.

November 20, 2009

May We Please Leave a Court Up?

Over 20 years ago I was working with the University of Colorado program, working with several club teams to merge them into a single varsity program.

August 10, 2009

Paralympic Sports Clubs Military Sports Programs x

I traveled some this summer doing mostly weekend clinics around the USA primarily for coaches and PE teachers at the youth level.

July 20, 2009

Opportunity is Nowhere

This is one of my favorite "words" ever, and given the economic situation impacting us all, leads us into the reason for this grow the game set of options - for I see things as now here, never nowhere.

July 13, 2009

More Volleyball From Vanuatu

Espiritu Santo...Wrecks to Rainforest -- Vanuatu, Discover untouched seclusion and beauty...that is what Carte de Luganville - the map of this town says.

July 9, 2009

Beachroots Volleyball in Vanuatu

I have come back to where my grandfather, father and a guy named James Michener once travelled and worked.

July 1, 2009

Volleyball and Fly Fishing

I got a new Orvis Helios 3wt recently. Made from the same carbon fiber they use on the Apache helicopters, it is feather light at 1.75 ounces total, and strong as heck, for casting into the afternoon winds along my favorite little streams.

June 26, 2009

Father’s Day and Volleyball

My father was my role model in countless ways, and I have done my best raising my kids as a single dad to follow in his World War II veteran footsteps.

February 27, 2009

To Sit or Stand During Matches?

This week I got an email from a coach, who asked a great question - sit or stand during match play?

January 30, 2009

How We Make Decisions

Most of you reading my work over the years understand the importance I place on improving the most important skill in our sport – reading.

January 26, 2009

More Street Volleyball Please

Hanging out at this year's NCAA Volleyball Championships in chilly Omaha, Neb., one cannot help but be warmed by the wonderful hospitality of the Cornhusker Nation and Great Plains members. Wednesday night

January 26, 2009

HP Clinic Lessons Shared

So we are in the fourth day of this year's USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches' Clinic and CAP I,II, III sessions here at the Olympic Training Center.