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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 18, 2014

Do super foods make you super?

A look at 10 super foods that are good for volleyball athletes

September 19, 2014

Ten Tips for Fans at a Beach Volleyball Event

Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick give fans beach tips

June 23, 2014

Please Know What Marfan Syndrome Is…

If you come to visit us at USA Volleyball’s offices in Colorado Springs (please do!), and I am in town I will take you on a tour. One of the first stops, after the “Gold Room” where all staff meetings are held surrounded by pictures of all the US Olympic gold medal teams to date, beach and indoor, is this corner by CEO Doug Beal’s office. It is one of several statues commissioned in honor of 1984 Olympic silver medalist Flo Hyman.

March 5, 2014

Serving the Ideal Diet for Training, Competition and Recovery

Evaluating your diet based on your current performance stage

January 13, 2014

The case for carbs

Originally published in VolleyballUSA, Winter 2010-11 issue. I can’t tell you how often I hear athletes say they’re going to cut carbs in their diet because they want to drop a few pounds. The strategy goes something like this: Scrambled eggs for breakfast without toast, water during practice, grilled chicked and veggies for dinner –...

May 7, 2013

Stats for Players and Parents

Skill performance will ebb and flow, with 50 percent of the time being spent in below average performance for each player. Practice is for RAISING each player’s personal average.

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.

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 9, 2011

The 7 Speeds of Volleyball

The concept of 7-speeds is based on the work of soccer researcher and author Jurgen Weineck.

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.

November 11, 2009

Tryouts and Our Deepest Fear

Tryouts can bring out our deep fears, as the talent pyramid begins its inexorable narrowing. From six elementary schools teams, to a couple or so junior high 7th grade teams.

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September 14, 2009

Olympic Caliber Nutrition

Aaron Brock MS, ATC, PESDirector of Sports Medicine and Performance to the U.S. National TeamsUSA Men’s Olympic Volleyball TeamE-Mail: aaron.brock@usav.org If you haven’t given nutrition much thought, you may want to start… now! Research clearly demonstrates the beneficial effects of optimal nutrition on athletic performance. While many factors need to be considered when discussing an...

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.

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?