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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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November 24, 2021

Notes from the U.S. and Netherlands

I spent Memorial Day flying back from Amsterdam, 24 hours in en route, leaving a place where the Dutch Underground were battling in World War II three-quarters of a century before me.

November 19, 2021

Six Ways To Reduce Anxiety During Tough Transitions

Young athletes face tough transitions on a regular basis. Whether it's something big, like a move to a new school, or just the start of a season with a new coach, these transitions can be significant sources of anxiety. But, there are ways to navigate these challenging times.

November 17, 2021

Why Should I Run a 6-3 or 6-6?

For those with little time to read my blogs and ponderings, the short answer is “In a 6-3 you teach HALF your players on the court the leadership roles and key skill of setting/running an offense, and in a 6-6, every player learns that key skill.”

November 10, 2021

Motivational Interviewing – Still Learning

John Kessel's still in learning mode (he's always there), and now his quest for learning introduced him to Motivational Interviewing (MI), which is all about the communication techniques that help you draw wisdom and answers from your players.

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November 3, 2021

Eating for Brain Health

And it might come as a surprise, but the brain uses around 20 percent of the body's energy, making it the hungriest organ. Fuel it appropriately, and your young athlete will be able to think fast and stay sharp in school and on the field.

October 21, 2021

Nine Easy Ways to Prevent Cliques on Teams

When it comes to preventing cliques and bullying behaviors, it’s best to be proactive. Coaches who focus on building strong team-wide relationships from the first day of practice are less likely to run into the social problems, like cliques, that hurt teams and players.

October 21, 2021

Creating an Inclusive Volleyball Culture

Volleyball is a sport of acceptance. For LGBTQ youth, finding acceptance on a team can be life changing, if not lifesaving. These tips will help you create a culture of inclusion with your teammates and in your program.

October 20, 2021

Five Tips for Hosting a USAV Tournament

A well-run tournament is a work of art. Like a work of art, it takes months and months of planning for an event to shine. Here are five tips to make your tournaments run more smoothly and successfully.

October 13, 2021

How to Spot the Warning Signs of Hazing

Hazing is not uncommon as a way to "initiate" new players to a team. These acts are humiliating, intimidating, demeaning and dangerous. Here are signs of hazing that you should watch out for and ways you can help your athlete should they be hazed by teammates.

October 5, 2021

The Secret of SoCal: How the Weather Makes it Possible for Year-Round Beach Volleyball

Southern California has turned into a beach volleyball haven in part due to a climate that allows for year-round practice on deep-sand beaches. Here's what you can expect from the weather when you're hitting the SoCal beaches.

September 29, 2021

How to Support a Diverse and Multi-Cultural Team

What's the secret to supporting each member of a diverse and multi-cultural team? Love, authenticity, and a few other things...

September 27, 2021

Nutrition Myths: Do These Fueling Traditions Work?

While many fueling traditions that you’ve heard about are going to be okay for most athletes, there are some modern tweaks you can make to ensure that your athlete is properly fueled and getting the nutrition he or she needs.

September 13, 2021

Six Things To Do When Coaching Your Own Child

Coaching your own child can be a fun, rewarding experience for both of you, but it can also be a challenge. Here are six ways you can best keep everyone - your child, the rest of the team, and the rest of the team's parents - happy.

August 30, 2021

Differentiated Leadership: How to Figure Out What Each Athlete Needs

On a team, there are athletes who naturally gravitate towards leadership roles and require little support. But those athletes aren't the only ones who can be team leaders, and a dedicated coach can help athletes hone previously dormant leadership skills. Here's how to look at your team through a new lens: Seeing each athlete as capable of taking on leadership roles, and as individuals who may require different types of encouragement from you.

June 24, 2021

Develop Positive Body Image on Teams

For young athletes, maintaining a positive body image is difficult at the best of times, but when a competitive team atmosphere is added into the mix, that positivity can become even harder.

June 17, 2021

Sun Safety

With the summer sunshine out in full force, it's important to take care of your skin while enjoying the warm weather. Here are tips about sunblock, how to pick the right block for you, and other ways to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays.

May 18, 2021

Reducing Anxiety to Make Matchday as Good as Practice

Gameday anxiety is common among all athletes. It's important to help your team manage those worries. Here are a few tips to help your team treat matches like little more than practice.

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May 18, 2021

The Path to Being a Pro Volleyball Player

Few athletes are going to beat the odds and make it to collegiate or professional volleyball. John Kessel's son is one of those few. Here are tips from John about raising a potential professional athlete.

May 18, 2021

Obstacles to the Transformation

Long-time CAP III-certified coach Dennis Belaire of the Lakeshore Region takes inspiration from the business world as he creates 14 points and seven deadly sins for volleyball coaching.

May 17, 2021

Six Things I Learned as a New Coach

Being a first-time coach can be nerve-wracking, and coaches can often feel lost during their first season leading a team. Here are a few tips from USA Volleyball staffers who recently wrapped up their first season of coaching volleyball.

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