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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 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.

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.

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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.

March 8, 2021

Increasing Participation Across the Board

In an effort to get more touches in practice for his teams, CAP III coach Dennis Belaire has combined speedball and the Competitive Cauldron to form a new game-like drill: SpeeDron.

January 12, 2021

The Agony of DeParent

Parents agonizing over defeat need to learn to enjoy all matches, including losses, and spend more time teaching the values and lessons to be gained in the journey.

October 22, 2020

Teaching More Effectively and Efficiently

Time in the gym is limited - especially now - so practice must be efficient as possible. John Kessel has ideas on how to best use your time in the gym.

October 19, 2020

Learning is a Process That Never Ends

The process of learning should never stop, and that includes the time between the end of club season and school tryouts. No matter what, remember that the top of the pyramid, our national teams, seek players who are good at all six skills and great at one or two.

August 12, 2020

The Best Learning Environment Possible

Be sure to create drills that create the most efficient (and most fun) learning environment possible.

August 7, 2020

Best Gifts for a Volleyball Player

The best gifts for a volleyball player aren't things, but they are ways to assure your child continues to love the sport.

June 17, 2020

Developing Amazing Leaders and Citizens

John Kessel reflects on the his most important job as a coach: developing leaders and citizens, not just volleyball players.

April 16, 2020

Ancora Imparo Redux: Tips to Keep Learning at Home

In his latest blog, John Kessel offers suggestions about how to keep learning and improving while at home.

April 15, 2020

What Makes Volleyball Special?

USA Volleyball Hall of Famers tell why volleyball is special to them

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January 21, 2020

To Error is Human

When it comes to errors, every volleyball player makes them. Look at errors on multiple levels to provide learning opportunities.

December 12, 2019

Getting More Than One Ball Flying in Practice

Far too much of athletes' time is spent not working and doing, but standing in line or listening to a coach talk.

October 9, 2019

I Need Some New Drills!

Every coach wants more drills. They're an essential part of practice. But do they carry over to the match?

July 10, 2019

You Win with Serve Reception, not Passing

Serve and serve receiving are involved in every point played. Make sure your players learn those skills the same ways they'll use them during a match.

May 8, 2019

Teach Novice Players the Love of Volleyball

John Kessel shares ideas on how to teach the joy of volleyball before teaching the skills.

April 4, 2019

A Thank-you Letter to My 13U Teams

John Kessel sends his 13U team members on their way with ideas to hone their skills over the summer.

March 20, 2019

Growing the Mindset Part 2 (CAP II Article)

In the second part of this CAP II article, Scott Jones discussing building confidence to change athlete mindsets.

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