February 8, 2023

2022 AVCA (Virtual) Convention – Content Catch-up

If you have not found them now, listed here are my updates from Working day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Working day 4 of the digital edition of the 2022 AVCA Conference. In this post I’ll share the periods I went back to look at after the Conference finished.

Youth VB Practices: Approaches & Drills to Create Self-confidence and Endure the Chaos

This was a pre-recorded session by Kathy DeBoer and Becca Just (Education Specialist at the AVCA). Kathy doesn’t typically current at the Convention, aside from the things you’d hope from the Govt Director of a coaching federation. As such, I was intrigued to see this 1.

Kathy started out off by sharing the advancement of volleyball at the high college level. She also outlined that progress in the sport is actually being pushed at the more youthful age groups. In distinct, she noted that the 13-and-under age group was the largest at AAUs very last calendar year, with over 700 groups.

From there the presentation highlighted Kathy speaking about something, then Becca giving on-court illustrations. A significant element during was Kathy chatting about the price of blocked education, in individual as associated to participant confidence. I have a large amount to comment on about this one particular, but have to do that somewhere else. It would consider up way too considerably area right here.

Coaching Juniors in the Japanese Way

This was another pre-recorded session. The presenter was Sei Kawabe, the Govt Director for the Japanese equal of the AVCA. He talked about the way issues go in youth volleyball in Japan. A apparent criticism he spoke of is an extreme emphasis on profitable simply because tournaments there are strictly elimination. You eliminate, you go home.

A person of his additional appealing comments was that in his mind method is about managing the ball, though kill is about managing the sport. A chunk of the movie (only about 35 minutes whole) concentrated on coaching spiking. He particularly talked about training children how to throw, and also shoulder alignment. Toward the conclude he shared clips of a single club’s teaching that highlighted some far more general athletic actions with volleyball techniques.

Mastering Lab: Environment

Like the other Labs, this was a zoom. The presenter was Paco Labrador, from the Naval Academy. It being an open Q&A signifies the issues included a number of distinct topics. Variety of like Chris Tamas from Day 2, Paco talked about not being fixated on particular technique, particularly with footwork.

Recruiting the Club Recruiting Coordinator – What to Do and What to Avoid on Calls to a Club

This was a panel dialogue showcasing a team of juniors club recruiting coordinators. The aim was on how college or university coaches can do a much better occupation of operating with clubs in the recruiting process. There was a great deal of talk about the conversation facet of things – the two to the young ones and the recruiting coordinators.

Maximizing the Transfer Portal + Blocking YOUR Gamers From Moving into It!

Dan Tudor did this presentation, which was a live seminar. Dan is the president and founder of Tudor Collegiate Procedures, which advises schools on recruiting. When I was at Medaille, the department made use of his solutions. He talked about the difference concerning recruiting transfers and high faculty athletes, amid other topics.

Championship Behaviors

This was Hugh McCutcheon’s talk centered on his new e-book by the exact name, although with a somewhat various spelling. You can browse my guide evaluate below. The first 10 minutes or so was the story of how the e book arrived to be. One particular of the funnier areas of that was when Hugh discovered out his guide was #1 in Volleyball – and was very thrilled – then realized what else was in the best vendor listing and was fewer amazed. This is relevant to anything I wrote about listed here.

Out of Program Offense: Generating Your Technique

Retired LSU and AVCA Hall of Fame coach Fran Flory ran this on-court session. She began with an workout I’ve viewed in a great deal of pro group gyms exactly where gamers bounce the ball then set it to just one of the pins like they ended up setting an out-of-method ball. Fran challenged the attendees to spend a great deal a lot more time doing the job with young setters placing from off the net fairly than ideal balls.

A Balancing Act: Bodily Trainings Loads, Ability Improvement and Psychological Health and fitness

This was a seminar session. It highlighted David Gil from VERT and Lauren Steinbrecher from James Madison. You might recall that I experienced the two of them on one particular of my Coaching Conversations. Substantially of what they talked about was related to the written content from that Discussion.

Some thing genuinely appealing that David introduced up experienced to do with the influence of tiredness on finding out. Most of us recognize that we need to do the a lot more educating oriented (skill acquisition) pieces of our instruction toward the starting of a session when the mind and physique of the athletes are fairly fresh. David noted, on the other hand, that we just cannot just glance at it in terms of currently. He stated study implies there’s a carryover influence from a weighty load day to the days soon after it. So if we had a hard day on Tuesday, we probably do not want to try to do considerably ability acquisition function on Wednesday.

Controlling Your Workforce In advance of, During and Following a Match

Canadian Women’s National Crew head mentor Shannon Winzer presented this seminar. She stated from the start out that the title was not the most effective for what she needed to discuss about. Essentially, she talked about receiving from in which you are to the place you want to be in conditions of team overall performance. She talked about how they examined the deficiencies they saw in the Canada team (what she referred to as Hole Examination) and what they did in teaching to address them. She then went into scouting and what they glance at/for.

Setting up a Better Studying Environment 

Trevor Ragan from The Mastering Lab introduced this session. His emphasis was on producing/sustaining the right atmosphere in our groups. A prime case in point of this is how we react to faults. He also talked about how Karch asks his players how he can do a much better position coaching them as an example of modeling a mastering-dependent mentality and habits. Importantly, he did make the observation that the inherent level of competition for enjoying time inside a staff operates from the thought of have a safe and sound psychological atmosphere. It is just some thing we have to acknowledge.

A Basic Setting up Procedure for Profitable Your Times

This was a pre-recorded session by Mandy Eco-friendly from Chaotic Mentor. The basic thrust of this presentation was helping coaches manage their time superior. She made two observations at the beginning that I genuinely liked. The initially was “Coaches feel ‘busy’ is equal to ‘value’. The second was “Coaching are patting themselves on the back for the quantity of hrs of function they are placing in”. Each are so genuine. I see it consistently, especially at the higher education amount.

Why Branding Matters for Leaders in Sports

Laura Barnard of BREAKTHRU Brands introduced this pre-recorded seminar. It was principally aimed at women leaders. Whilst it brought in company manufacturers by way of instance, the concentrate was on coaches building their private model.

So You Think You Want to Coach? Running the Transition from Player to Assistant Mentor to Head Mentor

This was a panel discussion showcasing four ladies at distinctive factors in their careers. It included a great deal of distinctive factors of the transitions from purpose to job. Having been in all those positions myself, I found myself agreeing with rather much all they claimed.

Minds, Hearts & Wallets: The Secrets and techniques to Engaging Donors

Beth Launiere ran this session, with the support of Leo Hopf who is her co-writer on End Competing and Commence Winning. They also experienced a girl who donated for an endowed coach’s chair at Utah, where Beth coaches. She really came up and shared a whole lot of insights from her facet of factors. A different donor adopted who talked about how she’s now a planned donor, that means the program will get funds from her estate soon after she passes.

You CAN Tackle the Reality: Fostering Genuine Associations with Your Athletes and Staff members

This was a panel dialogue at the extremely end of the live convention. Chris McGown moderated it, with Karch Kiraly, Luka Slabe (North Carolina State), and Beth Launiere. As the title implies, interactions was the major concentrate. There was a ton of discussion of good conversation.