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Getting to Know Lindsey Berg

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Getting to Know Lindsey Berg

Posted on 30 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

lindsey berg setting 199x300 Getting to Know Lindsey Berg volleyballAnother highlight of my time at the University of Minnesota was the opportunity to not only meet Lindsey Berg, but get to know her. She was able to work with the coaching staff and provide us a different perspective about the team. As with any outside point of view, it is always invaluable, but coming from a two-time Olympian, her Continue Reading

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The Mental Game

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The Mental Game

Posted on 26 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

volleyball brain The Mental Game volleyballThe mental game. Do we coach it enough? Do coaches know how to coach it? In club, it is sprinkled throughout practices. When I coached at Georgia Southern, the team had the benefit of working with a sports psychologist. He provided some great team insight and exercises, but he wasn’t utilized enough. I think many collegiate programs incorporate a sports psychologist with their programs because its what everyone else is doing, to “keep up with the Jones’s”. Mick Haley uses a team psychologist, Mike Voight, throughout the season with, I believe, great benefit. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Mike Hebert handles the team psychology lessons. He prepares his “Championship Manual” during the Continue Reading

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A Parent Letter about a Child Growing Through Volleyball :)

Posted on 25 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

The reason I am a volleyball coach…

LCV Club has been such a blessing for the whole [name withheld] family and we are so grateful to have had this experience. Chuck, I remember when our daughter was a freshman and you invited her to come to Big South with your team. We sat outside of the CNN Center and you talked to the team about your philosophy for that tournament. You told them to work hard, try jump serves, have fun and…you shared your story of life lessons. I knew you were correct about vb and all the lessons the girls would take from this sport to use throughout their lives. I wasn't sure what that would look like for our daughter, but I was excited about the possibilities ahead. I saw you inspire her as you helped her define her goals, she embraced what you said and was so grateful that you believed in her enough to share your thoughts. I have seen her work on this sport all through these years and deep inside was that passion to prove you right for believing in her. You challenged her with the proper effort, diet, commitment and focus, her dreams could become a reality, and now that opportunity awaits her, simple amazing!!!

This player is now going on to play in college. Awesome! icon smile A Parent Letter about a Child Growing Through Volleyball :) volleyball Teaching Life Lessons Through Volleyball

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From a Nairobi Slum, A Tale of Hope

Posted on 24 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

Perspective

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Ban Barnes and Noble – Shop at Amazon

Ban Barnes and Noble – Shop at Amazon

Posted on 22 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

barnesnoble ban 150x150 Ban Barnes and Noble   Shop at Amazon volleyballSo I will no longer be shopping at Barnes and Noble. At Christmas, I received a $15 gift card. I went to purchase The Art of Strategy, another John Kessel recommendation, for $20 at BN.com and noticed the opportunity for free shipping if I spend $25 or more. I searched for another book, Mental Toughness Training for Volleyball, by Mike Voight and Mick Haley, this also cost $20. Total purchase of $40. I compared prices for the exact same books at Amazon and found the total was over $10 cheaper at Amazon.  I wrote to service@barnesandnoble.com to inquire if anything can be done about the price difference. Here is their lame response: Continue Reading

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Volleyball Nutrition

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Volleyball Nutrition

Posted on 20 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

chuck norris total gym Volleyball Nutrition volleyballIf Chuck Norris can have the Total Gym, an AVP star should at least get an ab machine!?!? Maybe I am biased, but beach volleyball players are the best conditioned athletes in the world. Try walking around in sand all day and tell me how you feel, nevermind running and jumping in it. I’m surprised an AVP star hasn’t hooked up with a workout video company or new ab machine.

My father was diagnosed with adult onset diabetes (Type II) when he was in his 40s. I believe his father also had Type II Diabetes, but during his generation it wasn’t understood or diagnosed as often. Because of my father’s diagnoses, it forced me to think about my eating habits, which is why I try to live a healthy lifestyle. I hope through my example, I influence the players I coach. Continue Reading

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Marketing Your Program – The Obama Way

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Marketing Your Program – The Obama Way

Posted on 14 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

Let me preface this blog: this is not a political blog, this is purely marketing.

Fast Company Magazine, March 2009 issue, ranked The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. #1 wasn’t Google, not Apple, nor Hulu (and if you don’t know Hulu, this blog’s for you), it was Team Obama. The headline reads, “The year’s most successful start-up took a skinny kid with a funny name and turned him into the most powerful new national brand in a generation.” The headline hits a soft spot; I’m a skinny kid, without the funny name. Maybe I’ll be President yet! icon wink Marketing Your Program   The Obama Way volleyball Continue Reading

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The Challenge of Coaching at Small Clubs – Practice and Tournaments

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The Challenge of Coaching at Small Clubs – Practice and Tournaments

Posted on 13 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

I received an email from a coach asking for feedback about players that miss practices and tournaments when part of a small club. In theory, the principle of missing practice and tournaments at a small or large club should be the same, but there are some unique instances that always spring-up. Following is my reply. Your feedback on this subject is appreciated too. Continue Reading

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Winning at Volleyball without Height

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Winning at Volleyball without Height

Posted on 11 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

chrissiezartman Winning at Volleyball without Height volleyballDuring the season at the U of MN, Mike Hebert received an email from a club coach of which he passed along to me. The club coach was concerned with devising an offense system for a team with very little height. The club coach was quick to point out that the team had three great liberos. Here is my reply with Mike’s blessing, it also gives some insight of things I learned at the U of MN:

I hope this email will help save some trees and save you some money from all the paper you are using trying to devise an offense. But let’s look at two things first: 1) Defense 2) Height, and then we can discuss offense. Continue Reading

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Karch Kiraly’s visit to the University of Minnesota

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Karch Kiraly’s visit to the University of Minnesota

Posted on 09 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

karch kiraly w minnesota volleyball team Karch Kiralys visit to the University of Minnesota volleyball

So I offered a little insight into what Mike Hebert is like in an earlier post, so why not continue on with Karch Kiraly? icon wink Karch Kiralys visit to the University of Minnesota volleyball “Working” at the U of MN offered incredible accessibility to the greats of the game. Continue Reading

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AVP’s “Geeter” on the Price is Right! Classic!

Posted on 07 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

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To Jump Serve or not to Jump Serve

Posted on 05 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

I found this article on the National Center for Biotechnical Information website about jump serving. The study was conducted by the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.

A comparative study between serve mode and speed and its effectiveness in a high-level volleyball tournament.

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Patterns

Posted on 04 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

In the book How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer (recommended by John Kessel), one subject he brings to light is the neurological insight to optimize learning. He studied some of the top athletes, chess grandmasters, backgammon world champions, and even a 30 year veteran soap opera producer to understand how they became great. The common theme with these greats is their constant search for their own errors. Continue Reading

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Coach Chuck Rey is Assistant Coach at Miami University


Prior to this position, he was Assistant Coach at Winthrop University, the University of Minnesota and Georgia Southern University.

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