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Volleyball Parents – What to say…

Posted on 31 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

One of my goals with this blog is to make available all the resources I have collected over the years in order to help out players, parents and coaches.  I found a simple piece for parents and what they should say to their child, of any age, before and after a match: Continue Reading

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Chicago Cubs’ Bobby Scales, a Victim of the Steroid Era

Chicago Cubs’ Bobby Scales, a Victim of the Steroid Era

Posted on 29 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

Bobby Scales doesn’t have a protruding chiseled chin, nor is his body popping out of his uniform. In fact, he’s skinny, by baseball standards. Bobbybobby scales 265x300 Chicago Cubs Bobby Scales, a Victim of the Steroid Era volleyball Scales was just recently called up from playing in the minor leagues after 11 years for his first major league start about a month ago. He entered the big leagues red hot, hitting .444 for a stretch and has cooled off, presently batting .267. During those 11 years, in the off-season, he taught school in the Atlanta area to support his family. Bobby Scales is truly an inspirational story of perseverance.

But has Bobby Scales been robbed of a lucrative baseball career because of baseball’s steroid era? Check out the before and after picture of Barry Bonds (see below). Bobby Scales looks to be about the size of Bonds 11 years ago. What about Alex Rodriguez’s $100 million contract. How much of that contract is from true athletic ability versus steroids? I’m sure Alex didn’t teach school during the off-season. If Bobby Scales chose steroids 11 years ago, where would he be today? How much would be in his bank account? Its unfortunate that kids will look-up to Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez and never know Bobby Scales. Continue Reading

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USA Volleyball Annual Meeting – A Professional League in the USA?

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USA Volleyball Annual Meeting – A Professional League in the USA?

Posted on 28 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

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Doug Beal at the USAV Annual Meeting

USA Volleyball held its annual meeting just prior to the USAV Open Nationals.  In the meeting Reid Priddy presented on the importance of a professional league in the United States, “We began to lay the foundation to discuss the creation of a U.S.-based indoor professional league for Continue Reading

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The Volleyball Libero – When should we not use the libero?

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The Volleyball Libero – When should we not use the libero?

Posted on 27 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

The original purpose of the volleyball libero was to provide a more exciting game overall through better passing and defense. The thought was that tall players have more difficulty with ball control and smaller players are quicker, more agile, and can play better court defense. The irony is that I have overheard coaches say Continue Reading

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Team Paul Mitchell and Washington Win USAV Open Nationals

Posted on 27 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

Last night, at the USAV Open Nationals here in Minneapolis, Team Paul Mitchell defeated Team BC 3 – 0 in the finals to win the Men’s Championship.  This is a three-peat for Team Paul Mitchell.  On the women’s side, the University of Washington defeated USA’s A2 Blue Team, 3 – 0.  Proving that a good team with chemistry, a team system, and a Continue Reading

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USAV Open Nationals Adult Volleyball in Minneapolis

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USAV Open Nationals Adult Volleyball in Minneapolis

Posted on 25 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

usa volleyball womens a2 team at usav open nationals 300x157 USAV Open Nationals Adult Volleyball in Minneapolis volleyballIt just so happens that my new pad is about 4 blocks from the Minneapolis Convention Center.  And it just so happens that USAV Open Nationals, Adult Volleyball Tournament are at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  As most of America spent their Memorial Day Weekend soaking up some sun on a lake, at the beach, or at a park, I spent a good portion of mine, willingly, in a convention center.  As I’ve posted before in my becoming a volleyball coach blog, being a part of volleyball is my lifestyle icon wink USAV Open Nationals Adult Volleyball in Minneapolis volleyball Continue Reading

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Pictures of the new pad

Pictures of the new pad

Posted on 24 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

loring park 300x150 Pictures of the new pad volleyballSo here are some pics of the new pad.  I can’t say its the biggest of places to live, considering its a studio apartment (struggling coach must sacrifice), but the location is great.  If you are familiar with Minneapolis, the place overlooks Loring Park (click for Google map).

Loring Park (to me,  at least) is Minneapolis’ version of New York City’s Central Park or Chicago’s Lincoln Park.  The adjacent  neighborhood is not nearly as prominent, but it is Minneapolis’ only downtown park. Continue Reading

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Streamy ~ a Dreamy Social Network Content Management Website

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Streamy ~ a Dreamy Social Network Content Management Website

Posted on 22 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

streamy Streamy ~ a Dreamy Social Network Content Management Website volleyballI must give mad props to Streamy.  I found Streamy through a Mashable plug.  I guess its best described as a social network content management system or a content hub.  In somewhat-non-techie-terms, Streamy combines streams from blogs and social networks to get the best news, a place to view your facebook, twitter, flickr, and blog feeds on one website.  I’ve tried friendfeed and chi.mp, but they were not as user-friendly as Streamy seems to be.  I’ve been working the Google products over especially Google Reader, where I’m still a Google platform groupie.  I would like to be able to email my gmail from Streamy, but I can foresee Streamy getting boughtout by a Google…just my prediction. Continue Reading

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Move is a four letter word

Posted on 22 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

Yup, unfortunately it seems to be a recurring theme.  Moving.  Fourth time in a year.  Move – is a four letter word.  There is nothing enjoyable about moving except things re-discovered in the back of a desk drawer, like the DVD of a great match of U of MN vs. Wisconsin this past season, or the philanthropic feeling of packing the Goodwill bag of unwanted, out-of-fashion clothes.  Can’t wait to get that next coaching gig so I can move again ;)  Hopefully a more permanent move next time.

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Jeff Nygaard shines some attention on skin-cancer awareness

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Jeff Nygaard shines some attention on skin-cancer awareness

Posted on 21 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

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Jeff Nygard AVP Comeback from skin-cancer

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Jeff Nygaard has made a comeback on the AVP tour after undergoing treatment for skin cancer. He’s the only top competitor wearing a long-sleeved shirt during competition.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL
The former UCLA volleyball star and Olympian favors long sleeves over the AVP Crocs Tour’s usual near-nakedness. He’s outspoken after being treated for basal cell carcinoma and melanoma.
By Pete Thomas | Los Angeles Times
May 22, 2009

Despite an impressive career and a recent resurgence on the pro beach volleyball circuit, Jeff Nygaard will never become a poster child for the AVP Crocs Tour.For one thing, the tour has its marquee male players in Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, who are Olympic gold medalists and, on most days, unbeatable. Continue Reading

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Life of Mine | A Volleyball Documentary

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Life of Mine | A Volleyball Documentary

Posted on 20 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

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USA Women’s Volleyball Rallies from the 2008 Olympics

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USA Women’s Volleyball Rallies from the 2008 Olympics

Posted on 19 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

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Youth Volleyball – Is there such thing as too much?

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Youth Volleyball – Is there such thing as too much?

Posted on 19 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

Hi Coach Rey,

I am grateful we have people like you out there to give parents and players great advice about volleyball.

My daughter just turn 11 and started with club last season in a 12U team. Since she started young she has another season with the 12U team. I am surrounded with parents who spends thousand of dollars for private trainings in addition to the club training. Continue Reading

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Female volleyball high school coaches: a spike in man’s world

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Female volleyball high school coaches: a spike in man’s world

Posted on 19 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

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Many women lead boys volleyball teams, but for how much longer? Continue Reading

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Three billion of the world’s 200 billion-plus paper cups end up at the dump each year bear the Starbucks logo

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Three billion of the world’s 200 billion-plus paper cups end up at the dump each year bear the Starbucks logo

Posted on 18 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

A follow-up to my last blog post about Starbucks:

Source: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2009/05/15/starbucks-cup-summit

Starbucks’ Cup Summit: Does the Cost of Recycling Runneth Over? Continue Reading

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Starbucks’ Recycle Program (or lack their of)

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Starbucks’ Recycle Program (or lack their of)

Posted on 17 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

starbucks recycle 300x247 Starbucks Recycle Program (or lack their of) volleyballThe inside of Starbucks  is a billboard of eco-friendliness.  The employees rant about it, the stores are decorated in signs about it, and even the company website has a section devoted to it.  Howard Shultz certainly must practice what he preaches while sipping his mocha latte on one of the three company’s “eco-friendly” private jets.  “The company ordered the Gulfstream 550 three years ago and considered canceling the purchase. But the company said canceling the order was too expensive, the Seattle Times reported Thursday.  Among its first stops as part of Starbucks’ fleet of three corporate jets, the Gulfstream 550 spent two weeks in Hawaii, flown there for a Continue Reading

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Volleyball Drills on the Internet

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Volleyball Drills on the Internet

Posted on 17 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

minnesota volleyball 300x199 Volleyball Drills on the Internet volleyballWhen I first started coaching, I scoured the internet for the best volleyball drills – the drills that would make my team great. I also purchased AVCA’s 101 Winning Drills, Mary Wise’s Volleyball Drills for Champions, and the like. Then I was fortunate to witness practices run by some of the great coaches, Mike Hebert, Mary Jo Peppler, Bill Neville, and Beth Launiere. To my surprise (and maybe dismay), they all ran similar drills! I came to realize there are only so many ways to teach a particular skill. Ultimately, its not the drills that makes a team great, its how the drills are applied by the coach and executed by the players. Continue Reading

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KActive by Kerri Walsh and Marissa Borelli

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KActive by Kerri Walsh and Marissa Borelli

Posted on 15 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

gold kerri walsh KActive by Kerri Walsh and Marissa Borelli volleyballtall kerri walsh KActive by Kerri Walsh and Marissa Borelli volleyballSo what do you after you win a couple Olympic Gold Medals and have a baby?  Start a clothing line, of course!

Kerri Walsh with long time friend Marissa Borelli (graduate of the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York City) have partnered to start KActive – a lifestyle, fun, and sporty clothing line “for the gym, the beach, and the street…”

I admit, I don’t know much about fashion, but I’ve heard the complaints of tall volleyball gals on the bus rides between matches and dinner about finding pants that fit.  KActive has a long and lean 37″ inseam.  On top of that, the poly/cotton threads have UV protection.  I’m all about sun protection.

So Kerri’s into fashion, Lindsey Berg is into fashion, seems to be a trend.

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Logan Tom 2008 Olympics Best Scorer

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Logan Tom 2008 Olympics Best Scorer

Posted on 15 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

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Volleyball Drills – Be Creative

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Volleyball Drills – Be Creative

Posted on 13 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

When I first started coaching, I was steadfastly focused on two things, fundamentals and drills to coach fundamentals. I’m still a huge proponent of fundamentals, as fundamentals need to become habit, but fundamentals are more than skills. This is another subject. The topic of this blog is volleyball drills.

volleyball drills for champions mary wise Volleyball Drills   Be Creative volleyballMary Wise said it best in her book Volleyball Drills for Champions, “Drills are like recipes. With the right ingredients and directions, anyone can cook, but it takes a master chef – or a master coach – to mix and vary ingredients to suit the needs of different individuals.”  Drills are obviously important, but how the coach structures the drill, runs the drill, provides feedback, and the overall gym culture is paramount to the drill.  A coach can introduce a simple Butterfly Drill (diagram below), explain it to the players, and grab a seat on the bench to watch the drill.  Or a coach can have a whiteboard of the Butterfly Drill prepared before practice that diagrams the drill with a few direct focal points, show a fluid demonstration of the drill with experienced older practice players, pull a player out of the drill for a moment to provide technical feedback, and have the drill end with a particular goal.  Which coach will succeed?  Maybe both. Continue Reading

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Logan Tom and Lindsey Berg Jump Serves from 2008 Olympics

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Logan Tom and Lindsey Berg Jump Serves from 2008 Olympics

Posted on 11 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

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Armchair Coach – Analysis of the San Diego Tournament for AVP Pro Jennifer Snyder

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Armchair Coach – Analysis of the San Diego Tournament for AVP Pro Jennifer Snyder

Posted on 09 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

It’s a cold rainy Saturday here in the North. I’ve got some time indoors to kill, so I decided to play armchair coach today. I like that the AVP/BVB Info is posting stats per set online. I can further breakdown and analyze your game. Here are my thoughts based on the stats… Continue Reading

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Blocking to the AVP Tour with Jon Guida – Part II

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Blocking to the AVP Tour with Jon Guida – Part II

Posted on 07 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

Big Jon Guida is making his way through the AVP Next Tour with partner Jake Elliot. They just won last weekend’s AVP Next, East End Volleyball’s stop in Hilton Head Island, SC (Jon’s home turf).

A few weeks back, Jon asked for a little guidance with his blocking. I put together a piece for him which I later shared here: Continue Reading

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Volleyball Video Games

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Volleyball Video Games

Posted on 06 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

volleyball odyssey 300x203 Volleyball Video Games volleyballIn 1972, Magnavox developed the first ever volleyball video game for their Odyssey Game System (before the famous Pong video game developed by Atari in 1972).  Since that time, over 50 volleyball video games have nintendo volleyball 300x225 Volleyball Video Games volleyballbeen produced around the world.   The complex indoor 6-person game has been attempted as a video game going back to one my early favorites, Volleyball for Nintendo (1987), to some well crafted recent versions such as Women’s Volleyball Champiinternational volleyball 2009 150x150 Volleyball Video Games volleyballonship for PlayStation 2, and International Volleyball 2009 (the second version from its 2004 edition) for the PC (download a Continue Reading

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Vote at AVP.com for Jenn Snyder and Billy Allen

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Vote at AVP.com for Jenn Snyder and Billy Allen

Posted on 06 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

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Paul Mitchell is offering a one year sponsorship for AVP Players! 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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