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You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello. Hello, Hello!

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You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello. Hello, Hello!

Posted on 23 January 2013 by Chuck Rey

***I must preface this email with an apology to those friends and coaches that I have not been able to speak with personally about this move or at least send an email. As much as I think I’m technologically savvy, I did not save my contacts in a correct format from Winthrop to Miami! No hard feelings please icon smile You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello. Hello, Hello! volleyball ***

Miami Volleyball Jenny Ingle You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello. Hello, Hello! volleyballA promotion, in the coaching profession, is daunting. Yes, a promotion is daunting. Unfortunately, most promotions require leaving a university and years of relationships with administration, staff, coaches, players, boosters, and fans. Because we coach for the kids, I often have a guilty conscious leaving them. There is that special coach/player bond. You get to know them through the recruiting process, when they are just getting out of braces freshman year in high school. As a male coach, we even learn about their prom dress color (oh boy!) and their pet’s name. I received a Christmas text message of one player’s pet cow. Continue Reading

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Bones Brigade – Passion Endures All

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Bones Brigade – Passion Endures All

Posted on 14 January 2013 by Chuck Rey

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Growing up in the 80’s and being the kid not big enough to play football (thus not that cool), skateboarding was my outlet. Yes, I was a skate punk…with the checkered Vans shoes and the bad Tony Hawk haircut (which my mom cut for me). I just finished watching Bones Brigade, a documentary of the greatest skateboarding team ever. I have always found many parallels between skateboarding and volleyball, particularly beach volleyball. These sports are part of a counter-culture, have grown and developed on their own (creating their own advertising, marketing, attendance, etc.), but I have felt that skateboarding has sustained (much because of the X-Games) where volleyball (particularly the AVP) has fallen off. Granted volleyball has pockets of success, the Olympics, FIVB tours, but not a sustainable success. Skateboarding does have an advantage in that it has hardware to sell to support their sport internally. I digress… Continue Reading

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Top 10 Principles for Mental Training from the US Olympic Committee

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Top 10 Principles for Mental Training from the US Olympic Committee

Posted on 14 January 2013 by Chuck Rey

USOC Mental Training Top 10 Principles for Mental Training from the US Olympic Committee volleyballUSOC Sport Psychology’s “TOP TEN” Guiding Principles for Mental Training
By Sean McCann, Ph.D. USOC Sport Psychologist
OLYMPIC COACH VOLUME 19 NUMBER 3
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1. MENTAL TRAINING CAN’T REPLACE PHYSICAL TRAINING AND TALENT.

We haven’t seen any Olympic Athlete who succeeded without doing the physical and technical work, even though we have worked with some of the most mentally talented athletes in the world. The reality is that even an exceptionally talented athlete who has not prepared well physically loses confidence and is vulnerable in competition. The best and easiest confidence is that which comes from the knowledge that you are as prepared, or more prepared, than your competitors, and that you are physically capable of a winning performance. Continue Reading

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13 Volleyball Quotes for 2013

Posted on 08 January 2013 by Chuck Rey

misty may gold medal 13 Volleyball Quotes for 2013 volleyballA recent Inc. article came out with 12 motivational quotes for 2013 (why 12, I don’t know?). So I decided to embark upon a journey to find 13 volleyball quotes for 2013. Unfortunately, it was more difficult than I imagined. Quotes of many of our great coaches and players are scarcely found throughout the internet. Google searches found some poor selections. I literally read through a number of journal articles to find many of these quotes. The task ended up being quite rewarding as I learned a bit through the research. Following are my findings icon wink 13 Volleyball Quotes for 2013 volleyball

1. “Most change is evolutionary, not revolutionary. As we start a new year, let’s find the practicable and ‘celebrate-able'; let’s stay congruent with our messaging, creative in our efficiency, and, most of all, let’s give ourselves new opportunities to dream.” ~ Kathy DeBoer Continue Reading

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Proactive & Reactive Volleyball Statistics

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Proactive & Reactive Volleyball Statistics

Posted on 07 January 2013 by Chuck Rey

“Great statistics are the best substitute for judgment.” This is a sticker Al Scates has affixed to the side of his briefcase.

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Former Davidson College Head Volleyball Coach, Tim Cowie, is now a distinguished sports photographer. He was our catwalk at the Winthrop Coliseum and snapped this photo of my clipboard. He must have been curious the statistics I was keeping during the match. You can find that exact offensive statistic chart in the presentation/PDF below.

Last season, while out recruiting, I was standing court-side with Shelton Collier and we talked a bit about statistics. He brought to my attention the purpose of bench statistics to help win the next point or next set, versus statistics kept as a summary of what happened in a match. Quite a valid point! I’ve since altered my use of statistics during a match to help my team win, but I must admit, I do take some statistics during a match that provide an overview of a set. Continue Reading

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What Coaches Should Focus On

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What Coaches Should Focus On

Posted on 07 January 2013 by Chuck Rey

John Kessel Chuck Rey 300x188 What Coaches Should Focus On volleyballHad a very successful weekend of coaching clinics for the USAV Palmetto Region. John Kessel spoke his magic about specificity, demonstrated effective and efficient drills, and stories galore about the development of our great sport. Heather Vahjen gave a great session on recruiting, and I spoke on “What Coaches Should Focus On vs What Coaches Typically Focus On”. We had a very nice turnout out and appreciated the attentive and eager coaches that wanted to continue to learn. Continue Reading

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USA Volleyball Coaching Clinic in Charleston

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USA Volleyball Coaching Clinic in Charleston

Posted on 04 January 2013 by Chuck Rey

John Kessel Chuck Rey USA Volleyball 300x225 USA Volleyball Coaching Clinic in Charleston volleyballThis Saturday, I am fortunate to be doing a coaching clinic with USA Volleyball’s John Kessel and Erskine Head Coach, Heather Vahjen. Through this silly little website, I’ve had a great opportunity to connect with John over the past few years. He has a silly little Growing the Game blog too, well his isn’t as silly as mine, but we often share concepts. He’s probably a bit weary of me pestering him with ways to help grow our game, but I know my pestering is what he appreciates most. 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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