Posted on 18 April 2014 by Chuck Rey
I’ve searched far and wide for good nutrition information for athletes. During my coaching days of club volleyball, I compiled information and created a volleyball nutrition guide (as reader friendly as possible for 16 year olds). To my surprise when I reached the collegiate ranks, coaches are often left to fend for themselves for good nutrition information for their teams. I used much of the information I gathered from the club days (as fundamental nutrition somewhat stays the same), modified it, and have learned learned pictures speak a thousand words. So my nutrition guides have more pictures and less words now
Recently, I came across the USOC Nutrition page Resources and Fact Sheets that is a series of PDFs on specific nutrition information. It contains a good balance of pictures, charts, and words! I downloaded all the PDFs and combine them into one document. I have made it available for you here: USOC Nutrition Guide
There is also a great series of youtube videos with host Summer Sanders that includes the Senior USOC Sports Dietitian, Nanna Meyer among others:
Posted on 12 April 2014 by Chuck Rey
‘How do you solve the problem of not having someone lose?” Porter says. “Because I’ve now, for four years, seen the downside of losing: 50% of the time the person who loses never comes back to play the game.” An interesting perspective from the developer of the game Draw Something.
Fast Company article (click here)
Club Volleyball is popular because tournament structures are set up to feel as if teams aren’t losers at the end. Even a team that finished 25th (of 100+ teams) is often tied with a number of other teams, but they finished by “winning their division” with a “bronze medal”. It is actually an ingenuous formula set-up to entice teams teams and players to come back to the game over time. Great for volleyball and a strategy that needs to be built upon to make our game continue to grow.
I presented the issue to John Kessel, here is his response:
The format, developed by Dave Epperson with lots of input from coaches, myself included – was set up in no small way to reduce seeding problems for a possible 40 RVA event, in true format you keep your seed even if you lose games or by points, to encourage coaches to play more subs. I know this, from being there for decades, that the character division, the last group of any age division, is a more exciting match than the championship finals. I also know, from testing, that when we did extended double elimination to truly rank from 1-64, coaches even forfeited rather than play off for 48th, or 62nd place.
So it’s obviously all Dave and Kessel’s fault. Kidding.
The paradox, since everyone feels like a winner, is today’s sports culture responsible for not developing “genuine” winners? Is it subliminally teaching that mediocrity is winning? Is it teaching youth that what they are doing is “good enough”?
Obviously hypothetical questions from a coach that coaches in a work environment in which winning our conference championship (winning that bronze medal) is success. But the deeper thought process is how do we develop kids that genuinely understand the difference between real winning and losing?
Posted on 13 March 2014 by Chuck Rey
A good one for the volleyball parent community these days. A 26-step program for good parents gone bad.
Written by Dr. Wendy Mogel, an internationally acclaimed clinical psychologist, parenting expert and author of the New York Times bestselling parenting book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee. Continue Reading
Posted on 07 February 2014 by Chuck Rey
Specialization in Volleyball is a big topic. Hugh McCutcheon wants players that are good in all six skills, but great at one or two skills. Doug Beal stated, “Great specialization always equals greater success.” Kessel always wrote a piece “Specialization is for Insect“. Wired Magazine just came out with an article that touches on specialization of a skier:
In the past, Nyman chased new ideas, grasping for something that would stick: new ski designs, different cardio training approaches, regimented sleep patterns. It was the opposite of a clear, focused approach. With so many moving parts, it was impossible to see what was really working, and the mental burden was overwhelming. A session with his psychologist crystallized the problem for Nyman: “He said, ‘I want you to listen to music, watch TV, and read a book all at the same time and tell me what happened in all three,’ and it really clicked with me, made it all simpler.” It’s all about accepting that he can’t control everything or be the best at every aspect of skiing, and using data to find a few differentiating factors that are most likely to give him a competitive advantage. “He’s tried all kinds of different ideas, at many different times, but this process is working,” Rearick says. “The science has helped him see what’s important.”
I want to be great at all things to all people. I realize this is impossible. As Bill Cosby says, “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
Posted on 27 January 2014 by Chuck Rey
Bravo to Los Angeles, where there was a sand volleyball court along with an NHL rink and a concert stage in Dodgers Stadium…but no sight of a Basketball court? No sign of the Clippers or Lakers? California is paving the way in the US that volleyball will be the predominant sport.
Posted on 19 January 2014 by Chuck Rey
Humbly, I’ve been overwhelmed with positive responses to Perfect 10 Stats. A few coaches have already implemented the idea into a practice setting and I’d love to learn how the session went using Perfect 10 Stats. It will be interesting to learn through a large sample size the median number for each skill to succeed. We are already familiar with the 3 Point Passing scale and the typical goal of at least a 2.0 for passers (depending on the level). I would like to know the goal for Digging (Don’t forget, the passing scale can be used for digging!), Setting, and Hitting. Then most importantly the cumulative Team goal (maybe a 6.2 per rotation to win a match?). Continue Reading
Posted on 14 January 2014 by Chuck Rey
Statistics in volleyball have come a long way, especially with the advancement of technology and the myriad of statistical softwares. After attending the AVCA Convention in Seattle and sitting-in on a few educational sessions, I’ve come to the realization that the statistical pendulum has swung too far. Coaches and players have become inundated with statistics to the point where it is overwhelming, time consuming and a resource hog. We are over-analyzing every movement to the point of paralysis. “Paralysis by analysis”.
Complex statistics has it’s place, for some coaches, but I believe statistics today are ultimately separating coaches and players. There are a few players that can grasp statistics, but a vast majority do not understand the true benefits. In addition, most players do not know how to correlate statistics and effectively apply them to improve a specific movement or skill (for that matter, many coaches do not know how to explain statistics in simplistic terms to better a player). Coaches are speaking Chinese to the Twitter-Americans. Continue Reading
Posted on 14 January 2014 by Chuck Rey
Not exactly sure of the translation for the Greek sports website: SportsOnAir.gr, but flattered to be recognized in Greece. I love that our game speaks the same language world wide as we continue to grow this great game. I hope to have the opportunity to visit Greece and learn more about volleyball from their perspective. There are great players and coaches across the world!
Posted on 04 January 2014 by Chuck Rey
2013 ended with a bang in Seattle…congratulations to John Kessel for his induction to the AVCA Hall of Fame. Well deserved!
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
2. “To be true to one’s self is the ultimate test in life. To have the courage and sensitivity to follow your hidden dreams and stand tall against the odds that are bound to fall in your path. Life is too short and precious to be dealt with in any other fashion.” ~ Flo Hyman Continue Reading
Posted on 17 December 2013 by Chuck Rey
So my Minnesota layover found me following a woman, who I swore was Lindsey Berg from behind. Lindsey is known for her high fashion and this woman was decked-out like Lindsey might be going out on the town. I wouldn’t assume Lindsey would travel in such attire, but I wanted to say hello. As this woman walked into the convenience shop, she spun around and it certainly wasn’t Lindsey. Heck, I haven’t a clue if Lindsey is even living in Minneapolis, but she has been to Convention a few times and thought it might be her. I’m sure my fiancé doesn’t appreciate me following women around Continue Reading
Posted on 30 July 2013 by Chuck Rey
Hopefully, John Kessel won’t read this post because then he’ll realize I missed his blog post of a year ago. Google Analytics is amazing in that I was able to track referrals to my blog from USA Volleyball’s website. It stems from a great interaction between John, Peter Vint (USA Olympic Committee Research Scientist) and myself. Ironically, Peter Vint was getting his PhD at Arizona State University while I was playing there. He performed a body fat % test (among actual volleyball tests) on me back in the day and who’d a thunk it that he would become a lead scientist for the USOC?
Anyway, here is a good exchange about the myth of the volleyball wrist snap and how we really don’t get on top of the ball. It’s actually where we contact the ball (over the center of mass) that creates topspin on a volleyball.
Posted on 21 March 2013 by Chuck Rey
What do you do after you land the job and actually arrive on campus? Hold your breath and hang on for the ride.
Is it the journey or the destination? I sometimes ponder this question when recruiting players. Is it simply their goal to earn a college scholarship and be satisfied with that achievement or does that player truly want to succeed on the collegiate level? I have found that some high school players have reached their goal of getting to college and are almost distraught when they realize getting to college was the easy part, excelling in college will take a lot of hard work.
When you finally land that new assistant coach job, is it about the journey or the destination? For me, it’s always been about the journey. I’ve often referred to the Chinese proverb, “The journey is the reward” throughout my blog.
What’s the first month like on a new job? Awesome, overwhelming, crazy, time consuming, flattering, humbling, and all that I could have imagined and more. Here’s is what to expect, at least from my perspective… Continue Reading
Posted on 29 November 2012 by Chuck Rey
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