Posted on 01 August 2014 by Chuck Rey
One of those that have helped each of us so much, returning the gift shouldn’t be too tough.
“On June 29, 2014, John Kessel lost his partner, Tammie Clark-Neyman to the dreadful, progressive disease of alcoholism. During the last two years, Tammie was blessed with John’s unconditional love and support. This support included financial burdens such as detox programs and multiple emergency hospitalizations. Consequently, he now has significant medical bills.
John Kessel has spent the last 40 years helping us become better coaches, players, and parents. He’s encouraged us to become life-long learners, and thus, growing and becoming more supportive and effective team members, coworkers, partners and friends. I’m sure we can all agree that it’s hard to keep up with ALL that John shares with us. Even now, as he works through this grief, John continues to encourage and inspire us to become better.
In difficult moments, we want to help and support those we love and respect. Now we have the opportunity to support John Kessel as he goes through one of the most painful events of his life.
This is a request to coaches, players, parents, family, friends and others that have been touched by John and his work to support him in any way you can. A small contribution from each us can make a significant difference. I also request for you to assist this technology impaired messenger to spread the word to others in any creative way you choose.
A very special thank you to each of you for your support. Lily”
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 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 19 May 2013 by Chuck Rey
The now philanthropic Bill Gates starts this TED talk by saying, “Everyone needs a coach.” In Bill’s riveting speech about teachers, he provides information on why the United States is performing so poorly in all education subjects in comparison with the rest of the world. Shanghai, China ranks #1 in the world in Reading, Science and Math. Part of the reason Shanghai is #1 is because younger teachers get the opportunity to watch master teachers. Continue Reading
Posted on 08 January 2013 by Chuck Rey
A 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
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
Posted on 07 January 2013 by Chuck Rey
Had 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
Posted on 04 January 2013 by Chuck Rey
This 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
Posted on 02 May 2012 by Chuck Rey
What are you doing today?
Just a little reminder of how lucky we are to have these great guys on our side and how great our sport is to bring us together. Thanks to John Kessel of USA Volleyball for not just the picture, but continuing to provide opportunities to help share and grow the game. Check out his latest blog post here: http://usavolleyball.org/blogs/growing-the-game-together-blog/posts/3639-coaching-by-fear Continue Reading
Posted on 03 March 2011 by Chuck Rey
Today, I listened to an audio recording of USA Volleyball’s Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon’s Q & A presentation at last December’s AVCA Convention in Kansas City. A question raised to Hugh was, “How does the world perceive the success of USA Volleyball when it does not have a professional league?”. Hugh’s response was based on the United States’ culture of “fighting until the end”, competitive advantages, and coaching methodologies. Of which I agree, but these are small pieces of a larger puzzle. An Open Source puzzle. Continue Reading
Posted on 14 February 2011 by Chuck Rey
The USAV Palmetto Region is where I started coaching many years ago (although I did have a year stint in Cactus Region, but I wasn’t ready to coach way way back then). I appreciate the opportunity to give back to a region that has helped me to get to where I am today. John Kessel and Palmetto Region Commissioner, Jimmy Peden, invited me to be a panelist on the most recent Impact Clinic for the Palmetto Region. It was a fun opportunity to join two creative thinkers of the game as well as a great opportunity to refresh my mind on the fundamentals of the game. Here are some notes I took throughout the clinic: Continue Reading
Posted on 19 December 2010 by Chuck Rey
This past week in Kansas City at the AVCA Convention and Final Four was thoroughly enjoyable. It was 24 hours of volleyball. Blissful.
Even though volleyball is one of the most popular sports in the world, we, in the United States, are fortunate it has not blown-up yet (it will). It provides us the accessibility for legends Continue Reading
Posted on 13 August 2010 by Chuck Rey
Friday the 13th struck volleyball hard this year. Today, the AVP announced that it is “suspending operations“. In layman’s terms, the season is canceled and there is a good chance the AVP, a public company, may go bankrupt (the stock is currently trading at $0.02 per share). Hans Stoflus offers some great insight from his perspective: End of Days. Continue Reading
Posted on 22 April 2009 by Chuck Rey
Arie Selinger, Head Coach, 1984 USA Volleyball Women’s Olympic Team, wrote “Setting for the Setter”. He believes the setter is the most important player on the court who’s qualities include: play-maker, architect, decision maker, cooperative, an extension of the coach, perceptive, great mental stamina, leader, hard working, creative, disciplined, crafty, aware, well liked, and inspires trust and confidence. Continue Reading
Posted on 06 April 2009 by Chuck Rey
It’s the little club that could. Low Country Volleyball Club with a total of 3 teams in the entire club, won the 18 Open Division of the USAV Palmetto Region Championship this past weekend in Charlotte. This is the second year in a row the team won the region to advance to the USAV Nationals, held in Miami this July. I’m proud to say I coached at this club a number of years ago and it was a joy watching many of the girls I once coached win the championship…again. A club of three teams. Continue Reading
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