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Me We They Volleyball

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Me We They Volleyball

Posted on 29 September 2010 by Chuck Rey

me we they volleyball Me We They Volleyball volleyballAs many of you know, I had the privilege to spend time with Head Coach Mike Hebert while at Minnesota.  People still ask what I learned most from my experience…and I have a journey full of ideas.  Much of what I learned was through listening, watching, small talk, and brainstorming.   The times I appreciate most were those brainstorming sessions – bouncing ideas around.  I recall a time talking about what makes an ordinary person extraordinary and coming up with a list of things great players do.  This list was ranked and separated into levels.  The levels were used to recognize the number of items on that list an extraordinary player accomplishes during their volleyball career. Continue Reading

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Volleyball Statistical Software

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Volleyball Statistical Software

Posted on 19 February 2010 by Chuck Rey

I had a funny experience at the Monument City Classic Tournament. My Carolina Juniors 16s Team played the early match on Sunday morning. Our team arrived first at the court, chose the bench, and I sat down to sip my tea. On the adjacent court, a father turned around and stared at me awkwardly.  He exclaimed, “You’re Coach Rey!”. I said, “Last I checked.” I was taken aback. He went on, “I couldn’t sleep last night. Our team was playing well yesterday, but we just couldn’t buy a win. I thought, maybe some statistical information would help. So, I started looking up volleyball statistical software online in the middle of the night and came across your blog. And POOF, now you’re here!”. He said it was a bit surreal icon smile Volleyball Statistical Software volleyball Continue Reading

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Volleyball Year!

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Volleyball Year!

Posted on 10 December 2009 by Chuck Rey

NCAA Volleyball Championship AVCA Convention The Most Wonderful Time of the Volleyball Year! volleyballThis is it…the Most Wonderful Time of the Volleyball Year. The NCAA VolleyMadness is in full swing, the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight are this weekend. Certain matches of the Sweet Sixteen will be viewable online and the Elite Eight matches will be shown on ESPNU (NCAA Volleyball Championship Schedule).  The following week is when volleyball mayhem Continue Reading

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Volleyball Sunday!

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Volleyball Sunday!

Posted on 11 October 2009 by Chuck Rey

There was somefilho minnesota volleyball penn state 300x179 Volleyball Sunday! volleyball great volleyball on TV today.  Back-to-back-to-back matches on ESPN-2 and ESPN-U.  I was able to watch Illinois beat Purdue in five at Huff Hall (unfortunately, I already received the results from Rich Kern before the match), Notre Dame over Louisville in four sets, and then LSU dominate Florida 3 – 0…awesome! Continue Reading

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Farewell to Minnesota – Winthrop Volleyball, Here I Come! :)

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Farewell to Minnesota – Winthrop Volleyball, Here I Come! :)

Posted on 31 July 2009 by Chuck Rey

minnesota volleyball team 300x199 Farewell to Minnesota   Winthrop Volleyball, Here I Come! :) volleyballAll good things must come to an end…even the Minnesota winters.  It’s time to bid farewell to a great opportunity as Volunteer Coach at the University of Minnesota.  “The opportunity was priceless”.

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2009 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships in Miami

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2009 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships in Miami

Posted on 06 July 2009 by Chuck Rey

low country volleyball club nationals 300x213 2009 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships in Miami volleyball

I purchased a last minute ticket for $350 from Minneapolis to Miami, quite a deal, but I can only imagine the additional expense for those teams traveling from the west coast, especially in today’s economy.

I had a great time watching my little club that could, Low Country Volleyball Club that has a total of 3 teams in the entire club (not three teams per age group like many of the teams they faced).  The team won its region for the second straight season in the 18s age group and played in the National division (the middle division) at the USA Volleyball National Championships.  From the win/loss column, you might think the team did not play well, but overall, Low Country had their best ever showing at Nationals in the 18s age group.  I’m proud of their accomplishments icon smile 2009 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships in Miami volleyball

As always, it was a joy to watch the teams from larger clubs and larger metropolitan areas, especially the Minnesota teams, as I have some familiarity with the players that will be moving on to the University of Minnesota.  The Northern Lights 17s team with Tori Dixon and Ashley Whittman had a nice tournament as well as Minnesota Select’s 18s team with Katherine Harms.  I never did get a chance to watch Briana Haugen, as our schedule always seemed to conflict.  All I can say is the University of Minnesota will be stacked with great talent over the coming years.  I look forward to watching them!

As for the tournament overall, I felt as if many of the players in the upper age groups (17s and 18s) played emotionless.  It seemed as if the players are just going through the motions, as if they have to be there to play.  Many of the players looked burned out.  These girls play all year long.  They don’t have a break from volleyball.  I remember when I played indoor, I would get bored with it, but just as the indoor season ended, outdoor would come around and I could play on North Avenue Beach in Chicago.  The mix from indoor to outdoor really kept my interest.  Players today don’t have time to switch from indoor to outdoor or have time to miss the game.

Many of these players just played at AAUs in Orlando a couple weeks ago, followed-up by USAV Nationals or JVDA Championships.  Next these players will visit camps to “try-out” for their respective colleges of choice.   After camps, high school practices begin followed by the high school season.  The never ending volleyball cycle then turns over again, as the high school season is immediately followed-up by club tryouts, then the club season…all the way until July.  Its too much.  Players are coming into college with over-use injuries and need surgery after their first season.  Many players play in pain or are simply burned out.

I was under the impression that part of the reason for the inception of the JVDA was to help limit playing time.  The JVDA could make a great impact into the schedule of these players if they moved their championship to May, but unfortunately, that has yet to happen.

Anyway, I always enjoy watching the Hawaii teams play.  They prove that height doesn’t matter.  And the 12 year old teams are always fun.  Some of the players on those teams are so advanced already.  The really good 12 year old teams look like they could step out onto the court with some of the 16 year old teams and hold their own.

Even though Miami must have been quite an expense for some, it was a great venue to host a tournament.  I was able to get down to South Beach between matches and catch a few outdoor games with some old friends.  As much as the game changes, it still seems to be the same.

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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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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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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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How to Become a College Volleyball Coach Question

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How to Become a College Volleyball Coach Question

Posted on 17 April 2009 by Chuck Rey

I was looking at your resume and trying to figure out how you made the jump to college coaching. I would love to coach at that level, but am not sure when and how is the best way. Obviously the competition is steep. Continue Reading

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Blocking Your Way to the AVP Tour

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Blocking Your Way to the AVP Tour

Posted on 13 April 2009 by Chuck Rey

jon guida Blocking Your Way to the AVP Tour volleyballA friend of mine is about to break on to the AVP Tour. Big Jon as he’s known by the locals of South Carolina. A natural athlete that played professional basketball in Europe and picked up volleyball in his mid-twenties. A 6’7″ frame along with a 35″ vertical doesn’t hurt either. He’s unsure of his blocking game and came to me looking for a few pointers. Following is my advice.

There is so much about blocking. Here is some thought, perspective, and insight.

Compare your blocking game with the greats. Phil Dalhausser, in 2008 he led the AVP Tour with 2.12 blocks per game. Lambert, 2.04 blocks per game. Gibb 1.96. How many blocks per game are you getting? Two or three blocks a game is not a big number, so don’t put too much pressure
on yourself to HAVE to make blocks. In a game, you could get 30 block attempts (hits against you…this includes shots). Based on 2 blocks per game, that means 7% of all attacks against you will result in a
block (that means out of those 30 block attempts, 28 will be hit around
you). Make it a goal to get 3 blocks a game which correlates to 1 block for every 10 attempts (this would be phenomenal if you accomplished this goal). Continue Reading

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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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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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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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What is IPE?

Posted on 26 February 2009 by Chuck Rey

I.P.E. is an acronym for In Play Efficiency. It is simply the opposite of hitting error percentage (IPE = 1 – error %). It’s putting a positive spin on hitting errors. Many coaches tell players, “Don’t make hitting errors”; this focuses on the negative. Instead, IPE focuses on the positive and encourages players to keep the ball in play. For example, Penn State’s Hitting Error % for 2008 was .126. This roughly equates to 1.3 hitting errors for every 10 attempts. The positive spin on Penn State’s error % or what we consider “IPE” is .874 (1 – 0.126). This means for every 10 attempts, 8.7 swings were in the court. IPE is a positive hitting goal for any team. A player can easily recognize an IPE goal of .900 or simply to keep 9 out of 10 attempts in play. An
attainable outcome goal a player can work towards. Continue Reading

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A little insight into AVCA Hall of Fame Coach Mike Hebert

Posted on 18 February 2009 by Chuck Rey

One of my best moments coaching at the University of Minnesota was a pre-season match against, at the time, #4 ranked Cal. Yes, the U of MN swept Cal 3 sets to 0, of which is a highlight in itself, but looking back, it isn't what made that moment great. During the second Cal timeout in set 1, Mike pulled me aside and he said, “Just look at this clipboard as I pretend to write something…” I was a bit bewildered. He then said, “Can you feel it?” I was still confused. “Listen to that crowd. Look at the fans going crazy. Awesome isn't it? This is what its all about.”

It was an awesome moment, in many respects…

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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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