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What is USA Volleyball?

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What is USA Volleyball?

Posted on 29 April 2013 by Chuck Rey

The following is an excerpt from USA Volleyball’s, State of the Game Report. I believe USA Volleyball too often gets vilified for roles others believe USA Volleyball plays or doesn’t play, money  directed to certain areas within USA Volleyball, and the delicate balancing act USA Volleyball has to play. I think this excerpt provides some insight into how well USA Volleyball performs it’s roles.

What is USA Volleyball? What exactly are the priorities, and what is our role? The answers to these questions can vary greatly depending on your role and function, both from within or from outside the sport.

usa womens beach volleyball gold silver medals 300x201 What is USA Volleyball? volleyballUSA Volleyball constantly needs to remember and evaluate who we are, what we do, who we represent and how we are evaluated by various entities and constituent populations. In reality, USA Volleyball may actually be considered three distinct and somewhat separate organizations. Those identifications are 1) a National Governing Body (NGB); 2) a National Federation (NF); and 3) a National Sport Association. Continue Reading

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Doug Beal for President

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Doug Beal for President

Posted on 11 May 2012 by Chuck Rey

Doug Beal FIVB President Doug Beal for President volleyballIn an election year, there is no better option for President than Doug Beal! He’s not a Democrat, not a Republican, nor Independent. He’s just Doug. I’m sure he has the wit and capacity to do a better job than most politicians, but the world is better off to keep him in volleyball. Doug Beal, CEO of USA Volleyball, is running for President of the FIVB.

Doug’s launched a website for his race to FIVB President: DougBeal.org The only problem I see with his campaign is a wicked good campaign slogan, so I’ve decided to come up with a few of my own: Continue Reading

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Follow USA Volleyball to London

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Follow USA Volleyball to London

Posted on 18 April 2012 by Chuck Rey

Such an interesting day.

Pat Summitt steps down from coaching,

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USA Volleyball’s Journey to London

Posted on 13 February 2012 by Chuck Rey

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Premier Volleyball League – Professional Volleyball in the US!

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Premier Volleyball League – Professional Volleyball in the US!

Posted on 13 January 2012 by Chuck Rey

Premier Volleyball League Premier Volleyball League   Professional Volleyball in the US! volleyballBravo to USA Volleyball for taking a grassroots approach to building a semi-professional volleyball league in the United States. This is a magnificent business plan to achieve sustained successful, profitability, and a build a fan base through current players and ex-collegiate players. The Professional Volleyball League could certainly develop into a full blown profession league in the United States that so many of us have wanted.  The concept uses USA Volleyball’s 40 current regions and creates divisions within these regions. Teams will compete for their chance to win their division and play at the National Championship. A prize pool of $20,000 is already being considered. Continue Reading

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USA Volleyball in the World Cup

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USA Volleyball in the World Cup

Posted on 21 November 2011 by Chuck Rey

usa women volleyball fivb world cup USA Volleyball in the World Cup volleyballSoccer’s World Cup, which comes around once every four years, has a great following around the world.  Even the US had a great audience for those games.  Low and behold, Volleyball has a World Cup.  How many of us know that the USA Women just took silver at the FIVB World Cup?  Unfortunately, not enough of us know about this awesome competition. Continue Reading

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USA National Team Advice to Young Volleyball Players

Posted on 15 November 2011 by Chuck Rey

Nice to see University of Minnesota’s Lauren Gibbemeyer in a USA Volleyball uniform!

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2008 Olympic Highlights

Posted on 16 October 2011 by Chuck Rey

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Russ Rose Final Thoughts of Team USA in Montreux

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Russ Rose Final Thoughts of Team USA in Montreux

Posted on 12 June 2011 by Chuck Rey

russ rose usa volleyball 300x243 Russ Rose Final Thoughts of Team USA in Montreux volleyballRuss Rose was in Montreux, Switzerland to watch the USA Women’s Team. It must have been interesting for him to be a spectator to his former Penn State players.

Team USA took fourth place, losing to China in the bronze medal match.  Karch Kiraly was acting head coach of the squad as Hugh McCutcheon must have been recruiting for his Minnesota team (I’m just kidding, Hugh deserves a break too).  But the team, overall, is coming together as players continue to fight for their roles as they learn to play as a team.  I’m sure Hugh will have them ready for the 2012 Olympics in London. Continue Reading

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The AVP Cancels Season – Is this a Bad Thing?

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The AVP Cancels Season – Is this a Bad Thing?

Posted on 13 August 2010 by Chuck Rey

avp suspends operations The AVP Cancels Season – Is this a Bad Thing? volleyballFriday 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

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USA Volleyball Competitive Cauldron

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USA Volleyball Competitive Cauldron

Posted on 10 June 2010 by Chuck Rey

usa boys volleyball tryout 300x198 USA Volleyball Competitive Cauldron volleyballDean Smith, famed University of North Carolina basketball coach, created the concept of a cauldron.  The cauldron is a system in which a player is graded in practices and matches. Points are awarded for a player’s performances in drills and the number of times his team wins in scrimmages. Anson Dorrance, the great University of North Carolina Women’s Soccer Coach, talks about it in his book Training Soccer Champions.   Many elite USA Volleyball Coaches recommend this book and it is where volleyball grasped the idea of creating a volleyball cauldron. Continue Reading

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Why the Best Get Better

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Why the Best Get Better

Posted on 16 July 2009 by Chuck Rey

cynthia barboza Why the Best Get Better volleyballWhen Cynthia Barboza graduated from Stanford University, she had one full additional season of practice and playing experience than most college volleyball players.  The NCAA Final Four is about one month after the end of the regular season.  Add one month per year Cynthia played (4 years) and that equates to 4 extra months.  The typical collegiate season lasts 3 months (September through November).  This extra experience at a high level of play, helps the best to get better.

In South Carolina, the USAV Palmetto Region for juniors, typically starts after the high school season, sometime mid-November.  The Palmetto Region Championship usually takes place just after the Big South Tournament in Atlanta, about mid-April.  After the Region Championship, indoor volleyball seems to fade away in the region until summer camps.  There are a few elite teams that practice and play through USAV Nationals in July, but those elite teams are not playing in tournaments at the same intensity as those from larger, more successful regions.  Local competition and tournaments are just not available in those spring time months. Continue Reading

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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

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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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Basic Team Systems and Tactics by Doug Beal

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Basic Team Systems and Tactics by Doug Beal

Posted on 25 June 2009 by Chuck Rey

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By: Doug Beal
USA Volleyball CEO and 1984 Gold Medal Winning Coach

Excerpts from the FIVB Manual

In volleyball, we must work very hard to position our bodies correctly before returning the ball.

In volleyball defense, we want to be aggressive to create opportunities to score points.

The coach must train his team to actively “win” the game as opposed to waiting for the opponent to “lose” the game. Continue Reading

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USA Men’s Volleyball Attack Beijing Olympics – High Ball

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USA Men’s Volleyball Attack Beijing Olympics – High Ball

Posted on 09 June 2009 by Chuck Rey

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USA Men’s Volleyball Attack Beijing Olympics – High Ball

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USA Men’s Volleyball Attack Beijing Olympics – High Ball

Posted on 09 June 2009 by Chuck Rey

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What are we in the High Performance Volleyball Program looking for in National-Level Volleyball Athletes?

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What are we in the High Performance Volleyball Program looking for in National-Level Volleyball Athletes?

Posted on 01 June 2009 by Chuck Rey

usa hp logo 150x150 What are we in the High Performance Volleyball Program looking for in National Level Volleyball Athletes? volleyballThis article also covers college volleyball programs and upper level club volleyball programs.

What are we in the High Performance Program looking for in
National-Level Volleyball Athletes?

–    Collin Powers, USA Volleyball Manager of High Performance Program

Listed below is a general discussion of the characteristics we in the High Performance Program are looking for (and hope to develop) in National Level Volleyball Athletes.
These characterizations are not an exact science and their application may mean different
things to different age groups, types of players and positions. 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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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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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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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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Volleyball Setting Qualities

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Volleyball Setting Qualities

Posted on 22 April 2009 by Chuck Rey

arie selinger 150x150 Volleyball Setting Qualities volleyballArie 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

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FIVB Olympic Video Clips and Team Analysis

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FIVB Olympic Video Clips and Team Analysis

Posted on 20 April 2009 by Chuck Rey

usa volleyball men gold 300x204 FIVB Olympic Video Clips and Team Analysis volleyballThe FIVB has a great collection of video clips from the 2008 Olympics.

It includes a compilation of team rotations and skills and the best players by skill. The videos do take some time to download, but they are pretty impressive once open. Check them out sometime: Continue Reading

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Karch Kiraly Named U.S. Women’s Assistant Coach

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Karch Kiraly Named U.S. Women’s Assistant Coach

Posted on 16 April 2009 by Chuck Rey

How sweet is this?

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Karch Kiraly Named USA Volleyball Women’s Assistant Coach

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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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