Posted on 01 February 2010 by Chuck Rey
Darren Baker is a friend of mine that’s been playing beach volleyball for years. Darren began playing volleyball at a competitive level since 1998. Cutting his teeth on beach/sand volleyball while also playing club volleyball at the University of San Diego before returning to the Augusta, GA area. He has played numerous outdoor tournaments at an Open level, including Columbia: AVP, Clash and Crown, EEVB, and Fudpuckers events. Personal highlights are having played against or with Olympians Jose Loiola, Ricci Luyties, Alan Alan, and Phil Dalhausser.
By: Darren Baker
Looking at the statistics of doubles beach volleyball one might say to me: “But Darren, look at the number of blocks vs number of championships in last season’s AVP tour. The top two blockers, Phil had 2.11 blocks per game and Sean had 1.71 blocks per game this translated into nine (9) championships, first on tour, and Hyden-Scott had four (4) championships second on tour. You said that this isn’t important in DRILL Continue Reading
Posted on 08 January 2010 by Chuck Rey
I was looking through some of my old files from some of my old club teams and came across this piece on Blocking. Ironically, the premise of the piece was written by Bond Shymansky, who at the time was Head Coach at Georgia Tech (he’s now Head Coach at Marquette). The current Winthrop Head Coach, Sally Polhamus, was an Assistant under Bond at that time. Sally is now the Head Coach that I work under. The volleyball world is a small world.
Keys to Blocking Effectively
By Head Coach Bond Shymansky and coaching staff, Georgia Tech
November 16, 2005
• Blocking is 95% work, 5% natural ability
• Blocking can control and win matches through these methods Continue Reading
Posted on 13 June 2009 by Chuck Rey
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Posted on 09 May 2009 by Chuck Rey
It’s a cold rainy Saturday here in the North. I’ve got some time indoors to kill, so I decided to play armchair coach today. I like that the AVP/BVB Info is posting stats per set online. I can further breakdown and analyze your game. Here are my thoughts based on the stats… Continue Reading
Posted on 07 May 2009 by Chuck Rey
Big Jon Guida is making his way through the AVP Next Tour with partner Jake Elliot. They just won last weekend’s AVP Next, East End Volleyball’s stop in Hilton Head Island, SC (Jon’s home turf).
A few weeks back, Jon asked for a little guidance with his blocking. I put together a piece for him which I later shared here: Continue Reading
Posted on 13 April 2009 by Chuck Rey
A 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