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More than 1 Billion people live on less than $1.25 a day – and all I do is coach volleyball

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More than 1 Billion people live on less than $1.25 a day – and all I do is coach volleyball

Posted on 11 October 2013 by Chuck Rey

volleyball kids coach teacher 3rd world More than 1 Billion people live on less than $1.25 a day   and all I do is coach volleyball volleyballToday’s Wall Street Journal reminds me how lucky I am. I coach volleyball for a living. That’s it. Any coach of any sport, no matter how much they make should consider themselves lucky. This is just a subtle reminder that came through my news-feed at my air-conditioned office, on my expensive PC, with my new iPhone in front of me, with a ridiculous desk phone that I never use that costs more than my iPhone, in brand new shoes and gear, and a car sitting right outside my window. How lucky are we?

More Than Billion People Live on Less Than $1.25 a Day

The last three decades have seen unprecedented progress when it comes to reducing extreme poverty around the world—but there’s still an awful lot more to do.

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Roughly 721 million people were lifted out of extreme poverty — defined internationally as living on less than $1.25 a day — between 1981 and 2010, according to a new report by the World Bank released Thursday. The United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal of halving the share of people in extreme poverty between 1990 and 2015—an aim set at a summit in 2000—was reached in 2010, five years early.

But, as the World Bank points out, that still leaves roughly 1.2 billion people completely destitute, including about 400 million children. One of every three extremely poor people is a child under the age of 13. (To put all this in perspective, America’s own poverty line amounts to about $60 a day for a family of four — as the Economist noted in June. People around the world in “extreme poverty” tend to lack enough food to meet basic physical and mental needs.)

The World Bank report zeros in on the relative lack of progress in the world’s 35 “low income” countries — places like Bangladesh, Chad, Haiti and Kenya. Progress in these countries will need to pick up if international goals to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 are to be reached.

Judging from the daily incomes of the extremely poor around the world, extreme poverty is getting less deep. Poverty for middle- and high-income countries — everywhere from Pakistan, Ukraine and the Czech Republic to Chile and Jordan — fell by more than 50% since 1981.

But when you look closely at the recent progress in the developing world, much of it is due to China and, to a lesser extent, India, whose amped-up economic growth in recent years reduced their poverty rates. By contrast, extreme poverty in the 35 “low income” countries — 26 are in Africa — fell by less than 33%. Indeed, the number of extremely poor people in low-income countries actually rose by 103 million between 1981 and 2010. And around half of the children in low-income countries are in extreme poverty.

Aside from China and India, “individuals living in extreme poverty [in the developing world] today appear to be as poor as those living in extreme poverty 30 years ago,” the World Bank said.

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Are You a Maker or Taker?

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Are You a Maker or Taker?

Posted on 24 July 2013 by Chuck Rey

read volleyball Are You a Maker or Taker? volleyballHumbly, I’ve received a few compliments on my blog writings from people I have much respect and admiration. I’m not fishing for compliments, but I did score a whopping 380 on the English portion of my SAT (yes, a few of my friends joked that you earn 380 points just for writing your name on the SAT!). I also had to take a remedial English class at Arizona State University (thank goodness for an almost perfect SAT math score – thus my affection of statistics). Continue Reading

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What to do when they Cry!

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What to do when they Cry!

Posted on 06 June 2013 by Chuck Rey

volleyball defeat cry What to do when they Cry! volleyballIf you’ve ever coached a volleyball team, you just might have had a few players cry. Hopefully, they are tears of joy after a tremendous victory, but most of the time the tears seem trivial to a coach. Some cry while playing on the court (even during a point!), some on the bench, a few in practice, on the bus, at a team meal, in your office, etc. It happens at times least expected, and often times it seems when things are going well for the team. How can a player be crying when we are on this winning streak?!?! Continue Reading

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What Coaches Should Focus On

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What Coaches Should Focus On

Posted on 07 January 2013 by Chuck Rey

John Kessel Chuck Rey 300x188 What Coaches Should Focus On volleyballHad 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

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25 Failsafe Rules for Dads (Coaches) Raising Daughters (Female Athletes)

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25 Failsafe Rules for Dads (Coaches) Raising Daughters (Female Athletes)

Posted on 18 June 2012 by Chuck Rey

Even though our objective as a volleyball coach is to coach volleyball, we are also teaching life lessons through volleyball. The following list fittingly came out in time for Father’s Day and many of these points can apply to male coaches coaching female athletes. Continue Reading

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Tips for New Volleyball Coaches

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Tips for New Volleyball Coaches

Posted on 28 August 2011 by Chuck Rey

tangled volleyball net Tips for New Volleyball Coaches volleyballIt’s that time of year again, when new seasons start, new coaches are looking for advice on coaching.  I typically get a flood of emails in August and hope this blog post will help provide some guidance.

I’ve been coaching for 8 years now.  5 years collegiality and 3 years on the high school and juniors club scene.  There was a two year stint at East Valley Juniors in Arizona while I was at Arizona State, which could be considered coaching, as  I learned a bit from that experience.  I was the head coach of a team there and assisted with Jeff Nelson’s team (now University of New Mexico’s Head Coach) where Jenn Snyder (beach professional) was just a young pup.  Oh how the times have change or maybe they’re all the same.  I would though like to reacquaint myself with the great little players from my East Valley Juniors 14 – 2s Team.  I’d love to know what they are doing, where they are, what they are doing in their lives…etc.  I digress icon wink Tips for New Volleyball Coaches volleyball Continue Reading

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10 Reasons Why Your Players Don’t Listen

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10 Reasons Why Your Players Don’t Listen

Posted on 23 February 2011 by Chuck Rey

volleyball ears 10 Reasons Why Your Players Dont Listen volleyball1.      You stink.
Literally.  If your antiperspirant isn’t getting the job done (maybe you forgot to use some that day) or you splashed on a bit too much aftershave or perfume, your players are more worried about getting away from you than listening to you.

2.      Your breath stinks.
Seriously, if your breath stinks, your players are figuring out the best way to dodge the stench secreted by every word.  They probably are also holding their breath.  If they turn red, it’s likely not from what you are saying, but they can’t breathe.  Chew some gum. Continue Reading

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Will Smith on Success Throughout His Life

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Will Smith on Success Throughout His Life

Posted on 04 February 2011 by Chuck Rey

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My Coach Sucks

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My Coach Sucks

Posted on 24 January 2011 by Chuck Rey

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A Personal Board of Directors

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A Personal Board of Directors

Posted on 23 December 2010 by Chuck Rey

Create a Personal Board of Directors

Mentorship is often touted as one of the primary means of furthering your career. But traditional one-on-one mentoring relationships may be a thing of the past. In today’s quickly changing world, you need a personal board of directors — a group of people you consult regularly to get advice and feedback. Continue Reading

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Rotate 123 – Volleyball Rotation Software

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Rotate 123 – Volleyball Rotation Software

Posted on 04 August 2010 by Chuck Rey

volleyball rotate 123 Rotate 123 – Volleyball Rotation Software volleyballRotate 123 is a great volleyball rotation coaching tool that allows you to input numerous line-ups in a variety of offenses (5 – 1, 6 – 2).  Instead of writing down all 6 rotations by hand, crossing-out, and manipulating serve receive patterns, just enter your roster into the system and Continue Reading

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What is a Volleyball Coach?

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What is a Volleyball Coach?

Posted on 15 June 2009 by Chuck Rey

fivb coach manual 211x300 What is a Volleyball Coach? volleyballWhat is a Volleyball Coach?

By: Yuri Tchesnokov
Russian Gold Medal Men’s Head Coach and Player
Excerpts from the FIVB Coaches Manual

A volleyball coach is a teacher and an educator, especially for a coach who is working with children and junior teams.

A volleyball coach is a person with a great knowledge of life.  Players need advice and support in many different life situations.  This is why one can say that a coach is a senior comrade and a life assistant. Continue Reading

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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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