Posted on 06 June 2013 by Chuck Rey
If 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
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 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
Posted on 28 August 2011 by Chuck Rey
It’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 Continue Reading
Posted on 23 February 2011 by Chuck Rey
1. 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
Posted on 04 February 2011 by Chuck Rey
Posted on 24 January 2011 by Chuck Rey
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
Posted on 04 August 2010 by Chuck Rey
Rotate 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
Posted on 15 June 2009 by Chuck Rey
What 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