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USA Volleyball free junior volleyball webinars

By · November 3, 2010 · Filed in In the News · No Comments »

From USA Volleyball:

Free Junior Volleyball Webinars

USA Volleyball’s latest FREE training sessions for our club directors and coaches are listed below for November and December. Webinars allow local USAV Junior Volleyball leaders (that means you!) to attend from your home or office. Learn from experienced and successful coaches, club directors and volleyball leaders nationwide, including National Team coaches and USAV staff. Each session includes participant Q&A time for asking questions to the webinar speakers.

Check with your Region or school district to see if these webinar trainings will meet any requirements for continuing education. All session times are Mountain Standard Time, so adjust to your time zone accordingly. Space is limited, so sign up early – it takes just a couple of minutes to reserve your spot!

Sunday, Nov. 14 – 6-7 p.m. MST – Junior Coach Development –”Competition and Cauldrons” – Jason Trepanier of the Ontario Volleyball Association will join John Kessel to discuss “Meaningful Competition,” creating competitive athletes and the competitive cauldron use in volleyball. — Click here for more information and free sign up.

Friday, Nov. 19 – 7:30-8:30 p.m. MST – Junior Club Management – “Athlete Safeguards” – Dr. Cecile Reynaud, chair of USAV’s Special Commission on Athlete Safeguards, will lead a discussion on safeguards her commission is recommending, which include a responsible hiring process for coaches, continual age-appropriate education for parents, coaches and the athletes themselves dealing with a variety of issues that impact participants and reporting of unacceptable behavior by those involved with USAV sponsored activities. To view the Commission’s full report, click here. — Click here for more information and free sign up.

Sunday, Nov. 21 – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. MST – Junior Coach Development – “Motor Learning for Grassroots” – The most important things ANY coach, new or old, should know about motor learning will be presented by Carl McGown, founder of Gold Medal Squared Training. As a head coach at Brigham Young University from 1990 to 2002, he led teams to two NCAA Men’s National Championship titles (1999, 2001) and has been a key leader in the U.S. Men’s National Team program since 1970. This is where the rubber meets the road between the science of the sport and drill design/technique training. – Click here for more information and free sign up.

Monday, Nov. 29 – 6:30-8 p.m. MST – Junior Club Management – “Developing Viable Boys Volleyball” – Sharing ideas which work to add or build strong boys’ programs. Join DFW High Intensity Club Directors Keith Nannie, Randall Morris and Grant Baldwin (Texas Boys’ program for 20 years) and Jeff Mosher, USAV coordinator boys’ and men’s programs. Click here for more info & free sign up.

Tuesday, Dec. 7 – 7-8 p.m. MST – Junior Player Development – “Attacking the Recruiting Process” – Players and parents learn why taking a proactive role in their own recruiting process is essential in today’s recruiting world. Amanda Millard, a former NCAA Division I volleyball player and director of – The Official Recruiting Tool of USA Volleyball, will discuss the volleyball recruiting timeline, facts about scholarships, the importance of match video and how players can easily maximize the exposure they receive throughout the recruiting process using today’s technology. Click here for more information and free sign up.

Wednesday, Dec. 8 – 7:30-8:30 p.m. MST – Junior Coach Development – “Talent and the Secret Life of Teams” – This webinar offers an introspective look at the philosophies, relationships and experiences that shaped coach Terry Pettit’s coaching career. He guided Nebraska to 21 conference titles in 23 years from 1977-99, seven NCAA Division I Tournament semifinal appearances and the first of the school’s four national championships. Check out his great writings at He still is coaching Junior club ball at the 17-and-Under level this season in Colorado. – Click here for more information and free sign up.

Monday, Dec. 13 – 7:30-8:30 p.m. MST -Junior Player Development – “FundaMENTAL Volleyball” – A long look at the science to bridging the gap between “game is 90 percent mental” and the 10 percent most currently train. Presented by USA Volleyball Director of Membership Development and Grassroots Programs John Kessel. Click here for more information and free sign up.

Note that last month’s recorded webinars will soon be offered free online on the USAV Web site. If you missed the sessions on “Growing Your Club,” “Increasing Your Contacts Per Hour,” “Insights from Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development System” and “What Grows, Funds and Improves our Clubs,” check your RVA or USAV website  later for how USAV members can view the webinars at no cost. Also make sure to keep up with newest volleyball ideas at the “Growing the Game Together” blog – ranked No. 2 of all the hundreds of blogs on the U.S. Olympic Committee “Team USA” Web site.

We look forward to seeing you online soon and thanks for your commitment to growing our sport together. For more information or if you have questions or topic suggestions on the USAV Webinars, both current and future, CLICK HERE to share in comments.

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2011 Nationals dates set

By · October 26, 2010 · Filed in 2011, In the News, Tournament · No Comments »

Are you ready for some volleyball?

The 2011 Starlings National Tournament is scheduled for June 17-19 in San Diego, Calif.

Important details and other tournament-related information will be available on the 2011 Nationals page.

To view, click on the tab in the menu bar above or visit

Edeline sings at 2010 Festival (Video)

By · October 24, 2010 · Filed in In the News · No Comments »

At about 9:15 minutes into this video, you will see Edeline and Starlings girls at the opening ceremony sing “We Are the World,” before some 6,000 people in Phoenix in June. Edeline had a serious relapse minutes before the opening and was on her back in the stadium locker room. I thought it better for her to stay there but she insisted on performing. She was carried out to the stage … then got to her feet from her chair to sing despite her weak physical state. There were many tears in the audience.

Editor’s note: Immediately following Edeline’s performance, executive director Byron Shewman was presented the 2010 Volleyball Festival Award for Distinguished Service to USA Volleyball. It is the highest recognition awarded at the Volleyball Festival.

Paat selected Catholic Doctor of the Year

By · October 22, 2010 · Filed in Club News, In the News · No Comments »

Dr. Richard Paat has been named the Catholic Doctor of the Year 2010.

Paat will be honored with the World of Difference Award at the Los Angeles Archdiocese White Mass at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena, Calif. on Oct. 24, 2010.

According to the press release from the Mission Doctors Association, Paat is being recognized for his commitment to his own community, which has included  providing free medical care to the uninsured and homeless of the Toledo area, volunteering at a free inner city medical center, running a mobile migrant worker clinic during the summers. In January 2010, he established a free medical clinic in Perrysburg Heights.

The announcement goes on to share how Pat has continued his outreach beyond the Toledo community, organizing medial missions for more than 15 years to the Philippines, Haiti, Indonesia, Honduras, Guatemala, Tanzania, as well as Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina.

Paat and his wife Myra are Starlings coaches on Toledo, where Dr. Paat also serves as director.

For more information on the honor, click here.

Congratulations Dr. Paat!