TWO Tuesday Tips for the Coaches of Chaos (April 5 and 12)

April 12, 2011, 6:14 p.m. (ET)

Sorry for the delay, I have been overseas for over a week teaching more than 50 coaches from five NORCECA nations, including Haiti, on beach, minivolley, youth, sitting and Special Olympic volleyball with USA Volleyball CAP cadre members Sue Gozansky and Bill Hamiter. More on that some other time, but if you are going to be at the Volleyball Festival this June, you will see all the coaches there next, thanks to a U.S. State Department grant we are doing. So twice as many tips and links this week!

The Human Planet

When I travel like this, to have a group of coaches singing happy birthday to their fellow coaches in French, English AND Spanish, the humanity that volleyball brings together always empowers me while astounding me. This clip is a must watch I think for that very same reason, one done by the BBC on the Human Planet, noting the most remarkable species of all living in the wildest places on Earth….


Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere – a U.S. Olympic Committee program that has a lot of impact on the participants - takes place this summer yet again…and has applications due April 29 this year. My bet is your program might have a deserving applicant. I say go here and find out more, even if you don’t have such a leader-in-development.

Why are Some Better at Getting Better?

Carl McGown passed along this great ESPN story on how not all that needs to be measured can be measured…

Disabled Pensmanship Award Winner

Simply good news and inspiring for all athletes, parents and coaches...

Places Humans Compete

Thanks to Denise Sheldon, this very stunning set of photos of stadiums around the world says a lot about our species too…

WOVD Volleyball World Cup

As development director for the World Volleyball for the Disabled, I spend time helping grow the sitting AND standing games when possible. The standing game is no longer a Paralympic sport option – after 20 years it was eliminated from the games in 2004 and we are still fighting to get it back. So the WOVD keeps up the international option and here is where the 2011 World Cup info can be found…

Mike Hebert Letter from Lindsey Berg

When I returned from playing professionally in Italy in 1983, I found myself at the University of New Mexico, as Mike Hebert had left the program to coach at the University of Minnesota. The very first woman’s player from Japan to come play NCAA volleyball in the USA, Nao Ikeda, was a player at Hitachi who I discovered while teaching at an FIVB Minivolleyball International Symposium in Tokyo in 1985. After Nao graduated she began to give back to the sport by coaching and wisely joined Mike at Minnesota for over a decade. Mike wrote a great book worth reading on our sport, and many have benefited from his wisdom… So this letter on Volleywood touches me on many levels, as Mike has Parkinsons, but it never has him….

Early vs. Late Specialization

Our Canadian volleyball family member Jason Trepanier shared this well written piece looking at when children might specialize in a sport. Yesterday I joined nine other USAV staffers at a USOC lunch honoring Bonnie Blair. Her presentation was pretty special, and she sure started early, like at 2…but all along the way she kept saying… I LOVE TO SKATE… (see this clip of Bonnie talking about risk and passion – that was so easy to see in her love of her sport. Here now is the specialization link…

Thanks for your help in growing the game....John