Tuesday Tips for the Coaches of Chaos - March 15 Edition

March 15, 2011, 9:55 a.m. (ET)

Master Class

US Olympic Committee High Performance Director Peter Vint did a FANTASTIC webinar for USAV coaches called “On the Edge of Human Achievement” – You can find the webinar on your USAV RVA website for viewing. In the 90 minutes he shared with the coaches, he spoke about some of the great “master class” episodes, including one where the master said, I just keep making mistakes.  So, for all coaches on the Citius, Altius, Fortius path, he shared this link this past week, so you all can learn from other masters of their domains…


How to Respond to the Mistakes of Officials 

Jimmy Peden, commissioner of the Palmetto RVA, passed along to his region’s coaches this GREAT life lesson for coaches of all sports, in how Mike Rice handled the mistakes of officials in a crucial championship match. It is a must read and a must emulate reaction…


USOC FLAME Program in 18th Year

Since you reading this blog are likely to be coaching youth leaders, I wanted to make sure you all know about this annual opportunity for the minorities who might be in your program. The 2011 Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (F.L.A.M.E.) program is coordinated by the wonderful Erica Hutchinson with the US Olympic Committee in the summer at the Olympic Training Center here in Colorado Springs. 


This Week’s Bedside Book

Moonwalking with Einstein…

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/books/08book.html?emc=eta1  and a related article that preceded the book itself….I bought two copies so I can share…

“Secrets of a Mind Gamer” http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/20/magazine/mind-secrets.html

Spike Jump Training Secret #403 – Use a Car

A coaching friend reminded me of how our sport’s techniques are used in other sports….in clip of the NBA dunk contest won by Blake Griffin, amidst the choir and the car which took event staging to another level, you will see one darn good spike approach used, double arm lift and all, to reach his defining moment. It takes place in slow motion about 2:15 into the clip. Show your volleyballwannabe basketball playing tall kids this clip…


Losses off the Court

Last year the loss of young volleyball player Taylor Storch right after Crossroads, was a blow to the volleyball family.  This weekend we had another blow to our family, the loss of John Armuth. John made a difference in our sport, and we are all mourning his passing – a video tribute will be shared after this Tuesday’s services –  USAV’s Tom Pingel and his wife Theresa, are flying out to be with the Circle City and Hoosier Region volleyball family and friends to remember John.


The past year for the Storch’s have been one of impacting lives through organ donation awareness, not just locally, but around the world. Steve Hutchinson, Taylor’s junior volleyball coach, keeps me posted and this fall shared a powerfully emotional moment, now seen in many links to when Tara (Taylor’s mom), listens to her daughters heart… http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1316917/Taylor-Storch-Mother-hears-daughters-heart-beat-inside-chest-grateful-donee.html Steve let me know that Tara  recently appeared on the Ellen Show.  We know you are busy, but please take the time to watch this 4 minute video.  It was one of Taylor’s wishes that she appear on the Ellen Show.


Quote of the Week

My son is reading Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield. He is also a non-paid intern for me in his “gap” year before attending Princeton. So last week he came into my office and read this passage, which reminded me of many of the volleyball teams I have both been on and coached, as 300 Spartans were being chosen to defend a small pass against a force of multiple millions of Persians...

"But most startling and controversial was the election of Alexandros. At twenty he would be the youngest line warrior and one of only a dozen, including his agoge -mate Ariston, without experience of battle. There is a proverb in Lakedaemon (their home city), 'the reed beside the staff', whose meaning is that a chain is made stronger by its possession of one unproven link. The tender hamstring that drives the wrestler to compensate with skill and cunning, the lisp that the orator extends his brilliance to overcome. The Three Hundred, Leonidas felt, would fight best not as a company of individual champions, but as sort of army in miniature, of young and old, green and seasoned."

Until next week, Citius, Altius, Fortius, and thanks for your help in growing the game… john.kessel@usav.org