Foundations of Passing with Olympic Coach Davenport

Hermosa Beach Spring Training Camp 2018 with Scott Davenport and Adam Schulz of AVP Academy

ProjectU and TMP Beach partnered with one of the great teachers of the game in Olympic Coach and AVP Academy Director Scott Davenport.

During this short video, Scott Davenport talked  about the goals of passing and answers the following questions:

  1.  What is the definition of a perfect pass and where would the perfect pass land?
  2. What is a realistic pass in world of beach volleyball?
  3. How do the elements change this realistic pass mentality? What are the realistic expectations for passing?
  4. What is the difference between a expected pass and an acceptable pass, or a bad pass?
  5. When teaching youth players what is an acceptable expectation for passing?
  6. What is the concept of “travel” in beach volleyball?

For the entire video, click here.  For more information on the AVP Academy. click here.  For how you can access this type of teaching, visit our ProjectU Collegiate Beach Clinic and Showcase event information, click here

TX A&M-Kingsville and Webber Internat’l Win AVCA Nationals

Texas A$M-Kingsville: AVCA Division II Champs

By Stephen McCarthy, Contributor, Prepvolleyball.com

TAVARES, Fla. – Under beautiful 8o-degree skies in Central Florida, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Webber International won AVCA Small College Beach Volleyball titles over the weekend.

Texas A&M-Kingsville defeated Eckerd College 4-1 for the Division II title and Webber International was victorious over Stevenson University, 4-1, for the Fiesta Division title at Hickory Point Beach in Tavares, Florida

Outside of a short weather delay on Day 1, the conditions were near-perfect for college teams from the Division II, III, NAIA and Junior College ranks competing for two titles.

Eckerd College, an early favorite, cruised to the finals, but Texas A&M-Kingsville came into the event riding a four-match losing streak only to run off four straight wins to capture the Division II title. The top tournament pair from Eckerd — Paula Hoffman and Kaitlyn Sibson – won their match to finish unbeaten for the tournament, but Texas-A&M-Kingsville won the other four to cruise to the victory.

The Fiesta Division title was a different story. Webber International defeated Stevenson University 4-1, but three of the matches could have gone either way. Two matches went to three sets and the top pairs played in a tightly-contested 21-19, 21-19 match.

Top Pair of Tournament

Hoffman and Sibson from Eckerd College won all four matches on the weekend with relative ease. The pair ended the year with a 22-match winning streak.

For entire article, click here.

Attacking and Armswing on the Beach

Scott and Emily at ProjectU Spring Training Camp 2018 at Hermosa Beach

From the beach volleyball mecca of Hermosa Beach AVP Pro Emily Stockman and AVP Academy Director Scott Davenport go over the basic and some of the nuances to attacking and armswing in beach volleyball.  From the big picture perspective, the biggest point to make is we must learn and coach about the things that need to happen for the shot for the ball to do what you want, not the reasons or mistakes you made that caused the ball or shot to not occur.

Click here to view the video of Scott and Emily discussing attacking on the beach.

Areas covered include:

  1. Differences from Beach to Indoor:  Briefly, Scott talks about the position of your arm during the swing and how it differs from indoor
  2. Armswing Mechanics: In this video, we cover the swing from a motor learning perspective and ques players can use to create a consistent armswing.
  3. Contact Points: What are the contact points and the corresponding results from those contact points are mentioned.
  4. Finish Points: Scott discusses the 3 finish points and what is the outcome of each point.
  5. Adjustments when the perfect swing does not occur: More times not on the beach the perfect swing does not happen, Scott covered the type of adjustments players can make during the swing to create the attack shot.
  6. Differences between left side and right side hitting:  Scott goes over the major points of difference that will allow athletes to create a more consistent swing from each side of the court.

For more information on the AVP Academy. click here.  For a ProjectU Collegiate Beach Showcase event information, click here

Fox21 Duluth Interviews Shamrokh for Upcoming AVPNext Event

Ben Shamrokh traveled to Duluth to talk with Fox21 Duluth about his career in beach volleyball and the upcoming AVPFirst and AVPNext event over Memorial Day weekend at Skyline Lanes. Click here for for the entire interview. For more details on AVPNext Duluth, click here. For additional information on AVPFirst or the Junior event on Saturday, click here.

 

JVA Online: 4 Factors That Impact Beach Partner Selection

By Stephen McCarthy, TMP Beach

It is not the best players that win; it is the best players with the best team that win!
– Unknown

For younger athletes, partner selection is an easy process. Pick a player of similar skill level that you enjoy playing with and can compete together at a high level. But how do you create a high level partnership for high school, college and pro beach athletes?

A big trend in today’s beach world is management of players or combining the physical traits with a large amount of charted data from new computer applications and from this understanding, a partnership is born.

But our opening quote says something different. Best players paired with the best data do not win, best teams do.

The science says a successful beach partnership will form 80% of the time when reliant on statistics, apps and technology. Well, what happens when the other 20% actually happens, which begs the question… how can a successful beach pairing or best team occur that includes the charted data, the physical attributes of the players, but is not limited only by this information?

Let’s consider the other factors that play a large role:

Equitable hard work

Players who are willing to pay the price together and do the same work as the other, create a bond and buy in from one another that is deeper than the stats. It becomes more than just a partnership, but a mutual respect, appreciation and trust… a team.

Balance of skills

There can be two strategies when it comes to beach partner selection based on skills. One of them is to find a partner that balances out the other’s weaknesses, for example, putting a taller blocker with a shorter defender. The other strategy is finding a partner with similar skills. Sometimes when partner’s are very similar in skill they will each have the same expectations. When a shot comes over the net, a fast defender will expect a partner to be able to get the ball that he/she could play as well. A great hitter would expect to see a partner hit a smart shot when given a good set.

Sometimes it can be frustrating to have a partner that does not match your skill set. It is also difficult to be disappointed with a partner that misses a play that you wouldn’t have gotten either.

The ability to find chemistry

A major question must be asked and answered; can the potential partners create a meaningful chemistry between themselves? Coaches must purposely create ways to locate the barriers to chemistry within the players past, present, and future environment. One way to find these barriers are experiential learning techniques, special events in challenging environments, projects that create a deeper understanding of others, to name a few. Such events create a safe environment and essentially challenge the players to find ways of developing chemistry with others to solve the puzzle, all the while, giving the coach the opportunity to see the signs or potential signs of a partnership.

The fallacy of science and the role of intuition

Computers are important, but they are not all knowing. They do provide reams and reams of information on your players, but what is happening in real time could be different than what should be happening. Intuition can trump data in many scenarios.

Many coaches make the majority of the decisions for their team based on the scientific method, but there are times when it just seems right to put two players together or follow your intuition when all the data says it should not work.

While we have only covered a few of the components, in a very brief manner, of partner selection for best teams, the process is somewhere in between the concepts mentioned and the many others we could add. But in the end as the quote mentioned, the best TEAM wins with the best players The best players do not win without equal hard work, a balance of skills, great chemistry and a coach’s intuition.

Sources: TMP Beach and ProjectU Showcases Interview with Damien Elder and Stephen McCarthy

For related reading for beach volleyball coaches and club directors click here. For more beach volleyball education click here.

Reposted from JVA Online, see here.

2018 EVP Tour Winter Championships: Eau Claire, WI

A great weekend with everyone, Divisions included: Open Juniors, Open Pros for men and women. Here are a couple images from the weekend at Wagner Lanes Sports Complexx in Eau Claire.

EVP Winter Championships Open Junior Division

Skylar Germann and Kaya Gendreau of Minneapolis Gold Bracket Champions

EVP Tour Silver Bracket Champions

Womens Open Pro Division Champions Aurora and Christina from Tampa, FL

Minnesota Coach McCutcheon on The Love of The Game

University of Minnesota’s head volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon joined myself to talk about the love of sport and how to properly develop young athletes.  Coach shared his story growing up in New Zealand playing multiple different sports and developing over his lifetime a love for volleyball.  He talked about how he came to focus on one sport, volleyball, his transition to coaching and some of his principles of success.

For the complete interview, visit The McCarthy Project on Blog Talk Radio.

Coach Hugh McCutcheon Bio: Complete bio

Coach Russ Rose on Balanced Development

Coach Russ Rose of Penn State University joined Stephen McCarthy to discuss the waterfront of ideas related to young volleyball players and coaches around the concept of balanced development.  Coach Rose talked about the role of technology in a young persons life, the proper role of club volleyball, why is it important to play more than one sport, and finally, how coaches and athletes can develop a balanced long-term approach to elite performance in life and sport.

For the complete interview, click here.

Coach Russ Rose Bio Information:

Record breaking. History making. Legendary. All of these words can be used to describe the tenure of Penn State women’s volleyball head coach Russ Rose’s career in Happy Valley. At the helm of the Nittany Lion squad for 35 years, his name has become synonymous with the pride and tradition of the program. The leader of arguably the most successful collegiate women’s volleyball program in the country, Rose continues to pass along the confidence and character he has gained during his career.

During his tenure, Rose has collected wins at a staggering pace. Never having posted fewer than 22 wins in a season, he concluded the 2013 season as the NCAA leader in career winning percentage, having won more than 86 percent of the matches he’s coach at Penn State. He is just the third active DI women’s volleyball head coach to reach 1,000 career wins, Since then, he’s amassed another 125 victories, which puts him just four wins shy of tying the all-time record for career triumphs. Full bio

Why We Work in The Summer Camp Business

Natalie Montague of Nike Sports Camps and US Sports Camps

Today Stephen McCarthy is joined by Natalie Montague of Nike Sports Camps and US Sports Camps to talk about why we work in the summer camp business and the role US Sports Camps plays every summer in young athletes lives.

Areas covered:

  1. Why are we in this industry
  2. What are the deeper motives of coaches, athletes and parents for participating in summer sports
  3. The role her family and summer camps has played in finding the desire to help other young people and coaches have a positive summer camp experience.

For the complete interview, click below. For more information about Natalie, US Sports Camps and Nike Summer Camps, visit their website.