Rethinking Elite Performance and Modifying Genetic Codes of Athletes

A couple years back I wrote and article about designer athletes and elite performance, here is a post by SkyWatchTV entertaining the same line of questioning, who would like to compete against genetically modified athletes? Is this fair?

Here is an excerpt from my post from 2015:

For all of us who lived in the 1980’s, Rocky in Rocky IV gets absolutely demolished by the genetically and medically-enhanced Russian boxer, but refuses to quit, he wins right? The evil Russians were cheating anyways, right?    Within this context, enter synthetic gene drive technology with the capability of creating designer athletes.  Oh, I mean genetically modified human beings, we win right?

UPDATE: 5/13/16 New York Times: Scientists Hold Secret Meeting To Create Synthetic Genome

Here is an excerpt from the SkyWatch Post.

And in the not-so-distant future, athletes could cheat in a way that’s even harder, if not impossible, to detect. It’s called gene doping. Scientists are figuring out how to literally rewrite our genetic code through genetic modification and gene editing. That means tomorrow’s athletes could take the field with genes purposely, synthetically altered. How would that work? you may wonder. (READ MORE)

Beach Partner: A Solution for Finding A Beach Volleyball Partner

Matt Olson and Kara Hill are excited to announce a solution for finding a beach volleyball partner! It’s the biggest problem on the sand, and as a club director we are certain it’s difficult for you to manage.

Discover this revolutionary app for beach volleyball!

Finding your next beach volleyball partner is as easy as swiping right with Beach Partner.

Does a visit to the beach conjure up magical memories you had as a child? Toes in the sand, building sand castles, the sound of the crashing waves and sunshine on your cheeks? With Beach Partner, you can still have that magic when you play on the sand. Beach Partner is an online destination helping bring players of all ages together to turn their sand volleyball dreams into a reality.

Beach Partner. . .coming soon to Apple and Android stores!

View player profiles
Match up with potential partners
Customize your individual profile
Master calendar with every beach volleyball event in the nation; including camps, showcases, and tournaments
Let potential partners know you’re available to play
Connect with other players
Share video highlights
Build a personalized tournament calendar

Complete the pre-registration form on their website to gain early access to the app. The first 100 registrants will win Beach Partner swag! Click here.

NJCAA announces addition of beach volleyball

Colorado Springs, CO – At the 2018 NJCAA Annual Meetings, the Board of Directors passed the adoption of beach volleyball to become a full-time varsity sport in 2019, the first sport added to the association since half marathon and women’s lacrosse in 2003-2004.

Programs will be able to field teams beginning in the fall of 2018 with the official competitive season beginning in the spring of 2019. The first official national championship will be held in the spring of 2021, the 48th NJCAA national championship event.

Mary Young, head volleyball coach at Central (NE), Vice President of the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association, and Region IX Women’s Director served as the lead throughout the adoption process. “It’s an exciting time for the NJCAA with the addition of the sport of beach volleyball,” Young expressed. “This addition will provide endless opportunities to our member schools and most importantly to our student-athletes.”

The NJCAA partnered with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) during the course of the four-year progression. AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer expressed her enthusiasm of a collegiate organization adding the sport. “Beach volleyball, played as a tennis-style, flighted team sport, is relatively new to the college scene. The growth has been remarkable with over 70 four-year colleges adding programs in just six years. This forward-looking vote by the NJCAA will open new opportunities to attract student-athletes to its campuses and give options to those wanting to move on.”

For entire post, visit here.

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

TMP Beach Selected as a JVA Sponsored Club for 2020

(Milwaukee, Wisconsin) November 25, 2019: The JVA is pleased to announce another record breaking year for the JVA Sponsor Program as 16 beach clubs are named 2020 JVA Beach Sponsor Clubs. In the fifth consecutive year of the JVA Sponsor Program, the 16 beach clubs join the 64 indoor JVA Sponsor Clubs that will be receiving a portion of the $200,000 the JVA is awarding its members this season.
As a member driven and member centered organization, the JVA could not be more thankful to our members for their support.
“Growing junior beach volleyball is a primary initiative for the JVA, and we are proud to support these clubs who are invested in their athletes’ experience” states JVA Director of Member Development Lisa Wielebnicki. “The club directors’ top priority is give their athletes the best possible experience, and we are humbled to have them represent our organization. We’d like to extend our gratitude to the club directors and coaches for all you do for the sport.”
From its inception in 2006, the JVA has been a member driven association focused on the prosperity of its members, along with the unification of clubs. These guiding principles, as well as junior volleyball specific education and resources, have led to a steady growth in membership from just under 900 clubs in 2016 to nearly 1,300 in 2019. The growth in the number of JVA Beach Sponsor Clubs comes as no surprise, as the JVA has seen a large increase in the number of JVA beach only clubs, as well as indoor clubs starting a beach program.
The JVA Beach Sponsor Clubs will receive monetary support from the JVA for promoting the JVA brand, supporting the JVA mission, and growing JVA at the regional and national level. Many of the JVA Beach Sponsor Clubs will compete in the BVCA Club Challenge Series powered by the JVA, a series of weekend events where junior beach volleyball clubs align their ranked teams to compete against one another for the win.
2020 JVA Sponsors Clubs (Beach)
692 West (CA)
All In Volleyball (IL)
Beach South Volleyball (NC)
CJVA (NJ)
Club Fusion Volleyball (IL)
Dakine Warriors Beach VBC (WA)
Elevation Volleyball Club (CO)
Elite Volleyball Training Center (OH)
LKN Volleyball Club (NC)
Optimum Beach (FL)
Premier Academy (OH)
Pro Beach Juniors (IN)
S3 Volleyball (GA)
Tamarack Beach Volleyball Club (CA)
The McCarthy Project Beach Volleyball (MN)
Top Flight Volleyball Club (IL)
Total Estimated Athletes: 2,221
The clubs listed above applied for the beach club sponsor program, and were selected based on their ability to meet sponsor level criteria, their support of the JVA, and their past contributions to JVA educational resources. The 2,200+ junior beach athletes representing the JVA Sponsorship Program, along with over 2,200 indoor junior volleyball teams, will be sporting the JVA logo during competition this season.
Applications for the 2020-2021 season will open September 1, 2020. For more information about the JVA Sponsorship Program click HERE.
About the Junior Volleyball Association
The Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the growth of youth and junior volleyball through program and resource development, education and events. The organization was formed in 2006 with a primary focus of being a voice for junior volleyball club directors and coaches, and with nearly 1,300 clubs nationwide is the only organization that is focused entirely on youth and junior volleyball.

ProjectU Collegiate Beach Clinics and Showcases

ProjectU Beach Volleyball CampThe ProjectU Collegiate Beach Clinics and Showcases are about connecting athletes with college coaches who have the ability to take your game to the next level. 2019 Event locations include; Chicago, Minneapolis, and Kansas City. Each event is open to all athletes who are committed to understanding themselves and moving ahead as a beach volleyball player, and per NCAA rules, this event is open to any and all entrants limited only by age, gender, grade, or number.

“Each year we have ventured to bring leading edge ideas and training to beach volleyball and our beach clinics. With top college coaches in one location, this event will be a major opportunity for young athletes. It will be a point for athletes in real time to learn next level concepts, showcase their skills and potentially, change the direction of their future in beach volleyball. ” -Stephen McCarthy. Director, TMP Beach Volleyballonline registration

Cost: $250 per player for both days. $150 for Day 1 beach clinic only or $115 per player for Day 2 showcase tournament only.

Event Schedule:

Day 1 Beach Clinic
9am-11am Introductions, Warmup and On-court Drills with Coaches
11am-12pm Coaches Panel (Off Court): Coaches answer your questions, subjects to include; how to get recruited in beach, best practices for skill development, how to get connected to the beach community when there is no beach club in your area, am

2018 ProjectU Chicago Beach Clinic anc Showcase

2018 Beach Clinic and Showcase Champions at ProjectU Chicago

ong others
12pm-1pm Lunch, not included in event fee
1pm-3pm: On-court Drills with Coaches

Day 2 Showcase Tournament
8am Player meeting
8:15am Tournament start

Times are subject to change due number of participants, weather, etc.

2019 Beach Clinic Dates and Location Information:

June 1st-2nd Kansas City, KS
June 8th-9th Chicago, IL
June 29th-30th Lake City (Minneapolis), MN

2018 ProjectU Chicago

2018 ProjectU Chicago Beach Clinic and Showcase: View of Downtown from the beach

MONTROSE BEACH (CHICAGO, IL)
Colleges Expected: To Be Determined
Session Dates: June 8th-9th: Day 1: Check in time at 8:30 am, Clinic Session from 9am-3pm. Day 2: 7:30 am Check in time, 8:00am Player meeting and AVPAmerica tournament.
Location Information:
Montrose Beach, Chicago
200 W Montrose Harbor Dr
Chicago, IL 60613

KC BEACH (KANSAS CITY, KS)
Colleges Expected: To Be Determined
Session Dates: June 1st-2nd: Day 1: Check in time at 8:30 am, Clinic Session from 9am-3pm. Day 2: 7:30 am Check in time, 8:00am tournament Start.
Location Information:
KC Beach
7120 Gibbs Rd
Kansas City, KS 66106

LAKE CITY BEACH COURTS (MINNEAPOLIS, MN)

2018 ProjectU Minneapolis (Big Lake, MN)

Colleges Expected: To Be Determined
Session Dates: June 29th-30th: Day 1: Check in ti

me at 8:30 am, Clinic Session from 9am-3pm. Day 2: 7:30 am Check in time, 8:00am tournament Start.
Location Information:
Lake City Beach Courts: Peters Park
Between County Rd 9 & W Marion St, south of Cross St
Lake City, MN

List of Colleges in Attendance: **Colleges mentioned with locations are tentative only. **

Click link for additional TMP Beach Volleyball Tournaments and Camps

ProjectU Spring Training Camps

Beach Volleyball Training Camps, Made for Young Athletes

AVP Pro Jeremy Casebeer will be on staff at LA camps

Our ProjectU Spring Beach Volleyball Training Camp is an on and off court camp over a 3 day period that will include creative on-court skill work, strength and speed development training, as well as, leading edge nutrition ideas. ProjectU Spring Training beach volleyball camps are a partnership between TMP Beach and the AVP Academy. In addition to the TMP Beach staff, a local AVP pro will be in attendance. The camps will be held over the month of March and early April on the beautiful beaches of Riviera Beach (Palmonline registration Beach Shores, FL) and Dockweiler Beach (Playa del Rey, CA); The event is open to all athletes who are committed to understanding themselves and moving ahead as a player and a person.

California Staff: California Pro Jeremy Casebeer, Top Ranked AVP player Florida Staff: Rico Guimaraes, Boys and Girls Under 17 National Coach for USA Beach, and Local AVP Pro to be named

“Over the years, we have developed a gestalt theory of elite performance in beach volleyball. Not only will this camp will be a point for athletes to learn from one of best players on AVP tour but also to hear about new, innovative training and skill development techniques that have applied to develop the best in the sport.” -Stephen McCarthy, director of TMP Beach

ProjectU Spring Beach Volleyball Camp Highlights:

  • Mission of camp is to develop a “love for the game”
  • Discover how to use your memories in elite performance
  • Develop your ability to use your instincts and intuition with game like drills and cauldron games
  • On court skill development and video feedback
  • Learn through experiential leadership and communication drills

Dates and Cost:
online registrationDockweiler Beach:  March 28th-March 30th $285 per athlete

DOCKWEILER BEACH (PLAYA DEL REY, CA)
Session I: March 23-25: Training will take place between 2:00pm-6:00pm on Friday and 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Snacks will be provided during the session.
Session II: March 28-30: Training will take place between 10:00am-2:00pm on Wednesday to Friday. Snacks will be provided during the session.
Location Information:
Dockweiler Beach
12000 Vista del Mar
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Meet for registration behind El Segundo Cafe, click here for map

About TMP Beach:
Stephen McCarthy, Director of TMP Beach, has prepared over 15,000 youth, high school, college athletes for over a span of 17 years. He has trained players who have played the following professional sports: NBA and NHL. He has developed over 150 NCAA athletes within the sports of basketball, volleyball (indoor and beach), soccer, swimming and hockey. TMP Beach Volleyball club started in 2014. Currently, Stephen is a USAV certified official, a USAV Beach Impact and BCAP I certified volleyball coach, a member of AVCA and a sponsored JVA beach club, a coach within the USAV High Performance Beach Program, as well as, a certified personal trainer.

Click link for additional TMP Beach Volleyball Tournaments and Camps

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.