Friday, March 14, 2014

Dates for 2014 Volleyball Camps 

 Apr 19-20 Phoenix spring Volleyball Camp $ 145 Kingdom Courts

 May 3-4, Chicago, IL Volleyball Camp $ 145 Northside College Prep
May 10-11, Tampa, FL Volleyball Camp $ 140 Tampa Prep School

May 24-25, Fairfield, CA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Rodriguez High School

Jun 7-8, Boston, MA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Massasoit Community College

Jun 19-20, Nashville, TN Volleyball camp $ 145 Battle Ground Academy
Jun 21-22, Queens, NY Volleyball Camp $ 150 St. Johns University

 Jun 23-24, Atlanta, GA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Atlanta Extreme VBC

 Jun 26-27, Pittsburgh, PA Volleyball Camp $ 140 Greentree SportsPlex

Jun 28-29, Cincinnati, OH Volleyball Camp $ 145 Sports Plus
Jun 30-7/1, Quad Cities, IL Volleyball Camp $ 145 Black Hawk College

 Jul 2-3, Milwaukee, WI Volleyball Camp $ 145, Milwaukee County Sports Complex

 Jul 5-6, Sterling, VA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Dulles SportsPlex

 Jul 7-8, St Louis, MO Volleyball Camp $ 145 Parkway West High School

 Jul 9-10, Evansville, IN Volleyball Camp $ 145 Evansville Basketball Academy

Jul 12-13, Dallas, TX Volleyball Camp $ 145 Volleyball Institute of Plano

Jul 14-15, San Antonio, TX Volleyball Camp $ 145 Factory of Champions
 Jul 17-18, Kansas City, MO $ 145 Parkville Athletic Center

 Jul 19-20, Denver, CO Volleyball Camp $ 145 303 Volleyball Club

Jul 21-22 Austin, TX Volleyball Camp $ 145 Austin Rec Center

 Jul 24-25, Houston, TX Volleyball Camp $ 145 FAST Complex

 Jul 26-27, Phoenix, AZ Volleyball Camp $ 145 Kingdom Courts

Aug 2-3, San Francisco, CA Volleyball Camp $ 145 The Foundry

Aug 4-5, Seattle, WA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Kent Commons

Aug 7-8, San Diego, CA Volleyball Camp $ 145 La Jolla Country Day

Aug 9-10, Anaheim, CA Volleyball Camp $ 145 American Sports Center

 Nov 1-2, Sterling, VA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Dulles Sportsplex

 Nov 7-8, (Evening) Minneapolis, MN Volleyball Camp $ 140 Ralia Sports Center
Nov 22-23, Hatboro, PA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Kelly Bolish Gym Volleyball Camp

Dec 6-7, New York, NY Volleyball Camp $ 150 St, Johns University

Dec 13-14, San Antonio, TX Volleyball Camp $ 145 Factory of Champions

Sunday, February 10, 2013

2013 Schedule

Apr 27-28 Phoenix Volleyball Camps Phoenix spring, AZ $145 Chicago Volleyball Camps May 4-5 Chicago, IL $ 145 Northside College Prep Tampa Volleyball Camp May 11-12 Tampa, FL $140 Tampa Prep School Fairfield Volleyball Camp May 25-26 Fairfield, CA $145 Rodriguez High School Boston Volleyball Camps Jun 8-9 Boston, MA $145 Massasoit Community College Atlanta Volleyball Camps Jun 15-16 Atlanta , GA $140 Roswell High School Easely Volleyball Camp Jun 17-18 Easley, SC $140 JB Red Owens Sports Complex Nashville Volleyball Camps Jun 19-20 E Nashville, TN $145 Battle Ground Academy New York Volleyball Camps Jun 22-23 Queens, NY $150 St. Johns University Moline Volleyball Camp Jun 24-25 Quad Cities, IL $145 Black Hawk College Milwaukee Volleyball Camps Jun 26-27 Milwaukee, WI $ 145 Milwaukee County Sports Complex Cincinnati Volleyball Camps Jun 29-30 Cincinnati, OH $145 Sports Plus Sterling Volleyball Camps Jul 1-2 Sterling, VA $145 Dulles SportsPlex Hatboro Volleyball Camp Jul 6-7 Hatboro, PA $145 Kelly Bolish Gym St. Louis Volleyball Camps Jul 8-9 St Louis, MO $145 Parkway West High School San Antonio Volleyball Camps Jul 11-12 San Antonio, TX $145 Factory of Champions Dallas Volleyball Camps Jul 13-14 Dallas, TX $145 Volleyball Institute of Plano Houston Volleyball Camps Jul 15-16 Houston, TX $145 FAST Complex Kansas City Volleyball Camp Jul 18-19 Kansas City, MO $145 Parkville Athletic Center Denver Volleyball Camp Jul 20-21 Denver, CO $145 Front Range Volleyball Club San Diego Volleyball Camps Jul 23-25 San Diego, CA $145 Encinitas YMCA Phoenix Volleyball Camp Jul 27-28 Phoenix, AZ $145 Kingdom Courts Las Vegas Volleyball Camp Jul 30-31 Las Vegas, NV $145 Chuck Minker Gym San Francisco Volleyball Camps Aug 3-4 San Francisco, CA $145 The Foundry Seattle Volleyball Camps Aug 5-6 Seattle, WA $145 Kent Commons Portland Volleyball Camps Aug 7-8 Portland, OR $140 The Hoop Orange County Volleyball Camps Aug 10-11 Anaheim, CA $145 American Sports Center Sterling Volleyball Camps Oct 26-27 Sterling (fall), VA $145 TBD Cincinnati Volleyball Camps Nov 1-2, Cincinnati, OH NEW! $145 Sports Plus Minneapolis Volleyball Camp Nov 8-9 Minneapolis, MN $140 High Performance Academy Hatboro Volleyball Camps Nov 23-24, Hatboro, PA $145 Kelly Bolish gym Chicago Volleyball Camps Dec 6-7 Chicago, IL $145 Top Flight Volleyball Club San Antonio Volleyball Camps Dec 14-15 San Antonio, TX NEW! $145 Factory of Champions

Monday, December 5, 2011

Top 35 All Time US Volleyball Players

Top 35 for the US. Here they are:

I made the list. But Clay Stanley is behind me? Clay Stanley is the best opposite the US has ever seen. He is better than myself, Steve Timmons, Bob Samuleson, Brian Ivie et al.....He is simply the best the US has ever had at the position!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Letter (and help) from one of my adults at a volleyball camp

Hi Pat -

Thank you for coming to Minnesota for the November 12-13 clinic. It was GREAT! I am most grateful for the review of how to get topspin on my hits. I will be working on the four-step progression (which I was happy to see on your website too). I am also going to work on my peripheral vision. It was shocking for me to realize how unskilled I am at seeing the blockers while I am setting!

I am also happy to have more volleyball-specific shoulder exercises to add to my physical therapy routine, especially the one that should help me hit better.

I wanted to make a suggestion to you. You might consider promoting the use of Thera-Band Exercise Bands instead of the 3/16-inch tubing. The advantage of the bands over the tubing is that you can purchase different colored bands representing different amounts of resistance. Here is a link to the web site which explains the different bands available:

I use the red, green, and blue bands for my exercises. The problem with the 3/16-inch tubing is that there is too much resistance. People will either do fewer reps or - worse - do the exercises incorrectly. The muscles in the rotator cuff are so small that doing the exercises with even a small amount of resistance is enough of a workout. You don't need tons of resistance. I couldn't do the PNF touchdown exercise with your tubing, but I can do it with my red Thera-Band.

I also wanted to tell you about my Bodyblade. I love it for making my little muscles (that would not otherwise be challenged) work! Here's its website as well as an article comparing the use of the Bodyblade with Thera-Bands. (The bottom line of the article is that the Bodyblade might be better for rehab than it is for strengthening to begin with.)

Thank you for all you do for volleyball players and for the sport of volleyball!

- Annie Muske (the only adult woman at the Minnesota clinic!)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Club Volleyball 101

Julie Kaiser is a respected local club coaches here in San Diego. She took the time to write a very informative piece on Club Volleyball. It is my privilege to pass this on from one of her newsletters. Thanks Julie!!

Trying to find the best “fit” in a club team or program can be a challenge and emotionally draining for the athlete, parent, and even the club coach and administrator. You start the hunting process, but: Where do you start? What should you be looking for? How do you decide what’s best for you? What if I make the wrong decision?
There is a lot of muddy water to wade through. But if you approach this 2-3 week selection process informed and with focus, the stress can be far less taxing on everyone.
Club Tryout Selection
Prioritize your options for tryouts. Do NOT attend a tryout if you have no intention of playing for that club. You’re wasting everyone’s time and energy, including your own. To find the club team best suited for your needs, rank the priorities listed below. See what club best meets your top 3 priorities:
Convenience of location
Price of programs offered
Team level of play
Coach’s knowledge, education, experience, and reputation
Your anticipated play time (carrying 3 setters on a team is not a good sign if you’re a setter)

Do your research. Draw up a comparison sheet listing your top 3 priorities and rank each club on their potential to meet your needs. If price is a problem, speak with the club director and see what alternatives they have to offer. Most clubs DO offer a ‘work for dues’ or other programs to help you meet your financial commitment.
At tryouts, attend a minimum of 2. Some clubs offer free tryouts. Go, if you feel compelled. Then plan to tryout at 2 more. More than 3 tryouts and you’re probably wasting your efforts.
Red Flag Warnings
If you are attending a tryout, be aware of these tactics that coaches or parents might use to influence your decision:
􀂄The ‘other’ coach isn’t any good. They can’t help you improve
􀂄Your last club coach didn’t do his or her job
􀂄Don’t tryout there; they’ve already picked their team
􀂄We can get you a scholarship for college
􀂄Pressure to commit before the final tryout
􀂄Join now or we’ll give your spot away
If you think you missed out as a middle school aged player, think again! Almost every club in the area has positions to fill on at least one team. Maybe it’s you!

At Tryouts
There may be 10 to 100 others athletes involved. If you’re new or don’t know the coaches, is it smart to wear something noticeable? You bet! I find the funky cat print or neon green and black spandex very distracting. Your high school t-shirt will also help evaluators remember you beyond your assigned number. Tie-dye and bright or unique tops do help to get you looked at. I personally consider it disrespectful to wear another club’s t-shirt to a tryout. It also puts your true availability to play for that club at question.
Be noisy and energetic, but not obnoxious. Play hard and be aggressive, but avoid running into walls or going after balls that are way out of your zone. There is comfort in finding a friend to tryout with or talking with one of the coaches you ‘kinda’ know. Remember, Mom and Dad are usually right, so if they say go for it, GO!
Keep in mind you aren’t the only one being evaluated. You are an evaluator yourself. Are the coaches friendly? Do you feel welcome? Are the drills somewhat organized? Could you see yourself playing here? Remember YOU are the client. The club only provides the service.
Making Your Selection
Club with facility vs. club without facility
Everyone endures schedule changes and adjustments. Clubs who have their own facility can be more convenient for travel consistency plus offer other amenities, but they’re usually also a basic warehouse with minimal climate control: hot in the summer and doggone cold in the winter. Self contained (school) gyms can offer more climate control. The pros and cons do not clearly point to a recommendation in regard to practice location selection for most.
Anxiety, Disappointment, Tears, and Settling In
Not making the team: You may not make the team you “want”. If that’s the case, you should have your back up plan ready. And water polo is NOT the back up plan. The team YOU want to join may not be a good fit for you or the team. That’s most likely why you did not get selected. Accept the decision as best you can and force yourself to move on. Denial, hating the club and coach, feeling like a failure, and wallowing in self-pity are all part of the process in being rejected. I know from first hand experience. But only YOU can decide where your passion lies, and only YOU can choose to go beyond your sad emotions and continue the volleyball career path that fits you.
For the rest of us: Within the first 2 weeks of tryouts, you will be given the opportunity to join a team. Some clubs even offer on the first day. If the club or team of your dreams invites you to join, and you know your coach and team mates, then go ahead and commit. However, for the 99% of the rest of you, I highly recommend completing as many tryouts as possible. If you’re offered a position on a team, and want to wait and see what another club’s offer might be, just say so. Don’t be bullied into a commitment. If your tryout pool had more than 50 participants, your offer to join a team will come later. Good clubs want to be fair and do not rush into setting teams until at least half way through tryouts. You’re paying for an evaluation and the coaches work to rank players according to their level of play AND position. So if you had a bad day, you do get another chance (or 3) to be seen.
Making the decision: So you have your 2 options. Go back to page 1 of this document and look at what your priorities are. Which of these teams best meet your needs? In the end, if you truly are struggling between your options, which coach makes you feel most comfortable? Not in a warm and fuzzy sort of way, but projects confidence, appears to confront conflicts as opposed to ignoring them? Which team seems to be most excited and ready to go? I guarantee you one of those teams “feels right”. Once you know your decision, make your commitment and notify the other clubs that you have decided to go elsewhere. It’s important to realize that once you turn down a club team, it immediately opens an opportunity for another player who’s waiting for their invitation. The process needs to be as quick and immediate as possible. Do not delay notification!
In the end, there will be uncontrollable situations that we all have to work with and endure or tolerate. Good news is that we learn from these experiences and try to invent ways to avoid train wrecks. Tryouts are as much a lesson about life as the sport of volleyball.
OMG! I’m on the wrong team!
Before opting to change club teams, be sure you understand the paperwork you signed and the commitment you made originally. You may be obligated to pay part or all fees to your original club. You also need to weigh the impact your departure will have on the team you are leaving.
Above all else, be sure and pay off your club debt. If Club A tells Club B you have an outstanding balance, chances are really good Club B will see you as a financial liability and insist you straighten out your matters with Club A before they will sign you onto their program. Clubs incur expense. Athlete fees pay for these expenses. Leaving a club in debt is not an option.
Good luck and know it’ll all be behind you soon!

Julie Kasier

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

2011 Volleyball Camp Schedule

Phoenix (spring) volleyball camp, AZ
$ 145 Kingdom Courts

Apr 30-5/1
Tampa volleyball camp, FL
$ 140 Tampa Prep School

May 7-8
Chicago volleyball camp, IL
$ 140 Northside College Prep

May 21-22
Fairfield volleyball camp, CA
$ 140 Rodriguez High School

Jun 4-5
Cincinnati volleyball camp, OH
$ 140 Nothin' But Net

Jun 6-7 E
Cleveland volleyball camp, OH
$ 135 Rocky River Rec Center

Jun 8-9 E
Greensboro volleyball camp, NC NEW!
$ 140 Greenboro Sportsplex

Jun 11-12
Boston, MA
$ 140 Bridgewater State College

Jun 17-18 E
Atlanta volleyball camp, GA NEW!
$ 140 Roswell High School

Jun 20-21 E
St Louis volleyball camp, MO
$ 140 Parkway West High School

Jun 22-23 E
Oklahoma City, OK NEW!
$ 140 Santa Fe Life Ctr.

Jun 25-26
Queens volleyball camp, NY
$ 150 St. Johns University

Jun 27-28
Syracuse volleyball camp, NY NEW!
$ 150 Christian Brothers Academy

Jul 5-6
Quad Cities volleyball camp, IL
$ 140 Black Hawk College

Jul 7-8
Detroit volleyball camp, MI
$ 140 MI Elite Sports Academy

Jul 9-10
Sterling volleyball camp, VA
$ 145 Dulles SportsPlex

Jul 11-12
Pittsburgh volleyball camp, PA
$ 140 Greentree Sportsplex

Jul 14-15
San Antonio volleyball camp, TX
$ 145 Factory of Champions

Jul 16-17
Dallas volleyball camp, TX
$ 145 Volleyball Institute of Plano

Jul 18-19
Omaha volleyball camp, NE NEW!
$ 145 Oasis Sports Ctr.

Jul 21-22
Kansas City volleyball camp, MO
$ 140 Parkville Athletic Center

Jul 23-24
Denver volleyball camp, CO
$ 145 Sports Complex Inverness

Jul 30-31
Phoenix volleyball camp, AZ
$ 145 Kingdom Courts

Aug 2-3
San Diego volleyball camp, CA
$ 145Fairground Volleyball Ctr

Aug 6-7
San Francisco volleyball camp, CA
$ 145
Peninsula Jewish CC

Aug 8-9
Seattle volleyball camp, WA
$ 140 Kent Commons

Aug 10-11
Portland volleyball camp, OR
$ 140 The Hoop

Aug 13-14
Anaheim volleyball camp, CA
$ 145
American Sports Center

Oct 29-30
Sterling volleyball camp(fall), VA
$ 145 Dulles SportsPlex

Nov 5-6
Nashville volleyball camp, TN
$ 145 A-Game SportsPlex

Nov 11-12 E
Minneapolis volleyball camp, MN
$ 140 Ralia Sports Center

Nov 19-20
Hatboro volleyball camp, PA NEW!
$ 145 Kelly Bolish gym

Dec 3-4
Milwaukee volleyball camp, WI
$ 135 Marquette University HS

Dec 10-11
Seattle volleyball camp, WA
$ 140 Kent Commons

Friday, April 30, 2010

Volleyball Camps Experience to Making Your High School or Club Volleyball Team

At my volleyball camps, I often talk to young volleyball players about proper technique. Is that all there is to making a team? No.....Read on.....

5 Secrets for Making Your High School or Club Team

Tryouts can be a fantastic experience. Here is a question for you: Why is it that coaches can watch you play for 5 minutes and make a decision based on what they see? Good question.....

There are three parts to being a superior athlete:

1. Athletic ability

2. The ability to change

3. How you positively affect those around you.

Let's look at these individually.

Athletic ability is easy to assess. I often tell people of the story of when Jeff Stork and I watched 129 junior boys at a tryout for a USA youth national team. We watched the players play king of the court for 20 minutes. We each made a list of the top 30 players. In the end, I looked at his list and he looked at mine. We missed each other's list by one name! It is that simple. In volleyball, athletic ability is measured by how high you jump and how hard you hit. Typically if you jump high, you hit hard. Athletic ability is the first thing coaches look at when selecting a team.

The ability to change and get better each day in practice is the Holy Grail of not only volleyball but life as well. It is the essence of sports. Why don't players change? Ego? They learned a different way? They have done it one way for so long? They are physically the best so they do not have to work hard? Reminding players to get better each day of practice is the easiest thing to say, but the hardest thing for players to do. The first couple of days of a season are coaching bliss. Players are working their tails off to make the team. They are attentive. They hustle. They what happens? They fall into a rhythm. They take practice for granted. They fail to make improvements each time they touch the ball. It is very challenging to learn how to get better each time you touch the ball. But like everything else, it just takes practice.

The ability to motivate and positively affect those around you cannot be overstated. It is a part of your personality and character. Nothing is worse than having a habitually grumpy person on the team. They often affect the ability of others to get better each day--not good. Grumpy players can undermine a coaches effort and head the team in the wrong direction. Positive players can lead the team through tough times. Positive players do extra work in practice. Positive players will hold their teammates accountable for on and off the court behavior. Positive players lead by example. It is their personality.....

Here are the five secrets to making your team:

1. Look the coach in the eye when they are talking! This is my number one rule! I can almost pick the team based on this one secret.

2. Get in shape. Find a friend who wants to get in shape or hire a plyometric coach. Want tips on what to do? Go to and download the Suggested Volleyball Workout in either PDF or MS Word.

3. Shag (pick-up) as many balls as you can when you are not playing and put them back in the cart.

4. Send the coach a very brief e-mail after the first day of practice and tell them how much you enjoy the team and the opportunity to learn. If making the team is between you and one other player-- which it usually is--this may put you over the top. Parents should not send the e-mail.

5. Go to your future coach's summer camp and do exactly what I told you to do in the first four secrets.

Bottom line: I did not make my high school volleyball team until I was a senior. In my junior year, I was the manger on the team--I washed the laundry, I set up the nets etc.....I went on to win a gold medal in the Olympics. If you don't make the team, redouble your efforts. Find a club team to play on. Play against adults.

Extra Bonus Secret

6. Look the coach in the eye when they are talking. It is that important.
Pat Powers