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Chris Hames coaching

Posted by devo on January 30, 2010

Joining new coach Garland on the volleyball staff at Knoxville Catholic High School will be Chris Hames, who played on Australia’s women’s national team (1994-95) and is director of the K2 volleyball training facility in Knoxville.

“I hired these two because they’re very good coaches and good trainers,” Jones said. “They know their volleyball. I think they’re going to teach the old dog new tricks. They’re intense and they work hard. I would think this gives us one of the best volleyball staffs anywhere.” more@PrepXtra

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Poll – what do we expect?

Posted by devo on January 28, 2010

I spoke to Volleyball Australia CEO Joan Perry at AVSC 2+ years ago about the internet and related subjects. At that time she told me that there was a problem with some staff who were not “internet literate”. And that this was a problem that would have to be corrected. They would have to learn.

The women’s program and junior programs – due mainly to Teresa Henderson and some dedicated coaches and parents – have established blogs to keep us up-to-date with their programs when competition is happenning. This has been fantastic for the fans of Aussie volleyball. We can follow what’s happenning; be involved. Even see video of matches!

The men’s /AIS program, unfortunately, has not been so forthcoming. There was a time when coaches would SMS results and MVP’s to me so that I could put them up. That nolonger happens. There are at least 2 “officials” on this tour who are very computer savvy. They have not been in areas where the internet or phone is difficult to access as is sometimes the problem. Parents seem to be getting some information. It is busy on tour, but a quick mail to Volleyball Aus on the bus going home should see results up by the following morning. Why isn’t this happenning?

It appears that CEO Joan is either unwilling, or unable, to insist that part of the duties of a touring Aussie squad is to keep us fans informed. To publicise our sport. Joan, give them a smart phone and show them how to use it!

Jump on the poll in the left hand column and let Joan know what you see as a minimum response on the Volleyball Australia web site at the end of an Aussie match. See also this post.

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German volleyball live

Posted by devo on January 17, 2010

On Monday, 18/01 at 19:20 –  (19/01 at 5:20 AESST) Spobox.tv transmits live and  free the Bavarian derby VC francs vs Generali Haching. spobox.tv – Bundesliga LIVE und KOSTENLOS

UPDATE: If you slept in ;{ you can catch the match here.

With four wins on the trot, and now in seventh place, the German team of Aussie coach Mark Lebedew and Aussie player Tom Bawden will be a good watch for early risers. Volleyball Club FrankenTranslation

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Karpol: Lunatics – That’s What I Need

Posted by devo on January 13, 2010

We get a lot of “spam” and requests to present info here at devo’s. Most of it is rubbish. Most of it gets caught by our “spam filter”. But occasionally something comes through that is a little more interesting.

I have only seen Karpol in action on video, but he is certainly one of the “personalities” of the sport. Has anyone had the chance to read this bio? Should I be adding this book to my post Christmas reading list?

I am free to inform you about launching a book on famous Russian coach, two times Olympic champion and three times silver medalist, World champion and three times bronze medalist, two times FIVB Coach of the Year, Hall of Fame member… Nikolai Karpol.

The book is titled “Karpol: Lunatics – That’s What I Need” and it is available at amazon.com. You can see the content of the book at  facebook.com

Tomislav Birtic, author

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Beach appointment

Posted by devo on January 8, 2010

Thanks to our correspondent for the info that Mick Nelson commenced employment with the AIS Beach Volleyball this week.

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Development Officer – Geelong Volleyball

Posted by devo on January 4, 2010

THE POSITION

The position requires a motivated person with good communication and interpersonal skills. The incumbent will need to contact and visit schools and organizations with a view to promoting and providing coaching and presentations of the sport. There will also be a requirement to organize tournaments and assist schools in organizing tournaments. Get all the info

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Volleycamp Announces January Camp

Posted by devo on December 21, 2009

Looking for something different for Christmas? Why not suggest to mum or dad that they enrol you in the next Victorian Volleycamp?

The first camp for 2010 will be held on January 23, 24 & 25 at St Bernard’s College in Essendon.

Volleycamp is an ideal preparation for state team trials and the new volleyball year. The camp is NON-residential, so interstate and regional athletes need to organise to stay with a friend. The very successful MASTERCLASS will again be offered for elite athletes who have already achieved a degree of success. The 2010 Volleycamp enrolment brochure is now available from the Volleycamp website – www.volleycamp.com.au.

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National talent identification

Posted by devo on December 18, 2009

AUSTRALIA’S best 130 junior volleyball players are training in Bendigo this week for the Australian Institute of Sport’s junior development camp … with the aim of earning a place in the Australian junior squad …

National Talent Identification and Development Coach and Junior Women’s Program Manager, Simon Naismith, said the athletes at this week’s camp had been selected based on their performances throughout the year. “We’ve got talent identification scouts out throughout Australia through Volleyball Australia whose prime job is to go out to state schools and competitions and under-16 championships to find athletes to bring to this camp,’’ he said. … “They will have fantastic ball control, which is really important, as well as playing an international style of game,’’ he said. “… we need true athletes out there.’’ more@BendigoAdvertiser

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AVSC underway

Posted by devo on December 7, 2009

Eldo receives 25 years award

The Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup got underway yesterday with the opening ceremony at MSAC. Competition began today. Draw /results (updated)

At the opening ceremony, Volleyball Australia’s Chris Schacht made some interesting comments on the Crawford report, insisting that although volleyball was an Olympic sport, it was also a participation sport. And that the stadium full of athletes at the opening ceremony was proof of this. He promised to send a photo of the ceremony to Crawford and to the minister of sport!

A special mention too for devo’s volleyball regular David “Eldo” Eldridge, as the Heathfield coach became the first person to achieve a 25 years of participation award. Well done Eldo!

2009 AVSC award winners

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Australian Junior Volleyball: Coach of the Year winner

Posted by devo on December 6, 2009

Elson Volleyaward bannerdevo’s volleyball is proud to announce that the inaugural winner of the Australian Junior Volleyball: Coach of the Year award is Paul Freckleton.

The award was announced at the Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup opening ceremony this evening. Paul received:  A trophy from devo’s, a $250 Elson Volley voucher from Elson Volley, and a European club presentation pack from Mark Lebedew.

Paul is presented with his trophy by Volleyball Australia's president Chris Schacht

Paul comes from Sunraysia Volleyball (Mildura), and was nominated by Brad Mason.

  • Sunraysia Academy of Sport (SAS) Boys Squad Coach, 2005 – 2009
  • Walkers Volleyball Club head Coach and President for many years
  • Victoria Gold Under 17 Coach 2009
  • Sunraysia Volleyball (SVI) Men’s Coach
  • SVI Volleyball Academy Program Manager and Head Coach for past three years
  • SVI Development Officer
  • SVI Liaison Officer to VVI
  • Winner of Referee Award at Vic Country Champs 2008
  • Sunraysia Indoor Sporting Group chair

Brad’s nomination, in part, reads:

I think that my coach Paul Freckleton should get the award … because not only is he the best volleyball coach I have ever had, but a great bloke to go with it.

Paul aka Freck. My first involvement with Paul was 5 years ago ( … at) the Sunraysia volleyball academy. … After one fun filled training session with Paul he had me in love with volleyball; without Paul saying a word I was coming to the rest of training whether he liked it or not because I enjoyed being at training that much it seemed stupid not to come back. … I have been able to further my skills more then I would have ever thought would be possible … this is all thanks to Paul.

Throughout my time I have witnessed Paul trying to make himself the best coach he can be. Paul attends coaches’ seminars to make sure he is on the front page of everything coaching. He asks for feedback and get tips from coaches from the highest level possible …

… Paul has been taking me to and from trainings for the whole time and anyone else that needs a lift he has no problem with taking them. To be honest I would not be the player I am today and the academy would not run without this one man. I have never known someone to be so committed to the kids that he is coaching and getting the best out of us.

I’m not going to say the Paul is the best coach volleyball has ever seen but he is constantly working his way towards it …

He is very deserving of this award.

Eldo from Elson Volley

Devo from devo's volleyball

Sorry Mark, but the devo budget does not extend to airfares from Germany!

I would like to thank Eldo and Mark for their support of the award, and also Stuart for his help with judging. Click on photos to enlarge

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Australian Junior Volleyball: Coach of the Year decided

Posted by devo on December 6, 2009

devo’s volleyball is proud to present …Elson Volley

award banner

Australian Junior Volleyball: Coach of the Year.The winner has been chosen and will be announced at the Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup and here on devo’s volleyball this Sunday at 6pm.

Click on the coach of the year tab at the top of the page for all the info. And for the winning coach: A trophy from devo’s, a $250 Elson Volley voucher from Elson Volley, and a European club presentation pack from Mark Lebedew.

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Coaching position

Posted by devo on December 4, 2009

Scotch College is one of Melbourne’s leading APS Boys only Volleyball schools. We currently have several vacancies for coaches to work with Year 7 & 8 teams. The role will begin late January 2010 and continue till the end of term 1. Read the rest of this entry »

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USA seasons ending

Posted by devo on November 23, 2009

Christie Naumann – Lock Haven Uni – The Lock Haven University volleyball team was downed 3-1 tonight by host California (Pa.) University (36-5) in the 2009 Atlantic Region Championship match. The Lady Eagles went a remarkable 34-6 in ’09 and were 17-2 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action. Lock Haven took home the PSAC East regular season title and finished as PSAC Tournament Runners-up.  Naumann was a two-time PSAC Player of the Week. She was third on the team in kills with 281. She also has 257 digs and 45 aces. more

    Rachel Rourke – Mark Barnard (C) – Ross Sullivan (A)– Oregan State Uni – The Beavers fell in three to No. 15 USC (21-25, 19-25, 13-25) on Saturday evening. Senior Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) posted a 10 kill match, also leading the team defensively in the backcourt with eight digs. Oregon State is now 12-16, 3-13 Pac-10. Oregon State wraps up the 2009 season in Washington against No. 4 Washington on Wednesday and Washington State on Friday

      Rebecca Walters – Sam Simmonds – George Mason Uni – Senior Rebecca Walter led the George Mason women’s volleyball team with 12 kills and the Patriots slammed 18 team blocks en route to a four-set victory (23-25, 25-16, 25-11, 25-13) against Colonial Athletic Association rival James Madison on Saturday night …  With the victory, Mason (21-8, 10-4) assured itself of the No. 3 seed in this week’s CAA Championship. Meanwhile, the Patriots completed the regular season in the final home match for three seniors: Walter … Sam Simmonds With 21 wins, Mason has the most victories in seven seasons.

        Emily TookerUniversity of Hawaii at Hilo – The University of Hawaii at Hilo is headed home after losing 3-2 to the University of Alaska-Anchorage in the NCAA West Regional match in San Bernardino, Calif. Set scores were 27-29, 26-28, 25-21, 25-16 and 12-15. The Vulcans end the season 25-2.

          Rhiannon Tooker – University of Oregon – Saturday’s final home match of the season gave UO an 11-3 season mark at Mac Court, and more importantly ended a three-game skid …  Saturday also marked UO’s third win against a top-10 team in ’09 … UO closes out the regular season next week with its matches at Washington State and No. 4 Washington

          Jess Peacock College of Southern Idaho –  see this post

          Jason Watson (C) – Arizona State – The Cardinal improve to 20-7 on the season and 13-14 in conference play with one week left in the regular season.

          Shayla Chalker (AC) – Quincy Uni – Quincy finishes the year at 7-21 overall and in 12th place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a 4-10 record.

          Ed Binnie (VAC) – Columbia University – The Columbia volleyball team ended the 2009 season with a bang, taking Brown in five sets,  3-2 (25-22, 17-25, 25-21, 17-25, 16-14). With the win, Columbia ends the season at 12-15 overall, 3-11 in the Ivy League.

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            Rick Mitchell on Crawford

            Posted by devo on November 22, 2009

            Rick Mitchell represented Australia at the 1976, ’80 and ’84 Olympic Games, and was also the inaugural executive director of the Tasmanian Institute of Sport. In The Age today he says:

            … the Crawford Report suggests otherwise. Coming from a panel with a majority of members having football affiliations, it proposes we focus on sports in the Australian psyche, like football and cricket rather than “minority” sports.

            What exactly is a minority sport? Volleyball is hardly part of the Australian psyche, yet it is one of the two largest participant sports in the world. Why should Australia not want to be good at it? Why support sports that have immense media deals and financial capability as it is? Because their representatives say so? Let’s get real chaps! In the global sense, rugby league and AFL, for example, are played by a minuscule gene pool? Minority sports? Indeed!

            However, the Crawford report raises one pertinent question. Do we judge Olympic success by medals won or should we focus on the percentage of athletes who produce lifetime bests in the Olympic arena? If it’s the former, then sadly, our view is short term. The latter will bring medals, provided we spend our funds on the one thing nobody seems to mention.

            … The real issue is the almost complete lack of a professional career path for coaches in most Olympic sports.

            Read the full article ~ The Crawford Review is  here.

            Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Beach VB, Australian Volleyball, coaching, It's not volleyball but ..., Olympics, sport, Sports, Volleyball, Volleyball Beach | Tagged: , | 16 Comments »

            Wanted: AIS Beach Volleyball Assistant Coach

            Posted by devo on November 20, 2009

            You will assist the AIS/National Head Coach and Senior Coaches (Men’s and Women’s) to plan and deliver a high quality training program including the development of technical skills, tactical awareness and physical and mental capacities of AIS and National Team athletes in preparation for major, world-class international competitions. You will require Tertiary qualifications in coaching or a related field and NCAS accreditation (Level 2 Volleyball or equivalent).

            Position is based in Adelaide and will be available until 31 December 2012.

            For selection documentation visit www.ausport.gov.au/jobs

            Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Beach VB, coaching, Position vacant, sport, Sports, Volleyball Australia, Volleyball Beach | 1 Comment »

            Author of Crawford Report on Radio

            Posted by Hugh Nguyen on November 20, 2009

            While driving this evening I was surprised to hear an interview with businessman David Crawford about the release of his report on the future of Australian sport, on Radio National’s “Australia Talks” programme.

            • The report is now available for download here.
            • You can download the interview here.

            The Crawford Report seems to have been quite well received. One should always be prepared for anything when inviting Australia to “talk”.

            Only one caller seemed to express pride in seeing the success of our elite programmes. When asked if promoting achievement at the elite level should be a priority for the government, “Frank” from Geelong responded by saying “I get no satisfaction out of seeing Australians in the pool crushing tiny nations with six swimmers”. People seemed quite happy with the findings of the report, with many of the callers expressing that more money should be instead spent on the grass roots and community sport instead of the elite level and Olympic movement.

            The report also suggests spinning off the AIS from the ASC and merging the resources of the state-based institutions with the AIS.

            Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, coaching, It's not volleyball but ..., Olympics, sport | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

            AVF – coaching resources online

            Posted by devo on November 7, 2009

            The AVF are continuing to update resources for all involved in volleyball. They have articles, presentations and weblinks posted onto an additional resources page.

            The newest addition is from a company called  Athlete Assessments. Their company focuses a lot on coaching, the relationships between coaches and athletes, and the importance of these realtionships. The presenter is Bo Hansen, a former rower who represented Australia at 4 Olympics. www.athleteassessments.com

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            Dan’s position announced by AVF

            Posted by devo on November 3, 2009

            It’s now official – Volleyball Australia has announced that Dan Ilott is to lead new AIS-National Men’s Junior Development Program.

            The program will be based at the AIS in Canberra and will offer full-time residential scholarship for a select group of youth and junior male athletes each year, similar to what has been offered in recent years. From January 2010, however, scholarship athletes will also be exposed to Beach Volleyball … more@VolleyballAustralia

            Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Beach VB, Australian Volleyball, coaching, sport, Sports, Volleyball, Volleyball Australia, Volleyball Beach | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

            Nominations are closed

            Posted by devo on November 2, 2009

            award banner x160Elson VolleyYour school or club coach is fantastic! Right? But you forgot to nominated them to be the Australian Junior Volleyball: Coach of the Year? You’ll have to wait for next year now!

            Our coach of the year will be announced early in December.

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            Dan back in Canberra

            Posted by devo on October 27, 2009

            My correspondent informs me that Dan Ilott commenced employment with AIS Volleyball this week.

            Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Volleyball, coaching, sport, Sports, Volleyball, Volleyball Australia | Tagged: | 11 Comments »