The Team Detroit / Volleymasters 2015 Summer Training Schedule is out! Check the calendar that is posted to the right. You can also get the details by visiting:
Dane and Ed at Coaches Clinic Dec 2014
The only 3 time USA Olympic coach is coming to Team Detroit to promote Sand Volleyball, as well as giving locals the opportunity to be coached/meet /talk to one of the best coaches in the world for both indoor and sand.
For all of you that watched or participated in last night's compete event, I wanted to explain a couple of things (that I said to the athletes in the beginning but not the parents). This measures athletes ability to score points and work/communicate/plan with others (you may not know).
First off, congratulations to the WINNER Taylor Stewart from 18-1 and Madison Benoit from 14UA, who finished in second place, for earning the largest positive point differential for the night (both won our cool new Team Detroit shirt and first place additionally won a gift card).
Now a little description of what happened and what everyone saw (competing/measuring overall skills/ culture/attitude/conditioning/problem solving). We started on 8 half courts with athletes from 14UA, 15-1, 16-1, 16-2, 17-1, 17-2 and 18-1 teams that we positioned close to where we saw their overall abilities would end up. The start was slow as athletes figured out playing half court doubles, how long 3 minutes actually is, time pressure, what hustling is, what hard work is. It is all about scoring points efficiently and making your partner better.
So the round robin format/reshuffle is designed to separate those with a shallow vb understanding/ability to score points versus those with a deeper understanding of the game (low error performances under pressure and hating to lose). Also those who work hard and those who work selectively.
The first 12 rounds were humbling for some as it showed weaknesses in both vb skills, conditioning and lack of communication. It also showed the competitive (who work all the time) versus the shallow who want to give excuses and talk about the past points/giving up, instead of figuring out how to score and how to stop others from scoring. The short tip or easy freeballs are perfect examples of shallow volleyball versus a swing to score or seeing what the other side is doing and swinging smart (not just 100% power and out).
Those who worked hard, never stood against walls or sat in ref stands, they competed or worked (followed instructions), This became even more evident when bodies were tired.
First matches saw communication and planning were the biggest issues.
The reshuffle (half time) was based on point differential so those who ran to serve and shag, scored easy points and low error competitors (serving tough and seeing the court) are rewarded. The range is what is amazing as this separation was by over 80 points. Movement up or down nets was another eye opener as some went from 4b to 1a and some went from 2 to 4 etc. This is what is so fun about the way this is run, age is not important, your team /friends are not important......goal is to cultivate competitors who figure out how to win and make others better around you ...... not those who work as hard as they want and look for excuses or others to blame,
The reshuffle was time limited (ended about half way through) as we would need to repeat 3 times so next time we may have this over two days. It is also a great measure if athletes were gassed or had more to give (or if skills deteriorated when they were tired).....about half were exhausted and were thought I was joking when I said we were half way done and we have another hour to go......
Those who ended up on the top net after reshuffle were: Brit Maxwell, Jess Warford, Cam Schomer, Callie Harper, Kaylee Peterson, Taylor Stewart, Sara Skinner, Brooke Mrocka, Jessica Hogan, Madison Benoit, Annie Schector. Excellent Competitors, great job!!!
My hope is athletes are truthful with themselves (what they need to work on most, not excuses or why they didn't play well) and they get in the gym to fix, as 4 hours a week doesn't make you a complete competitor. A ton of positive responses (competitors already asked me when we are doing this again) and we will be competing better as a club because of these Compete Nights!!!!
Coach Ed (Club Director and 18-1's Coach)
16-2 Gold Medal Champs at MEQ
It will be busy but we will mix and match to see who scores points fastest and wins by the largest margin then we will shuffle and move individuals up or down nets. Depending on numbers we will play doubles or triples and switch partners every match, to see the point differential and the hustle in 3 minute matches.
Knee pads are able to be exchanged through Jeff at TRH. Please bring in original packaging and he will swap them out for you.
BACKPACKS AND SOME UA SWEATSUIT COMPONENTS ARE STILL ON BACK ORDER
This is an UNDER ARMOUR issue that has nothing to do with Ares or Team Detroit's planning for the 2015 season. They will be shipped to us when they come in stock. We realize that this is inconvenient for the athletes, but be assured Ares and Team Detroit are constantly addressing this matter with Under Armour.