We are anticipating this year to be one of the best AVCA Convention’s yet. “Why” you ask? Here’s a look at the on court and classroom sessions for indoor and beach, along with details on the keynote speaker headlining the JVA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.

2019 AVCA Convention: Pittsburgh December 18-21, 2019.

Saturday 12/21. 12:45 – 2:00
JVA Annual Meeting (open to all club directors and coaches and high school coaches) 
Classroom: DLCC 407:  Keynote Presentation: “Raise Your Game: What the Highest Performers Do During Unseen Hours
Keynote Speaker: Alan Stein, Jr.  View his website HERE.

Alan Stein, Jr. teaches proven strategies to improve organizational performance, create effective leadership, increase team cohesion and collaboration, and develop winning mindsets, rituals, and routines.

A successful business owner and veteran basketball performance coach, he spent 15 years working with the highest-performing athletes on the planet (including NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Kobe Bryant).

In his corporate keynote programs and workshops, Alan reveals how to utilize the same approaches in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level. He delivers practical lessons that can be implemented immediately.

His clients include American Express, Pepsi, Sabra, Starbucks, Reeds Jewelers, FDA, Omnicell, and numerous college athletic programs.

The strategies from Alan’s book, Raise Your Game: High Performance Secrets from the Best of the Best, are implemented by corporate teams and sports teams around the country. His inspirational words are featured on 12-foot mural outside the Penn State Football Training Center, so that players run past it on the way to practice every day.

Click HERE to RSVP if you are planning to attend.

Beach Nation, alongside the JVA is presenting all beach court and most beach classroom sessions, presented by some of the brightest coaching minds in beach volleyball. The sessions will include topics ranging from player development and training methods to new drill ideas and team systems.

Here is a list of all Indoor and Beach Sessions that junior volleyball coaches don’t want to miss!

Thursday 12/19 11 a.m. – Noon
Beach Court: “A Primer on Beach Volleyball: Blocking, Digging, Setting and Hitting”
Presenters: Todd Rogers (Cal Poly & Olympic Gold Medalist) & Phil Dalhausser (Olympic Gold Medalist & Dalhausser Volleyball)

Thursday 12/19 3:00-4:00 pm
Beach Court: “Offensive Strategies: What to Do When & How”
Presenters: Kristen Rohr (Grand Canyon) & Joe Rich (Grand Canyon)

Thursday 12/19 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Beach Court: “How to Play Defense: Strategies and Systems”
Presenters: Dain Blanton (USC), Jeff Conover (AVP) & Matt Heath (Florida Region)

Friday 12/20 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Court 2: “Platform Technique Training for Club Level Athletes”
Presenters: Anne Kordes (KIVA), Courtney Robison (KIVA) & Melissa Starck-Bean (KIVA)

Friday 12/20 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Beach Court: “Set for Success”
Presenter: Beth Van Fleet (Georgia State)

Friday 12/20 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Beach Court – “Warm Up Games: Setting the Tone for Practice, Fun Yet Focused”
Presenters: Kristen Rohr (Grand Canyon) & Joe Rich (Grand Canyon)

Friday 12/20 2:30-3:30pm
Classroom DLCC 319-321- “Bridging the Recruiting Gap: Addressing the Opportunities, Expectations and Recruiting Rules from the Club and College Perspective“. This session is presented by experienced club coaches, club recruiting coordinators and collegiate coaches who will discuss the volleyball recruiting timeline and realistic expectations for athletes to compete at the college level.
Presenters: Anders Nelson (Kentucky), Brianna Jones (Emory), Melissa Starck-Bean (KIVA) & Glenna Bianchin (Carolina Union Volleyball Club)

Saturday 12/21. 9:00 – 10:00 am
Classroom DLCC 315-316: “Maximizing Court Space- How to Effectively Train Multiple Teams on One Court”. This panel session will share ideas, concepts and examples of how coaches can train multiple teams on one court, while keeping the number of ball touches, practice efficiency, and quality of training at a high level.
Presenters: Travis Fuller (The Academy Volleyball Club), Brennan Dean (WAVE Volleyball Club), Meredith Rice (Academy Volleyball Cleveland) & Briana Schunzel – Moderator (JVA)

Saturday 12/21. 9:00 – 10:00 am
Beach Court: “Building a Solid Foundation: How to Teach Littles”
Presenter: Patty Dodd (MBSand & Beach Nation)

Saturday 12/21 10:15-11:15am
Court 1: “Identifying Common Technical and Tactical Errors and How to Correct Them”
Presenter: Lloy Ball (Team Pineapple VBC)

Saturday 12/21 10:15-11:15am
Beach Court: “To Pull or Not to Pull, That is the Question”
Presenters: Beth Van Fleet (Georgia State) & Patty Dodd (Beach Nation & MBSand)

Stop by the JVA booth to say hi and win some prizes! We will be at booth #1212 near Court 1.

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