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December 2009
The Group of 74 who took CAP I and CAP II and the Cadre pose for a group pic!

Education Weekend Draws Rave Reviews

The Arizona Region held their Education Weekend on December 4-6th at Arizona State University and was rewarded with the biggest CAP (Coaches Accreditation Program) numbers in the Region’s history.

Friday night, USA Grassroots Director and CAP Cadre John Kessel, who flew in from Colorado Springs, conducted an IMPACT clinic while the Founder and Director of the Volleyball Festival, Dave Epperson and Lily Richardson of Parents for Good Sports gave a seminar on Parent involvement in Youth Sports. Those CAP participants that signed up early were also treated to a Dinner with the Cadre. Stu Sherman former men's volleyball coach at Graceland Universtiy, Bill Hamiter, current Head Coach of the USA Men's and Women's Sitting Teams, and Bill Neville, former USA Men's National team coach and Univ of Washington Women's VB coach, were available for 2.5 hours to discuss whatever the coaches wanted to talk about. The Region treated the group to Oregano's Pizza and salad. Those that attended were able to ask their questions in an intimate setting at bar area of the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Tempe.

Saturday started with training for more than 40 new or beginning officials at the first of two clinics for the Region's paid officials. They spent a couple of hours in the classroom treated to the newly modified presentation and power point that had been a project of the Officials Committee work group. Paul Coltrin and Chip Pop, two of our newest Jr. National officials were instrumental in putting the presentation together. New segments on dealing with Parents and positive communication with Coaches to prevent conflict were big changes. The officials were given more hours in the gym with on-court feedback and a thorough Scorekeeping training.

The Cadre: Bill Hamiter, Bill Neville, Stu Sherman and John Kessel

The CAP portion of the weekend also began Saturday morning. Stu Sherman, who flew in from Iowa, Bill Neville from Washington and Bill Hamiter from Oklahoma were the other USA Cadres who went over such subjects as Drill Design; Theory and Application, Developing Team Systems of Play and Motor Skill Learning Theory.

Sunday saw the CAP hopefuls choose several CAP modules of different subject matter to further personalize their education weekend. Modules offered included Intro to Middle Attack Techniques, Scouting your Opponent and Statistics and Contrasting Team Defensive Systems.

John Kessel leading discussion in a CAP II Module

The Clinic, which saw 44 take the IMPACT Friday evening, 62 taking CAP I and a dozen more taking CAP II. Cindy Kirk, who on Dec 6th was named the Arizona Republic Small School Coach of the Year was in attendance furthering her award winning career as was former ASU Head Coach Patti Snyder-Park who was taking page after page of notes.

A Peoria City Rec Coach, Don Touvell, enjoyed the entire CAP I program. “I liked the different ideas for practices. The reward examples for when you catch them doing it right, great stuff.” Touvell added, “I love the game and I thought it was a great opportunity to gain more knowledge and insight from those who have been coaching for years.”

USA Cadre Kessel commented, “The Arizona RVA staged one of the best CAP courses I have ever been fortunate enough to be a part of. Coaches from all over Arizona and the West really took the ideas to heart, and the result will be some much better practices and competitions in the future for their players.”

Grand Canyon University Women's Volleyball Coach Kris Naber, who brought the entire GCU Men’s and Women’s staff also greatly enjoyed the course. “What a privilege to have the opportunity to learn from experienced coaches that have been involved with every level of volleyball.”

Another west valley coach and former club director, Dana Lonza said, “It was an amazing and challenging journey but with its rewards. I don’t think any of us left the weekend the same coach as when we started.”

For more Region Coaches Education opportunities, check the Region website under the Coaches Corner link.

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