coaching education


CAP I, CAP II, and Beach Impact coming to St. Louis!

The Gateway Region is excited to announce CAP I and II are returning to St. Louis on Saturday and Sunday May 20 and May 21, 2017 (at Visitation Academy 3020 North Ballas Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131). Registration and Cadre information may be found here! For new coaches who are seeking to grow their knowledge, or veteran coaches who are looking to revive their skills, don't let this opportunity pass you by!

The Gateway Region is also excited to announce that a Beach IMPACT clinic is scheduled for Friday May 19, 2017 also at Visatation Academy, preceeding the CAP Clinics. With the growing popularity of this discipline, be among the first to develop this side of the sport in your area!

What could be better than spending 3 days amongst fellow coaching peers talking shop about the sport we love? Well, The Gateway Region has been blessed with the great fortune of getting one of the great mentors and leaders in our sport to guide this educational experience - John Kessel. Click here for his very impressive bio! Registration and exact clinic time (tentatively Friday evening) for Beach IMPACT will be made available soon! Click here for the Beach Impact Registration Form!

Region Impact Clinics offerings!

If you're new to coaching club/select volleyball, IMPACT certification is required by USAV to sit the bench and work with young athletes. Although in-region live clinics have concluded for the start of the 2016-17 season, there are a few USAV online options available. Members who certifiy IMPACT will also receive SafeSport Certification as well.

Click here to see remaining Impact Certification Options in the Gateway Region

Download the CDC Heads Up app today! 

CDC’s Heads Up app will help parents and others learn how to spot and what to do if they think their child or teen has a concussion or other serious brain injury. The app also teaches about helmet safety and features information on selecting the right helmet for their child's or teen's activity, including information on what to look for and what to avoid.

USA Volleyball & SafeSport

The Impact of Coaches

Are you a youth sport parent or coach preparing for the upcoming Volleyball season?  Are you looking for helpful tips and advice?  If so, sign up for the Responsible Sports Weekly Coach and/or Parent tip email today! Each week, subscribers will receive an email with a quick tip to help keep your kids focused, motivated and happy as they go through their youth sports experience. Sign up today!

Concussion Awareness in Volleyball
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. So, all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.
Check out more info on the USAV website:

Heads Up Online Training for Coaches Now Available!
Upgraded version of the “Heads Up” Online Training Course for Youth Sports Coaches and Parents! 
Check it out here:

The National Federation of State High School Associations Learning Center offers the following courses for Volleyball Coaches – check them out! More information can be found at this link:

The NFHS Core Courses are Fundamentals of Coaching and First Aid for Coaches. Many states require the Core Courses to fulfill state coaching requirements. This site also offers FREE courses on Concussion in Sports - What You Need to Know, The Role of the Parent in Sports and Sportsmanship.

Midwest Volleyball Instructors Online:

ASEP – Coaching Volleyball Principles (online course):

ASEP - Coaching Strength & Conditioning Principles (online course):

Free USAV webinars have been hosted to help grow regional programming.

Increasing Contacts Per Hour -- Join USAV’s John Kessel in this free webinar on getting what motor learning scientists call “increasing opportunities to respond.” After getting the best feedback possible, the other biggest key to improving or changing skill is in getting actual gamelike touches on the volleyball – DOING and not watching. Listen in at your convenience 24/7 and start getting more learning going on in the same amount of time in your gym!

Recipe for Club Growth
Joining USAV’s John Kessel are Jimmy Peden, Palmetto RVA commissioner and /director of Club South, Michael Fletcher, Club A5 and Eric Hodgson of Club Zia and a staff member of the Arizona RVA of USAV. Over 100 years of club volleyball growing experiences are shared in a best practices way.

Meaningful Competition & the Competitive Cauldron
Join Jason Trepanier from Canada’s Ontario Volleyball Association, and John Kessel of USA Volleyball, in this free USAV webinar covering ideas in creating meaningful competition for all ages in both beach and indoor play. Also ideas and tips in developing a competitive cauldron for your team.

Talent and the Secret Life of Teams
-- Listen in on Terry Pettit’s insights into his volleyball book, by the same title of this webinar. Terry had to call in by cell phone and is a bit distant on the mic but he shares some great thoughts on a wide range of volleyball topics. Skip forward 4 minutes into the webinar, unless you want to hear me solving the tech problems of getting Terry to connect in. You can read much more about Terry and order his book at

How to Grow Your Program
-- Dave Thomas from USA Swimming and Tim McCune, Director of USA Volleyball’s Development department share over 40 years of ideas in growing programs all over America.

Motor Learning Theory
- Dr. Carl McGown, founder of the Gold Medal Squared program, joins John Kessel of USA Volleyball to present this incredibly important free webinar. Carl has been part of every USA men’s Olympic team since 1984, and thus part of THREE gold and one bronze medals. His full bio can be seen by CLICKING HERE and more information on the Gold Medal Squared program can be found by CLICKING HERE.

FUNdaMENTAL Volleyball Level One
Bringing to life the popular articleFUNdaMENTAL Volleyball, John Kessel of USA Volleyball shares core principles and ideas in strengthening the mental side of the game, as part one of a two part series. Tim Engels will share part two on March 16th at 7pm MDT, see below.

On the Edge of Human Achievement
– A fascinating webinar by US Olympic Committee High Performance Director Peter Vint. This special presentation on topics like the Checklist Manifesto, things learned from the Vancouver 2010 Games, deliberate practice, random vs. blocked training and so much more is a must listen to for coaches at all levels.

Developing Viable Boys Volleyball
-- Join USAV’s Coordinator of Boys and Men’s Volleyball and the staff from Dallas Fort Worth High Intensity Boys Volleyball Program – Keith Nannie, Director, Randall Morris 18s coach and Grant Baldwin, Director of Marketing and 17’s coach for this great discussion on how to grow the under-represented side of our game, boys volleyball.

Athlete Safeguards
Listen in with the Chair of USA Volleyball’s Athlete Safeguard Commission, Dr. Cecile Reynaud of Florida State University as she shares the commission’s insights into providing a safer training and competition environment for volleyball players and supporting members.

New “Tuesday Tips for the Coaches of Chaos” blog
section now going up every Tuesday, in addition to the almost 100 other Growing the Game Together blog chapters which are helping coaches from 94 nations, according to the last analytics. Don’t miss out on just this month’s topics covered including “Stats for Parents and Players,” “Choosing the Right Words,” “Top Ten Serving Secrets,” and “Creating and Training Resilient Athletes