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Empowered Volleyball Academy Wins JVA Club of the Month

Empowered Volleyball Academy grew from a man's passion to grow and increase the level of the game throughout the Midwest. Upon arriving home from an overseas professional indoor season, Founder William Robbins and his wife Ashlee Robbins, revolutionized the local market by implementing the areas' first ever volleyball specific sports performance program, and a hybrid program of beach, indoor training and character building. We are proud to honor Empowered Volleyball Academy as this month's JVA Club of the Month.

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Beach Program Basics and the First 8 Practices

Indoor clubs are finding success growing participation and members from the grassroots level. However, beach clubs often have new players who have played years of indoor volleyball, but are new to the beach game. 692 Beach, a JVA member club in Dallas, and year-round beach club uses the first 8 practices of the season to break down each aspect of the game. This program has helped 692 ensure that each player develops the fundamental and philosophical training needed to excel in beach volleyball, and also learn 692's system.

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Is It Time for My Own Indoor Beach Volleyball Facility?

Growing up in the Midwest, one quickly learns there is no predicting the weather. Therefore, planning an outdoor business in the Midwest, or any other "seasonally-challenged" climate, is very risky and has caused several of us to adapt and move our sports programs indoor. Due to beach volleyball gaining more popularity, here's the million-dollar question several have asked themselves across the Midwest and the colder parts of the world, "Is an indoor beach volleyball facility the right move, or next necessary step, for me and my beach program?" Before ever getting to the design phase, business plan development stage, or considering a plan for site acquisition, one must first ask themselves 3 very simple, yet extremely important questions.

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The Impact of Training the Mind

Coaching volleyball at the collegiate level can be a very stressful occupation. My mind constantly jumps from training ideas to recruiting to our strength and condition program, etc. It got to the point where my mind wouldn’t shut off at night, which resulted in a lack of sleep. I began practicing mindfulness through guided meditation and my mind was able to turn off when it was time to sleep, putting me in a better frame of mind to coach our athletes. If mindfulness helped my mentality as a coach, I was eager to explore the impact it could have on our student athletes who also juggle a lot of responsibilities.

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14 Reasons Why the JVA is Excited for the AVCA Convention

When mid-November hits, junior volleyball club directors and coaches have passed the tryout season and are now amped up for the upcoming indoor and beach season with their designated teams. Line-ups, partner pairings, drills, club management, and practice planning are on the forefront of everyone's minds. As for the JVA, we are receiving numerous calls and emails from club directors planning their tournament schedule, prepping for the first week of practice, marketing their tournaments, and tackling parent communication. The AVCA Annual Convention arrives at just the right time for volleyball coaches and professionals to meet in one place for a week of education, networking, and charging our batteries for the season. Here are 14 reasons why the JVA is excited for this year's Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

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2016 JVA Beach Watch List

As the historical season for the JVA concludes, we are excited to honor 114 female junior beach volleyball players from across the country on the 2016 JVA Beach Watch List. This award recognizes the top female junior beach volleyball players from JVA member clubs in the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 graduating class who competed in the 16U and 18U divisions.

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What's On a JVA Club Director's Plate in July?

Most indoor junior volleyball clubs are running camps in July or taking a little time off after the long season. However, beach clubs are still training and competing. WAVE Beach Volleyball Executive Director and Matt Olson shares what his staff and players are up to this month.

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The History of Beach Volleyball

Anna Collier was a sophomore on the University of Southern California track team when she watched her first women’s beach volleyball tournament. It was 1975 and she and her roommate made their way to a beach just southwest of Los Angeles to see the event live. It was a day that altered the course of her life.

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JVA and BVCA National Junior Beach Doubles Championships

The Beach Volleyball Clubs of America has partnered with the JVA to bring back the BVCA National Championships to Hermosa Beach, CA. Rox Volleyball, the presenting sponsor, is bringing in Pro Beach Athlete Brooke Sweat who has been chosen to play for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics in Rio; and the famous Pro Beach Team of Trevor and Taylor Crabb, best known as the Crabb brothers.

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Running a Beach League: Where to Begin?

Beach volleyball is one of the largest growing sports in the world, and this holds true for any level, because it's fun. Adults have been competing in co-ed after work beach volleyball leagues for many years. As more volleyball clubs are owning and leasing facilities, Club Directors are realizing the demand for indoor and outdoor sand courts. During off-peak times when your teams are not practicing on the sand courts or your club is not hosting a beach tournament, running a beach league is the perfect way to increase the bottom line, while bringing new customers to your facility. Here are some ways to get started.

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Three Steps to Your Best Beach Season Yet

As the summer beach volleyball season ramps up, and so does the heat, hydration isn't always the first thing on our minds. Hydration is a vital part of staying in competitive shape as an athlete. I've seen too many players get injured because they lost focus as a result of dehydration. Maintaining appropriate levels of hydration, although we know it is important, isn't always a priority. Just like executing a play in volleyball, you have to start with a plan in order to stay properly hydrated. Here's a look at what your hydration routine should look like before, during, and after you play.

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3 Tips to Help Indoor Volleyball Players Transition to Beach

The transition from indoor to beach volleyball is one that can be both exciting and challenging. Living in the Midwest offers its own set of hurdles as players do not have the same opportunities as those living on the coasts to get touches in the sand. There are 3 main focuses that help our players at Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Club transition from playing indoor to playing beach volleyball.

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A Beach Club with a Walk-Up Program

Valley Sand Volleyball Academy is in it's third season as a beach only club. The academy is the brain child of local passionate sand/beach volleyball players wanting to bring the sport into a saturated indoor volleyball market where many of them coach. A small group of coaches and college athletes gathered at a coffee shop upon the upcoming opening of a three court complex on campus at CSU-Bakersfield in February 2014. Since then the club has seen consistent growth each season and attributes much of that growth to its "walk-up" option.

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JVA Continues Partnership with BVCA National Club Championships

The JVA is pleased to partner once again with the Beach Volleyball Club of America to bring back the 4th Annual BVCA National Club Championship in Hermosa Beach, California. The event will be held July 11-15 and is expected to bring in 50 beach clubs and over 350 teams in age divisions Girls 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U.

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Mental Resetting in Volleyball

Upon entering any competition most athletes are proficient in preparing their bodies; Right nutrition, warming up the body/muscles, pre-game skills, etc.; however the pre-game mental warm up and preparation is often lacking or not nearly paid attention to enough.

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Increase the Power of Your Armswing

Looking to increase the power of your swing? Check out this exercise!

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What's on Your Plate in October?

What's keeping a junior volleyball club director busy in the month of October? Hear from 3 JVA Club Directors who all have plenty on their plate this time of year.

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Beach Tip: Improving the Explosiveness in Your First Step

Speed is of major importance to beach volleyball, and can determine whether or not you are a great defender. Chasing down a line shot or cut shot requires a quick and explovesive first step followed by either a crossover step or another fast running step. VBN shares a couple ways you can train this first step on your own.

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2015 BVCA National Championships Recap

JVA partnered up with the Beach Volleyball Clubs of America to host the BVCA National Championships in Hermosa Beach, CA

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5 Ways to Make College Coaches Notice You

By Lina Taylor, 2x Olympian in Beach Volleyball

With transfer rates reaching epidemic proportions among student athletes in collegiate sports, a natural question arises: are coaches and athletes doing enough on the front end to ensure a good fit? To answer

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Top Beach Volleyball Bag Must-Haves!


By Molly Menard - Pro Beach Volleyball Player and CFO of the National Volleyball League

Twitter: @menardbeachvb

1. Sunscreen

You want to be 100% focused on the court and I promise you'll be thinking about your aching skin and not the next point if you're

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5 Ways to Stay Cool in the Sand this Summer

Few things scream "summer" more than the start of the beach volleyball season. It is a time for soaking up some rays with the scent of salt water in the air and sand between your toes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans take about two

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A Beach Volleyball Club in Minnesota Eh?

You wouldn't think that beach volleyball and Minnesota would go hand in hand. Minnesota is known for snow, the cold, its numerous lakes, and possibly Paul Bunyan. But soon a new beach volleyball club for boys and girls will hit the market in the Twin Cities.

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What to Expect in the Sand Game

By Amanda Youell - NVL Pro & NVL Club Med Academy Coach



Junior players are fortunate to have the opportunity today to play both indoor and outdoor volleyball. Competitive sand volleyball wasn't an option when I was growing up so I transitioned into it

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Beach Volleyball During the Colder Months

By Jeanette Simenson, Former AVP Pro and Beach Club Coach

Well it's that time of year again, fall festivals, pumpkins, and the changing of the leaves. It's a bittersweet time for beach volleyball coaches and players. We may still get a few days in the sand

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Beach Club Beginnings: Training Your Coaches

By Jeanette Simenson, Former AVP Pro and Beach Club Coach Starting a beach club seemed like an easy idea after playing on the AVP tour, living in Southern California for many years, and being coached by some of the best coaches. I wanted to share my love

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Let's Vollis! A Fun Sand Volleyball Drill

By Laura Ratto, CEO, The Volleyball Network The Drill for this month is a fun drill that is near and dear to my heart - it's name is VOLLIS! There are several variations of this drill and it can be played with anywhere from 2-8 players/court. 2-Player

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8 Helpful Coaching Tips to Transition Junior Indoor Players to Sand

As the sand game continues to grow, many junior players are transitioning from the indoor game to sand, and there is a big difference in how the two sports are played, as well as coached. Below are 8 tips for coaches who are working with indoor players and

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Fundamentals of Sand Volleyball Part 3: Blocking

By Shaun Catlin - Director 692 South, JVA Beach Committee Member In the previous articles we reviewed hitting, setting, passing but in this edition we are covering blocking in beach volleyball. But we shouldn't cover blocking without out the defensive

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Turning a Pool into a Sand Volleyball Court

Team Sting in Birmingham, Alabama decided to do something about the empty pool that had been sitting in their facility (formerly a YMCA) for over a year. The club joined together with help from parents and players toThe pool is 9 feet deep and was very

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Fundamentals of Sand Volleyball Part 1: Philosophy, Passing & Setting

By Shaun Catlin, Club Director, Triple Crown Volleyball Let me give a brief back story to bring relevance to my approach to coaching and teaching sand volleyball. While growing up in the late 80's and early 90's, beach volleyball was a normal way of life for

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Sand Volleyball - What's Not to Love?

This past weekend Jenny Hahn, JVA Executive Director, and I traveled down to beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama for the 2013 AVCA Collegiate Sand Championships. Neither of us had ever been to Gulf Shores and it was our first trip to the national championships. It

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