As adults who are working on a weekly basis with teenagers, we as coaches see and experience many of the issues affecting them today. In his book “Stressed Out”, Tim Elmore lays out the statistics, which are sobering, to say the least.

· A 2015 study by the Department of Health and Human Services found three million teens had one major depressive episode, and two million reported experiencing depression that impaired their daily functioning.

· Suicides that are caused by anxiety and depression are now labeled “Despair Deaths”. The number of despair deaths has more than doubled from 64,591 in…


By Mike Euliano

Stay in your lane. This is my mantra. This is the same advice I give every time I see anyone getting into a pattern of comparing themselves to others. Why is it human nature to compare ourselves to others? We all do this, but we must recondition this thought process if we ever want to become successful. We’re all different. We all do things at our own pace — this is what makes us individuals. Different isn’t wrong — it’s just different. Focusing on our own growth and competing against ourselves to be better today than we…


Gosh where do I start, I have learned so much over the course of my coaching and playing career. In youth sports today we speak about creating a positive, supportive, and enjoyable environment. We speak about putting the needs, values, and priorities of the athletes first and foremost. We talk about making youth sports an environment of respect and trust, not fear and intimidation. And we speak about focusing on the development of the person and the athlete, and not just the outcome of the game or season.

But as a coach are we doing these things?

I’ve learned that…


Building Positive Team Culture

Having a positive team culture is something that we all want and hope for in the gym, on and off the court. But how do we do it? There are a million and one ways to build a positive team culture, but here are some thoughts and ideas that have significantly impacted my teams over the years.

Know and Understand your players

Coaches need to regularly spend time getting to know their players. Ask players how their day was, what things they enjoy doing, hobbies, what motivates them, and understand the unique challenges every player faces…


For our inaugural Coaches Corner, we are fortunate to have Bob Jones share with us. He is a 2 time National Champion as a player and has 20+ years of experience coaching juniors. He is the Great Lakes Region Beach Rep. for the USAV and is also the Assistant Coach at Waubonsee Community College. As a coach, Bob says “I care about each of my players like they were my own kids and want them to do well not only on the court but off the court in school and in life. …


The star pitcher of a major league team is advised to visit the teams athletic center to help with a shoulder injury he has been dealing with. The athlete meets with the athletic trainer and proceeds to inform him of pain he is having in his throwing arm. He tells the trainer he has rested it, iced it, compressed it, he’s even elevated it (R.I.C.E), but the pain persists. All the while the trainer is listening, nodding, and inquiring. When the athletic trainer has all the information he needs, he signals for the athlete to stand and come with him…


Today, according to the NCAA, there are 347 Division I schools, 309 Division II schools, and 442 Division III schools. To give you a better idea of size and how they divisions compare, about 176,000 student athletes compete at the Division I level. A little more than 118,000 student-athletes compete in Division II and Division III has just under 188,000 student athletes on its various rosters. DI and DII athletes must meet certain eligibility requirements set by the NCAA. Division III eligibility requirements are set by the school.

There is a small percentage of high school athletes that end up…


College coaches receive hundreds and hundreds of emails every year from young volleyball athletes seeking opportunities to play at the next level. Which ones get noticed and how? Keep in mind college coaches are busy. If you want their attention, get to the point. Here are a few pointers on how to help get college coaches to take notice and help you get recruited.

1. Address the coach you are emailing by name. This not only catches their attention, but it also shows you took the time to look at their coaching staff to familiarize yourself with their program.

2…


With club season now over, soon many high school seniors will be reporting to preseason. The excitement of starting something new and the feeling of nervousness as you to take the next step is completely normal. The nature of your transition depends a lot on what you do to prepare for it. Though this topic is most urgent for high school seniors, those of you with a little more time have an opportunity to get ahead of the game if you start preparing now.

The most important consideration coming into college is health. It is great to get reps and…


The summer can be an extremely busy time for athletes. Because of this, many families think that they just can’t fit college visits into their busy schedules. However, using the trips you already have planned as a way of narrowing down, or possibly adding to your college list can be a great way to get ahead.

As you travel this summer for vacations, camps, or tournaments, perhaps make a plan to leave a day early in order to drop by a few campuses on the way. …

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