Beach Education Track & Programming

Beach Coach Education Track and Programming

Some of the brightest coaching minds in beach volleyball will share their expertise at the 2021 AVCA Convention. The convention schedule will include an education track targeted specifically for beach coaches. Both on-court and classroom sessions will be offered led by some of the top coaches in the beach game. The sessions will include topics ranging from player development and training methods to new drill ideas and team systems.

In addition to the educational sessions you won’t want to miss the Beach Coaches General Meeting on Friday morning as well as several focus group discussions to dig deeper into specific topics and have conversations that help move the sport forward.

Please see the schedule below for the beach coach programming during the convention and virtual convention. Be sure to check back frequently for updates as new beach programming will be added to the schedule leading up to the convention.

Columbus Convention Beach Programming

Thursday, Dec. 16

Collegiate Men’s Beach Volleyball Meeting 
  8:30 – 9:30 a.m.    

Feet to Ball: It’s Everything! (presented by Beach Nation) – Kristen Rohr (Grand Canyon Head Beach Coach) & Pri Piantadosi-Lima (Optimum Beach Club)
  11 a.m. – Noon   

NAIA Women’s Beach Volleyball Coaches Association Meeting  
  1:30 – 2:30 p.m.    

Stroke of Genius: The Copy and Paste Arm Swing From Attack to Jump Serve – Anna Collier (Professional Coach and Seven Time National Champion at USC) & Megan Burgdorf (Professional Beach Coach)
  3 – 4 p.m. 

Beating Giants Part I – Controlling Momentum: Managing Serve Pressure and the Six Side Changes – Steve Anderson (Olympic Gold Medal Coach)
  4:15 – 5:15 p.m. 

Friday, Dec. 17

Collegiate Beach Coaches General Meeting 
  9 – 10:15 a.m.  

JVA Beach Club Directors and Coaches Meeting (open to all junior and college beach coaches)  
  10 – 11 a.m.  

Beating Giants Part II – Breaking Into the Next Level: Being the Underdog AND the Team That Plays the Best on the Day – Steve Anderson (Olympic Gold Medal Coach)
  11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.    

Skills Not Drills: Designing an Efficient Practice for Juniors (presented by Beach Nation) – Kristen Rohr (Grand Canyon Head Beach Coach) & Pri Piantadosi-Lima (Optimum Beach Club)
  1:15 – 2:15 p.m.    

• Lots of Ways to Slice an Apple: How to Create an Environment that Teaches Athletes on Their Own Terms – Andrew Fuller (Stanford Head Beach Coach)
  2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

• Setting: The Better You Set, The Higher Level You Will Play  – Pri Piantadosi-Lima (Optimum Beach Club & BVWCA), Nicole Christner (S3 & BVWCA) & Karolina Marciniak (Altitude Training & BVWCA)
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. 

Saturday, Dec. 18

Defense: Understanding and Developing a Blocked Base Defensive System (presented by JVA and Beach Nation) – Patty Dodd (Founder of Beach Nation) & Cameron Sitler (Houston Baptist Head Beach Coach & Women’s Indoor Assistant Coach)

Learning Lab: Beating Giants Part III – Command Performance on the Beach: How to Perform Under Pressure and Build to the Win – Steve Anderson (Olympic Gold Medal Coach)
  9 – 10 a.m.   

Have you ever lost your performance in a big match? Most of us have. What makes it worse is that up until the moment you choked your performance and practices were going good if not great. This session digs in deep as to why we choke, how to prevent it, and how to systematically build your performance throughout the match. The more you win, the more you have to lose. Real risk is necessary to get into your peak unconscious competent state, known as the Zone. The problem is most people don’t like being under real pressure and stress. To consistently win at the highest-level pressure has to become your friend, and the trigger that elevates you to the next level. This session is for coaches who want to expand the ability to call up their highest performance under pressure. You will learn why people don’t like to lose, and other’s are afraid to win. You will also learn some strategies and skills to build your way to winning matches.

Drills For Your Toolbox: Getting the Most From Your Athletes – David Fischer (UNC Wilmington Head Beach Coach)
  10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 

Indoor to Beach: How Do We Create an Environment for Success and Enjoyment for Players – Cameron Sitler (Houston Baptist Head Beach Coach & Women’s Indoor Assistant Coach)
  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

So You are Coaching a Beach Volleyball Team (presented by Beach Nation) – David Fischer (UNC Wilmington Associate Head Beach & Indoor Coach)
  12:45 – 1:45 p.m.   

The Rise of Girls Clubs and the Journey through College (presented by JVA and Beach Nation) Jeff Smith (692 West Director & BVCA Club Challenge Series Founder), Patty Dodd (MBSand Director & Beach Nation Founder) & Cameron Sitler (Houston Baptist Head Beach Coach & Women’s Indoor Assistant Coach)
  3:15 – 4:15 p.m.   

Virtual Convention Beach Programming

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Motor Learning (presented by Beach Nation) – John Kessel (FIVB/WPV Instructor), Bob Bertucci (Head Coach Men’s Indoor at Sacred Heart), Mark Fishman (Founder at Beach Nation), Beth Van Fleet (Head Coach at Georgia State University) & Patty Dodd (Founder at Beach Nation)
  12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET 

Thursday, Dec. 16

Cracking the Code: Individualizing Skill Development & Motivation – Jon Wilson (Second Nature Performance), Cameron Sitler (Houston Baptist) & Silila Tucker (Athlete)
  1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET   

Building Olympic Culture: What We Learned from Tokyo 2021 (presented by Beach Nation) – Karch Kiraly (USAV Women), John Speraw (USAV Men), Angie Akers (USAV Beach) & Todd Rogers (2008 Olympic Gold Medalist)
  4 – 5 p.m. ET 

Hot Topic: Women Coaches Matter – Meagan Owusu (Head Coach at Cal Berkley), Pri Piantadosi-Lima (Director and Coach at Optimum Beach Club) & Nicole Christner (Coach at S3 and Founder of BVWCA)
  5:30 – 6:30 p.m. ET 

Friday, Dec. 17

Empowering Athletes through Innovation & Environment (presented by Beach Nation) – Doug Beal, Gold Medal Olympic Coach, Mike Dodd, Olympic Silver Medalist and Coach, Todd Rogers, Olympic Gold Medalist and Head Coach at Cal Poly, & John Mayer, Head Coach at Loyola Marymount University
  1 – 2 p.m. ET

Roundtable: Evolution of the College Game (presented by Beach Nation) Beth Van Fleet (Head Coach at Georgia State University), Joe Rich (Assistant Coach at Cal Poly), Patty Dodd (Founder of Beach Nation), Steve Grotowski (Olympian and Volunteer Assistant Coach at Florida Atlantic University), Mark Fishman (Founder of Beach Nation)

Optimal Performance Theory – John Mayer (Loyola Marymount) & Billy Allen (Professional Athlete)
  3:45 – 4:45 p.m. ET 

Saturday, Dec. 18

Winning Olympic Gold on the Beach: Planning, Preparing and Performing – Angie Akers (USAV Women’s Beach), Kare Mol (Norway Beach) & Victor Anfiloff (IBVCA)
  12:45 – 1:45 p.m. ET

Get Your Players Out of Their Heads: The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of Sport Psychology in the Beach Game – Laura Ratto (Sports and Exercise Psychology Consultant) & Anna Hennings (Pepperdine University Women’s Beach)
  2 – 3 p.m. ET 

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