Beach Education Track

Beach Coach Education Track and Programming

Some of the brightest coaching minds in beach volleyball will share their expertise at the 2018 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 afternoon as well as several focus group discussions to dig deeper into specific topics around the game.

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

Thursday, Dec. 13

Baby Court: Lessons Learned from Playing Volleyball in an Less Than Ideal Space and Applying Them to Player Development (court) – Stein Metzger
 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Angie Akers

• Developing an Offensive and Defensive System – Playing to the Strengths of Your Athletes (court) – Angie Akers (Netherlands Beach Volleyball Federation Coach)
  2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

 The Wind Game – How to Use the Wind to Your Advantage (court) – Angie Akers (Netherlands Beach Volleyball Federation Coach)
  3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14

• Beach Coach Master Class (classroom)  – Tyler Hildebrand (USAV Director of Coaching – Beach National Teams)  8:15 – 10:15 a.m.

JVA Beach Club Directors and Coaches Meeting (open to all junior and college beach coaches)
9 – 10:30 a.m.

• Beach Volleyball Focus Group: – What’s New with the AVCA Official Source for College Beach Results and Rankings – Mike Placek (
 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Measuring Performance for Practice Design and Beach Player Development (classroom) – Wayne Holly (Tulane)
11:45 – 12:45 p.m.

• Designing a Practice Plan to Get the Most from Your Training Program: Strength and Conditioning + Themed Training = Maximum Results (court) – Angie Akers (Netherlands Beach  Volleyball Federation Coach)
  1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Collegiate Beach Coaches General Meeting
  2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

TEACH Before You Coach: Getting Young Players Started on the Beach and Transitioning Indoor Players to the Beach – presented by JVA (court) – Patty Dodd (MBsand)
 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Around the World: Beach Volleyball Defensive Systems and Tactics – presented by USA Volleyball – BCAP (court) – Tyler Hildebrand (USAV Director of Coaching – Beach National Teams)

Tyler Hildebrand

  3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15

 Setting Drills to Improve Player Skill Level and Performance on the Beach (court) – Tanya Allen
  9 – 10 a.m.

Training Offensive Systems on the Beach: Approach Lines, Angles and Priorities – presented by USA Volleyball – BCAP (court) – Tyler Hildebrand (USAV Director of Coaching – Beach National Teams)
  10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Beach Volleyball Strategies for the Women’s and Juniors’ Game (court) – Andrew Bennett (Tamarack Beach Volleyball Club Director and Coach)
  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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