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) – Patty Dodd (Founder of Beach Nation), Beth Van Fleet (Georgia State Head Beach Coach), Kristen Rohr (Grand Canyon Head Beach Coach) & Joe Rich (Cal Poly Assistant Beach Coach)
  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) – Patty Dodd (Founder of Beach Nation), Beth Van Fleet (Georgia State Head Beach Coach), Kristen Rohr (Grand Canyon Head Beach Coach) & Joe Rich (Cal Poly Assistant Beach Coach)
  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. 

How to Train Like a National Champion – Speaker TBD
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. 

Saturday, Dec. 18

Defense: Understanding and Developing a Blocked Base Defensive System (presented by JVA and Beach Nation) – Kristen Rohr (Grand Canyon Head Beach Coach), Beth Van Fleet (Georgia State Head Beach Coach), Joe Rich (Cal Poly Assistant Beach Coach) & Patty Dodd (MBSand Director and Beach Nation Founder)
  9 – 10 a.m.   

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.

Title TBD – Speaker TBD
  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. 

Advanced Learning Tools and Methods: Evolution of the Learning Curriculum for Coaches (presented by Beach Nation) – Patty Dodd (Founder of Beach Nation), Beth Van Fleet (Georgia State Head Beach Coach), Kristen Rohr (Grand Canyon Head Beach Coach) & Joe Rich (Cal Poly Assistant Beach Coach)
  12:45 – 1:45 p.m.   

The Rise of Girls Clubs and the Journey through College (presented by JVA and Beach Nation) – Todd Rogers (Cal Poly Head Beach Coach & Beach Nation Founder), Jeff Smith (692 West Director & BVCA Club Challenge Series Founder) & Patty Dodd (MBSand Director & Beach Nation Founder)
  3:15 – 4:15 p.m.   

Virtual Convention Beach Programming

Wednesday, Dec. 15

What Research Tells Us About the Beach Game – Speaker TBD
  12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET 

Thursday, Dec. 16

What We Learned from the Olympics: Trends and Strategies in Beach – Speaker TBD
  1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET   

Winning an Olympic Medal in Beach – Speaker TBD
  4 – 5 p.m. ET 

Title TBD – Jordan Cheng (Olympic Beach Coach – USAV Claes/Sponcil)
  5:30 – 6:30 p.m. ET 

Friday, Dec. 17

Playing Above the Neck: Teaching Skills and Strategies for an Advantage in the Beach Game (presented by Beach Nation) – Speaker TBD
  1 – 2 p.m. ET

Using Grass Events to Develop, Scout, and Train Boys in Conjunction with Indoor Volleyball (presented by Beach Nation) – Speaker TBD
  2:15 – 3:15 p.m. ET

After the Olympics: A Retrospective of Learning (presented by Beach Nation) – Speaker TBD
  3:45 – 4:45 p.m. ET 

Saturday, Dec. 18

Building Your Team of Beach Coaches – Speaker TBD
  12:45 – 1:45 p.m. ET

Sports Psychology in the Beach Game – Speaker TBD
  2 – 3 p.m. ET 

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