Learning Labs

Learning Labs are small group education sessions led by some of the top coaches in volleyball that allow participants to ask directed questions and dig deeper into a specific topic. Learning Labs are designed to be informal discussions between the topic expert and attendees to share insights, find solutions to problems, and talk shop. Sign-ups for Learning Labs will be on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on November 9. Those registered for the virtual convention by the early-bird deadline of November 6 will receive an e-mail with a sign-up link for these sessions.  Please note AVCA can take a maximum of (25) coaches per Learning Lab. Video recordings of Learning Labs will be available on demand by the end of each day.

Please see the schedule below for Learning Lab sessions during the convention:

Wednesday, Dec. 16 

• Learning Lab: A Conversation on Training Philosophies – Luka Slabe     
3:15 – 4 p.m. ET

Thursday, Dec. 17

• Learning Lab: Blocking – How Mechanics and Systems Fit Together – Jamie Morrison    
12 – 12:45 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: How Your Player’s Mentality and Mental Training Can Advance Your Program – Kirsten Bernthal Booth  
12 – 12:45 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Technical and Tactical Considerations for First Contact – Hugh McCutcheon 
4 – 4:45 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Keys and Tools for Managing a Program Designed to Win – Beth Launiere & Leo Hopf
4 – 4:45 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Offensive Systems with an Emphasis on the Option Attack Offense – Jordan Cheng 
5 – 5:45 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Freeing Up Offensive Options with the Back Row Attack – Molly Alvey  
5 – 5:45 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Offensive Concepts to Create Opportunities for Your Attackers to Score – Mark Rosen 
6 – 6:45 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Teaching Serve Reception Technique to Improve First Ball Pass – Mick Haley & Ruth Nelson  
6 – 6:45 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: An Introspective Discussion with 4 Members of Team USA: A Glimpse into the Athlete’s Point of View – Tri Bourne, Sara Hughes, Emily Stockman, Crissy Jones & Mark Fishman
6 – 6:45 p.m. ET

Friday, Dec. 18

• Learning Lab: Setting Your Team Up for Success – A Deep Dive into the Setter Position – Dani Busboom Kelly      
12 – 12:45 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Developing Practice Routines to Promote Mental Strength – Shawn Olmstead  
12 – 12:45 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Organizing, Giving Feedback and Making the Most of Your Staff – Christy Johnson-Lynch  
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Serving Strategies and Tactics on the Beach – Beth Van Fleet    
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: The Nuances of Training a Six Rotation Outside Hitter – Karch Kiraly
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: The DISC – How to Utilize it to Bring Out the Best in Your Players, Communicate Better with Staff and Administrators, and Using it to Assist with Recruiting – Kelly Sheffield   
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Revisiting Feedback – Creating More Effective and Efficient Training Environments – John Speraw  
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Breaking Down Advanced Defensive Systems – Marcio Sicoli
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. ET

Saturday, Dec. 19

• Learning Lab: Scouting from A-Z – Reviewing Film and Presenting to Athletes – Todd Dagenais & Nicki Holmes
12 – 12:45 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: When Leadership Fails – How to Stay Sane and Safe in a Pandemic – Mary Wise  
12 – 12:45 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab:  An Introspective Discussion with America’s Premier Coaches: Utilizing their Experiences, Coaches can Learn & Improve from the Challenges they’ve had to Overcome (presented by Beach Nation, JVA & AVP) – Beth Launiere, Hugh McCutcheon, Todd Rogers, John Speraw & Mark Fishman
12 – 12:45 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: The Importance of Non-Scored, Non-Competitive Repetitions in Training – Giovanni Guidetti 
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Running and Training the Medium System Offense – Alan Knipe    
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Analytics to Action – Setting Up Your Setter for Success – Erin Virtue
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Blocking ……. What Matters Other Than Vertical? – Travis Hudson    
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Talent Identification in the Recruiting Process – Short Term Impact vs. Long Term Potential – Peter Vint    
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. ET

• Learning Lab: Transition Offense – Teaching Our Athletes to Move Well, See Well & Communicate Well – Keegan Cook  
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. ET

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