1. A College Coach's Newest paranoia - The Poison Pill. That one Student-Athlete who looks innocent enough, but is so toxic that she can kill a season and a career. You know, the player who is talented and says the right things to the coach, but behind their backs is talking trash, ripping team mates and complaining about everything; this SA turns the players who are mentally weak or indifferent into negative entities. Too many good coaches, of good programs have talked about the Poison Pill, and it is a phenomenon which is insidious.
2. Bad new trend for NCAA Women's Volleyball - Athletic Directors are mandating that Volleyball teams carry a much larger roster, as to offset the number of walk ons in football. This creates more work for the limited coaching staffs of volleyball, a hit to the budget (the budgets are not increased to offset the larger roster with regards to equipment and pre-season meals), and easily creates a negative team chemistry situation because no player wants to be considered just a number. This was an issue at my last school, and I know a number of coaches who are also dealing with this demand.
3. Two Requests, my VolleyFolk - 1) Please keep sending me your Volleyball action and team chemistry photos from this club season; a picture speaks a thousand words and I want to get more good photos for all to share! 2) VolleyFamilies, please pass along the information about my Volleyball Road Camps to your respective high school coaches. It is a challenge getting in contact with the various high schools, as I believe the number of high school coaches who read this site is limited. I understand this is a bit self serving, but I also know that the Road Camp is a great way to get high quality summer touches in your gym. I appreciate your help!