Youth sports advice tends to focus on improving athlete nutrition and training. But even in a “fun” league, sometimes the most harmful stressors aren’t an athlete’s bodies, but in their heads.

Originally published in the November 2018 issue of Your Court, the official magazine of USA Volleyball

Bullying is not uncommon. In fact, according to, more than 70 percent of teens report seeing some kind of bullying in their schools, and 30 percent admit to having taken part in bullying.

Originally published in VolleyballUSA, winter 2017-18

Frequently hailed as the greatest volleyball player in the history of the sport, three-time Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Karch Kiraly loves to win.

Kiraly is very familiar with success, but he’s also no stranger to failure. It’s impossible to reach the top without facing losses along the way.

Teams with big dreams of sports success are often quick to set large goals. However, these goals sometimes fall well outside the bounds of being SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. This could lead to more frustration than progress, or even end up harming others. You can help your team avoid goal abandonment by being on the lookout for these four common pitfalls with setting goals.


At Laguna Volleyball Academy (LAVBA) Our mission is to discover and strengthen the physical and mental skills of the athlete through the development of sports discipline and the techniques necessary to bring their ability to play to the next level. The basic fundamentals are essential in the development of the game, for this reason applying the correct technique in these fundamentals will make the athlete enjoy the complete game, which will create individual opportunities for each player to maximize their potential That lead you to achieve your sporting goals in the short, medium and long term.

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