Pakmen volleyball players jumping and blocking

The Line of Death (and The Cost of Careless Injuries)

By Alexander Ketrzynski  In all my years as a player, I have personally endured as well as witnessed far too many ankle and knee injuries caused by players landing on each other's feet on the centre line. As a coach, working with young players, I cringed every time I saw a player jump and land on or over the line. With the youngest players, ... More

PD Camp – Friday, November 15th

Pakmen's second PD Day Camp will run on Friday, November 15th, at Canlan Sportsplex in Mississauga. This indoor volleyball program is for boys and girls in grades 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. Players with all skill levels are welcome at the volleyball camp! No previous experience required! Pakmen’s volleyball camp is designed with the aim of develo... More

How to Perform a Forearm Pass in Volleyball – Lesson 2

In this video coach Jessy Satti talks about some key components to the forearm pass. He notes that it is important to move your feet to the ball, and keep your hips back and arms locked out in front before making contact. In order to make a good bump, the pre bump contact position is very important. Coach Jessy talks about making sure the ... More

Wear Your Kneepads!

By Alexander Ketrzynski Unless you are in the top echelons of international volleyball, you should be wearing your kneepads. Volleyball has shifted away from teaching players how to hit the ground using side rolls or front sprawls over the last couple of decades. Such techniques may be used instead of, and, in my opinion, more effectively in ... More

Wanted: Youth who want to play Volleyball!

Pakmen Volleyball is looking for youth, from 6 yo 18 years old, who want to play in our Fall volleyball programs. Our Fall volleyball programs have started but there is still plenty of time to join and have fun! Registration is still open and all prices have been prorated accordingly to make up for any days that you may have missed. We offer a ... More

Volleyball Canada’s Regional Excellence Program (REP) in Mississauga.

Volleyball Canada is pleased to announce the Regional Excellence Program (REP) in Mississauga. This program will be run in partnership with the Pakmen Volleyball Club, one of only two Volleyball Canada accredited clubs. The REP is a high performance volleyball training program designed specifically to prepare athletes who are committed to the ... More

Supporting your Team Goals

By Alexander Ketrzynski In this short article, I'll be offering my opinion on team goals, and one major factor in achieving them. Before we discuss supporting our team goals, it is first necessary to define the coach's role. This role is comprised of a long list of tasks, which may be encapsulated by two statements: 1. The coach creates and ... More

Talent is Overrated

By Alexander Ketrzynski I've based this short article on Geoff Calvin's book, Talent is Overrated, and applied its core assertions to volleyball training. "Practice" really does "make perfect." Of all the elements contributing to the ultimate success of athletes, such as physical talent or IQ, the most prominent factor is proven to be the ... More

Volleyball Positioning Techniques – Resting and Ready Positions – Lesson 1

In this video, Pakmen Volleyball lead coach Jessy Satti covers the fundamentals of the resting and the ready position in volleyball. He notes that in the resting position, the feet should be pointing forward and shoulder width apart. The knees should be bent and the hands on the thighs. It is important to keep the shoulders ahead of the knees to ... More

Former Pakmen Star’s Dream of Turning Pro Becomes a Reality

By DAVID WINER Jared Jarvis always dreamt of being a professional athlete. He may have been dunking and three-point shooting for the win in those fantasies, but setting, or spiking for the victory certainly checks most of the boxes. And now, the 23-year-old outside hitter from Vaughan, ON. will live out his dream in Germany's Bundesliga ... More