Pakmen volleyball players jumping and blocking

If You Want Better Results, Forget About Setting Goals

By Kelly Smith This is part 2 of a series on the New York Times Bestselling book, Atomic Habits, by James Clear. Click here to read the previous article on this topic. Clear argues that setting goals alone is ineffective and for better results, forget about setting goals and focus on your systems instead. Goals are about the results you want ... More

Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results

By Kelly Smith One of the keys for success in volleyball, and life itself, is the ability to build good habits and break bad ones. In his New York Times Bestseller, Atomic Habits, author James Clear shows the reader exactly how to do that. Moreover, he makes a compelling case as to why tiny changes can make a big difference. Author Clear ... More

Girls volleyball players practicing with their coach

Effective Learning in Volleyball

By Alexander Ketrzynski In his book, "The Talent Code," Daniel Coyle contends that almost anyone can attain talent through the right combination of practice, motivation and coaching. Coyle points to scientific research, which indicates that talent development is a matter of bringing about physiological changes. Repetition over a long period ... More

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

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

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

Michael Albert to coach 16u boys team

Many great coaches have coached for the Pakmen Volleyball Club over the years but according to club director Kelly Smith, coach Michael Albert has to be considered in an exclusive group at the very top of the list. "I cannot think of another coach who has the respect that Mike holds. He is extremely bright, knowledgeable and dedicated. Mike is ... More

Satti named u18 boys head coach for 2019/2020

Pakmen Volleyball Club is pleased to announce that Jessy Satti will coach the boys u18 team for the 2019/2020 competitive season. Satti's coaching partner, Dave McAllister will return in his role as chief assistant coach. Satti is a highly respected coach with multiple provincial and national indoor volleyball and beach volleyball championships ... More

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Agony of Deparent

By Alexander Ketrzynski In his article, "The Agony of Deparent," written on his blog, "Growing the Game," which appears on the USAVolleyball website, John Kessel discusses our often negative attitudes towards errors and losing. Kessel points out that of all the teams playing at any time, half lose their games. He stresses that parents need ... More

My Favorite Player

By Alexander Ketrzynski In the article, "My Favorite Player," written for USA Volleyball, John Kessel lists sixteen attributes of his favorite player. Every quality or action listed by Kessel is worth repeating, but I will stick to the ones that stand out the most for me. I urge a complete reading of the article by both coaches and athletes. ... More