IBVCA 2021 Coach of the Year Awards

Congratulations to the following Coaches!

Women’s Coach of the Year

Angie Akers (Klinemann/Ross – USA)

Mens’ Coach of the Year

Mariano Baracetti (Cherif/Ahmed – QAT)

Women Most Outstanding Improvement

Richard de Kogel (Stam/Schoon – NED)

Mens Most Outstanding Improvement

Victor Anfiloff & Reinder Nummerdor (Boermans/de Groot – NED)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Marco Solustri

Vacancy: Budapest Beach Volleyball Coach

Position Overview:

UTE, one of the biggest sport clubs in Hungary, located in Budapest (the capital) is looking for a Junior Beach Volleyball Head Coach. The club’s volleyball section has one of the most successful elite junior indoor volleyball programs in the country. They also have a professional women’s indoor volleyball team, which plays in the Extra League (best 6 teams in the nation).

Last year, the club built 4 beach volleyball courts and started to introduce beach volleyball for their athletes. They would like to establish an elite junior beach volleyball program and look for a HEAD COACH.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

· Design a training program for Elite Junior Beach Volleyball Players.

· Organize, mentor, and supervise the coaching staff to assure that the program is properly

implemented.

· Coordinate and supervise the Beach Volleyball program and the teams.

· Help to harmonize the club’s Junior Beach Volleyball Program with Indoor Volleyball Program.

· Have coaching responsibility for the best and most talented beach volleyball teams.

· This position will report to the Director of Volleyball, who oversees the direction of both the indoor and beach programs.

· Support the philosophy and vision of the club.

· Communicate effectively with the management, staff, coaches, and the athletes.

· This position will be required to work nights and weekends and travel when necessary.

Minimum Qualifications (Including Certificates and Licenses):

· Certified volleyball coach (advantage: University degree in volleyball coaching, any certification in beach volleyball)

· At least 5 years of beach volleyball coaching experience (preferably elite junior players who play at the highest level)

· Head coach experience is an advantage

· Knowledge of individual and team skills with the ability to teach these skills

· Use of English at a conversational level

Position: Full-time position Contract period: 15 May 2022 – 15 August 2022

Compensation: salary + housing provided (salary is negotiable)

If you are interested in this position: Please send us an application to utebeachvolleyball@gmail.com , a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for this position, a resume/cv that includes employment history (including dates of employment) and if you have, professional references with contact information.

Scottish Volleyball to host FIVB Beach Volleyball Coaches Course for first time

Scottish Volleyball, in partnership with FIVB, are delighted to announce their first ever International Beach Volleyball Coaches course, which will run from March 29 to April 12.

The course is an opportunity for current and future coaches to receive the best tuition from a world-renowned tutor. With the establishment of more Beach Volleyball clubs than Scotland has ever had before, Scottish Volleyball are supporting the development of this discipline of the game with the guidance and knowledge of FIVB.

The course will be delivered online, with the support of FIVB Tutor, Vangelis Koutouleas. Vangelis is a former Greek professional athlete and current coach with a wealth of experience at all levels of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. He has coached Volleyball in the European Championships, the Champions League, the CEV Cup, the Greek professional league, and the Volleyball England Super League. His Beach Volleyball coaching experience includes a bronze medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a silver medal in the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games and he has coached several British, Cypriot and Greek teams featuring on the World Tour, the World Championships, the European Championships, the Greek Pro Tour and the UKBT.

“Scottish Volleyball is delighted to announce our collaboration with FIVB and the highly experienced and talented course tutor, Vangelis Koutouleas. I urge all Scottish and international Beach Volleyball coaches to grasp this opportunity and register your participation. As CEO, I offer Vangelis all of Scottish Volleyball’s support and wish him and participants a fantastic course.”

Margaret Ann Fleming MBE
CEO of Scottish Volleyball

Scottish Volleyball Interim Coaching Officer, John Scrimgeour describes the course and the value it has: “This is a fantastic opportunity for coaches to engage with a high-quality tutor to develop and increase their knowledge of Beach Volleyball teaching, tactics and techniques.”

The programme of the course includes three parts:

  • Part 1 will be a series of e-learning modules via the FIVB e-learning platform. This part must be completed before commencing Part 2.
  • Part 2 will be a series of online webinars, which all participants must attend. The programme for these webinars will be released in due course.
  • Part 3 is an online examination in which candidates must meet a certain pass mark, which the tutor will explain during the webinars.

Registration

To register for this course, please click here. The cost for Scottish Volleyball members is £ 250 and £ 300 (approximately € 356) for non-members.

Offensive Strategies

March 10, 2022 // Los Angeles 12:00 PM, Rio 5:00 PM, London 8:00 PM, Tokyo 5:00 AM (+1)


It’s that time of year when we have the opportunity to review what and how we teach. If you missed January’s session, Victor Anfiloff, former Head Coach of the Dutch national program, shared different defensive tactics. It was such a great session that we didn’t get to offensive strategies. Join us in this second take as Victor shares his ideas on how to disrupt blockers in side-out. This hour long (you might want to schedule a bit of extra time if it goes like the defensive session) masterclass will be beneficial for coaches at all levels.


Masterclasses are one-hour live virtual sessions that serve as a platform for professional coaches to showcase their research, share their experiential learnings, and present approaches to advancing the game. This is the art of coaching at its core. They are designed for current and aspiring professional beach coaches who are looking to enhance their approaches and to learn from the panel of speakers. It is hosted by an AVCA or IBVCA member moderator and participants can submit questions to the speakers. Each Masterclass is awarded 1 BEACH ACE credit. There is no charge for AVCA and IBVCA current members. The registration fee for non-members is $10. For more information on Beach ACE, including how to become a member, click here.

VICTOR ANFILOFF Olympic Coach

Victor Anfiloff is currently the Head of Education with the International Beach Volleyball Coaches Association (IBVCA). He is a three-time Olympic coach for the Netherlands (2008, 2012 and 2020). Victor was also the Talent Coach for the Netherlands for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Victor is an advocate for developing educational opportunities and professional sustainability for beach coaches globally.

Offensive and Defensive Tactics

#beachACE Masterclass 1

January 20, 2022 // Los Angeles 12:00 PM, Rio 5:00 PM, London 8:00 PM, Tokyo 5:00 AM (+1)


It’s that time of year where we have the opportunity to review what and how we teach. Join Victor Anfiloff, former Head Coach of the Dutch national program, as he shares his ideas on how to manufacture break/defensive points and also how to disrupt blockers in side-out. This one-hour masterclass will be beneficial for coaches at all levels.

VICTOR ANFILOFF Olympic Coach

Victor Anfiloff is currently the Head of Education with the International Beach Volleyball Coaches Association (IBVCA). He is a three-time Olympic coach for the Netherlands (2008, 2012 and 2020). Victor was also the Talent Coach for the Netherlands for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Victor is an advocate for developing educational opportunities and professional sustainability for beach coaches globally.

Beach ACE – Coaching in the Box: Scaling Performance Up

 

SPEAKERS

LEWIE LETT (HOST) Olympic and FIVB World Tour Commentator, Beach Coach Team GB

Lewie Lett currently works full-time in sport. His roles vary between broadcasting and coaching. Lett is experienced in both areas having commentated on multiple volleyball world championships and world tour events for the sports federation, the FIVB and also having coached Beach Volleyball for Team GB at the first European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Lett has vast experience, not only in elite sport, but also within developing athletes. He has worked in football, cricket, and skiing and also as a multi-skills coach. Lett mentors coaches and has run many coach development programmes. He studied sports psychology and also sports coaching and athlete development. His educational background and experience help aid his role as an educator but also as a sports broadcaster.


JEFF CONOVER Olympic Coach and AVP Senior Director

Jeff Conover is currently the AVP Senior Director for Sport and Competition driving the development of coaching in the box for the professional tour in the US. He has continued to enhance the role of the beach coach and offers a unique insight into how the AVP has advocated for this competitive advantage.

Jeff, a former player, turned coach and continues to hit the sand with some of the best talent in the US. He also coached and prepared Team USA for the London Olympics with April Ross and Jen Kessy who won the silver medal.


ANNA COLLIER Olympic and Former Head Coach at USC Women’s Beach

Anna is an Olympic beach volleyball coach who led the University of Southern California to three National Championships with an overall record of 206-38. She is the 2019 NCAA Beach National Coach of the Year and has coached numerous teams representing the USA at home and abroad.

She has seen and advocated for the continued development of the professionalization of beach coaching and offers a unique perspective on how it has advanced the game over the years.

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Beach ACE – ROUNDTABLE

The Panel

KÅRE MOL OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL COACH – NORWAY MEN

Kåre Mol has been coaching volleyball and beach volleyball for more than 30 years. He is a four-time Olympic coach for Norway (1996, 2004, 2008 and 2020). Kåre has coached Mol-Sørum from the youth level to a world leading beach team. The pair has won 120 out of the last 130 games with 22 international tournament wins, including Olympic gold and four European championships.

Kåre is passionate about making the sport better and more accessible for children. He is also committed to coaching excellence with high-performance athletes.


ANGIE AKERS OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL COACH – USA WOMEN

Angie Akers is currently the Head Coach for Team USA Olympic Gold Medal winning team of April Ross and Alix Klineman. Before joining the team of Ross-Klineman in 2020, Angie was a Federation Coach for the Netherlands from 2015-2020. She coached Madelein Meppelink and Marleen van Iersel at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Before her coaching career, she competed professionally on the AVP Tour from 2002-2013 and on the FIVB Tour from 2009-2012. Angie graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she played indoor volleyball.


VICTOR ANFILOFF MODERATOR

Victor Anfiloff is currently the Head of Education with the International Beach Volleyball Coaches Association (IBVCA). He is a three-time Olympic coach for the Netherlands (2008, 2012 and 2020). Victor was also the Talent Coach for the Netherlands for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Victor is an advocate for developing educational opportunities and professional sustainability for beach coaches globally.


Seeking value beyond results

Thoughts by Marco Solustri

The Greeks, who were wise and very, very serious people, said that our identity is determined by the people around us.

In more recent times, cultural anthropologists have pointed out that it is not individuals who act on society, but rather it is society at large that determines the majority of our behaviors. In short, we are in the grips of what we might call a “cultural cage”.

These simple considerations alone emphasise how important it is to surround ourselves with people who make us feel at ease, who share similar values and who eventually “catalyze” our best qualities and inclinations.

Here’s a trivial example amongst many that could be given: if we like being active, it would not be fulfilling to live in a community where a sedentary lifestyle is the norm. Of course, connecting with those who share our values does not imply avoiding confrontation or exchange with those who do not resemble us, with those we might view as “different” from ourselves. It is thanks to these diverging viewpoints that we experience evolution, growth, development. In one way or another, though, we must have a common starting point, shared intentions, motivations…values.

In the case of sports, a coach must share goals with his/her athletes, which I prefer calling values.
A goal can be winning a certain tournament or achieving a certain result – but when we talk about values, we are really engaging in a common understanding of the behaviors and attitudes that will help us on that path. I don’t like hearing people say you must win at any cost. Victory must always be guided by ethical behavior.

I have always thought that flexibility and adaptability are very important qualities, almost indispensable, to be a good coach. But on the basic values – those that constitute the essence not only of our way of working, but above all of our way of being – we cannot compromise.

If we have chosen to be “open minded” people, to face life’s risks (in a more or less calculated way), to believe in communication, to put passion in what you do, to face with optimism the problems that we face, to accept the most difficult challenges with enthusiasm and without anxieties or fears… then we need to relate to people who share our values.

Two simple examples to clarify the points made. A coach can and must adapt to a player who does not want to hand set because he/she is afraid of making a mistake. However, a coach cannot accept that an athlete of his/hers takes performance enhancing substances. In the first example flexibility is key, while the second one would entail a compromise of values, namely honesty and respect for the rules.

For some months now I have had increasing clarity on the fact that in my future work I want to surround myself with people (olympic athletes? Sixty-year-olds with beer bellies? Children from disadvantaged parts of the world?) who share these values of mine.

I would like to train motivated players who are aware and enthusiastic about the privilege of being a professional athlete.

I would like to train amateurs who come to the beach at 7 am before work, just so they can run and jump happily on the sand.

I would like to train children with a perennial smile, perhaps because just having a new ball is a source of happiness.

Am I asking too much?

ACE: Advanced Coaching Education

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has partnered with the International Beach Volleyball Coaches Association (IBVCA), to elevate professional beach volleyball coaching through advocacy, education, and networking. This partnership will drive a new education initiative for beach volleyball coaches who aspire to or who already coach at the highest levels of the game both in the United States and across the globe: ACE – Advance Coaching Education
https://beachvolleyballconsulting.com/beach-ace/