Five Leadership Lessons You Can Learn on the Volleyball Court

“Playing volleyball teaches you a number of lessons that are applicable to life both on and off the court. Volleyball is an amazing game with lots of little subtleties to it that make it really enjoyable to watch, especially once you know what’s going on. I’ve played volleyball almost my whole life, and still play [...]

By |2017-10-05T07:31:50+00:00October 5th, 2017|Learning the Game, The SoCal Way|Comments Off on Five Leadership Lessons You Can Learn on the Volleyball Court

How to Stand Out at Tryouts (in a Good Way!)

Tryouts are coming up, and no matter what year you are, or how secure you feel, you need to pull out all of the stops at tryouts. Volleyball is becoming an increasingly competitive sport, and here’s are some helpful tips for you to put your best foot forward at tryouts. Good luck and as [...]

By |2018-07-16T12:13:27+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Learning the Game, The SoCal Way|Comments Off on How to Stand Out at Tryouts (in a Good Way!)

“Changing Positions: Embracing the Change”

“School seasons have begun, with which comes inevitable change. Changes in teammates, coaching staff, opponents, team dynamics, abilities, and roles on the team. For some, there can be seemingly larger change, your position. Oftentimes, the outlook of playing a new position can be slightly negative, so let’s examine the positives behind a position change and [...]

By |2017-09-07T08:13:09+00:00September 7th, 2017|Learning the Game, The SoCal Way|Comments Off on “Changing Positions: Embracing the Change”

“4 Differences Between Indoor and Beach Volleyball”–Shannon Fiack

“Thinking of switching surfaces this summer? If volleyball is your game, try changing your environment while still playing a sport you love. Before you trade in the hard court for the hot sand, here are four things to keep in mind as you transition from indoor volleyball to the beach. Beach Volleyball Beginner Tip #1: [...]

By |2017-07-13T09:39:12+00:00July 13th, 2017|Beach, Learning the Game, Lifestyle|Comments Off on “4 Differences Between Indoor and Beach Volleyball”–Shannon Fiack

“FIVB Testing Revolutionary Volleyball Rule in 2017!”

It seems that 2017 will be a revolutionary year for volleyball! Media from around the globe reported that the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) plans to introduce several new rules in 2017 of which two are already set for later this year. Several coaches, including Brazilian José Roberto Guimarães ‘Zé Roberto’, Americans Karch Kiraly and Hugh McCutcheon and Italian Giovanni [...]

By |2017-06-06T13:56:03+00:00June 6th, 2017|Learning the Game, Newsletter|Comments Off on “FIVB Testing Revolutionary Volleyball Rule in 2017!”

Professional Player and Vanguard Graduate, Sarah McKinny, Joins Santa Barbara SoCal Staff

SoCal Santa Barbara is proud to announce a new addition to the coaching staff! Here's a warm welcome to Sarah McKinny!   ●      B.A in Business Marketing with minor in Psychology, Vanguard University of Southern California ●      Graduate and former athlete at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, CA.  ●    [...]

By |2017-05-25T10:49:28+00:00May 25th, 2017|Learning the Game, New Coach, The SoCal Way|Comments Off on Professional Player and Vanguard Graduate, Sarah McKinny, Joins Santa Barbara SoCal Staff

Does Body Language Matter to a Coach?

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp4mIONS51E Let’s hear it right from the coach’s mouth.  Here is UConn basketball coach Geno Auriemma on body language and the type of players he recruits. They are watching…and it matters. #stayhumble

By |2017-03-27T07:32:05+00:00March 27th, 2017|Learning the Game, Lifestyle, The SoCal Way, This Week at SoCal|Comments Off on Does Body Language Matter to a Coach?

“Travel” Ball and the Tryout Lowdown at SoCal Santa Barbara

People often say they love the “vibe” in our gyms - that it just “feels good” to be there, and travel team tryouts are no exception. You’ll usually walk into our gym to smiling faces and welcoming gestures, and a little Stevie Wonder on the sound system. Travel tryouts can sound daunting but I promise, [...]

By |2018-07-16T12:21:24+00:00October 7th, 2016|Learning the Game, Lifestyle, The SoCal Way|Comments Off on “Travel” Ball and the Tryout Lowdown at SoCal Santa Barbara

SoCal Santa Barbara Partnering with Jessie Rose Strength & Health

  Jessie Hernandez (Strength & Wellness Trainer) Strength, Conditioning & Wellness, B.S. Biopsychology, UC Santa Barbara NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer   Jessie leads fitness and wellness training and instruction for the Santa Barbara Community. Training people from all walks of life has guided her to believe that everyone benefits from training [...]

By |2016-09-13T07:23:41+00:00September 13th, 2016|Learning the Game, New Coach, The SoCal Way|Comments Off on SoCal Santa Barbara Partnering with Jessie Rose Strength & Health

Meet the Club Directors of SoCal Santa Barbara

  Megan O'Carroll (Managing Director) Kind, Committed, Thoughtful Managing Director|SoCal Santa Barbara, B.S. Environmental Science, University of Redlands; Masters of Education, UC Santa Barbara Biology/ Environmental Science teacher at Dos Pueblos High School SoCal Volleyball product Megan was on SoCal Volleyball Club's first team during the club's inaugural season out of San Diego, and played [...]

By |2016-09-12T07:57:36+00:00September 12th, 2016|Learning the Game, New Coach, The SoCal Way|Comments Off on Meet the Club Directors of SoCal Santa Barbara