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Stats for Parents and Players


–By John Kessel, USA Volleyball Director of Sport Development

…Each of my players has a personal average and, in each practice and each tournament, they will play ABOVE their average half the time and BELOW their average HALF the time. Again, it is what it is. This is the science of how this random, chaotic game is played. What I see in too many parents, and players, is a form of panic or disappointment in their child’s performance, or the team, or even the club, when things are happening in the lower half of the learning process, the “below average” performance. Chill! Let it flow. Relax, it is just part of the game and of learning…