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Is Volleyball in trouble in Kentucky?
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So I happened to see where there were 3 High School teams that were posting during the dead period that they needed Head Coaches, just days before the season starts.  

This made me wonder if Volleyball is in trouble in KY if they cant find coaches.  Thoughts?
#2
Volleyball seems to have higher turnover in coaches than the other sports. Two biggest reasons are probably low pay and lack of respect for the game.
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(07-13-2021, 11:06 AM)justthefacts Wrote: Volleyball seems to have higher turnover in coaches than the other sports. Two biggest reasons are probably low pay and lack of respect for the game.
Most likely
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(07-13-2021, 11:06 AM)justthefacts Wrote: Volleyball seems to have higher turnover in coaches than the other sports. Two biggest reasons are probably low pay and lack of respect for the game.
I get that, but you have one school in particular that the AD is doing tryouts because they dont have a coach yet.  The season has started and no coach.  Is that a norm?
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(07-14-2021, 10:47 PM)plantmanky Wrote:
(07-13-2021, 11:06 AM)justthefacts Wrote: Volleyball seems to have higher turnover in coaches than the other sports. Two biggest reasons are probably low pay and lack of respect for the game.
I get that, but you have one school in particular that the AD is doing tryouts because they dont have a coach yet.  The season has started and no coach.  Is that a norm?
What school doesn’t have a coach with the season not far from starting?
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There are 267 volleyball teams in the KHSAA. So 264 of them have coaches. I think the sport is growing and thriving. Hopefully we can get Boys Volleyball sanctioned sooner than later!
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(07-17-2021, 03:10 PM)vbtalk Wrote: There are 267 volleyball teams in the KHSAA. So 264 of them have coaches. I think the sport is growing and thriving. Hopefully we can get Boys Volleyball sanctioned sooner than later!
I think you are right, volleyball has grown leaps and bounds over the last 5 years in KY.  Seeing more and more Club level teams pop up even here in the Eastern KY areas.  Problem is, IMO, coaches that truly know anything about volleyball in this area are few and far between.  Just guessing, off the top of my head real fast, in the 15th/16th region alone there is probably only 2-3 coaches with any real college volleyball experience, most others MIGHT have played some high school volleyball playing experience, if that.  Not saying you have to have collegiate level playing experience to be a good volleyball coach, but knowledge of the game certainly helps.
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(07-21-2021, 10:14 AM)Creeker Wrote:
(07-17-2021, 03:10 PM)vbtalk Wrote: There are 267 volleyball teams in the KHSAA. So 264 of them have coaches. I think the sport is growing and thriving. Hopefully we can get Boys Volleyball sanctioned sooner than later!
I think you are right, volleyball has grown leaps and bounds over the last 5 years in KY.  Seeing more and more Club level teams pop up even here in the Eastern KY areas.  Problem is, IMO, coaches that truly know anything about volleyball in this area are few and far between.  Just guessing, off the top of my head real fast, in the 15th/16th region alone there is probably only 2-3 coaches with any real college volleyball experience, most others MIGHT have played some high school volleyball playing experience, if that.  Not saying you have to have collegiate level playing experience to be a good volleyball coach, but knowledge of the game certainly helps.
Couldn’t agree more. We definitely have a coaching shortage. Lots of good coaches out there who never played volleyball in college. Quite a few also who never played at all and learned the sport as an adult. My suggestion to a school in need would be get a head coach who can manage a program - scheduling, transportation, logistics, dealing with parents, etc... then get a recent grad or local college student who has recently played volleyball to handle the skills specific part. Educators are crafty... teach them the basics and they’ll figure out a way to get it to the kids in a way that works.

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