Category: volleyball

NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships 2016

Well, it was a great trip down to the Gulf Shores this weekend.  The atmosphere and weather was fantastic! Looking forward to next year!!

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NCAA Beach Volleyball venue at Gulf Shores, AL
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The DeWitt sisters from Arizona inside the venue
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Beach High Performance Tryout Athletes. Check out the Minnesota dude third in on the right.Yup, that’s me.

An Argument for Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes

Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes a radical, new and old, thought?

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Live o2, Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes

The great thing about life is perspective.  You can use the information intended for one purpose, but with a different perspective you can look from a different angle, you can see an entirely new conclusion.  My hope is to walk you down the road to see that we have missed one of the most basic building blocks of performance in sport, oxygen.

The question I have always wanted to answer is how Native Americans were able to go on physically demanding hunts, maintain a slendor, muscular build without motor learning research performed during practice sessions or treadmills for endurance work or completed Olympic lifts in their weight room. So how could it be that they were able to accomplish such feats of  endurance and strength without all the training?

My first hypothesis is oxygen and our current lack there of, in our current lives.

Here are my thoughts that lead me to this conclusion.

  1. Otto Warburg, a mid 20th century cell biologist in Germany, cellular respiration is simple truth: cells that cannot breathe, cannot, and will not ever, work properly. Anything that skips the first and obvious neglects the
    metabolism of life.
  2. Current Atmospheric levels:  Compared to prehistoric times, the level of oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere has declined by over a third and in polluted cities the decline may be more than 50%. This change in the makeup of the air we breathe has potentially serious implications for our health and performance, according to Roddy Newman and his book, The Oxygen Crisis.
  3. Manfred von Ardenne, developed in the late 1960s by Professor von Ardenne, (a student of Dr. Otto Warburg), Oxygen Multistep Therapy combines oxygen therapy, elements that facilitate intracellular oxygen turnover, and physical exercise adapted to individual performance levels.
  4. Dr. Mark Sircus states, “long and hard is the search for substances that athletes can use to increase sports performance. There are more than several substances that are natural, legal, non-toxic and safe that athletes can use, but like everywhere else in the world of medicine most still prefer dangerous pharmaceuticals to natural medicinals even with the risk of being discovered and banned from competition.”  and, “extra oxygen increases muscles’ energy production improving athletic output ability; intensity and duration.  The secret to Olympic success is higher concentrations of oxygen delivery to the cells.. ” For entire post, click here
  5. Oxygen has been proven to be a natural, ethical & legal way to stimulate biologically effective levels of growth hormones, especially the ones ethic-challenged athletes use illegally, like EPO, erythropoietin AND HGH, Human Growth Hormone?

I realize that additional details may be needed to connect these dots into a more detailed, comprehensive study, suffice to say that increasing your oxygen intake would benefit athletes, both in the short and long run.

 

 

 

The McCarthy Project EWOT Sessions

Exercise With Oxygen Training Sessions For Elite Performance in Life and Sport

live_o2_logoOver the years, The McCarthy Project has developed gestalt theory of elite performance and oxygen is a major component of that philosophy. Each session is 30 minutes in length: a 5-10 warm-up on a treadmill, or a bike trainer (you can use your own bike. if desired) followed by a 15 minute training session and a 5 minute cool down.

Session Rates:
Individual Sessions $50.00
Elite Package (16 sessions) $500.00
Gestalt Package (Unlimited sessions for 4 months) $1000.00

Location:
23568 Birch Road
Rogers, MN 55374

Each session package includes a 60 minute consultation to review your current fitness level and your goals. All sessions are by appointment only.

For more information on how we may be able to take your training to the next level, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982 or cs(at)themccarthyproject.com.

Oxygen Training with LiveO2 Systems
LiveO2 Adaptive Contrast System

Some EWOT Training benefits include:
1. Increased oxygen saturation for the purpose of delayed onset of muscle soreness
2. Development of auto-immune system
3. Super charge current nutrition strategies with the increased oxygen levels
4. Amplify body’s natural hormones for an increase in muscle mass

 

 

Gluten-Free Camp for Athletes

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Giants Ladder

The McCarthy Project Gluten-Free Camp for Athletes

This two day camp in Annandale, MN located on Clearwater Lake is focused entirely on athletes or families with athletes who are diagnosed with celiac disease or have a gluten intolerance.  Our hope is to create a unique atmosphere for young athletes who have to eat “that other food,” to realize that this circumstance can be turned around in a way to improve their performance.   Our  leading edge nutrition and training ideas allow young people to reach their full potential, rather than the situation becoming an hindrance. Food is made in a safe and dedicated gluten-free kitchen.    On top of that, each athlete will be challenged by the outdoor strategy and performance games, which culminates with a zipline session on the second day.

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50ft Zipline Tower

Includes:
1. Nutritional seminars
2. Training concepts
3. Outdoor strategy and performance games
4. 3 hour zipline session

Camp Itinerary:

Below is a sample camp itinerary. Times and order of the sessions will be adjusted based on the groups needs.
Day 1
9:00 am – 11:00 am – Outdoor games
11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch and nutrition session
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Outdoor Amazing Race

Day 2
10:00 am – 11:00 am – Nutrition and training presentation
11:00 am – 12:00 pm  – Lake games
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Rock climbing and zipline

Registration:

$150.00 USD

Camp #1 June 11th and 12th
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Camp #2 June 18th and 19th
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Camps are open to all levels of participants aged 10 and up and limited to 25 participants per camp.  If you have any questions, contact us at 612-741-0982.

Location:

Uncle Fogy Nature Center
10509 108th Street Nw
Annandale, MN 55302
612-741-0982

About The McCarthy Project:

Stephen McCarthy, BES, CFT, Director of The McCarthy Project, Stephen has researched and developed innovative training and skill development techniques specific to life and sport for over 15 years. His corporate and individual clients have accomplished their goals of a higher standard of health and wellness. He has trained thousands of athletes, as well as, being a certified personal trainer holding a degree in Liberal Studies from St. Cloud State University.

Quotes from Clients:

“Stephen worked with my daughter after a high ankle sprain.  He did more in 3 days then any other trainer had done for her in 10 days.  The methods he used to get her walking again were awesome.  Stephen is one who thinks outside the box and gets his kids back to the sports they love quickly and stronger. ” – Marit Larson, Mom of a young athlete.

“Stephen’s dedication to athletes of all ages and sport is unquestioned. He uses programs that benefit the athlete no matter the sport. I witnessed his work with a local swim team and not only did the athletes improve from the conditioning and strength, they looked forward to doing them again and again.” – Colby Fuller, youth coach

Tulane University Beach Volleyball Coach Holly on Competing for the Right Reasons

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Beach Volleyball Coach Wayne Holly of Tulane University

Today, Tulane University’s Beach Volleyball Coach Wayne Holly will join Stephen to talk about the upcoming beach season. But as sometimes happens other subjects come out of the discussion and this interview has that flavor.  While we did discuss the future of college volleyball, we also discussed different perspectives young people could have for the sport of beach volleyball.

Coach Holly has a very lengthy bio when it comes to playing and coaching on the beach, but my challenge is for our listeners and young athletes to listen  to the entire interview.  Focus and concentrate on the words he is using and when he describes beach volleyball, how he describes the steps of attaining your complete potential and ultimately, how to fall in love with the game that he has invested his life.

For the complete interview, visit here.  For more information on Coach Holly and his program, visit here

Dave Trumbo of Stevenson on the Possibilities in Beach Volleyball

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Head Volleyball Coach Dave Trumbo of Stevenson University

Today, Stevenson University Head Volleyball Coach Dave Trumbo  joined Stephen to talk about the upcoming beach volleyball season and the future of beach in the college ranks. Some of the areas covered include: coaching for the love the game, the challenges of being located in a slightly colder climate and being a new program, the joy of going south for spring break, and the future of Division III programs in the sport of beach.

For the entire interview, visit here.

To connect with Coach Trumbo, visit here.

Looking into the Future of Volleyball with St. Marys Rob Browning

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Head Volleyball Coach Rob Browning of The St. Mary’s Gaels

St. Mary’s head volleyball coach Rob Browning joined to talk about the upcoming beach volleyball season and how the sport may change for the next couple years with the recent announcement of a NCAA championship. On top of that, Coach Browning will chat about the history of BYU volleyball and his thoughts on what a few of the great qualities of elite players.

For the entire interview, visit here.

To connect with Coach Browning, click here

Jacksonville Coach Darty on Creating an Environment for Athletes

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Head Volleyball Coach Julie Darty of Jacksonville University

Coach Julie Darty will be joining Stephen to talk on the subject of perfection and how young athletes can overcome this sometimes disrupting force, as well as, how creating the proper environment can lead to long term success.

For the entire interview, visit here.

To connect with Coach Darty and Jacksonville University, visit here.

College Coach on Beach Volleyball 2016

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University of North Florida Volleyball Coach Steve Loeswick

The recent announcement of the inaugural NCAA beach volleyball tournament in May of 2016 was a major step forward adding beach volleyball to the map as a youth sport.  The bigger question does this new tournament change your thoughts about playing beach volleyball in college, rather than simply indoor.

Secondly, Steven Loeswick of North Florida joined Stephen to talk about the future of the sport of beach volleyball.

So what is the future of beach volleyball for coaches? For players?

For the entire interview, visit here.  For additional information on Coach Loeswick, click here.

Awareness and Efficiency, Rather than Perfection

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Head Volleyball Coach David Rubio of University of Arizona

Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project was joined by David Rubio, Head Volleyball coach from the University of Arizona on the subject of perfection or efficiency in sport. Coach Rubio has over 30 years of history in coaching and is currently coaching his daughter’s youth team. On top of that, he will talk about areas to focus to use this personality trait to its utmost.

To listen to the entire interview, visit here.

For more information on Coach Rubio, visit here.

Inaugural NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship: Should it change your perspective?

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

sand_volleyball_stephen_mccarthy2The recent announcement of the inagural NCAA beach volleyball tournament in May of 2016 was a major step forward adding beach volleyball to the map as a youth sport.  The bigger question does this new tournament change your thoughts about playing beach volleyball in college, rather than simply indoor.

From my perspective, it should.  While outdoor volleyball i.e. beach volleyball is played all over the United States by adults, the youth version has been slowly gaining acceptance over the last 20 years or so.  With that said, athletes should take a serious look into playing beach volleyball in college.

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Mercer University Damian Elder Head Volleyball Coach

Secondly, I interviewed Mercer University’s head indoor and beach volleyball coach Damian Elder on this very subject.  Mercer is one of the original 15 colllege programs in beach volleyball, so he was there in the beginning 4 years ago. Click here to hear his thoughts.

Lastly, UNC Wilmington and their indoor volleyball coach Amy Bambenek just announced its beach volleyball program for 2016. Here is a small portion of the article posted on the NCAA site.

Beach volleyball has been an official Olympic sport since 1996 and the source of its popularity in the United States can largely be traced to one dynamic team: three-time Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May Treanor. Recognizing that surge in interest the NCAA in 2009 put beach volleyball on the list for emerging sports for women. After several years of unofficial championships the first NCAA championship will be held this spring with a winner determined via an eight-team double-elimination bracket. Each school sends five pairs, and much like tennis, the No. 1 seeded team plays the opposing No. 1 seeded team and so on through the roster. A school must win three out of the five pairs matchups to claim the match.

Beach volleyball is not only the NCAA’s newest championship, but also its fastest growing sport.  At the beginning of the calendar year, 50 Division I colleges and universities sponsored a team – 10 more than the minimum required to hold a national championship – and 19 of the programs have come into existence since 2013-14. Click here to read the entire article.

To Be Perfect or Efficient: A Perspective within Elite Performance

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

volleyball-835890_1280Over my recent history, I have noticed a trend that athletes feel that if they are perfect, do every action more perfect than somebody else that they will become an elite athlete. Or said in a different way, the more perfect I am, I will be better than you.  Well, I hate to break it to young people, being more perfect is not the answer.  The answer is can you perform a coordinated action that produces the results needed exactly at the time you are producing those actions.

Athletes today need to realize that practicing is needed and perfecting your sport is a worthwhile goal, but the term we are looking for is efficiency in the moment, not perfection.

To further my point, click here for an interview I completed with head volleyball coach Tom Black from Loyola Marymount around the same subject.

Still looking for more information, take the following athletes:

  1. A tall person who can jump out of the gym, but does not have any sort of sport IQ.  But can produce amazing amounts of speed and power on the court or field.
  2. A relatively tall person who can jump relatively high and is not real fast, but fast enough, but can out think and read the situation faster than another athlete

Which one is the better player?  I would argue number #2.

Again, my hope is not to solve the world of sports problem with one small post, only to challenge young people to think through what and why they do what they do.  Don’t just strive to be perfect in every way and think that the good grade will correlate to success on your sport.

Lastly, quoting Michael Johnson, a Olympic gold medalist in track and field,

I want you to work the way I have, to arrive at a place where you are running your own particular races at 95,96,97 percent efficiency. And every once in a while, as with me in Atlanta, you might come within a whisper of the very limits of your ability, within sight of perfection.   -pg. 205, Slaying the Dragon

So the question is to pursue perfection realizing that getting it right all the time is not the answer, it is the pursuit or chasing of elite efficiency in the moment is the way to chase elite performance life and sport.

Bio on Tom Black:

black_tomTom Black enters his sixth season as LMU’s head coach with the start of the 2015 fall indoor volleyball season after being hired on January 19th, 2010. Serving as head coach since its inception, Black recently completed his fourth year as head coach of the LMU sand volleyball program in the spring of 2015.

Nike Volleyball Camp 2016

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National Volleyball Center (Rochester, MN)

USSC and The McCarthy Project have partnered to create a next level experience with Nike volleyball camps. The camp will be July 25-28, 2016 at the National Volleyball Center in Rochester, MN.  This camp offers valuable volleyball instruction on and off the court to provide a complete and well rounded camp experience. Training takes place in small groups for personal attention.

Highlights Include

  • Excellent training facilities
  • Coach to camper ratio is 1:10
  • Players grouped by age and ability level
  • Five hours of instruction daily
  • Personal evaluations from your coach
  • Nike Volleyball Camp T-shirt

online registration

2016 SESSION INFORMATION

July 25-28, 2016 Cost: $310.00 per athlete
Campers train from 9:00am-3:00pm each day. Lunch is not provided. Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch and a water bottle each day. Gym will have water refill stations.

Check-in: Monday July 25th at 8:30am at the National Volleyball Center
Check-out: Thursday July 28th at 3:00pm at the National Volleyball Center

INSTRUCTION
Ratio: 1:10
Players group by skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: 2 T-shirts, knee pads, 1 pair of gym shorts or spandex, 2 pairs of socks, 1 pair of volleyball shoes (well broken in), water bottle, lunch each day.

TEAM DISCOUNT
If eight or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $30 discount. Follow this link to the “Brochure” tab on the top of the page and print the application. All applicants must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-526-5933 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive group discount.

FACILITIES
The National Volleyball Center is a state-of-the-art volleyball facility in southern Minnesota. There are Eleven courts with Bio-Cusion flooring and Olympic quality lighting.

Beach Volleyball Club and Camps

volleyball-451581_1280Designed for boys and girls aged 12 and up. Our Beach Volleyball Club is a great combination of instruction, fitness, and fun outside in the sun and the sand. Our hope is to create an positive environment for enjoying the game of volleyball, while having a great time outside.

Our mission is to provide an environment where athletes love the game enough to do it for fun, as well as, for them to accomplish their goals by becoming the most creative, individualistic, self-reliant player who can also play within a system.  3-time Olympic Gold Medalist and current women’s Olympic Indoor Coach, Karch Kiraly said the following,

“The beach game taught me great lessons about how to elevate the play of my teammate, or teammates, and how to anticipate and expect the ball so much more than the indoor game ever could. It taught me — even forced me — to be a much better all-around player. That allowed me to help our USA Olympic Indoor Team in many more ways than I ever could have otherwise.”

With that said, 2016 will be our inaugural year for our club team.  If you are looking to take your game up a notch by investing more time playing over the summer or looking to play beach in college, we can customize a training and tournament schedule to match your summer plans.  The season will start late May and end around the start of the high school season in August.   For more information, call Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982

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The McCarthy Project Beach Volleyball Club is a proud member of Junior Volleyball Association

For our clinics, each day will consist of 1 hour of technique and athlete development drills, while the last 1 hour will be playing the game. If the court is available after the session, open volleyball will be available. On the last day of the camp, we will be holding a camp wide tournament.

Each camp is $100.00 per participant. Group discounts are available for 5 or more. Call Stephen at 612-741-0982 for special pricing.

Camp #1

Every Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm, Dates June 21, 28 and July 12, 19

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Camp #2

Every Thursday from 1pm to 3pm, Dates June 23, 30 and July 14, 21

online registration

Camp #3

Monday trough Thursday from 1pm to 3pm, July 18-21

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All activities will be held at Lord Fletchers Old Lake Lodge in Spring Park, MN. Lord Fletchers has a great view of Lake Minnetonka, as well as, a great atmosphere to have lunch, if you would like, and play volleyball.

Location Information:
Camp #1, #2, #3
Lord Fletchers
3746 Sunset Drive
Spring Park, MN. 55384
Phone: (952) 471-8513
Cost: $100 per player

Camp Director:

Stephen McCarthy: Stephen has researched and developed innovative training techniques specific to life and sport for over 15 years. His clients have accomplished their goals of elite performance. His athletes have received college scholarships and played professionally, as well as, won state championships and national championships. Currently, Stephen is a USAV certified official,  a certified USAV Beach Impact/Beach CAP I volleyball coach, as well as, a certified personal trainer holding a degree in Liberal Studies from St. Cloud State University.

 

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Team Sand Camps

sand_volleyball_stephen_mccarthy2 Looking to engage the team in a unique way? Or simply to change up the team’s summer skills training sessions?

The McCarthy Project Team Sand Camps might be the solution.

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Coach Coleman of UAB

As a way of confirmation that the sand can improve indoor performance, listen to my interview with UAB Sand Volleyball Coach Bailey Coleman on the benefits her indoor players received by playing outside in the sand.  Coach Coleman mentioned that the players improved their ability to think independently and shortened the amount of time to get over the last bad play, better passing and hitting skills appeared, as well as, an increased ability to communicate with other players.  For complete interview, visit here.

Each team will receive 6-7 hours per week of training, drills and court time. Drills can be run by the team or The McCarthy Project staff.  Each session can be customized to meet team goals.

Location: Lord Fletchers in Spring Grove, MN

Cost:  $500.00 per team per week. Discounts available for additional weeks.

For additional information have a team representative or coach, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982.

Tom Brady: Coca-Cola “Poison for Kids”

By Christina Sarich, Infowars.com

101915bradycokeNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called Coca-Cola “poison for kids.”

“You probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s no problem,’” he said on the Dennis & Callahan Morning Show. “Why, because they pay lots of money for advertisements that think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living?”

“No, I totally disagree with that and when people do that, I think that’s quackery, and just the fact that they can sell that to kids? That’s poison for kids.”

Regular coke does contains high-fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to a variety of health problems including high blood pressure and obesity.

Also he noted frosted flakes…

But Brady didn’t just attack coke: he also questioned whether Frosted Flakes is “actually a food.”

“You keep eating those things and you keep wondering why we do have just incredible rates of disease in our country,” the quarterback said.

Like Coca-Cola, Frosted Flakes also contains high-fructose corn syrup.

“Another reason to avoid fructose is that its most common form, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is derived from genetically modified corn,” Sarich pointed out. “That means it was developed in a lab, not grown and milled before it ended up in your table.”

For complete article, visit here

Synthetic Gene Drive and Designer Athletes

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For all of us who lived in the 1980’s, Rocky in Rocky IV gets absolutely demolished by the genetically and medically-enhanced Russian boxer, but refuses to quit, he wins right? The evil Russians were cheating anyways, right?    Within this context, enter synthetic gene drive technology with the capability of creating designer athletes.  Oh, I mean genetically modified human beings, we win right?

UPDATE: 5/13/16 New York Times: Scientists Hold Secret Meeting To Create Synthetic Genome

The new technologies like gene drive are editing and changing the DNA of human beings, breaking down ancient boundaries, creating genetically engineered human beings, are they human beings?  Frankenstein athletes? Russian boxers?

Designer insects and designer babies, all sound really cool, but the science is not perfect and potentially, has unintended consequences.  Furthermore, the question of what will happen to the rest of the athletes who don’t have access to the technology?  Or what are the long term health concerns, intended or unintended, for athletes who are touched by a synthetic gene drive organism? What happens to the next generation of athletes who are conceived by the new athletes? And this is just the starter questions.

From the nature angle, listen to my interview with David Epstein of  Sports Illustrated on genetics in sport.  Or Micheal Much of Rivals.com on nature vs nurture.

I will forever argue that the nurture process is strong enough to overcome the nature process, assuming the nature portion is not genetically engineered.  Allow the natural order of true vitalism and the human spirit to be the deciding factors, not genetic modification.

The ultimate question for athletes is would you like to be a designer athlete or compete against a designer athlete? Is this ethical? As far as food is concerned, it may look like a banana, but is it really a banana if the foundation building blocks are modified? Moreover, it may look like a human, but is it really a human being?

Here are a couple quotes to start your research:

From The Independent:

A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.

The development of so-called “gene drive” technology promises to revolutionize medicine and agriculture because it can in theory stop the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as malaria and yellow fever, as well as eliminate crop pests and invasive species such as rats and cane toads.

From Wired

The stakes, however, have changed. Everyone at the Napa meeting had access to a gene-editing technique called Crispr-Cas9. The first term is an acronym for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats,” a description of the genetic basis of the method; Cas9 is the name of a protein that makes it work. Technical details aside, Crispr-Cas9 makes it easy, cheap, and fast to move genes around—any genes, in any living thing, from bacteria to people. “These are monumental moments in the history of biomedical research,” Baltimore says. “They don’t happen every day.” The technique is revolutionary, and like all revolutions, it’s perilous. Crispr goes well beyond anything the Asilomar conference discussed. It could at last allow genetics researchers to conjure everything anyone has ever worried they would—designer babies, invasive mutants, species-specific bioweapons, and a dozen other apocalyptic sci-fi tropes. It brings with it all-new rules for the practice of research in the life sciences. But no one knows what the rules are—or who will be the first to break them.

From International Business Times

Synthetic gene drives, using a simple gene editing system called CRISPR, can, for example, alter the traits of mosquitoes or invasive cane toads, and even eradicate the species. The technology offers tremendous benefits to human health and crops. But potential for misuse by terror groups or accidental release from labs is high, as these “super” organisms can spread rapidly, and cause health and environmental disasters.

Climbing a Tree Can Improve Cognitive Performance

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

street-sign-141396_640I ask one question, if you could improve your cognitive ability within two hours, would you do it?

Furthermore, if you could improve an athletes ability to problem solve with the use of creativity without a major investment of time or money, would you do it?

If we are honest with ourselves, the answer is resounding yes.

Well a recent study out of the University of North Florida has found that the simple act of climbing a tree can dramatically improve cognitive skills.

The study, led by Drs. Ross Alloway, a research associate, and Tracy Alloway, an associate professor, is the first to show that proprioceptively dynamic activities, like climbing a tree, done over a short period of time have dramatic working memory benefits. Working Memory, the active processing of information, is linked to performance in a wide variety of contexts from grades to sports.

The results of this research, recently published in Perceptual and Motor Skills, suggest working memory improvements can be made in just a couple of hours of these physical exercises. “Improving working memory can have a beneficial effect on so many areas in our life, and it’s exciting to see that proprioceptive activities can enhance it in such a short period of time,” said Tracy Alloway.

So the next time you are looking for a creative way to develop yourself or your athletes, look no further than the giant tree in your front yard, and yes, climbing a tree can improve cognitive performance.

For additional information, visit the UNF site or click here for the complete study.

Consulting

Stephen McCarthy and Lindsey Berg partner to create an in-depth, insightful volleyball experience

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Champions Hall (Eden Prairie, MN)

Looking for a way to challenge your athletes to go to a deeper level?  In today’s world of volleyball, athletes seem to feel that they must be robots, rather than human beings.  They  look for success in the ever illusive thing called perfection, very few search for “a love for the game.” 3-time Olympian Lindsey Berg and I have partnered to create a volleyball experience that goes beyond the court, to connect athletes with ways to elevate their performance outside of traditional means.

The unique combination of Lindsey’s Olympic and professional  experience, her ability to connect with young people, and a leading-edge philosophy around elite performance and skill development, as well as, my history of observation and working with young athletes, through off court training and experiential learning events, create an environment for young athletes; to see through the details, to see volleyball in a unique and different way, to play for the love of game, to find a willingness and a desire to be 100% committed, to understand the joy of working together for the betterment of all, to use creativity while playing, to name a few.

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Ralia Sports Complex, (Maple Grove, MN)

Short List of Principles Covered During Our Events:

  • Technique and desire can make up for lack of talent
  • Love of the game
  • Leadership and its many models
  • Develop healthy communication among team members
  • The art of working together towards a goal (even if you play the same position), rather than just doing your role and letting the others do theirs.
  • Proper use of technology and social media in life and sport

Services are provided in the following formats: coaches clinics, skill development camps, event appearances, athlete mentoring, or video analysis.  Each event can be customized to meet your or your organization’s goals and budget. For additional information, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982.

About Lindsey Berg and Cuore X Volleyball:
Cuore_heartAfter reaching the top of her game in volleyball, Lindsey knew that it was time to dedicate herself to helping others build the character and drive it takes to be a champion. She started Cuore three years ago and has already impacted hundreds of girls around the world. Lindsey instructs, evaluates, develops, and most of all inspires students of all skill levels in the fundamentals of volleyball. At the core of her training she teaches, not only skills, but also the importance of discipline, teamwork, and drive both on and off the court.

About The McCarthy Project:
themccproject_logoStephen McCarthy has chased elite performance in life and sport for over 20 years.  The unique combination of personal success, the requisite failures, his background in strength and speed development, the use of leading-edge nutrition strategies and experiential learning has developed 100’s of college and professional athletes.

2015 Sand Volleyball at The McCarthy Project

Here is some of the action from this year’s sand volleyball camps. Submitted with one comment.  This is what sport is about; playing a game that you love. And after, looking back on the joy the time spent together.

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Crossing the sand volleyball river
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A cool moment at camp
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Some of the players who attended
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Small group pic from camp
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Athletes in Action
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The best way to cool off after a day at camp
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Having a good time playing volleyball
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Game action 2015
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Classic sand volleyball pic

2015 All Skills and Setter Camp with Lindsey Berg

Here are some of the quotes and pictures from this years camp.

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Lindsey and Stephen with a few players

From Nancy V. after session with Lindsey Berg

You have a great way about you Lindsey; you’re so good at what you do. You made a difference and Maya and Faith will continue to learn and grow from the seeds you planted today. We certainly appreciate your expertise, but we equally appreciate your disposition and your capacity to connect with the girls.

Jul 26  It was such an amazing experience to be trained by a 3x Olympic Setter. You inspire me so much. Thank you for today
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Lindsey working Setting Fundamentals
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Stephen working with campers on the concept of perspective
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Campers in Cuore Gear, cuore is italian for “heart”
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Hitting Drills at Camp

2015 Volleyball Camp at MN-Morris

Here are some quotes and pics from this years indoor volleyball camp at MN-Morris.

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2015 Volleyball Camp at MN-Morris

From Nancy V. after session with Lindsey Berg

You have a great way about you Lindsey; you’re so good at what you do. You made a difference and Maya and Faith will continue to learn and grow from the seeds you planted today. We certainly appreciate your expertise, but we equally appreciate your disposition and your capacity to connect with the girls.

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University of MN-Morris Players
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Lindsey Berg Talking Fundamentals of Setting
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Lindsey and Coach Chad Braegelmann
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End of Camp Question and Answer Session with Lindsey Berg

 

Female Athletes and Sugar

By Dr. Cate Shanahan,

volleyball-673552_1280A recent Medscape article entitled Nutrition for the Female Athlete makes the startling claim that young women engaged in gymnastics, distance running, diving, figure skating and ballet “commonly have inadequate nutritional intake.”

This brought my attention to one of the references supporting that statement, a 2013 article called “Dietary Intakes and Eating Habits of College Athletes: Are Female College Athletes Following the Current Sports Nutrition Standards?” In that article, they cite their own research into the macronutrient intakes of female college athletes. They claim that seventy five percent of the women they studied “failed to consume the minimum amount of carbohydrates that is required to support training.” Women in the study consumed an average of 257 grams of carb, with the range going from a low of 103 grams to a high of 460 grams.

Dietary sugar and starch are counted as carb. But as I’ve said many times, carb is broken down into sugar by the digestive system and by the time carb enters the bloodstream it is in the form of sugar. So it would be more accurate to count dietary sugar and starch as sugar and speak about all carbs in terms of their sugar content.

257 grams of sugar seems like plenty of sugar to me. From complete post, visit Dr. Cate’s website

UAB Coach Coleman on “Why Sand Volleyball?”

UAB Sand Volleyball coach Bailey Coleman joined Stephen McCarthy coleman_uab-sand-volleyball-wallpaperto talk about the love of the game and the benefits players receive by playing outside in the sand, as well as, her perspective on young athletes and the game of sand volleyball.

Coach Coleman grew up playing volleyball on the beach in South Carolina.  At that time there was no sand volleyball, so she played indoor at Georgia Southern.  When the opportunity arose for her to coach outside in the sand, she was very excited about the possibilities, not only for herself, but the athletes as well.  She talked about how her athletes improved in ways you would expect, passing, setting, and hitting, but with a couple additional benefits, the athletes improved their ability to think independently, they became better teammates, and shortened the amount of time they needed to get over the bad plays.  For the entire interview, click here.

Coach Bailey Coleman Bio:

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UAB Sand Volleyball Coach Bailey Coleman

Bailey Coleman enters her second season as an assistant coach at UAB for the indoor volleyball team and first season as head coach of the sand volleyball team.  Coleman comes to Birmingham from the University of Montevallo, where she spent the pervious two seasons as an assistant coach under Katie O’Brien. While with the Falcons, she assisted in all aspects of coaching, including recruiting, travel and constructing scouting reports. For additional information, visit here.

Olympian and Olympic coach on “The Love of The Game”

3 Time Olympian Lindsey Berg
3 Time Olympian Lindsey Berg

As a player, 3 time Olympian and Professional volleyball player Lindsey Berg has been at the forefront of USA Olympic volleyball for over 10 years and she admits that she was not always the most athletic person on the floor. How did this happen? She attributes her success to the early development of her “love of the game.”  Today’s world of sport is littered with how-to camps and power tripping coaches who just think they have all the answers, our hope is more coaches will encourage young people to shake off all the reasons why they can’t, and find within their heart a deeper motive for playing the game of volleyball.

Click here to hear Lindsey on how she did not take the traditional path to elite performance, how some in the volleyball community did not see her potential, and how she overcame with the understanding that elite performance has to be deeper than just athletic ability. The link is about have way down the page.

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University of Minnesota coach Hugh McCutcheon

Secondly, former Olympic and current University of Minnesota coach, Hugh McCutcheon attacked the same question.  The unique part of this discussion is how close their thoughts match.  Click here for the entire interview.

The answer.. When you are young, play numerous sports in a pickup game format. Come to realize the sport you love and become really good at that one you choose.

Sadly, easy to understand and agree, but hard to go against the grain and therefore, not used very often.

Full Spectrum Athlete Development

Stephen McCarthy’s mission is to provide a full-spectrum athlete development program for young athletes.volleyball-673552_1280

The following are some of the benefits of our 70-90 minute training sessions have produced in our current athletes:
1. Increased performance on the court.
2. Improved ability to control your mind and body in space.
3. Learn strategies to increase IQ, in and out of sport.
4. Develop attention to detail and chase perfection properly.
5. Concepts on self-maintenance of injuries.

Secondly, we realize that the number of commitments on young athletes are numerous.  Our sessions are geared to be the glue that tie them together, and we feel that developing a love of the game, challenging athletes to expand their understanding of time and space, as well as, to truly bring the fun back into the game, can accomplish this mission.

Our Location:  Lord Fletchers on Lake Minnetonka

For additional information and pricing, call Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982,

All Skills Volleyball Camp-Morris

Lindsey Berg, Stephen McCarthy, Coach Chad Braegelmann Create a Unique Volleyball Experience

We will be holding an All Skills Camp July 23rd on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Morris in Morris, MN. Former University of Minnesota, 3 time Olympian, and professional volleyball player, Lindsey Berg will be sharing her story of rising from a high school player in Hawaii to attending college in Minnesota to the Olympics, as well as, how she developed her game by playing with her heart and a love of the game, first and foremost. Secondly, Minnesota Morris Head Coach Chad Braegelmann and his athletes will be on staff sharing their thoughts on high level performance within life and sport.

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Stephen McCarthy and Lindsey Berg with some of the camp participants at 2013 Cuore Volleyball Camp.

Here is a quick overview:

The camp is designed to not only teach the fundamentals of volleyball, but to also teach the fundamentals of life. The camp will show how you can develop the love of the game, while playing your best. The camp teaches life lessons through volleyball and promises to be an experience you won’t soon forget. Lindsey Berg, Coach Braegelman, and MN-Morris athletes will be on court for all sessions, while Stephen McCarthy off-court.

The cost is $60 for the 2.5 hour session. The session is for girls aged 10 and up.

Special Offer: As of 7/17/2015, we only have 10 spaces remaining for the camp, so we are offering a special price of $40 for the next 10 registrants.

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U of M Alum and 3-time USA Olympic Team Setter Lindsey Napela Berg from December 2013 camp in Minnesota.

Parents are welcome to attend all sessions.

Camp Schedule:

10:45: Arrive and check-in
11:00 am Introductions and Warmup
11:15 am On-court drills, stories, and ways to develop the love of the game for high school players
1:00 pm Pillars of Nutrition and Training
1:15 pm Question and Answer Session with Lindsey
1:30 pm Session completed

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All Skills Volleyball Camp- Rochester

Lindsey Berg and Stephen McCarthy Partner to Create a Unique, Creative Volleyball Experience

We are excited to announce an All Skills Camp July 27th at the National Volleyball Center in Rochester, MN.  Former University of Minnesota, 3 time Olympian, and professional volleyball player, Lindsey Berg will be sharing her story of rising from a high school player in Hawaii to attending college in Minnesota to the Olympics, as well as, how she developed her game by playing with her heart and a love of the game, first and foremost.

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Stephen McCarthy and Lindsey Berg with some of the camp participants at 2013 Cuore Volleyball Camp.

Here is a quick overview:

The camp is designed to not only teach the fundamentals of volleyball, but to also teach the fundamentals of life.  The camp will show how you can develop the love of the game, while playing your best.  The camp teaches life lessons through volleyball and promises to be an experience you won’t soon forget. Lindsey Berg will be on court for all sessions, while Stephen McCarthy off-court.

The cost is $60 for the 2.5 hour session. The morning session is for girls aged 10-14 and the afternoon for 15 and up.

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U of M Alum and 3-time USA Olympic Team Setter Lindsey Napela Berg from December 2013 camp in Minnesota.

Parents are welcome to attend all sessions.

Camp Schedule:

Morning Session:

8:30am Arrive and check-in
9:00 am Introductions and Warmup
9:15 am On-court drills, stories, and ways to develop the love of the game specific to younger players
10:45 pm Pillars of Nutrition for Young People
11:30 pm Morning session completed

Afternoon Session:
12:30 pm Arrive and check-in
1:00 pm Introductions and Warmup
1:15 pm On-court drills, stories, and ways to develop the love of the game for high school players
3:45 pm Pillars of Nutrition for Elite Performance
4:30 pm Afternoon session completed

online registration

All Skills and Setter Volleyball Camp

Lindsey Berg and Stephen McCarthy Partner to Create a Unique, Creative Volleyball Experience

We are excited to announce we will be holding an All Skills and Setter Camp July 25th and 26th at Ralia Sports Center in Maple Grove, MN.

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Stephen McCarthy and Lindsey Berg with some of the camp participants at 2013 Cuore Volleyball Camp.

Here is a quick overview:

The camp is designed to not only teach the fundamentals of volleyball, but to also teach the fundamentals of life. You will learn how to play from some of the volleyball greats, and will gain important life skills including how to be a leader and a better teammate. In addition, you will receive instruction on how to train and fuel your body for elite level competition. The camp teaches life lessons through volleyball and promises to be an experience you won’t soon forget.  Lindsey Berg will be on court for all sessions, while Stephen McCarthy off-court.

The cost is $250 for All Skills, $300 for Setter. Attend both All Skills and Setter for $400. See below for camp schedule.

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Ralia Sports Center, Home of Minnesota Select Volleyball Club

Location:
Ralia Sports Center
8686 Valley Forge Lane
Maple Grove, MN 55369

Camp is for girls aged 10-18.  Smaller groups will be created within the camp selected by age, skill level and special request.

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U of M Alum and 3-time USA Olympic Team Setter Lindsey Napela Berg from December 2013 camp in Minnesota.

Parents are welcome to attend all classroom and on-court sessions.

Camp Schedule:

Setter:
Saturday
12:00pm Arrive and check-in
12:30pm Introductions and Warmup
100pm to 330 pm On-court
330pm to 430pm Pillars of Nutrition for Elite Performance

Sunday
900am to 1000am Training for Recovery and Performance
1000am to 1230pm On-court
1230pm 100pm Final Thoughts by Coaches

All Skills #1:
Saturday
800am Arrive and check-in
830am Introductions and Warmup
900am to 1130am On-court
1130am to 1230pm Pillars of Nutrition for Elite Performance

Sunday
1200pm to 1pm Training for Recovery and Performance
1pm to 330pm On-court
330pm 400pm Final Thoughts by Coaches

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Saturday
4:00pm Arrive and check-in
4:30pm Introductions and Warmup
500pm to 730 pm On-court
730pm to 830pm Pillars of Nutrition for Elite Performance

Sunday
400pm to 5pm Training for Recovery and Performance
5pm to 730pm On-court
730pm to 800pm Final Thoughts by Coaches

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The McCarthy Project Partners with Imperial Point

In our continual search for ways to improve athlete’s performance, gear inevitably enters the conversation.  The special jersey or pair of socks can make a difference, both on and off the court. With that said, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Imperial Point.  Imperial Point has quickly become one of the industry leaders in high quality custom volleyball uniforms.

” The partnership allows The McCarthy Project to bring a made in the USA product to our clients and others within the volleyball community.  As always, our hope is that the volleyball community will enjoy a high quality product at a very competitive price, ” stated Stephen McCarthy, Director of The McCarthy Project.

“Imperial Volleyball produces top of the line fully custom volleyball uniforms. We are proud to present unique styles with superior quality. Our custom volleyball uniforms will make your team stand out from the competition and most importantly ‘Rule the Court.’ ” says Robert Fazioli, CEO of Imperial Point.

For more information on how the partnership could benefit your team or club, call Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982 or visit the Imperial Point website and mention The McCarthy Project for special pricing.

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Park Center bonded and on the rise

Article Posted by Star Tribune’s David La Vaque of the Star Tribune on 8/19/2014 on Park Center Team Retreat with Stephen McCarthy and The McCarthy Project.

A team retreat and success in other sports has Park Center’s volleyball team ready to play.

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A summer team-building retreat turned creepy for the Park Center girls’ volleyball team due to paranormal activity.

Doors at the team’s Camp Courage cabin would lock and unlock by themselves. Windows would open and close with no explanation. One player swore she saw something.

Living with ghosts is reality for returning Pirates players. Up 2-0 in the Class 2A, Section 5 finals last season, Park Center wilted and lost the match to Maple Lake. Even a 12-4 lead in the deciding fifth game couldn’t hold.

“Our hitters were pounding the ball, but Maple Lake would not let anything hit the floor,” senior Alicia Meyer said. “It was so frustrating. We know how close we were last year. We’re making that push to get what we didn’t get.”

Securing the program’s first state tournament appearance since 1981 will require a more diverse attack and strong chemistry. Players said the latter was created at the two-day August retreat located in, of all places, Maple Lake.

Park Center High School Volleyball Retreat

Coach Randy Almsted coordinated the weekend retreat for Park Center High School volleyball at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN.  We ate weird food and they survived. Like figs and pea shoots.  We talked about personalities and the pressure of playing well, as well as, found out that team is made up of individuals and individuals make up a team.

“Though unable to attend because of Minnesota State High School League rules regarding summer contact for coaches, Almsted said players learned about each others’ goals and personalities and how best to communicate.

The lessons were more than mental. Players were taught different stretching exercises and received tips on proper nutrition. Almsted and players agreed a new type of excitement was present last week when the team hit the floor for the first practice.”

Entire Post on MH Volleyball Hub about retreat.

 

Hugh McCutcheon on Love of Sport

mccutcheon_hughUniversity of Minnesota’s head volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon joined myself last week to talk about the love of sport and how to properly develop young athletes.  Coach shared his story growing up in New Zealand playing multiple different sports and developing over his lifetime a love for volleyball.  He talked about how he came to focus on one sport, volleyball, his transition to coaching and some of his principles of success.

For the complete interview, visit The McCarthy Project on Blog Talk Radio.

Coach Hugh McCutcheon Bio:

Hugh McCutcheon enters his third year at the helm of Golden Gopher Volleyball. Completing two seasons as the Gopher head coach, McCutcheon has led Minnesota a 56-15 record, named the 2013 AVCA North Region Coach of the Year and has coached three individuals to All-America honors in the past season seasons. Complete bio

Marquette Coach Ryan Theis on Proper Game Day Preparations

Ryan TheisMarquette University’s head volleyball coach, Ryan Theis, will be discussing the importance and role of preparing the days before the actual event. Areas covered include: the role of the coach, the role of the athlete and how communication melds the two together.

For the complete interview, visit The McCarthy Project on Blog Talk Radio.

Bio Information on Coach Theis:

Ryan Theis was named the fifth head women’s volleyball coach in Marquette University history on Feb. 14, 2014. Theis, a 2000 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate, returns to Milwaukee after a six-year tenure at Ohio University, where he led the squad to a record of 144-54 (.727). That mark places him third in the history of the Mid-American Conference and 18th among all active NCAA Division I head coaches.  two-time MAC Coach of the Year (2009 and 2013), Theis mentored three AVCA All-Americans during his tenure in Athens and helped 13 players earn all-conference accolades, including three conference player of the year selections. Full Bio and contact information

Kirsten Bernthal Booth of Creighton on How Off Court Habits Lead to On-Court Results

booth_kirstenHead Volleyball Coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth of Creighton University will be joining Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to talk about how off-court training habits lead to success on the court.

Specific areas covered: Structure vs individuality, General thoughts that lead to success, sleep, nutrition, watching film, and how the use simple communication leads to better decisions.

For the complete interview, visit The McCarthy Project Blog Talk Radio site.

Bio Information:
Two-time National Coach of the Year Kirsten Bernthal Booth will enter her 12th season in 2014 with six returning starters from a team that finished 23-9 and spent six weeks in the Top 25 a year ago.   Creighton’s 2013 campaign opened with a win over No. 13 BYU en route to a Hampton Inn Invitational title, and led to runner-up finishes in the regular-season and tournament of its new league, the BIG EAST.  CU led the nation in blocks per set and were anchored by all-league picks Leah McNary and Kelli Browning, reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years.  Booth enters her 12th year as head coach at Creighton with an impressive past, both on and off the court. Under her direction, the program has attracted two crowds of more than 12,000 while ranking in the top-50 nationally in attendance each of the past eight years. Full bio

Penn State’s Russ Rose on Balanced Development

russ_roseCoach Russ Rose of Penn State University joined Stephen McCarthy to discuss the waterfront of ideas related to young volleyball players and coaches around the concept of balanced development.  Coach Rose talked about the role of technology in a young persons life, the proper role of club volleyball, why is it important to play more than one sport, and finally, how coaches and athletes can develop a balanced long-term approach to elite performance in life and sport.

For the complete interview, click here.

Coach Russ Rose Bio Information:

Record breaking. History making. Legendary. All of these words can be used to describe the tenure of Penn State women’s volleyball head coach Russ Rose’s career in Happy Valley. At the helm of the Nittany Lion squad for 35 years, his name has become synonymous with the pride and tradition of the program. The leader of arguably the most successful collegiate women’s volleyball program in the country, Rose continues to pass along the confidence and character he has gained during his career.

During his tenure, Rose has collected wins at a staggering pace. Never having posted fewer than 22 wins in a season, he concluded the 2013 season as the NCAA leader in career winning percentage, having won more than 86 percent of the matches he’s coach at Penn State. He is just the third active DI women’s volleyball head coach to reach 1,000 career wins, Since then, he’s amassed another 125 victories, which puts him just four wins shy of tying the all-time record for career triumphs. Full bio