Jim Thompson - Founder, Positive Coaching Alliance
“There are only two groups of people whose job is to win games,” says Thompson. “Coaches and players. Parents have a much more important job: to guide their child’s character development.”
2008 US Women's National Team Asst. Coach
2011 Girls’ Select A2 Head Coach
Do you have any advice to offer parents? Getting your kids involved in team sports is a gift you give them for life. Volleyball is a game that instills confidence, commitment, teamwork, strategic thinking and so much more. Once they’re in sports, parents can never be too positive when supporting them. After a great game or a rough match, players are looking for positivity and understanding and support. Nothing beats a hug from mom and dad.
Kids don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." -Vince Lombardi
Excerpt from PrepVolleyball article:
Class of 2018
Kiara Adams, S, Downstate Juniors VBC/Downstate 17 Black (Peekskill, New York) — Fast hands, awesome feet and a quick release.
Mychael Vernon, 5-11 MB, Ossining (New York) – A Third Team All-State pick in Class AA, Vernon helped the Pride win 26 matches in 2016. In 83 sets, the freshman, playing her third year of varsity volleyball, amassed 585 kills (430 more than her closest teammate), 81 aces and 214 digs. “Mychael is an all-around player, strong on defense with great blocks and quick digs, a consistent and competitive server, but she is something to be reckoned with at the net,” coach Lauren Riccardi told a local paper. “She is able to hit the ball with such force and precisely in specific locations as to make any team tremble. I look forward to watching her grow as an athlete and shine as she will.”
Mychael plays on Downstate 17 Black.
Basketball figured to be the game for Micaya White. Her dad, Randy White, played in the NBA. Her brother, R.J., is the starting center for UNC Greensboro. Micaya joined her first team when she was 6.
"Everybody assumed I was going to play too," the 6-foot-1 White said.
There was just one problem. She didn't love it.
Congratulations to Downstate 18 Black's Lauren Donohue, as she has committed to St. Lawrence University!