- QUOTE of the MONTH: Unwillingness to sacrifice for the greater good of the team
- makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. - Michael Jordan
A message from our Club Director Jon Tom.....
Aloha kakou and welcome to the Ho'okino Volleyball Club from the beautiful island of O'ahu, Hawai'i. We are a competitive girls volleyball program dedicated to developing junior athletes for competition in local and mainland tournaments. Our mission is to provide quality training, emphasizing the values of competitiveness, learning life skills through commitment, building confidence, and working as one. During our development we hope that everyone learns to appreciate this wonderful game.
Throughout the year our Club also provides quality training programs, clinics, and camps through our Ho'okino Hawai'i Volleyball Academy.
Please browse through our website and if you have any questions please click on the EMAIL mailbox on the left menu.
A hui hou.
ABOUT THE HO'OKINO VOLLEYBALL CLUB
Meaning of HO'OKINO
To take shape, to develop in body, to take form as in spirit.
"Winning Is Achieved, Not A Result."
A Tradition of Excellent
The Ho'okino Volleyball Club is a competitive girls club located on O'ahu Hawai'i. Ho'okino trains athletes in the sport of volleyball through practice and competition, in a constructive and positive atmosphere. Our coaching philosophy teaches discipline, commitment, responsibility, teamwork, and self-pride. Ho'okino sets a standard for junior club volleyball through its development, professionalism, values, and high standards of player development.
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HO'OKINO VOLLEYBALL CLUB (HVC) NEWS
DEVELOPING WARRIORS, NOT WINNERS, IS THE PATH TO EXCELLENCE
Article written by Reed Maltbie, Chief Content Officer and Lead Presenter for Changing the Game Project.
Warrior cultures are not teaching winning but are teaching competing.
Warrior cultures set themselves apart by how they view, approach, and even deal with winning. It is not the goal. It is part of the journey. It is accepted humbly and then they move on to the next day.
Great parents and coaches know that all warriors are winners, but not all winners are warriors.
That is worth repeating: all warriors are winners, but not all winners are warriors. The simple commitment to personal excellence, high standards, and an ethereal quest to be better than the day before makes a warrior a winner.
Breaking rules, taking shortcuts, using others for your gain, and finding the easy route that guarantees victory makes a person a winner, but it certainly makes no warrior. It is important that we strive each and every moment we educate to create true warriors in our children. Persons who live by unbending values, who cherish the challenge, who respect the nature of competition and who run headlong into the quest for excellence. We are obligated to intentionally create those kinds of players in every moment…even the solitary ones in parking lots.
It takes a certain set of traits and beliefs to develop warriors, but if you are deliberate you can create warriors in all your athletes. Here is a guide for knowing how to create warriors not winners on your team:
- Warriors are purpose-driven WHILE winners are trophy-driven. While winners seek the terminal moment on the podium with an object that will someday be rusty, dusty and sold at a garage sale, the warriors are driven by some inner purpose that stems from a need to seek excellence in all they do. Master the self and you will find real victory.
- Warriors are internally motivated WHILE winners are externally motivated. It stands to reason, if you seek trophies, you seek something outside of you. Your drive is motivated by some external need that may be out of your control and is certainly not owned by you. Warriors, on the other hand, are driven by some inner quest. They wake up each morning starting fresh to make a better person than the day prior. Like New Zealand All Blacks legend Richie McCaw who writes “Start Again” in his journal each new day. This has nothing to do with the world outside of him and has everything to do with the world inside his soul…something he alone can own.
- Warriors have a growth mindset WHILE winners have a fixed mindset. I like to use the term I coined during my Masters Thesis to describe a winner’s fixed mindset – American Idol Syndrome. He spends his entire life thinking he is special and endowed by some great being to win since the day he graced this planet. One day he loses and what follows is an epic meltdown, like on American Idol when Simon Cowell would insult some would-be singer, “but momma always said I was the best!” A winner doesn’t see the loss as part of growth and a waypoint on the journey. He simply melts down and turns back to the journey. Steph Curry and his team lost a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals and instead of tossing a colossal fit, they saw it as a chance to get better. They know losing is part of the journey and the only thing to do at the hands of a loss is to grow.
- Warriors are process-oriented WHILE winners are outcome-oriented. Winners always seem to have an eye on the end-game. They will cut a corner during training to get to the finish line first. They focus on the arrival instead of the journey. When we constantly have one eye on the goal, we only have one eye on the path. It is easy to take a misstep that way. Warriors embed themselves in the process. For them, the arrival is merely another moment along that journey and what is most important is keeping both eyes directly focused on the path itself. This creates a mastery mindset in warriors. The focus on each and every step means mastery of the journey itself. Returning to Steph Curry as an example of a warrior, even as the reigning three-point leader, he went into the 2015 offseason focused on honing his shooting skill even more. He was so intensely committed to the process, he shattered the single season three-point numbers the following year.
- Warriors are values-based WHILE winners are glory-based. A winner’s core mission tends to be glory. If you judge success only by the number of trophies, you are a glory seeker. You tend to base your own existence, happiness, and core mission on how many trinkets you collect and how much glory you can have heaped on you. Glory feeds the ego, the ego disconnects who we are from why we are. In other words, we stop chasing that why, that inescapable passion to follow our life purpose and grow our soul. Instead, we chase those things that grow our ego. We become bigger than life, and more important than the world around us. Warriors feed the soul with all they do. They do it because they are rooted in strong values that remind them of why they do what they do. The New Zealand All Blacks provide a great example of values-based warriors. All they do is rooted in the beliefs that better people make better All Blacks, that they should plant trees they may never see, that they should leave the jersey in a better place. For them, it is about serving the world with their unshakeable purpose and leaving an imprint that is bigger than themselves. It is about creating a legacy of excellence for generations to come. Seek values and you battle for something greater than glory or a trophies, you battle for something greater than you. You battle for a legacy of excellence.
WHAT IS A LEADER?
A LEADER, LEADS BY EXAMPLE: A leader must be a positive role model at all times. Every word spoken has to be a positive word. Every act the athlete does must be a positive act. A leader can never be negative. The athlete must be a shining example of what it takes to be great.
A LEADER BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN OTHERS: A leader must be the type of person that others want to be like. The athlete has to inspire his/her teammates to be their very best.
A LEADER IS AN EXTENSION OF THE COACH: Most athletes are well behaved when the coach is around. However, when the coach is not around, negative things can occur. Any type of negative talk, about the team or another athlete, is detrimental to the team. A leader does not try to cut corners in any way. The athlete knows what the team rules are and does not break them or allow others to break them.
A LEADER IS A HARD WORKER: A leader must enjoy serving others. The athlete must want to do the things that are necessary for a team to have success. A leader is always trying to think of ways to improve the team.
A LEADER PUTS THE TEAM FIRST: It is easy to come up with excuses why the athlete can’t get a task done. If you want to do something, you can almost always do it. If you don’t want to do something, you can almost always find an excuse so that you don’t have to do it.
A LEADER TRULY WANTS TO BE A SERVANT: You can’t fake it, you either want to be a positive servant to your team, or you don’t. The leaders of a team do not have to be the best players. In fact, I think it is neat when someone who isn’t a great player steps up and takes on a leadership role. Your job as a member of this team is to find some way to make a positive contribution to the team. For some that contribution may be providing leadership.
THAT'S OUTSIDE MY BOAT - Leaders Focus on Objectives, Not Obstacles
Years ago a young reporter assigned to the “minor” sports of the Olympic Games-rowing, canoeing, and kayaking—set out to uncover how the champions in these events mentally prepared for success. Considering these athletes participated in outdoor sports he began by asking what they would do in case of adverse conditions caused by rain, strong winds, or choppy waters—all obstacles certain to happen at some time during their events. To his surprise the response, was always the same: “That’s outside my boat.” After hearing this from athlete after athlete the reporter realized that a focused perspective was their guide to inner excellence.
The Olympians’ intense internal focus served to eliminate distractions—those things that were out of their control—thereby allowing them to concentrate on those things they could control. These premier athletes chose an attitude of optimism over pessimism, of responsibility over irresponsibility, and of problem solver over victim of circumstances. They focused on results, not on obstacles.
Attitudes are important. Your outlook on life is the lens through which you see the world. When challenges and adversity hit you or your team, and they will, you have an opportunity to decide what to focus on. Your focus can and will influence your teammates. When your teammates are frustrated or uncertain about a course of action, they will look to you as a guide to their decisions and actions.
The Olympian rowers exemplify how focus on objectives, not on the obstacles, is the key to championship performance. The major point is that everyone has the ability to choose their attitudes and develop a positive state of mind. Players with poor attitudes are going to be unhappy and quick to blame their circumstance or other teammates for failure when confronted with trials and tribulations. Many choices of attitudes exist, and the one’s you and your teammates choose matter.
Obstacles are always a part of the competitive sports environment. Effective team leaders accept this fact and focus their attention on what they know they can do, regardless of the external context. Committed team members know and accept the vital role of problem-solver as a responsibility of team leadership. And being an effective problem solver requires leaders to know when a problem is outside the boat.
The high-performing team leader recognizes the importance of helping his or her teammates to manage the journey. The first step toward focusing your teammates on the objectives is reinforcing team member commitment to the team’s objectives—its vision, mission, and goals. And when obstacles arise, become an active change agent helping teammates adjust their attitudes and refocus their energy. Whether in calm or troubled waters, champions overcome obstacles by focusing on objectives.
Article by Cory Dobbs, Ed.D. - Founder, The Academy for Sport Leadership
2017 HVC PRIORITIES OF ACTIVITIES
At the Ho'okino Volleyball Club our expectations are that our members are able to participate in as many practices and tournaments that are available. Due to the long USAV season we do understand that members may not be able to participate in all club activities. Our Club's order of priorities are as follows;
In order for us to keep the numbers on each team to a minimum, each member will need to make a determination if their own schedule fits the practice and tournament schedule of our club.
Our conditioning/beach training program will be held on Saturdays, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM, from November - January. These sessions will be held at the Ala Moana Beach Park - sand volleyball courts. Our practices during the season will be held on Thursdays at Kaneohe District Park Gym - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and on Sundays at St. Andrew's Priory Gym - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. At St. Andrew's Priory, we encourage our members to arrive early to work on their individual skills sets prior to the practices. Due to other gym activities and holidays, these gym sites may not be available; therefore, we will try to find other facilities for practices. Also, scrimmages will take place from time to time as the coaches will inform the parents of any scrimmages outside of our normal practice days.
Here at the Ho'okino Volleyball Club we Train to Succeed.
Should there be any questions or concerns please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE - THE ROLE OF PARENTS IN THE STAND
I haven't forgotten the parent who sat across the court from the bench. He would talk with his daughter about how she was playing and what she could play better. I'm not sure everything he was suggesting was the same that the daughter was hearing in the huddle or at halftime. What is the girl supposed to do? Should she listen to her dad or listen to her coach?
Click the link below for a brief interview with Kevin Eastman, VP for basketball operations with the Los Angeles Clippers. When asked why he would not say anything during his son’s games Eastman said, “The answer is simple. Because I’m a parent, not a coach.” He goes on to say that athletes play for coaches, just like people work for bosses in the real world. It is essential to communicate through coaches and bosses rather than a third party, and athletes can learn this skill through sports.
WHY I WON'T PAY FOR CLUB VOLLEYBALL
Here is a posting from Shad Martin to his daughter Allie.
Jan 18, 2016
To My Daughter Allie,
RE: Why I don’t Pay for Club Volleyball.
One of my friends asked, "Why do you pay so much for club volleyball?, Below is a summary of my answer, I wanted you to know what I really “pay” for and what I hope you gain from these experiences. The truth is I never intended to pay for club volleyball.
I pay to assure that you are pushed beyond your perceived limits. I pay professional coaches to challenge you at every practice and match. I pay them to push and challenge you to the point where you might want to quit because it is so tough. I pay them to build up your confidence at the same time so you don’t. I pay them to coach you in volleyball because I understand that your self-assurance on the court transcends to your everyday life. I pay for you to learn how to set goals and chase down dreams. I pay your coaches to help install a high level of self-confidence that you can and will accomplish the goals you set for yourself. I pay so you have more caring and responsible adults involved in your life. I pay for the days when you arrive at home exhausted from school and you are not psyched to attend position training/weights/plyo-metics, but you do it anyway because it will make you better. I pay for the life lessons that losses, frustrations, and disappointment from competition can provide. I pay for life lessons, victories, and personal/team accomplishments that competition can provide. I pay for these opportunities because I do not have to push or force you to play volleyball, rather your desire to play is unequivocally intrinsic.
I pay for you to have opportunities to take pride in your actions on and off the court. I pay for you to be accountable to others (coaches, teammates, club directors) and to help you understand that you are not the center of the universe. I pay for the opportunity for you to honor your teammates and coaches by always giving your best effort on and off the court. I pay for you to have the leadership opportunities volleyball offers. I pay to provide opportunities for you to help everyone around you improve as a person and teammate. I pay for you to understand that you will forever be surrounded by more talented people and less talented people, and that a true leader has the humility and patience to work with both. I pay for you, my daughter, to learn that it is the accumulation of hours upon hours of practice combined with numerous personal sacrifices to be an overnight success.
No it is not club volleyball that I am paying for, I am paying for the time and conversation with a teenage girl on the way to and from practice. I pay for the smiles and sense of purpose that playing club volleyball provides you. I pay to provide lifelong memories from traveling and going to new places with me. I pay for you to experience new cultures, foods, and cities that we experience by traveling to tournaments. I pay because its clear that volleyball sparks your life, passion, and sense of pride. I pay for help in guiding you down the right path. I pay because club volleyball reinforces the life lessons about hope, compassion, hard work, and commitment to yourself and others, that your mom and I have taught you, and continue to model for you.
Most importantly I pay for the bridge of understanding that volleyball provides a father and daughter.
You can reach the author of this article at Jeffreyskerns@aol.com.
IMPORTANT VOLLEYBALL WEBSITES
On the left menu you will see a Links tab. Click on the Links tab and you will find the following;
1) Aloha Region Juniors Website
2) Aloha Region Juniors Tournament Website
3) USAV Webpoint (Membership Registration)
HO'OKINO HAWAI'I VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY (HHVA) NEWS
10 THINGS THAT REQUIRE ZERO TALENT
10 THINGS THAT REQUIRE ZERO TALENT:
BEING ON TIME
IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOU.
HOW TO PERFORM UNDER PRESSURE
What is the hallmark of a champion? Big players perform their best in big matches and at the most important competitions. Think the likes of Tom Brady at Super Bowl 2017 and Laura Kenny at London 2012 and Rio 2016. But what do these types of athletes do that allow them to raise their game when the situation requires it? Can students employ the same techniques in their exams?
Researchers have been investigating why some people flourish and why some wilt under pressure. The answer seems to be around if you can get yourself into a ‘challenge state’ (characterized by feeling supported, believing you can meet the task and remembering previous successful performance). The opposite is a ‘threat state’ which is when athletes don’t feel in control, feel isolated and dwell on uncertainty.
A new study has just been released that adds to our understanding. It is on ‘psychological state that underlie clutch performances’. ‘Clutch’ performances is the term used to describe “superior performances that occur under pressure circumstances”. It is delivering your best when it matters the most. We had the pleasure of speaking to one of the researchers, Christian Swann about his paper. He detailed the 10 characteristics of performing brilliantly under pressure:
- Complete and deliberate focus – concentrating on the task at hand
- Intense effort- 100% commitment and work rate
- Heightened Awareness – to both your surroundings and your own mental state
- Being Up for It – being pumped up for the moment
- Absence of Negative Thoughts – focusing on what you want, not what you don’t want
- Fully Absorbed – immersing yourself in the performance
- Confidence – believing you will achieve
- Control – focusing on what you can control (your thoughts, feelings and reactions)
- Increased Motivation – being determined to succeed
- Enjoyment – fully embracing the challenge
This research compliments existing literature on the psychology of Olympic Champions, with work-rate, confidence, positivity and the ability to block out distractions featuring in both. What is encouraging is that these are skills that can be learnt and developed. They are not set in stone. If athletes and students can master these skills, they give themselves the best chances of success when it matters the most.
This article was provided by InnerDrive, a mental skills training company.
HO'OKINO HAWAI'I VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY - ADVANCE FALL TRAINING
Our advance Fall training program will be for girls in grades 5th - 8th. The cost of the program will be $50.00. Sessions will be held at Kaneohe District Park Gym on Thursday nights - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. This program will start on September 7, 2017 and run through October 12, 2017.
To register click on the registration tab on the top left.
Should there be any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
COMPLACENCY BREEDS MEDIOCRITY
The most dangerous phase in language is....
"We've always done it this way!"
- Grace Hooper
Complacency Breeds Mediocrity
Constructive criticism and positive feedback is the lifeblood of an individual’s growth. Individuals that remain content with the status quo will frizzle out and go by the wayside. It is important that we continue to reinvent what we do, how and why we do the things that we do. In order for us to grow, change is a must.
Take some time to stop and think about how certain changes in your life could positively affect you and the people around you. It could just be a few minor changes that make a major difference.