Dowers instructs ‘Kick Start’ camp for volleyball coaches

Sixth edition this year

Pateros varsity volleyball coach Gene Dowers, center, gives some pointers to fellow volleyball coaches during his “Kick Start” coaches camp last Saturday.

PATEROS – As it has been for just about every Saturday or Sunday all summer long, the Pateros gym was jumping last Saturday, August 19, as the Nannies varsity volley coach, Gene Dowers, taught the finer points of high school volleyball to other team coaches.
Specifically, Dowers was conducting the sixth edition of his annual “Kick Start” Volleyball Coaches Camp, that gives his students five Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) continuing education clock hours.
School athletic directors often cover the cost of the training to help their volleyball coaches stay current with continuing education requirements.
“The unusual feature involves coaches on the floor, actually playing through the topics on the program,” said Dowers.
The segment he taught last weekend was titled “Linking Drills” that “works through developing a progression of drills that maximizes transfer of learning from specific focal point drills to application in the game,” Dowers said.
“We also did a new segment called “Linear Statistics”, that organizes standard match stats into a format that gives the coach a lot more real-time information on the effects that their players are having on the scoreboard,” Dowers said.
A summary segment on “Defenses” focused on building defensive systems that fit the talent on the roster, as opposed to picking a system and trying to make the kids fit it.
“That’s tough in the 1Bs,” Dowers said.
Dowers had coaches from Pateros (1), Omak (2), Entiat (1), Ephrata (1), Pullman (1), and Liberty Bell (2).  
“They might be a bit sore today as they all spent five hours playing through everything we talked about so that they would see it from their athletes’ perspective as well as from the sideline,” said Dowers. “I was very glad to be able to pass on a few nuggets to them and help “kick start” their seasons on Monday.”

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