Help Show Your PINK PRIDE

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Happy October!  Today marks the official kickoff of our PINK PRIDE campaign.  We have exciting contests, events and more to help you show off your PINK PRIDE, all while supporting a great cause:  the fight against Breast Cancer.

Check it out so you don’t miss out:

  • Mark sure to follow us on Instragram, Twitter, Facebook, our blog, SnapChat, Pinterest and our newest platform Google+  For each new follower, All Volleyball will donate $1 to The Side-Out Foundation!!
  • Send us your best pink photos showing us your PINK PRIDE!  We will post our favorites on Wednesdays in October because…well…on “Wednesdays We Wear Pink.”  The best ones will win prizes!
  • Also, every Wednesday in October we will announce on Google+ SEVEN lucky AVB Google+ followers to win a FREE shirt…our fitted Pink for October shirt!   Head over to Google+ to follow us now! You could be a lucky winner!

Don’t forget the real reason we show our PINK PRIDE…to those affected by breast cancer and their friends and family, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

 

All Volleyball Serves: PINK PRIDE 2014

To our much-loved customers:

Here at All Volleyball, we believe that donating our time, talents and resources through acts of charity and volunteerism is an important part of our business values. Thus, our philanthropy group was born and named All Volleyball Serves. By helping others, through the game of volleyball and beyond, we better our community on and off the court, as well as boost camaraderie among our Team Members.

A very important part of All Volleyball Serves is Pink Pride, including our sponsorship of the Sideout Foundation. The Sideout Foundation centers on supporting, educating and helping breast cancer patients and their families during the fight, while teaming up with the volleyball world to do it. Established in 2004, the Sideout Foundation has made positive differences in the lives of those with breast cancer, helping them take control of their lives – just like a team would gain control of the serve during a sideout rally!

How can you help? Simply purchase any item with a pink ribbon sticker on the tag or any item under our Pink Pride categories at http://www.allvolleyball.com. We will donate 5% of those sales to the Sideout Foundation!

Thank you so much for showing your Pink Pride and teaming up with All Volleyball Serves and the Sideout Foundation!

Sincerely,
The All Volleyball Team

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Coach of the Year: Winner!

Thank you to all who participated in our Coach of the Year contest!  We had so many great entries that it was hard to pick just one.  Our winner was hand-picked by the owners of All Volleyball.

AVB Coach of the Year!

Congratulations to Hannah C. and Coach King of Hendersonville High School who are the winners of our Coach of the Year contest!

Here is Hannah C.’s story about her coach:

“I would like to nominate my Coach, Coach King, for AVB volleyball coach of the year award because she is the very hard working dedicated Coach of Hendersonville High School. She spends her time teaching us the correct forms and going over drills and never misses a practice. She is very patient with us and passionate at what she does. Not only does she teach us the skills we need to play volleyball but also she gets to know us on a deeper level. She has become more of a second mom to each and every one of her players. She teaches us many lessons in life and is there if we ever need anything. I nominate my coach because she is without a doubt the most dedicated, loving, caring, and passionate Coach out there!(: “

Hannah, please email us at info@allvolleyball.com with your shipping address and your coach’s polo size.  Then your prizes will be on the way!

All Volleyball Serves: School Supply Drive

All Volleyball Serves School Supply Drive

All Volleyball Serves School Supply Drive

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.     -Brad Henry

All Volleyball Serves adopted Carrie E.’s kindergarten class in the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District in St. Louis, MO.  Carrie is the future sister-in-law of  two of our AVB Team Members, so this drive was very close to our hearts.

Being a small company, we understand the importance of education but it is too hard for us to do a school-wide drive.  Choosing a teacher and classroom was hard because everyone knows an outstanding teacher, whether from our own experiences in the classroom or because a family member or friend is a teacher.  This drive was such a success that we plan on doing this every year!

While some school districts, like MRH, help with the basic supplies for classrooms, many teachers choose to go above and beyond to enhance the learning environment for their students.  Teachers pay for these items out of their own pockets…sometimes spending hundreds of dollars!

Through All Volleyball Serves, we donated two bags and a crate-full of supplies including:

  • Cotton Balls
  • Q-Tips
  • Shaving Cream
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Googly Eyes
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Double A Batteries
  • Fine Tip Markers
  • Paper Plates
  • Pom Pom Balls
  • Washable markers
  • Glue
  • Colored pencils
  • Disney and Super Hero themed books
  • and much more, including our thoughts and prayers for a happy, health, and safe school year!

Being out of school for a few years, it was a fun experience shopping through all the new school supplies at the end of the summer!  The items were presented to Carrie at a walk/run 5K to raise money for the school, so our AVB Team Members got a tour of the classroom too, as well as participated in the walk/run.

Good luck to Carrie and her kindergarten class as they start their school year!!  Enjoy!

All Volleyball Serves: Open Door Animal Sanctuary Visit

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At the end of the summer, All Volleyball Team Members volunteered at the Open Door Animal Sanctuary in High Ridge, MO, which is a no kill animal shelter and adoption center hosting over 400 dogs and cats.  Many AVB Team Members own pets, so giving love to animals was something many of us jumped at the chance to go!

Once we arrived at the shelter, we split into smaller groups as to not overwhelm the animals with our big group presence.  A group of us went to walk the dogs.  It was a very hot day here in Missouri, so all of the walking had to be finished by Noon as the temperature outside would have been too hot for some of the pups (and volunteers too!).  Helping the dogs get daily exercise as well as experience on a leash is very important and can increase their chances of adoption too.

A favorite spot by most is the Kitten Cottage.  Filled with tiny cats wandering, playing and napping all over the place, this area cannot hold many volunteers but it is a great area to pet and socialize with all the cute kittens new to the world.  Taking a peek into this area, you could find a tiny kitten snuggled up with an AVB Team Member, who was enchanted by the cuteness.

Two other places our AVB Team Members frequented were the Kitty City – where the “senior” cats live – and the Pampered Palace – where adolescent, teenage and adult cats live.  These cats can be found snoozing on window sills and on pillows, playing with each other, or having a meal.  All you need to do is love on them by petting, talking and playing with them, letting them know that they are cared for and in a safe place.

At the end of the day, our group left a little sweaty, a little tired and a little covered in pet hair…but all in all, very happy to have spent the day making a positive difference in the lives of dogs and cats!  Many we interacted with will never find their forever home, but they will never go a day without love at the Open Door Animal Sanctuary, thanks to a wonderful staff and volunteers.

For more information on how you can volunteer, donate or adopt from Open Door Animal Sanctuary, please visit their website at http://www.odas.org

For more information about All Volleyball Serves, take a look at our recent blog post or visit the AVB Guarantee page of our website!

All Volleyball Serves

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“All Volleyball Serves” is a core philosophy and the philanthropic extension of our company. We have been richly blessed by God so we donate a portion of our profits to organizations and events that serve others.

We serve our wonderful customers. We serve our dedicated team members. And in 2013, we officially launched All Volleyball Serves, a philanthropic extension of our company that seeks to serve others in and outside the volleyball community. We’re just getting started, but we feel convinced God is leading us in a direction to make a big difference!

All Volleyball Serves Mission Statement:

WE BELIEVE that donating our time, talents and resources through acts of charity and volunteerism is an important part of our business values. Thus, our philanthropy group was born and named All Volleyball Serves. By helping others, through the game of volleyball and beyond, we better our community on and off the court, as well as boost camaraderie among our Team Members.

Below are a few of our early initiatives:

Pink Pride – Each year we donate a portion of all sales in our men’s and women’s Pink Pride sections to an organization that is committed to fighting and beating cancer.

This year our donations will help support the Side-Out Foundation’s Dig Pink® efforts. This choice was made after careful consideration, feedback and requests from many of our loyal customers, who we call friends.

Learn more about organizing your own Dig Pink® Rally.

About the Side-Out Foundation:
The Side-Out Foundation centers on supporting, educating and helping breast cancer patients and their families during the fight, while teaming up with the volleyball world to do it. Established in 2004, the Sideout Foundation has made positive differences in the lives of those with breast cancer, helping them take control of their lives – just like a team would gain control of the serve during a sideout rally!

Two organizations that we have previsoulsy supported are the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

DIG it! – The goal of DIG it! is to inspire young urban girls to lead healthy, confident lives through an after-school program that combines an activity-centered curriculum with volleyball instruction. Many urban schools lack quality after-school programming for young, growing girls due to many obstacles that are out of their control. These girls (like many growing up!) need a place to foster learning experiences to create happy, healthy habits. Read more about our involvement in a recent blog post

Welfare Association Annual Memorial Golf TournamentThe Welfare Association is a non-profit organization which acts as a support alliance for members and their families in times of need. All employees are members of the Welfare Association, by virtue of their employment with the Department.

For more information about All Volleyball Serves and our AVB Guarantee, check out this video!

Workout Wednesday – September 17th

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RE-BLOG:  10 Muscle Groups Every Volleyball Player Must Stretch

Written by Aaron Brock MS, ATC, PES Head Athletic Trainer USA Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team

As the Head Athletic Trainer for the Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team it’s my job to make certain that the athletes remain healthy and limber for competition. Tight muscles can lead to poor performance and injury and increasing flexibility can help to improve these conditions.

Stretching comes in many forms but for now we’re just going to talk about static stretching. While static stretching is effective for increasing the elasticity of muscles that are tight, they should be performed after a good warm up for maximum benefit.

I encourage two bouts of static stretching during a training session:
The first bout should be no more than five minutes long and take place after a dynamic warm up such as jogging, side shuffling, skipping, backwards running, plyometrics, agility drills, ladder drills, etc. This stretch should focus on your problematic areas as opposed to a full drawn out stretch on every possible muscle group.

However, if you feel better with a long, complete stretch prior to activity, then stick with it.

The second bout of stretching should occur immediately following your volleyball activity. The Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team takes about 10 minutes to stretch all pertinent muscles groups including hip flexors, hamstrings, claves, glutes, quads, adductors/groin, abdomen, low back and shoulders with extra focus on individual problematic areas after each practice and every game.

The following list outlines how to properly stretch the 10 major muscle groups needed for volleyball:

Hip Flexors

In volleyball, you’re often in a defensive position—bent over at the hips with your butt stuck out—leaving you susceptible to developing short, inflexible hip flexors. Tight hips flexors can restrict your range of motion limiting the ground you cover on the court and can eventually lead to low back pain.

Stretch: Lunge forward with your left leg and feel a stretch in the front part of your right hip. Then reach your right arm straight up in the air to isolate a different area. Be sure to switch legs and stretch both sides.

Quads

The most common overuse injury reported in volleyball athletes is patellar tendinitis or “jumper’s knee.” Jumping from a crouched position to block or spike a ball causes your quadriceps to contract and puts stress on your knees.

Stretch: Lie on your side and pull your heel towards your glutes. You can also pull your hip back into extension in this position to incorporate the hip flexors.

Another way to stretch your quads is to lie on your stomach and pull your heel to your glutes.

Although effective, I don’t recommend the “hurdler position” (knee crossed behind the body instead of in front) due to the increased stress placed on the knee.

Hamstrings

These muscles work in conjunction with your quads and aid in stabilization power production. Although they are usually overlooked in strength training, the hamstrings play a vital role in jumping, landing, and lateral movements.

Stretch: In the standing position, step forward with your left leg, keeping your knee straight (bend your right knee slightly) and move your chest closer to your thigh. Pull your toes upward and feel an isolated stretch behind the knee.

To further stretch the high hamstring area, bend your left knee and move your chest even closer to the thigh.

The modified “hurdler” stretch also works well. Keep your back straight and toes up to emphasis behind the knee.

Calves

Overuse of the calf muscles when jumping to block or spike can cause tightness in the calves which can lead to foot pain such as plantar facilities and Achilles tendonitis.

Stretch: There are a few different ways to stretch your calves, choose whichever one works best for you.

  1. Push against a stable object.
  2. Hang your heel off a stair or bleachers.
  3. Push back with a straight knee while both hands and feet are on the ground.

Glutes

These muscles can easily get tight due to the large amount of side to side movement and constantly being in a squat position during volleyball.

Stretch: In the seated position, bend your right knee and cross it over your left. Then pull your right leg to your chest. You can also bend your left leg and cross your right leg over your left leg.

Groin/Adductors

The adductors help pull the legs together when they contract, and also help to stabilize the hip joint, but can easily be injured if the muscles aren’t warmed-up and flexible.

Stretch: You can stretch the adductors by doing any one of the following.

    1. Sit with the soles of your feet together (also known as the butterfly position) and gently press knees your knees to the floor until you feel a stretch on the inner thighs.
    1. A side lunge in the standing position will stretch the groin muscles as well. Be sure to perform this stretch on both sides. (This stretch is ideal since it closely replicates a common movement in volleyball).
  1. Sit on the floor and spread your legs out wide to the sides. To increase the intensity, touch your fingertips to your toes while your legs are outstretched.

Abdomen

The muscles of the abdominal region make up a large part of the core stability muscles that work constantly to stabilize the body and especially while performing and landing jumps. Keeping the core pliable and strong helps to control movements.

Stretch: The lunge and reach position used to stretch the hip flexors will stretch the abdomen but lying on your stomach, pressing your hips into the floor, and arching backward is another option.

Low Back

The incidence of back injuries among volleyball players is frequent, particularly among elite-level athletes. Volleyball players have an increased risk of back injuries because of the repetitive and excessive loading of the spine. Maintaining flexibility and strength is the key to withstanding the demands of the sport and preserving a healthy back.

Stretch: It is best to perform each of these stretches to ensure maximum flexibility throughout your workout.

    1. Lie on your back and bring your left leg completely across your body. Hold your left leg down with your right hand and let your left arm rotate the opposite direction.
    1. “Cat and dog”: Start on hands and knees, rotate the pelvis forward as you look down at your knees then rotate the pelvis backwards and look up towards the ceiling.
  1. The “prayer position”: Start on hands and knees then sit back on your heels. You can also then move both arms to the right then to the left.

Posterior Shoulder

The repetitive overhead movement of your arms can stress your rotator cuff muscles and tendons, causing overuse injuries that are common in volleyball. A tight posterior capsule and rotator cuff can lead to many different shoulder injuries including and rotator cuff tendonitis, Glenoid labrum tears, and rotator cuff strains.

The “sleeper stretch” is extremely important for volleyball players.

Stretch: Lie on your left side and extend your left arm out in front of you. Then bend your left arm so your fingertips are pointing towards the ceiling. With your right arm push your left arm down keeping your palm towards the floor and your left arm in a 90-degree angle until you feel a gentle stretch. Repeat on both sides.

You can also extend your arm underneath your body to feel stretching in the back of the shoulder, or stand and use the net or the standard as a post.

Anterior Shoulder and Chest

Tight chest muscles can also lead to a variety of shoulder injuries.

Stretch: While lying on your stomach, extend your left arm out to the side and rotate your upper body to the right. You should feel the stretch in the front of your left shoulder.

This stretch can also be performed while standing. Place your left forearm against the net or standard as a post and turn your body away. Use both straight and bent elbow positions.

Remember, always be sure not to perform any stretches that cause pain. Obviously if you are not already flexible, aggressive stretching can be uncomfortable in the muscles you are isolating – that desirable “hurt so good” type of pain. However, you should not have any other type of pain associated with stretching.

You make time for working out, so remember to make time for stretching as it can prevent injuries and enhance your performance!

Source:  www.active.com