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Rally Together with Highlights from Home

Looking for something to do today?  We would love to see some of our very own North Country Region - USA Volleyball members featured on Minneapolis/St. Paul's NBC affiliate station KARE 11's Highlights From Home.  In an effort to fill the Sports highlight portion of the news, Eric Perkins at KARE 11 has started a segment showcasing viewer's personal sports highlights filmed right at home.  
To date, we have yet to see a volleyball highlight, so North Country Region, let's answer the call, accept the challenge, and flood Perk with volleyball videos from North County Region!
Videos can be emailed to or tweeted to @perkatplay.  Don't forget to tag @ncrusav so we can retweet and share your videos via our social media too!  
Click Highlights From Home to view previously aired videos.
#HighlightFromHome #RallyTogether #BetterTogether  

Rally Together with Daly Santana

North Country Region is thrilled to announce that international volleyball player and former Minnesota Gopher star, Daly Santana, has created an at-home training video specifically for our North Country Region members!
At just 17-years-old, Daly came to the Minnesota Gophers from Puerto Rico, where she was already an accomplished volleyball player not only for Bayamon Military High School but was also competing in the Liga de Voleibol Superior Femenino (LVSF), Puerto Rico's professional league, as well as with the Women's National Team - an impressive set of credentials for such a young athlete.
During her time at Minnesota, Daly helped lead the Gophers to three NCAA Division I tournament appearances, including a Final Four.  In 2015, Daly was awarded AVCA First Team All-American honors and was named the Big Ten Player of the Year  - two incredible and well-deserved honors!  
Following her career with the Gophers, Daly rejoined the LVSF, where she continued to earn accolades, inc…

Rally Together with Hugh McCutcheon

Former USA Men's and Women's National coach and current Minnesota Gopher coach, Hugh McCutcheon recently completed an interview with the AVCA titled, "Ask Me Anything."  Coach McCutcheon just completed his eighth season with the Gophers, who competed in the NCAA Division I Final Four in Pittsburgh this past December.  He took time to field questions from coaches across the country, answering from the vantage point of his vast coaching experience.  
Grab a nice warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate, curl up on a comfy chair, and plug in to listen to Coach McCutcheon's responses to "Ask Me Anything"!  
#RallyTogether #BetterTogether

Rally Together with Mental Training

Looking for something to do this weekend while you #StayHome?  The final short video in our first mental training series Mental Cue Cards is available on the North Country Region YouTube channel: Mental Cue Card Video Series

If you don't do any other mental training with your teams (or players, if you don't do any mental training on your own), this is one activity I would highly encourage you to try.  I have seen great results when implementing this with my teams in the past.  Additionally, it is a simple and relatively quick activity and is laid out step-by-step in the NCR video series.  

The Mental Cue Card, which is adapted from Joshua Medcalf (mental training coach for UCLA women's basketball), walks players through understanding and then recording different areas of mental preparation and features seven sections:  

My Mission100% ControllablesPositive Self-TalkPeak PerformerGrounding InfluencePeak Performance NumberMy Jingle
Coaches, parents and club directors, share this…

Rally Together with the Art of Coaching Volleyball

North Country Region's partnership with the Art of Coaching Volleyball provides many complimentary opportunities for our members.  Due to the unprecedented #StayHome setting that we all find ourselves in together, AOC is offering even more free tools for coaches and players right now!  Here are couple that you will want to participate in TODAY:
Happy Hour with John, Russ & Terry: Coaches, you do not want to miss this incredible way to spend your Friday afternoon! Join AOC at 4:00 PM CST TODAY for our first LIVE AOCVB Happy Hour!  Russ Rose (Penn State), John Dunning (Stanford '01-'16) and Terry Liskevych (USA '85-'96) will be streaming LIVE on Facebook, so think up a question or two and join AOC for an entertaining chat with these coaching legends! AOC Home Drills & Skills Challenge: AOC has created at-home skills training videos and a competition to go along with it!  Challenge sheets are available for players to track their progress and participation.  Afte…

Rally Together with Kalei Mau

North Country Region is excited to announce that international volleyball player, Kalei Mau, has created an at-home training video specifically for our North Country Region members.  
Kalei was a standout player for St. Francis High School and Asics Rainbow Volleyball Club in Hawaii.  Following high school, Kalei competed for one season with the Minnesota Gophers before finishing out her college career as an All-American with the University of Arizona Wildcats. Bear down!
Kalei has competed professionally in leagues in Puerto Rico, France and most recently in the Philippine Superliga.  Impressively, Kalei is also a member of the Philippine Women's National Team.  
Kalei's training video can be found on the North Country Region YouTube channel: Kalei Mau NCR Training Video.  Be sure to subscribe to the North Country Region YouTube channel for further content for players and coaches!
A special thank you to Kalei for making time to rally together with North Country Region and create …