Around 20 coaches took part in drills conducted by FIVB Level III certified coach and Oceania Sports Education master educator Mike Rabago last Tuesday at the Agape Gymnasium along Middle Road in Gualo Rai.
It appeared to be a grueling session for the CNMI’s volleyball coaches, but the rewards are invaluable as they can now transfer the knowledge they learned from the Guam national volleyball coach to the volleyball players in their respective clubs in schools.
Northern Mariana Islands Volleyball Association president Somia Quan said she’s just happy that Rabago is now able to conduct a coaching clinics for a week in contrast to the last time he was on Saipan.
“This trip is another segment of the FIVB National Team Coaches development grant that we are executing. We are hoping to get more people in that would like to be volleyball coaches as well as introducing volleyball drills, demonstrations, types of practices, and developing the core principles of an individual coach,” she said.
Quan also said the weeklong clinic is also not limited to volleyball coaches, as Rabago will also be conducting clinic sessions for the CNMI’s up-and-coming and developmental volleyball players.
“We have two days of strictly ‘coaching the coaches’ clinics and two days of volleyball camp for 14-18 year old girls and boys. This is slightly different as we had Mike work with men’s indoor volleyball players last time. This gives a different perspective for the coaches because it’s a different age group and they will be running the camp under Mike’s supervision,” she said.
The coaching clinic is free for interested coaches and players and Quan said “is a great opportunity to gain more knowledge from a very experienced and multi-titled coach.” The coaching clinic kicked off with a coaches session last Monday at the NMSA Conference Room at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.