Late September Updates (off-season plans)

Hey guys,

It’s been awhile since I’ve put together a blog post. Just wanted to update you all with whats going on. So currently after the 2015 season I ended up being ranked 83rd on USABEACHRANKING.org. This is the beginning for me. I was chosen as the athlete of the month for NuGo Nutrition bars. I also became an ambassador for Ultima Replenisher to keep me hydrated through my workouts and trainings. Within the next few weeks I will be releasing a Volleyball Vertical Training ebook to give away/sell so I can hopefully earn some cash for next season. Be on the lookout for that product 🙂

Today is the begginning of my official off season as I’m typing this I’m about to head to the gym for my workout. I have some plans in order to see more success in the 2016 season.

– Gain 6-10 inches on my vertical

– Work on my arm swing/approach

– Read some books on mental strength

– Look to find some sponsors so I can live somewhat more secure (it’s tough as a volleyball player)

I’m headed to the gym but will add more to this post I just wanted to give ya’ll an update. Let me know in the comments if there are any suggestions you have for me.

PS: I put together another YouTube video, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on there but I’m planning on posting a little more this off season. Check out the video below:

 

NVL Milwaukee & NVL Cincinnati Back to Back

Hello readers,

 

First of all, thank you all for the support! I’m super lucky to have the family and friends I have that support me in everything I do. So this time I had the chance to play in both the Milwaukee NVL and Cincy NVL which were back to back weekends. Along the way I got to visit Chicago, and train at an indoor sand volleyball facility called Empowered.

NVL Milwaukee –

So we ended up having the 6 seed in the qualifier. We had 2 rounds to get into the main draw, first round we won in two pretty easily. Second round was against the team of Phil Burrow and Marcus Santos it was a very exciting game and we ended up pulling out the win in two which gave us a spot in the main draw which started the following day. Our first round was against the team of Travis Schoonover and Andrew Russell we struggled to get started, so they took care of us pretty quickly. Next round we played against an east coast team Todd Strassburger and Chris Vaughn who got the #12 seed of the main draw. We ended up beating them which put us in 9th place. Next team was Will Robbins and Justin Phipps which, if we won, would put us onto the final day and we ended up losing in 2.

Things are crazy, hoping to find some time to be able to post some more on this blog 🙂 Have a great weekend!

Here’s the pictures from the great event:

NVL Milwaukee 2015

Beginning of the season updates

Hello readers,

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posts here on my blog. I’m slackin’! There’s already a few neat things that have happened in the 2015 season thus far.

Richie and I played in the first Evp open of the year in Arizona and ended up only losing one set throughout the entire day. We won a free trip to Florida June 4-6

I got to play in a CBVA in Manhattan with a good friend Chris Patz.

I got to play in Panama City Beach, Florida during Spring Break and ended up commentating during the main draw which was a good time.

Finally, before I headed back to Arizona I finished 9th in the Marine Street CBVA Open with Richie Thomas.

Next tournament is Rocky Point, Mexico (April 11th).

Hello 2015 Season and a Video

Hello readers,

Hope you all are enjoying the beginning of 2015, it’s already going by way too fast. I recently signed for an agency which will act as my agent for the upcoming season and beyond. Arizona has a early start to its Sand Volleyball Season as our first tournament is going to be February 21st. It’s an EVP Tournament for a trip to Florida and I’m planning on competing and after that we shall see what happens with sponsorships and funds if I can afford to travel as much as I did last year. I might have to budget a bit more.

Anyways, I recently took a small vacation to California I needed my beach time and a video was a MUST! Check it out!!

 

Rocky Point Nov 2014

Everyone who goes to rocky point looks forward to going to rocky point every year! It’s an incredible place to visit as well as a fun place to play, hangout and watch some good beach volleyball. I believe this is my 3rd time going and out of 3 times going I finished 2nd twice. Yet to win a Rocky Point. But I don’t mind, Rocky Point is a grand time. Big thanks to Shawn McConnell for setting up such a fun event twice a year! There’s a lot of work involved but he gets it done!

I made a video kind of featuring me over the tournament check it out:

 

Beach Volleyball is alive and well! Let’s keep growing this sport we all know and love! So this year I was more prepared than normal for the Rocky Point Volleyball tournament. I actually paid for a place to stay ahead of time, arranged rides ahead of time. I was quite proud of myself for that. I advise every one of you who is my friend. Go to Rocky Point. You won’t be disappointed.

Here’s my other video featuring all the volleyball players in Rocky Point:

 

Let me know what you think!
Thanks,

 

Christian Honer

2014 Season Recap

Hi all,

To some of you this might seem like a similar post to “Bye Summer 2014” it kind of is but with a twist on it.

Beginning this year, I didn’t really have too many plans. I just wanted to play, get experience, meet people, get points and have fun. I’m glad I didn’t have too many expectations.

I did just that, this season was an incredible year for me I had a blast getting to travel all over the U.S to play the sport I love the most while meeting people and gaining points and experience.

The reason I moved to California in the first place is because I made the A1 High Performance National Team for the first time. It was a great experience getting coached by the one and only Jose Loyola. Having a consistent practice schedule, discussions on how tournaments were was very important to me. I hope I can continue to play in this great USA Beach Volleyball program for years to come.

During the Summer, I came back to Arizona to play in the AVP Next series which was four events. The AVP Next is a great program to give players opportunities to get points for the actual AVP Tour. We finished 2nd place in the series. Big reason to finishing second was because of my lack of preparation in a combination of not enough hydrating, eating and sleep which I’m working on. I’m planning on playing the AVP Next series again next year.

I got to play in 3 AVP Tour tournaments: Manhattan Beach (grandaddy tournament), Salt Lake City and Huntington Beach. The AVP runs some professional tournaments. They’re staff is incredibly professional and know exactly what they’re doing. You know you’re going to get the same amazing experience from the AVP each and every tournament.

I had the chance to play in 3 NVL Tournaments: Dallas, Ohio and Hermosa Beach. I had so much fun at every single one of the NVL’s. I really enjoy how the NVL runs their tournaments like everyone’s a family. They treat you like you’re apart of a family and all the pros are accessible. They’re really trying to grow the game.

I fell in love with the mountain tournaments in Colorado: Vail, Breckenridge and Aspen. I got the chance to play in all of those and each one was a great time in their own way.

Got my AAA in CBVA which was extremely exciting, I finished 3rd in two CBVA Opens. I was proud of those finishes, but now my goal is to make some Open finals. I felt like I’m right there which is very exciting.

All in all it has been an incredible first year traveling and playing almost every weekend. I learned so much this year I can’t even begin to explain to you. Playing in all these tournaments I realized how important the mental side of the game is as well as the physical part. I need to work on my mental game as well as LIFT. I feel like those 2 things will take me to that next level I want to be playing at as well as proper hydration and nutrition.

So now I know exactly what I need to do and the next step is to actually do it which is my choice.

Bye Summer 2014

Goodbye summer 2014 and hello off season! So the summer is gone, I just finished my last tournament of the summer in San Diego, California now it’s time for this Beach Volleyball bum to get back to coaching/work and getting in the gym to come out much stronger in 2015.  I am stoked to say this has been the best summer of my life. I have met so many great people, learned so much about myself, learned so much about volleyball, traveled to places I never thought I’d visit,  and experience things I never thought I would experience.

Looking back, there’s always things I want to shed light on that I may be frustrated about, but this post is supposed to be the positivity of the summer. SHORE there were ups and downs but I want to focus on the ups.

Summer always goes by way too fast, it seems like just yesterday I was preparing for transition week for High Performance Beach Training which was early May.

Progress is so fun to see, from last summer to this summer or even from the beginning of this summer to now I can definitely say I am a different person and a different player because of taking experiences I’ve had and learning from them. But I am not done progressing, I have so much more progression needed if I want to get to the highest level. And I’m quite excited about that.

It’s hard to let the summer go, there are so many memories and great times I had with some amazing people. But I gotta just let it go and make sure I am even more ready next summer. It’s always a learning experience for me. Last summer I learned a bunch of stuff, this summer I learned a bunch of stuff. Let’s hope it will help me out for next summer.

Before say bye bye for good.. I have publicly listed my goals for volleyball as well as listing what I’ve learned this season. I really need to look at these every day. Obviously not every one of these goals will be completed, but I will do the best I can with them.

MY OFFSEASON GOALS:

Get my vertical up to 40+ inches
Get in the habit of lifting/hip movements/crossfit, etc
Get involved with YOGA
Look for sponsors
Enjoy the moments of coaching
Get a sand coaching job
Buy a GoPro to film every match next year
30k Followers on Instagram, 2,500 likes on Facebook page, 5,000 followers on Twitter

What I’ve learned in the 2014 season:

There was so much learning going on this year with the wins and loses. I tried to take every loss and learn something from it. I think doing that will help me tremendously in the future!

I need to get in much better shape
I need to work on my fundamentals of the game, break it down
I need to work on my court vision
I need to find some sort of before tournament preparation which includes food/hydration to prevent cramping
I need to find my competitive edge to play 100% the entire tournament
I need to learn the art of finding a partner

I will be updating my blog to show results for 2014 and a schedule for 2015.

See you in 2015!

Christian Honer

Update June 6th

Hello friends,

First things first, if you didn’t know I have officially received my AAA rating in CBVA which is very exciting. Secondly, I have made the USA Beach Volleyball U21 High Performance team. So I will be training throughout the rest of the summer with the team and get some training from my coach Jose Loiola.

Since my last update I have officially moved into a house in South Torrence so I’m not couch surfing so much anymore (although that was interesting). My plan is to be there for the rest of the summer then find something closer while finding a job. Not much of a plan but it works.

I played in an Arizona EVP Tournament with Drew, we finished 3rd. Wasn’t the best day, but we’re looking to bounce back and battle at the AVP Next in Scottsdale, Arizona which is tomorrow.

The next few weeks are busy. I have the AVP Next tomorrow as I mentioned above. Next weekend I’m playing in Vail, Colorado (June 14th, 15th) with Bryan Klein from New Mexico. Then the following week after that which is June 21st and June 22nd I will be playing with Alex Dale in the Pottstown Rumble in Pennsylvania. After that my plan is to be in California playing in Opens and training as much as possible.

I am also on the lookout for sponsors, so if anyone has an idea of anyone willing. Please let me know. I will use the money for vballs, lines, gym membership, healthy food, tournament fees and much more. It’s not cheap being a Beach Volleyball Player. That’s for sure!

I wanted to take a moment and thank you all for the encouragement and support. It means a lot.

See you on the sand…

Christian Honer

Welcome to my Journey

Blocking EVP Open ArizonaHello & welcome to my journey whether you’re a friend of mine, family member or whoever you are thank you for visiting.

My name is Christian Honer. I am 18 years old trying to pursue the wonderful game of Beach Volleyball. Visit the About Me page to learn more about myself.

Basically this site is here to document my journey in my hopes of becoming a professional Beach Volleyball Player. This site will have an updated schedule, links to social media, videos, pictures, upcoming tournaments, past tournament results, what I learned from a specific tournament, anything in between.

Thanks for visiting and if you ever have a question or need to contact me, don’t hesitate to do so. Contact Me today.

Goals for 2014

Hi friends,

Goals are much more successful when they are written down or in my case blogged. I will continue to add and check off if I have attained these goals. My ultimate goal of 2014 is to get in better shape and to stabilize my joints (shoulders, knees) and keep myself from getting hurt in the future. Another goal I have is to get my AAA in CBVA. I’ve been so close with two thirds and one 5th. I have the confidence that I will get it done this year. My next goal is to make the HP top 4 in U21 so I can get the opportunity to train with some great coaches, learn the game and travel to another country to play beach volleyball. This will be an incredible experience that I really hope to get. Qualifying for a main draw in the AVP is another one of my goals. Check out this post to see my first experience in Huntington. As well as finishing a 9th or better in an NVL. Click here to see the post from my 17th in the Hermosa NVL. Check the list below.

Goals for 2014:

Stability in joints, better shape

  • AAA in CBVA – completed May 11th, 2014
  • Make Top 4 U21 HP USA Volleyball National Team
  • Move to California
  • Qualify for an AVP Event
  • Place 5th or better in a CBVA Open – completed May 11th, 2014 in Long Beach
  • Place 9th or better in an NVL Event
  • Some private beach lessons
  • Win every tournament in Arizona
  • Learn more mental parts about the game
  • Start eating better.
  • 40 inch vertical in the sand
  • Film in every tournament and most practices

I will continue to add more to these list as I think of them.

Stay in touch,

Christian Honer

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