“World ParaVolley Presents… Mental Performance On and Around the Court – from Knowledge to Practice”

World ParaVolley has put together the “World ParaVolley Presents…” webinar series to offer presentations that are of interest to our membership and others.  We reached out to all our stakeholders to collect suggestions on possible webinar topics and potential speakers and are pleased to have presented the second “World ParaVolley Presents…” webinar on June 23rd, 2022 at 18h00 UTC.

The objectives of the webinars are to:

  1. serve as a platform to disseminate good practices for athletes, coaches and administrators in ParaVolley
  2. open up opportunities to learn and discuss pertinent issues relevant to ParaVolley between experts, athletes, coaches, administrators and researchers
  3. to connect with the community of athletes, coaches and administrators and identify current drivers of change in society to meet with World ParaVolley’s values and mission

This webinar session will be was the second in a series of three webinars throughout 2022 focusing on mental performance, mental training, and safeguarding.

World ParaVolley Presents . . . 

Mental Performance On and Around the Court – from Knowledge to Practice

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Are you an athlete that wants some tips to improve and optimize your mental preparation and sport performance?

Are you a coach that wants to recognize stressors for your athletes or yourself and want to have some tools to offer and work with?

Are you a referee, classifier or technical official wanting to make sure you bring your ‘A game’ to competitions in whatever role that you will be in?

The World ParaVolley Presents… webinar series is proud to offer the second webinar in our Mental Health & Performance series on the topic of “Mental Performance On and Around the Court – from Knowledge to Practice”.  Our panel of speakers have a vast amount of expertise and experience to share on this topic.

Please join us online as we discuss stressors in sport, coping strategies and other important aspects of mental performance.  Share this link with your ParaVolley Community, and follow us on social media on Twitter and Facebook, and use the hashtag #WPVPresents.

Dr. Christian Zepp – High-Performance Sport Psychology Consultant

Dr Christian Zepp studied sport sciences at the German Sport University Cologne. After working as the national team coach for Standing Volleyball in Cambodia and working with Formula 1 as well as Rallye race car drivers he came back to the German Sport University Cologne to earn his doctoral degree in the field of sport psychology.

Today he is working as lecturer at the Institute of Psychology at the German Sport University Cologne and works with national and international athletes, teams, coaches, federations as well as companies and special forces as a sport psychology professional.






Juergen Schrapp – High-Performance Athlete – Team Germany

Few athletes in any sport can match the sitting volleyball career of Juergen Schrapp.  Juergen’s remarkable sitting volleyball career began in 1993 as he could no longer play standing volleyball.  He was attracted by the speed and precision of the sport and has stayed with it ever since.  In that time, Juergen has competed in six Paralympic Games, winning a bronze medal in London 2012, and competed in approximately 50 major international championships.

To say that Juergen has lived through many ups and downs in his sport career would be an understatement.  He embraces the notion of teamwork, communication, and trust, and how building these in a positive manner is a path to success both on and off the court.  He believes that success is more easily achieved with a strong support network, that such a support system “multiplies what you can accomplish”, and that “if you can surround yourself with people and activities like that, you rarely feel short on energy”.



Bill Hamiter – High-Performance Coach – Team USA Women

Bill Hamiter has coached volleyball for 41 years. He served as coach at University of Central Oklahoma and as coach and Head coach at Southern Nazarene University. In his 5 years at Southern Nazarene his teams earned 5 District Championships and 2 National Tournament appearances. Bill coached at Heritage Hall High School for 5 years winning the state championship 3 times and runner-up twice. He has coached and directed junior club volleyball for many years with teams appearing in several National Tournaments.

Bill has coached sitting volleyball since 2001 serving as the USA Men’s Head Coach, Women’s Head Coach, & Program Director. During his tenure his teams have played in 4 Paralympic Games earning a Silver Medal in London & Gold Medals in Rio & Tokyo.

Bill is a coaching clinician & has instructed in both the standing & sitting disciplines in the US, Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Iraq, and for Mongolian, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Iran, & Iraq delegations in the USA.


Greg Walker – High-Performance Coach – Team USA Men

Greg Walker is the Head Coach for the USA Men’s Sitting National Team. He serves as the Public Member on the Certification Council of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and on NCAA Committees related to Coaching Education. He is the Head Coach at Smith College, a top 15 liberal arts college in the USA and is a Graduate Student Mentor in the Exercise and Sport Science Department at the college.

Greg has had success with building positive program culture through athlete-empowerment. Having completely turned around six programs, he has a deep understanding and practice of elite mental performance skill development and balancing and supporting mental health with his athletes.

Greg has his formal undergraduate and graduate education in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Sport Psychology, Coaching Education and Athlete Development, Organizational Leadership in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialization. He also has his own private company in Creative Performance Consulting.