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Russ Rose

Russ Rose: Serving tough means living with a few errors

Anybody who watched fifth-seeded Penn State (32-3) defeat fourth-seeded Wisconsin (31-3) in four games Saturday to advance to the 2014 NCAA women’s volleyball final four got a feel for where Nittany Lions coach Russ Rose stands on service-error tolerance. It goes about like this: If Micha Hancock is serving, he’s OK with some errors. He

Volleyball Hitting Approach

Torrey Pines 4 Step Approach

When Brennan Dean, head coach at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, teaches the four-step approach, he emphasizes to his players that the first two steps are very different from the last two. As he explains in this video, the size and speed of the approach steps play a big role in a player’s explosiveness when

Defense

The side slide – taught by Jim Stone and Kori Moster

The side slide is an important skill to master if you want to play your best defensive volleyball. Here, veteran coach Jim Stone and Michigan State libero Kori Moster break it down for you step by step. As Moster points out, getting good at the side slide allows you to extend your range as a

Russ Rose

Russ Rose: Serving tough means living with a few errors

Anybody who watched fifth-seeded Penn State (32-3) defeat fourth-seeded Wisconsin (31-3) in four games Saturday to advance to the 2014 NCAA women’s volleyball final four got a feel for where Nittany Lions coach Russ Rose stands on service-error tolerance. It goes about like this: If Micha Hancock is serving, he’s OK with some errors. He

Drills

Volleyball practice

Volleyball video journal – Bishop’s High School: Chapter 7

We made our final visit to a Bishop’s practice right before the team began California state playoffs. The Knights went on to win two matches at the state level to advance to the semifinals, where they lost a heartbreaker to league rival Francis Parker. The semifinal match couldn’t have been closer. In fact, for a

Jump Spin Serve

Jump spin serve: Generating the speed you need

Nobody would dispute that the jump spin serve can be a huge weapon in volleyball. But Portland State coach Michael Seemann makes the point here that a jump topspin serve without heat isn’t much of a weapon at all. His point: Use the floater until a player is able to bring the noise with the

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Warmups for Volleyball Players: Are they Important?

Veteran coach Bill Neville talks here about what makes a good warmup for a volleyball team and what is essentially a waste of time. In his experience, volleyball warmups should have the setter setting game-like balls in the first five minutes. Over the course of the season, that gives the setter a lot more touches

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smoothie

5 Essential Nutrition Tips for Volleyball Players

A big part of getting players to perform their best is making sure they’re eating the right things at the right time. By Don Patterson Experts will tell you that eating and drinking is as much a part of playing good volleyball as fitness training and practicing skills. Not surprisingly, the Penn State women’s team,

Volleyball hero

Find your volleyball hero

You’ve got to work just a little bit harder to follow your favorite player in volleyball. It’s not like football or basketball, where your favorite player is likely to be on TV today, tomorrow, the next day and every day thereafter. But finding a volleyball hero is worth the effort, says Mike Schall, coach at

Mark Rosen

Mark Rosen: Sticking with a struggling player

Michigan coach Mark Rosen talks here about creating depth, and he makes a point of saying he doesn’t buy into the one-mistake-and-you’re-out philosophy. His view is that building confidence in your players, whether they start or come off the bench, involves letting them work through some mistakes so they’re not “looking over their shoulders” and

Volleyball hero

Find your volleyball hero

You’ve got to work just a little bit harder to follow your favorite player in volleyball. It’s not like football or basketball, where your favorite player is likely to be on TV today, tomorrow, the next day and every day thereafter. But finding a volleyball hero is worth the effort, says Mike Schall, coach at

Libero Rules

Libero rules you need to know

Since it was introduced nearly two decades ago, the libero position has changed the game of volleyball and offered more playing opportunities for smaller athletes with good passing and defensive skills. Here, Oregon State associate head coach Mark Barnard reviews the key rules that you need to know about the libero position, including what they

Volleyball Agility Drills

Two-part agility drill with Marie Zidek

Marie Zidek, an assistant volleyball coach at the University of San Diego and Art of Coaching Volleyball’s fitness expert, shares a 2-part exercise here that improves agility and also provides an aerobic workout. It’s competitive, fun and sure to help your players cover the court more quickly. Agility exercise No. 1 The first phase of

Tryout Tips from Brent Hilliard

Tryout Tips from Brent Hilliard

Now that club volleyball tryouts are here, Art of Coaching decided the time was right to seek out a few tips on what you should be looking for in a player. On a visit to University of San Diego’s women’s volleyball practice, we pulled Torero coach Brent Hilliard aside to get his take on that

Strategies

John Dunning Practice

John Dunning makes players sing

Stanford women’s coach John Dunning, whose No. 1 ranked Cardinal will play Oregon State in Ames, Iowa, on Friday at 3 p.m. PT in round 16 of the NCAA tournament, likes to have fun with his players in practice. That holds true even if he is punishing them for not accomplishing a task – like

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