Skills

Mas Shibata on Being Balanced During Defense

Efficient Movement & Balance in Defense

CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF VOLLEYBALL SKILLS SERIES ARTICLE 2 This article is part of a series of critical analyses of volleyball skills. Before reading this article please read the introduction to this series located here: Critical Analysis of Volleyball Skills Series Intro   The initial Article 1 in the Critical Analysis of Volleyball Skills Series was on

Mas Shibata on Being Balanced During Defense

Efficient Movement & Balance in Defense

CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF VOLLEYBALL SKILLS SERIES ARTICLE 2 This article is part of a series of critical analyses of volleyball skills. Before reading this article please read the introduction to this series located here: Critical Analysis of Volleyball Skills Series Intro   The initial Article 1 in the Critical Analysis of Volleyball Skills Series was on

Michael Seemann

Serve toss tip

Even the most seasoned players spend time each season working on basic mechanics. Here, Portland State coach Michael Seemann hones in specifically on the service toss, addressing arm positioning and sharing a way to practice the toss that will improve location.

Drills

High School Volleyball Drills

Two Line Passing Volleyball Drill

Bret Almazan-Cezar, coach of high school prep powerhouse Archbishop Mitty (California), adds extra movement to traditional two-line passing drills by having his players cross underneath the net after they pass, then run back to the end line on the other side. It adds a slight fitness component, moves the drill along quickly and prevents players

Russ Rose

Penn State’s 4-station serving drill

Penn State, the defending NCAA D1 women’s champions, puts a huge emphasis on practicing serving, not unlike many other top programs. Here, you’ll see a 4-station serving drill that they did after warm-ups during a preseason practice in mid-August. As Penn State coach Russ Rose explains, this drill is designed to push players to serve

Austin Juniors

Setting drill that moves really fast

This is a cool drill because it not only helps players improve their setting, it moves at a pace that adds a conditioning component and also requires them to make quick decisions about what they will be doing next. Austin Juniors demonstrates here, with Coach Mike Garcia narrating. As you’ll see, everybody is moving all

Austin Juniors Volleyball Club

Cover your hitter drill

Covering the block is one of the important little things that great volleyball players do every single time. When you’re well-positioned to bring a ball up after your teammate has been blocked, it can lead to many extra point opportunities during the course of a match. Here, Austin Juniors demonstrates a fun and useful coverage

Salima Rockwell

A look at Penn State’s warm-up

To get good ideas on how to coach, it only makes sense to study the habits of a championship team. So Art of Coaching Volleyball paid a visit in mid-August to Penn State, the defending D1 women’s champs and owners of a record-tying 6 NCAA titles. Practice, of course, started off with a warm-up. As

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Mark Barnard Volleyball Practice

Ways to Keep Your Team from Over-Training During Season

Practice? Practice? Yep, we’re talking about practice! Most coaches, including myself, are methodical when planning practices. We have philosophies about warm-up drills, training skills, and training team systems. In teaching these philosophies to our teams, there is a finite amount of time in order to make sure positional responsibilities are completely organized come match time.

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,

Father and son

The parents’ sports dilemma: To push or not to push

By Don Patterson Seventeen years ago, when my daughter was 3 and my son was 1, I wrote a story for the Los Angeles Times about how a handful of pro athletes managed youth sports with their own kids. At the time, I figured the research would help me immeasurably when I took my turn

Russ Rose

Russ Rose: Essence of sport is going hard every day

Penn State coach Russ Rose, whose program has produced six NCAA Division 1 national championships, is a firm believer in practicing the way you want to play. In other words, always go 100 percent. Every day, every minute. That conditions you, as he explains here, to be better prepared for tough competition.

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Leave the Game Alone: Opinions On Volleyball Rule Changes

Art of Coaching asked Stanford’s John Dunning and Oregon State’s Terry Liskevych to give us their opinion on five proposed rule changes. The general theme of their answers: Don’t mess with a good thing. Here’s what they have to say about backing up the servers, backing up the back-row hitters, the centerline contact, eliminating the

Mark Barnard Volleyball Practice

Ways to Keep Your Team from Over-Training During Season

Practice? Practice? Yep, we’re talking about practice! Most coaches, including myself, are methodical when planning practices. We have philosophies about warm-up drills, training skills, and training team systems. In teaching these philosophies to our teams, there is a finite amount of time in order to make sure positional responsibilities are completely organized come match time.

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Spice up your practice with Bjerring tournaments

Doubles and triples drills are popular with many coaches because it gives their players a lot of touches and also forces them to develop all-around skills. But choosing teams can be challenging. As Oregon State assistant coach Emily Hiza points out in this video, if the players pick their own teams, cliques tend to be

Strategies

Mark Barnard Volleyball Practice

Ways to Keep Your Team from Over-Training During Season

Practice? Practice? Yep, we’re talking about practice! Most coaches, including myself, are methodical when planning practices. We have philosophies about warm-up drills, training skills, and training team systems. In teaching these philosophies to our teams, there is a finite amount of time in order to make sure positional responsibilities are completely organized come match time.

Mark Barnard Volleyball Practice

Ways to Keep Your Team from Over-Training During Season

Practice? Practice? Yep, we’re talking about practice! Most coaches, including myself, are methodical when planning practices. We have philosophies about warm-up drills, training skills, and training team systems. In teaching these philosophies to our teams, there is a finite amount of time in order to make sure positional responsibilities are completely organized come match time.

Serve Receive Drill

Serve Receive Drill

A drill that forces a team execute the serve receive and terminate six balls in a row.

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