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Skills

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

Jump Float Serve

Jump float serve fundamentals

The jump float serve has become one of the wickedest weapons in volleyball at all levels of the sport. To teach young players how to do it correctly, Oregon State assistant coach Emily Hiza reviews the basics here. Using a player to demonstrate, Hiza covers a progression of 4 points: Footwork, toss, armswing and contact.

Drills

Setting for Beginners

Setting: Teaching the fundamentals to a young player

Oregon State assistant coach Emily Hiza, who also coaches many different age groups in club volleyball, gives us a comprehensive overview here on how to teach setting. While a juniors player demonstrates each aspect of setting, Hiza walks us through the skill from A to Z, starting with hand-positioning and then moving on to footwork,

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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

Topics

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

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

Andrea Becker

Allow your players to get to know you

Team chemistry doesn’t begin and end with players. The coach is a factor, too. Andrea Becker, a sports psychologist who assists the UCLA men’s volleyball team as well as the U.S. men’s national team, says it’s not only important for coaches to get to know their players – it’s also important for coaches to let

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

SPT

Getting Started with your SPT Program: Equipment

After my introductory video where I conveyed how important the coach is in the health and development of student athletes across a lifespan, it occurred to me that you may need to know WHAT you need before even starting your training plan. First, let’s be honest. Most of you have very limited budgets. If you’re

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

Volleyball Practice

Volleyball video journal — Bishop’s High School: Chapter 5

With playoffs nearing and Bishop’s maintaining its undefeated record in the Coastal Volleyball League, Knights coach Tod Mattox continues to emphasize little things in practice so his players can upgrade good play to great play. In this session, the team works on everything from disguising its tips to the rhythm of two of its most

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Volleyball players don’t have to be 6-foot-2 to earn playing time

The game gets a little bigger every year, which means that, yes, there are a lot of really tall outside hitters out there. But if you’re not so tall, don’t sweat it. As Joe Trinsey, technical coordinator for the U.S. women’s national team, explains here, there are two very good reasons why smaller players can

Volleyball Practice

Volleyball video journal — Bishop’s High School: Chapter 5

With playoffs nearing and Bishop’s maintaining its undefeated record in the Coastal Volleyball League, Knights coach Tod Mattox continues to emphasize little things in practice so his players can upgrade good play to great play. In this session, the team works on everything from disguising its tips to the rhythm of two of its most

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