Website Updates

Pat Kohan

Website Update Video 7.18.14

A quick update of what’s new as of July 18, 2014 on The Art of Coaching Volleyball website from Bangkok, Thailand. Links mentioned in this video are listed below: Joe Trinsey Video Terry Liskevych Video Keith Lohse Video Lizzy Stemke Video More videos can be found here: http://TheArtofCoachingVolleyball.com

Team Drills

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

Philosophy

Mike Sealy

Mike Sealy: The benefits of having a failure recovery system

Mike Sealy, coach of the UCLA women’s volleyball team, talks here about mistakes he made in dealing with his players after the Bruins rose to the No. 1 ranking. Not only are Sealy’s words entertaining, they’re instructive for any coach at any level because he offers advice on how to turn a team around when

Beach

April Ross

April Ross: Work on staying behind the ball

Less than hour after April Ross won the FIVB ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball grand slam tournament with partner Kerri Walsh Jennings in late July, we asked her to share a tip for high school-aged players who will be preparing for their upcoming indoor seasons by playing sand, beach or grass. Her answer: Work

At home drills

youth volleyball

Youth setter training progression

Setting can be challenging for young athletes because they aren’t as strong as players at the club and high school level. In this video, Steve Willingham of Lakeville South High School in Minneapolis teaches the following progression for training young setters: 1. Player sits on the ground, holds the ball and shoot sets to a

Nutrition

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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,

Defense Drills

Serving Drills

Beginner

Ruth Nelson

Youth volleyball warmup created by players

Ruth Nelson, founder of the Bring Your Own Parent (BYOP) program talks here about a warmup that gives players the flexibility to make their own choices. In this example, they’re all doing jump-rope routines that are slightly different. This is a nice way to get players thinking about what they want to work on and then doing it

Warm up Drills

Ruth Nelson

Youth volleyball warmup created by players

Ruth Nelson, founder of the Bring Your Own Parent (BYOP) program talks here about a warmup that gives players the flexibility to make their own choices. In this example, they’re all doing jump-rope routines that are slightly different. This is a nice way to get players thinking about what they want to work on and then doing it

Stats

Training

Marie Zidek

Reduce knee injury risk with skater exercise

Knee injuries are fairly common in volleyball, but smart training can help your players reduce the risk. In this video, University of San Diego assistant coach Marie Zidek introduces a one-legged exercise known as side-to-sides or skaters. Not only is this a good strengthening drill, it also allows coaches to spot players who may be

Offense

Defense

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

Podcasts

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How To Get To The Next Level

Terry Liskevych gives his thoughts on the mentality players need to have if they want to make it to the next level

Coaches Profile

Mother McAuley HS Volleyball

Chicago Style Volleyball with Mother McAuley HS

Jen DeJarld is now in her ninth season as head coach of the Mother McAuley girls’ volleyball team in Chicago. A visit to one of her practices tells you a lot about why her team is consistently at the top of the rankings. Drills are competitive, creative and game-like, and each training session progresses from

Setting Drills

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

Hitting Drills

Blocking Drills

Serve Receive

Rotations

Serve Receive Drill

Serve Receive Drill

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

Interviews

Mike Talamantes

How to play your best at Nationals

Playing a high level of volleyball at the end of the season has a lot to do with managing highs and lows, says Mike Talamantes, whose Asics Mavs 16s girls’ team (Kansas) won the national championship last year at Nationals. As Talamantes explains, teams that go to nationals are all talented, so you need to

Skills

John Dunning

DS Arm positioning and reading with John Dunning

Stanford Coach John Dunning gives a one-to-one tutorial to a defender here, emphasizing points that are key to effective digging. Among his tips: – Hand-positioning for diggers before the hitter makes contact. – Tilting the shoulders. – Cutting the ball off for angles. – Reading a deceptive hitter.

What Makes a Good Coach

Joe Sagula

Joe Sagula on what makes a good coach

Great advice here from University of North Carolina women’s volleyball coach Joe Sagula on how to develop your coaching philosophy. As he notes, the first thing you need to do is study the great ones. If you soak up the methodologies of other successful coaches, you’ll be able to blend the borrowed information into a

Books

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Inside Out Coaching and Seasons of Life

  Joe Ehrmann, the coach profiled in the national bestseller Season of Life, explains how coaches at every level, from Little League to high school to NCAA Division I and even the professional leagues, can use sports to transform lives. Coaches have a tremendous platform, says Joe Ehrmann, a former Syracuse University All-American and NFL

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