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Alisha Glass on Setting

Alisha Glass on Setting

Alisha Glass demonstrates two setting drills that have elevated her to becoming an AVCA All American and a member of the USA Women’s National Team since 2010.  

Blocking

A Blocking Analysis of Maja Poljak

In this week’s AVCA Video Tip of the Week, the 2014 USA Volleyball Youth National Team Head Coach Jim Stone analyzes the technique of one of the best middle blockers in the world, Croatian Maja Poljak.  

Russ Rose

Russ Rose: Hitters need to be all in

One message that Penn State Coach Russ Rose hammers home to his attackers is that they shouldn’t call for the ball unless they are fully committed to a quality swing with a big approach. Here, he offers a few thoughts on hitters giving 100 percent and on why setters shouldn’t deliver the ball to a

Salima Rockwell Defense

Protecting the line with good right-side defense

One of the points Penn State coaches emphasized with their diggers during early-season training was protecting the right sideline by getting around the ball. Salima Rockwell, the Nittany Lions’ associate head coach, demonstrates good digging form in this video – taking a big step in the direction of the ball to keep her shoulders around

Alisha Glass on Setting

Alisha Glass on Setting

Alisha Glass demonstrates two setting drills that have elevated her to becoming an AVCA All American and a member of the USA Women’s National Team since 2010.  

Drills

TAV Volleyball Club

TAV dig-set drill

This multi-purpose drill used by Texas Advantage Volleyball Club (TAV) in Dallas is primarily designed to help setters and hitters handle out-of-system balls, but, as you’ll see, it involves many skills. Among them: Digging Controlled hitting Covering the hitter As much as anything, this drill encourages players to be aware of where they are on

Serving and Passing Drill

21 Down serve-and-receive drill

21 Down is a competitive serving and serve-receive drill. First team to zero points loses the drill. Teams are divided in equal number and capability. The drill follows a pass-and-replace pattern that goes like this: Passers receive a ball, and no matter the outcome, they get off the court and a new passer takes their

Alisha Glass on Setting

Alisha Glass on Setting

Alisha Glass demonstrates two setting drills that have elevated her to becoming an AVCA All American and a member of the USA Women’s National Team since 2010.  

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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

403 Selects

10 steps to starting a volleyball club

Ever wondered what it would take to launch your own juniors volleyball club? Here are 10 steps  from Shauna Denney, president of 403 Selects Volleyball in Calgary and Art of Coaching Canada If you have kids who play volleyball, you may someday hear this question: “Will you help start a club/team?” At first, it may

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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,

403 Selects

10 steps to starting a volleyball club

Ever wondered what it would take to launch your own juniors volleyball club? Here are 10 steps  from Shauna Denney, president of 403 Selects Volleyball in Calgary and Art of Coaching Canada If you have kids who play volleyball, you may someday hear this question: “Will you help start a club/team?” At first, it may

Mark Rosen

Mark Rosen: Don’t copy unless you understand why

Michigan women’s volleyball coach Mark Rosen talks here about why it’s important to understand the true purpose of a drill before you use it with your team. As he points out, it’s common to see club and high school teams follow the lead of the U.S. national teams or top college teams. But without knowing

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

Bishop's HS Volleyball

Volleyball video journal – Bishop’s High School: Chapter 4

As part of our ongoing video journal of the Bishop’s High girls’ volleyball season, we captured a pre-practice whiteboard talk. Here’s a look at what Coach Tod Mattox covered:   Review of the previous match Mattox started off with a short review of the previous match, a win over Eastlake. Note the way he uses

Marie Zidek

Marie Zidek: Your guide to sports performance training

No matter what level of volleyball you coach, it’s important to include some type of sports performance program in your team’s training routine. To guide you in this area and help you map out a fitness plan that will suit your athletes, Art of Coaching Volleyball has enlisted the expertise of Marie Zidek, an assistant

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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

John Dunning Stanford Volleyball

Solo Reps: Unstructured Practice is Great for Skill-building

Stanford Coach John Dunning spends a lot of time planning every detail of his team’s daily practices, but he also leaves 10 or 15 minutes for unstructured play when players do reps on their own. His reasoning: Practicing volleyball skills like serving or passing without having a coach breathing down your neck is a good

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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