Skills

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

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

Cassidy Lichtman Setting

Use of the Legs in Setting with Cassidy Lichtman

The importance of using the legs for setting U.S. national team setter/outside hitter and former All American at Stanford Cassidy Lichtman explains here why it’s important for setters of all levels to use their legs for power and rhythm when setting. In this video, she demonstrates the footwork and the leg propulsion needed to deliver

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

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

Topics

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

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

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

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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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