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Middle Blocking Footwork

Jim Stone: The crucial first step for middle blockers

The first step to being an effective middle blocker is taking an explosive first step. In this video, Art of Coaching Volleyball contributor Jim Stone teaches the technique for that first step and explains how it can speed up lateral movement in a way that will allow middle blockers to block more balls. Stone, a

Middle Blocking Footwork

Jim Stone: The crucial first step for middle blockers

The first step to being an effective middle blocker is taking an explosive first step. In this video, Art of Coaching Volleyball contributor Jim Stone teaches the technique for that first step and explains how it can speed up lateral movement in a way that will allow middle blockers to block more balls. Stone, a

Mas Shibata on Ball Control

Components of Controlling the Ball in Passing & Defense

CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF VOLLEYBALL SKILLS SERIES ARTICLE 3 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 Ball Control

Components of Controlling the Ball in Passing & Defense

CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF VOLLEYBALL SKILLS SERIES ARTICLE 3 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

Micha Hancock Serve

Penn State’s Micha Hancock: How I hit my serve

Nobody was more fun to watch during the 2014 college season than Penn State setter Micha Hancock, and a big part of what made her game so entertaining was her lethal serve. In four years as a Nittany Lion, the lefty from Edmond, Oklahoma, racked up a school record 381 aces. Her serve, which she

Drills

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Middle blocker closing drill

The drill you’ll see here, run by Austin Performance players under the direction of Coach Miguel Saenz, has a little something for everybody. Here are its two main purposes: 1. Middle blockers work on being disciplined and staying in base – seeing the ball, chasing it down and putting up a solid, well-formed block. 2.

Jump Spin Serve

Jump spin serve: Generating the speed you need

Nobody would dispute that the jump spin serve can be a huge weapon in volleyball. But Portland State coach Michael Seemann makes the point here that a jump topspin serve without heat isn’t much of a weapon at all. His point: Use the floater until a player is able to bring the noise with the

Christy Johnson-Lynch

Setter transition drill

Iowa State Head Coach Christy Johnson-Lynch demonstrates a Setter Transition Drill that forces setters to get off the net quickly after a block and immediately find the ball in the air.  

Volleyball team drill

3 vs. 2 duck-style drill

The 6-on-6 drill you’ll see here, explained by Western Washington coach Diane Flick, challenges the receiving team to win 3 points in a row – a side out first, then a point against the serving team after the serving team has received a free ball, then a third point off a free ball sent to

Topics

Coaching Your Own Kid

Coaching your own kid? Be prepared

If you think coaching your own children is the same as coaching everybody else’s children, think again. It’s a different animal. In this video, Regis coach Frank Lavrisha shares a few thoughts on how to make things smoother when the roster includes one of your own. For example, here’s Rule No. 1: In the car

Volleyball nutrition

Penn State volleyball: Winning tradition, winning nutrition

Penn State’s women’s volleyball program, which recently set an NCAA D1 record by winning its seventh national championship, makes sure its athletes are properly fueled. And not just before practices or matches. In the Penn State gym, just minutes after the day’s final drill, players are given a post-practice smoothie to aid their recovery. Here,

Coaching Your Own Kid

Coaching your own kid? Be prepared

If you think coaching your own children is the same as coaching everybody else’s children, think again. It’s a different animal. In this video, Regis coach Frank Lavrisha shares a few thoughts on how to make things smoother when the roster includes one of your own. For example, here’s Rule No. 1: In the car

Sleep for athletes

No, sleep is not overrated

In the busy lives of student-athletes, sleep often gets paired back to create time for other things: practice, studying, socializing. That’s not a good tradeoff, says sport physiologist Peter Davis, who has a long history of working with Olympic athletes and is currently the Director and Founder of Sports Performance Management.For one thing, Davis says,

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

Volleyball rotation

Volleyball rotation: The basics

If you’re a volleyball coach, you undoubtedly have a solid understanding of how rotations work. But the less experienced players on your team or in your club may not, so here’s a tutorial from Art of Coaching’s Mark Barnard that you may want to share with players who are still fuzzy on the concept. Barnard,

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 rotation

Volleyball rotation: The basics

If you’re a volleyball coach, you undoubtedly have a solid understanding of how rotations work. But the less experienced players on your team or in your club may not, so here’s a tutorial from Art of Coaching’s Mark Barnard that you may want to share with players who are still fuzzy on the concept. Barnard,

Men's Volleyball Setting Drill

Side setting for better vision

Common sense tells us that setters who can position themselves with a good overall view of the court will have a better feel for the other team’s block and a clearer look at their own hitters. With in mind, McMaster men’s coach Dave Preston gives a quick tutorial here on side setting, which allows setters

Todd Dagenias

Name Your Volleyball Drills

University of Central Florida Coach Todd Dagenais explains here why it’s important to name each drill that you create. It’s not about taking credit for your work. It’s about speeding up your practices so you don’t waste time.  

Volleyball rotation

Volleyball rotation: The basics

If you’re a volleyball coach, you undoubtedly have a solid understanding of how rotations work. But the less experienced players on your team or in your club may not, so here’s a tutorial from Art of Coaching’s Mark Barnard that you may want to share with players who are still fuzzy on the concept. Barnard,

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