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Drills

Serving drill

Serving drill: Who blinks first?

Veteran volleyball coach Bill Neville, who was both a head coach and an assistant with the U.S. men’s national team and now coaches juniors, shares a competitive serving drill here that can only be won if a team earns three points in a row. The way it works: 4 players are on each side. One

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Left-side defense: Angle block, line dig, angle drop

This drill for left-side defense focuses on the angle block, where the blocker takes away the angle hit with a strong, penetrating left hand while the digger covers line. As Holly explains, if the blocker drops off the net into the angle, the digger has to balance the court by sliding over to the right

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Teaching proper hand contact for the cut shot

After practice, Holly McPeak spends one-on-one time working on the cut-shot with Hayley, who is primarily an indoor player – a very good one. Hayley has already played for the U.S. National Team and is headed for Stanford this fall on a full ride. Two points Holly stresses with Hayley are: Hitting the ball farther

Serving drill

Serving drill: Who blinks first?

Veteran volleyball coach Bill Neville, who was both a head coach and an assistant with the U.S. men’s national team and now coaches juniors, shares a competitive serving drill here that can only be won if a team earns three points in a row. The way it works: 4 players are on each side. One

Volleyball training

Agility exercises for volleyball players

As part of her ongoing training series, Art of Coaching fitness editor Marie Zidek demonstrates 4 agility drills here designed to increase quickness and overall mobility. Zidek, an assistant coach at the University of San Diego and a certified strength and conditioning specialist, stresses that these drills go beyond just fitness training by helping athletes

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Skills

Ball in hands during back set 2

A Critical Analysis of Setting – Article 2

Analysis of Back Setting Components Article 2 of the Critical Analysis of Setting Series will focus on back setting components. The article will examine the shape of the hands and body postures of International Setters before contacting the ball, during contact with the ball, and during the release of the set and the follow through.

Beginner

Youth practice planning

Coaching beginning volleyball players: Phase 1

A top priority for coaches as they begin training novice players should be to help them get to know each other and bond as a team. As Oregon State assistant coach Emily Hiza explains here, when kids like each other and feel comfortable, it creates a good learning environment because they aren’t afraid of making

10 Things I've Learned

Jim Stone

10 things Jim Stone has learned about coaching volleyball

Jim Stone is one of the great thinkers in the sport of volleyball, so it’s not surprising that he has had great success in the coaching arena. For 26 years, he was head coach of the Ohio State women’s team, compiling an impressive 531-294 record and guiding the Buckeyes to 15 NCAA tournament appearances and

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Terry Liskevych

Zone serving drill

Simple zone-serving drill

Oregon State women’s volleyball coach Terry Liskevych runs a simple serving drill that applies game-like pressure and intensity to the routine of serving. Players start at the end line and serve one after another to a specific area of the court. The collaborative goal is to hit 8 consecutive serves in the designated location. A

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At home drills

Worksheets

Youth practice planning

Coaching beginning volleyball players: Phase 1

A top priority for coaches as they begin training novice players should be to help them get to know each other and bond as a team. As Oregon State assistant coach Emily Hiza explains here, when kids like each other and feel comfortable, it creates a good learning environment because they aren’t afraid of making

Coaching Clinics

Anson Dorrance

Anson Dorrance Part 5: Training girls to compete

Having coached the women’s soccer team at North Carolina to 22 NCAA titles since 1979, Anson Dorrance is well qualified to offer advice on how to bring out competitive excellence in female athletes. In this video, he touches on what he does at UNC to create a team culture that makes it just as acceptable

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