AOC 2015 Clinics

Drills

Communication drill

‘Don’t drop the baby’ volleyball drill

“Don’t drop the baby” is a great drill for training court vision and communication with teammates. Oregon State assistant coach Emily Hiza explains it here, then runs it with her team. The drill is 3 vs. 3. At any one point during play, 2 of the 3 players on each side are holding a volleyball

Ball control drills

Juggling drill for ball handling

With just two balls and a partner, this fast-paced ball handling drill can be completed in a practice environment, outside or in the living room. Yes, the living room. Bill Neville, an internationally experienced coach and the National Commissioner of Coaches Education, presents this adaptable ball handling drill he calls “juggling” that yields 300-500 touches

Ball control drill

Cooperative defense drill

Austin Performance Volleyball club runs this cooperative drill that works on ball control and keeps each player involved and accountable for the entire defensive system, not just her individual position. In this drill, all players start on the same side of the net. One player sets from middle-front and two players start left-front and right-front

Communication drill

‘Don’t drop the baby’ volleyball drill

“Don’t drop the baby” is a great drill for training court vision and communication with teammates. Oregon State assistant coach Emily Hiza explains it here, then runs it with her team. The drill is 3 vs. 3. At any one point during play, 2 of the 3 players on each side are holding a volleyball

Serving warm up drill

Smart serving warmup

Instead of passing or ball handling, Mike Talamantes warms up his ASICS MAVS 18-1 team with a serving drill. Talamantes starts practice by asking each player to hit 10 balls in each of the 6 zones. He prefers individual serving to group serving and particularly likes this drill because it “makes every player hit every

Ball control drill

Cooperative defense drill

Austin Performance Volleyball club runs this cooperative drill that works on ball control and keeps each player involved and accountable for the entire defensive system, not just her individual position. In this drill, all players start on the same side of the net. One player sets from middle-front and two players start left-front and right-front

Communication drill

‘Don’t drop the baby’ volleyball drill

“Don’t drop the baby” is a great drill for training court vision and communication with teammates. Oregon State assistant coach Emily Hiza explains it here, then runs it with her team. The drill is 3 vs. 3. At any one point during play, 2 of the 3 players on each side are holding a volleyball

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Skills

Beginner

Communication drill

‘Don’t drop the baby’ volleyball drill

“Don’t drop the baby” is a great drill for training court vision and communication with teammates. Oregon State assistant coach Emily Hiza explains it here, then runs it with her team. The drill is 3 vs. 3. At any one point during play, 2 of the 3 players on each side are holding a volleyball

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

John Dunning

Russ Rose

Terry Liskevych

Terry Liskevych Coaching Bibliography

COACHING BIBLIOGRAPHY/REFERENCES   10-Minute Toughness – The Mental-Training Program for Winning Before the Game Begins. Jason Selk, 2009. McGraw-Hill: New York, NY. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. John C. Maxwell, 1998 (2007). Thomas Nelson, Inc: Nashville, TN. 212 ° Leadership – The 10 Rules for Highly Effective Leadership. Mac Anderson, 2011. Simple Truths: Naperville, IL

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At home drills

Ball control drills

Juggling drill for ball handling

With just two balls and a partner, this fast-paced ball handling drill can be completed in a practice environment, outside or in the living room. Yes, the living room. Bill Neville, an internationally experienced coach and the National Commissioner of Coaches Education, presents this adaptable ball handling drill he calls “juggling” that yields 300-500 touches

Worksheets

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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

Coaching Clinics

Cone Drill

Cone drill with Joe Sagula

North Carolina women’s head coach Joe Sagula uses this six-on-six wash drill to mimic the inevitable momentum shifts in a match. Two six-player teams start with five cones lined up by their benches. The goal of the drill is to win all 10 cones. One team serves and they play out the rally. Whichever team

Strategies

4-2 Volleyball Offense

4-2 volleyball offense: Jim Stone chalk talk

4-2 volleyball offense In this chalk talk, you’ll learn about the 4-2 volleyball offense from Art of Coaching contributor Jim Stone, a former head coach at Ohio State and the current head coach of the USA Youth National Team. Jim notes the advantages and the disadvantages of the 4-2, and he also breaks down the

Volleyball Equipment

Volleyball equipment: DIY training tools

To make the most of practice time and gym space, Nevada-based Silver State Volleyball Club gets creative with its training tools. Their gizmo collection includes a self-shagging system for hitting against the wall (with or without a setter), a block touch wall, a collection of PVC pipe blocking gadgets and a tarp that trains defenders

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,

Down ball & free ball defense

Down-ball and free-ball defense: Jim Stone chalk talk

Continuing his chalk-talk series, former Ohio State coach Jim Stone covers defensive strategies for down balls and free balls in this video. After explaining the 2 terms, he talks about what shape defensive players should take when faced with either a free ball or down ball. He also explains how setters should react in certain

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