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Drills

3 on 3 Volleyball Drill

Creating randomness with 3-on-3 drill

One drill used frequently as a practice warm-up by Menlo High School girls’ coach Steve Cavella is 3 on 3, where players are given limitations on what they can do offensively. In the version you’ll see here, play is initiated by a coach tossing the ball from across the net, and players are only allowed

John Dunning Courage Drill

John Dunning’s “Courage” drill

Stanford Women’s Head Coach John Dunning presents this defensive drill that programs defenders to relax rather than tense when digging the ball. It also works on reaction time and “slowing down the ball.” Why “Courage”? A defender stands at the five-foot line and digs point-blank down balls that a coach or teammate initiates from a

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

3 on 3 Volleyball Drill

Creating randomness with 3-on-3 drill

One drill used frequently as a practice warm-up by Menlo High School girls’ coach Steve Cavella is 3 on 3, where players are given limitations on what they can do offensively. In the version you’ll see here, play is initiated by a coach tossing the ball from across the net, and players are only allowed

3 on 3 Volleyball Drill

Creating randomness with 3-on-3 drill

One drill used frequently as a practice warm-up by Menlo High School girls’ coach Steve Cavella is 3 on 3, where players are given limitations on what they can do offensively. In the version you’ll see here, play is initiated by a coach tossing the ball from across the net, and players are only allowed

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Skills

Developing young setters

Developing young setters

Erin Virtue, USA Junior National Team and University of Michigan assistant coach, shares insights on developing younger setters. Physically, she looks for first-step quickness, which allows setters to cover more ground and use their hands more often. Especially at younger ages, height should not necessarily be a determining factor. Ideal leadership characteristics include vocal ability,

Beginner

Serving for beginners

Volleyball Serving for Beginning Players

Cary Wendell Wallin, a former NCAA Player of the Year at Stanford who is now Director of Player Development at 949 Athletics in Orange County, California, covers the basics of serving in this video, from how to hold the toss to the hand-positioning to the follow-through. This is a great guide for coaches who are

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

Topics

Volleyball psychology

Coaching based on a player’s Myers-Briggs personality type

Kerry Carr, head coach at Penn University, coaches differently based on each player’s Myers-Briggs brain type indicator. And since every player is different, she uses many training techniques in her gym. In this video, Carr poses the argument that we should use techniques that players are comfortable doing instead of asking them to do things

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,

Student Athelete & Parents

Connecting With Your Student-Athlete

The moments we have with our busy student-athletes are few and far between these days. Getting caught up in the cycle of running kids around for this practice and that program is easy to do. Finding meaningful ways to connect outside of their sport may be challenging. I teamed up with Heather Schwartz, Licensed Marriage

Practice planning

Practice planning: Just do it

In this video, Oregon State Women’s Associate Head Coach Mark Barnard doesn’t mince words: “Good coaches plan practice.” You’ll see how he backs this no-nonsense sentiment with an equally no-nonsense approach. Do it, be flexible and review. At Oregon State, he plans practices in ten-day chunks to get a big-picture overview. Check out this video

Volleyball psychology

Coaching based on a player’s Myers-Briggs personality type

Kerry Carr, head coach at Penn University, coaches differently based on each player’s Myers-Briggs brain type indicator. And since every player is different, she uses many training techniques in her gym. In this video, Carr poses the argument that we should use techniques that players are comfortable doing instead of asking them to do things

Delay of Game Rule

Using a delay-of-game penalty to your advantage

What happens if one of your players has run onto the court when you didn’t want her to and burned your last substitution? Simple. Pull her out and take a delay-of-game penalty. Emily Hiza, assistant volleyball coach at Oregon State, explains here how this works and why it’s better to be called for a delay

Using Data to Drive Decisions

Using technology and data to drive decisions

In the last 100 years technologies have driven evolution in sport. Records were smashed after starting blocks were introduced in track and field and also when athletes ran on artificial tracks, which assisted the transmission of force. In swimming, the introduction of starting blocks, underwater turns, water drainage at the edge of the pool, which

Volleyball psychology

Coaching based on a player’s Myers-Briggs personality type

Kerry Carr, head coach at Penn University, coaches differently based on each player’s Myers-Briggs brain type indicator. And since every player is different, she uses many training techniques in her gym. In this video, Carr poses the argument that we should use techniques that players are comfortable doing instead of asking them to do things

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

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Lecture Sessions

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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

Strategies

Volleyball psychology

Coaching based on a player’s Myers-Briggs personality type

Kerry Carr, head coach at Penn University, coaches differently based on each player’s Myers-Briggs brain type indicator. And since every player is different, she uses many training techniques in her gym. In this video, Carr poses the argument that we should use techniques that players are comfortable doing instead of asking them to do things

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 psychology

Coaching based on a player’s Myers-Briggs personality type

Kerry Carr, head coach at Penn University, coaches differently based on each player’s Myers-Briggs brain type indicator. And since every player is different, she uses many training techniques in her gym. In this video, Carr poses the argument that we should use techniques that players are comfortable doing instead of asking them to do things

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,

Free ball transition

Making the most of free balls and down balls

Getting good swings off free-ball and down-ball opportunities has a lot to do with preparation in practice. In this video, Art of Coaching’s Mark Barnard shares tips on who should do what when the other team sends a free ball or down ball over the net. He covers the responsibilities of the front-row and back-row

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