AOC 2015 Clinics

Drills

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

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

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Swing-blocking drill

To practice swing blocking, Menlo High School Coach Steve Cavella has his players do a simple drill without the ball where they focus on footwork as well as body- and hand-positioning. The drill includes three swing-blocking moves. Players start in the middle of the court and go wide to the pin, then go back to

Overhead digging

Don’t forget about the overhead dig

During one practice, Tod Mattox of Bishop’s High School has his players work on overhead digs. For Mattox, it’s a no-brainer for players to pop up hard-driven balls with their hands above their heads rather than the traditional way. He explains why in this video and also talks about the sound an overhead dig should

Serving & Passing drill

Passers vs. servers drill

Austin Performance Volleyball Club runs this passers vs. servers drill because it helps players focus on minimizing errors. Players split into a team of servers and another of passers. The serving team tries to tally 10 aces before the passers get 40 good passes. The goal is not passing or serving accuracy. Its real purpose

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

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

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

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Skills

Beginner

Keys to Coaching Youth Volleyball

Keys to teaching young volleyball players

In this video, Maggie Peters of Washington Volleyball Academy talks about why it’s so important to keep the game fun for kids. As she points out, volleyball is inherently complicated and dynamic, and it takes time to learn. Two of her strategies for keeping the game fun: Moving practice along at a fast pace and

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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