John Sample, owner and coach at Texas Advantage Volleyball in Dallas, talks here about why it’s so important for coaches to teach a proper armswing and hitting contact at a young age. As he points out, coaches often don’t want to change a young player’s technique if the player is getting a lot of kills because, during the learning curve, the player’s stats will likely suffer.
But in Sample’s view, it’s far better to teach players the right way to attack early in their careers, even if it means sacrificing kills and possibly even wins. It comes down to what’s best for the player in the long run, and learning good technique is crucial to continued progress over time.
In this video, Sample addresses one of the biggest problems he sees in young volleyball players: Improper hand contact when spiking. Among the points he touches on are how the ball should be struck and how the fundamentals of an armswing and contact can be improved through warm-up drills.