The Art of Coaching Volleyball
Summary: Former head coach for the USA Women's Volleyball National Team and current head coach for Oregon State University Women's Volleyball talks about what he thinks are the keys to success
Alisha Glass, three-time national champion at Penn State and the starting setter at the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, demonstrates two setting drills that have elevated her to becoming an AVCA All American and a member of the USA Women's National Team since 2010. The best part? Neither of these drills need a court and can […] The post Two at-home setting drills from Olympian Alisha Glass appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
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Ryan Hofer of Trinity Western Athletics and Kerry MacDonald of Volleyball Canada recommend that experienced and inexperienced coaches alike try to learn from coaches they respect, by attending an open gym, scrimmage or practice. Coaches like to share their wisdom and their techniques, but many don't get asked if another coach can attend their practices. […] The post Coaching tip: Find somebody you want to learn from appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
Mark Barnard of Oregon State University shows a simple passing progression drill that helps players get passing repetitions from different serving angles. Three passers line up in the back row with one setter in left front. One at a time, a server from the right back (Zone 1) serves one ball to left back, then […] The post Receiving serves from different angles appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
From an organizational and leadership standpoint, there are many reasons why some business organizations fail to perform at the level they are capable of. Some of these very same factors can also contribute to the lack of success for athlete teams. Here are the top 9 reasons: 1) Unclear direction or purpose. 2) Faulty strategy. […] The post 9 reasons teams fail to reach their potential appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
Christy Johnson Lynch of Iowa State University uses rapid fire setting to teach her setters proper footwork for getting to the ball. The emphasis on each tossed ball is getting the feet behind the ball and having hands poised and ready to set the ball above the forehead. First, have the setter catch the ball […] The post Keeping it quick: Rapid fire setting appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
Russ Rose of Penn State talks about the basics of individual defense, which includes reading the ball, getting into the right position, and being stopped at the point of contact. Rose says it is much easier to react when you're stopped, rather than still moving to the right position. Defensive stance: Heels slightly off the […] The post Individual defensive positioning appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
Michael Sopocy, Head Coach at North Park University, demonstrates several pre-game drills that incorporate both hitting lines and defenders. Drill #1: Three defenders and one setter set up on one side, against a line of outside hitters on the other side of the net. One of those hitters starts at the net and simulates a […] The post A better alternative to hitting lines for warm-up appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
Dani Busboom Kelly, Head Coach at the University of Louisville, has a special tool for her liberos and defenders: what she calls a "setter board." Set the board up in the right back position, where the setter would normally be releasing from. One player or coach hits driven balls at the board. One at a […] The post Libero setting: The setter board & the two shoot appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
The following is a case study of a player type who has problems listening to teammates and coaches. Her name is non-listening Nancy. This player frustrates you and her teammates. She seems so sure that she always knows exactly how to do things that she interrupts anyone who tries to talk. It may look like […] The post Ways to improve a player’s communication appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
Stein Metzger of UCLA Beach Volleyball is a big advocate of “baby court,” or “short court” play. Many coaches are fans of shortening the length and width of the beach court by about a meter, forcing their players to be accurate with the placement of their shots. When Metzger does this, he also chooses to […] The post Logistics & benefits of a baby court for beach appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
Adam Hughes, Assistant Coach for Penn State University, stresses that every player has a different serve and might be most lethal from a different position at the end line rather than the position right behind her digging position. Serving might seem like a simple concept, but learning to hone a player's natural serving abilities and […] The post Serving for an edge: Every server is different appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
Whether your training a single athlete or sharing skills with the whole team, help members absorb the new information by asking them how they prefer to learn. Have them rank these 7 learning methods: * Attempt it myself, then receive immediate feedback. * Give me exercises or drills to practice on my own. * Show […] The post Player quiz: Maximize learning for each player appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
Purpose: Even when players are waiting to come on the court for a drill or have down time, they should always be practicing their hand contact. This simple progression, which can be done alone or with a partner, teaches the proper hand contact for an attak. How it Works: Players stand in a stationary position […] The post Youth hand contact progressions appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
Luka Slabe, Assistant Coach for the USA Women's Team, advocates for starting every playing drill with serve receive. When teams rely on coaches initiating easy or free balls during drills, he says “nothing is random.” Practicing those random scenarios by initiating with a serve better mimics the actual game of volleyball. Serve receive is the […] The post Every drill should start with a live serve appeared first on The Art of Coaching Volleyball.