In this video, Cary Wendell Wallin, a former AVCA Player of the Year at Stanford who is now the Director of Player Development at 949 Athletics in Orange County, talks about where the setter should be in relation to the middle blocker for the "One" set. She also touches on the importance of where the setter takes the ball in relation to her body - not too low, not too high.
If you have a small cone and a ball the size of a tennis ball (or smaller), you can do this simple setting drill that helps players work on getting their feet to the ball and take it directly above their foreheads.
In this video, San Diego State Head Coach Deitre Collins-Parker presents a warm-up drill that puts a new spin on traditional pepper. After watching the aerial view of players rotating through the drill, you will see why she calls it Four Square Pepper.
To teach his hitters the value of diversity, University of San Diego Associate Head Coach Brent Hilliard often creates a blocking dummy at the net, holding up a large pad that he borrowed from the basketball and football teams. The basketball team uses it to practice taking charges, the football team uses it for offensive line drills.
All good serves - and certainly all great serves - start with a good toss. Here, Deborah Newkirk of Coach 'Em Up in Austin, Texas, shares a toss- height drill that can be done by any player who has a ball, a wall and a piece of tape.
A great way to simulate what it's like to dig random balls off blockers' hands on scramble plays is by using a fit ball. As you'll see in this drill shared by Mark Barnard, head coach of the Australian women's national team and associate head coach at Oregon State, spikes that deflect off a fit ball could very well go anywhere.
At some point in their development, all setters should add a jump set to their arsenal, but it shouldn't be done before the player has established the fundamentals. Once they have that foundation, there are three basic keys to jump setting, as U.S. National Team player Cassidy Lichtman explains in this video.
Jim Stone starts this tutorial talking about why he likes his setters to be good dancers. From there, he breaks down the setter hand-positioning and release that he taught in his 26 years as head women's coach at Ohio State and that he continues to teach now as head coach of the U.S. girls' youth national team.
The throwing motion and the technique for hitting a volleyball are very similar. Jim Stone, former head women's coach at Ohio State, makes comparisons here, highlighting the efficiencies in the spiking motion that give players the best chance to put the ball down.
Oregon State women's volleyball coach Terry Liskevych runs a simple serving drill that applies game-like pressure and intensity to the routine of serving.
Players start at the end line and serve one after another to a specific area of the court. The collaborative goal is to hit 8 consecutive serves in the designated location. A missed serve knocks the count back to zero. While simple in design, the drill can keep your team ready to seize the moment in a game situation.
Stanford's John Dunning discusses how most players use a "generic" hitting approach, meaning they take the same angle of approach every time they jump. To his players, John stresses adjusting how they plant their feet so that they are lined up to take a hard swing at different areas of the court.
This drill run by UCLA women's coach Mike Sealy has two purposes - the first is to make the setter focus on delivering a perfect ball when fatigued. The second is to make the hitters better the ball and keep it in play no matter the quality of set.How it works - the setter starts on the ten-foot line, and the coach tosses balls to for them to set in rapid succession. The setter alternates setting balls to the right side and left side. To get out of the drill, the attackers must hit 25 balls over the net, in the court. Watch the video to see the tips that Sealy gives to the setters when they are tiring.
"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 while the third is playing the "live" ball. Once the player who isn't holding the ball plays the "live" ball, the player who will play the ball next tosses the ball she is holding to the player who just played it.
Lots of concentration is required, and it's a fun challenge for teammates to work together to score points without "dropping the baby."
Digs (or passes) on the beach should have a higher arc than indoor digs because the partner of the player who makes the dig needs time to get under the ball for the set.Here, three-time beach Olympian Holly McPeak has one of the players in her training group, Skylar Caputo, demonstrate the difference between an indoor dig (or pass) that gets to the net quickly and a slower, loopier beach dig.
The message in this video is that it's essential for players to use more than their legs as they propel off the floor to hit. Mike Schall, coach at Triangle Volleyball Club in North Carolina, offers tips on how players can use their arms to improve their jump. In the second part of the video, you'll see his players demonstrate an approach and hit that is enhanced by a good back swing.
Take note of the exact point when players swing their arms back.
Three players participate: a setter and two passer/hitters. The object is to keep the ball in play as long as possible, and all three players are continually switching to the other side of the court. As Coach explains, Dana Aiono the net is your enemy in this drill, so the location of your passes, sets and shots is everything. In other words, ball control, ball control, ball control.
Salima Rockwell, the Nittany Lions' associate head coach, demonstrates good digging form in this video - taking a big step in the direction of the ball to keep her shoulders around the ball and her platform facing the target area.
Working with two of his passers, North Carolina coach Joe Sagula talks in this video about why it's so important in volleyball to keep the arms wide when readying for a dig or a pass. As he points out, it takes patience. But the payoff is that you're less likely to swing your arms and shank the ball.
During a fall practice, Bishop's High School Head Coach Tod Mattox works with his younger middle blockers on closing more efficiently to the outside blocker. His senior middle, Gretchen Cash, is very good at this, but the younger middles are still bending their knees and going down before their jump. That wastes time and often makes them late.
One word Holly McPeak uses a lot during her beach practices is "apex." It relates to how she wants the setter to put the ball up and down toward the net, not low and pushed out wide like an ideal indoor set.
Here, the players get a couple of nice apexes on transition sets off digs.
One of Dunning's objectives is to provide data that gives players a specific reason to get better. During this practice, a Stanford assistant logged the exact time it took from when the middles received their starting cue - the cue was the coach yelling "Hut" or "Go" - to when they got their hands over the net on the outside. This allowed players to compare their speed on the block move to the time it takes certain opponents to get the ball from the setter to the hitter.
The first step to being an effective middle blocker is taking an explosive first step. In this video, Art of Coaching Volleyball contributor Jim Stone teaches the technique for that first step and explains how it can speed up lateral movement in a way that will allow middle blockers to block more balls.
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. Regis University Head Coach Frank Lavrisha demonstrates a drill where a team of two only has two touches instead of three. This is designed for the passer since if the pass can be high and in the middle for the attacker in this drill, it would be a good pass for a setter in a match.
Training a Young Setter
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. Oregon State University Assistant Coach Emily Hiza shows us a quick and easy drill to help train young setters.
Three Ball High Ball Management
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. McMaster University Head Men's Volleyball Coach Dave Preston shows a three ball high ball management drill.
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. Penn State University Head Coach Russ Rose shows us ways to improve blocking footwork.
Serving Sidelines + Corners
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. Stanford Head Women's Volleyball Coach John Dunning demonstrates a drill designed to make your teams better servers.
Ball Control Transition Drill
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. The nationally ranked North Carolina Tar Heels Head Coach Joe Sagula demonstrates a ball control transition drill.
Hitting Against Six
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. Oregon State University Head Coach Terry Liskevych shows us a drill that takes two outside hitters and plays them against six people.
Analysis of Lauren Carlini's Jump Setting + Attacking
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. University of Wisconsin AVCA All-American Lauren Carlini's jump set and attack are analyzed and broken down.
Drill for a Broken Play
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. The drill you'll see here, run by Penn State in preseason practice, puts pressure on players to execute three skills in succession:
1. Serve the ball in the court. 2. Make a dig off a hard-driven ball. 3. Hit the ball over the net and into the court with topspin.
Side Slide Breakdown
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. Michigan State University AVCA All-American Libero Kori Moster breaks down her side slide by slowing down the video and analyzing each move.
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. Stanford Head Women's Volleyball Coach John Dunning shows us a game that's fun and a good workout.
Blocking Analysis of Maja Poljak
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. This video analyzes the technique of one of the best middle blockers in the world, Croatian Maja Poljak.
11 Person Drill
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. Oregon State University Head Coach Terry Liskevych shows us a drill that involves no middles.
First Ball Side Out
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. Australian National Team Head Coach Mark Barnard shows us a drill that rewards a team for winning the point on the first swing.
Serving Technique + Passing Form
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. USA Girls Junior National Team Assistant Coach Lindsey Devine demonstrates a great two-person drill to practice serving technique and passing form.
USA Girls National Team Assistant Coach Brooke Coulter shows a few simple drills for camp and players coming back from lower limb injuries.
Warmup Drill Before Practice
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. Iowa State University Graduate Assistant Jesse Tupac is with the USA Girls Youth National Team showing us a drill called "Hot Potato Pepper."
It's a great warmup drill before practice or at the beginning of a camp!
In this video you will learn advanced beach volleyball strategy for offense and defense used by the best players in the world including Kerri Walsh and April Ross. This video will offer new insights on running offensive and defensive routes as well as new advanced blocking calls to make this possible. This video includes demo examples with Kerri Walsh, April Ross, Casey Patterson, Emanuel Rego, and Alison Cerutti. This video also includes tangible examples of how to apply these advanced strategies immediately so that yourself or your players see results instantly. Visit Volleyball1on1.com for similar coaching videos, tips, instruction and drills.
How to Treat Volleyball Knee Pain and other Volleyball Injuries
The science of solving common volleyball injuries has taken a huge leap forward with the use of bio-mechanic tape. This tape is unlike any tape on the market and acts like a spring or bungee cord on the body to absorb and create load, thus offering a new tool to address volleyball injuries. In this video we offer solutions for patellar tendonitis / jumpers knee and osgood-schlatter injuries. Visit Volleyball1on1 to see more videos on addressing shoulder, back, ankle, calf, pelvic and other common volleyball injuries.
New Fix for Spiking Form / Technique - Bio Mechanic Tape
Are you looking for new ways to help your players engage their hips and trunks when spiking? Thus increasing power and reducing volleyball injuries. This video features a new spiking form fix that is quick, cheap and easy, giving player's instant feedback to improve power. BIO MECHANIC TAPE is a new tape completely different than kinesiology tape that if used correctly can tackle volleyball injuries in never before seen way plus be used to improve volleyball skills from jumping to passing to spiking.
Click Here to see more ways how bio tape can be used for correcting volleyball form and reducing volleyball injuries.
Resources to Rapidly Improve Volleyball Motor Skills
Motor learning studies have found that movement information is retained in memory in the form of an image. Given this, video demonstrations are a great way to provide the images and accelerate motor learning of volleyball skills. This week Volleyball1on1 added some new resources for the volleyball community in the form of never before done seven camera angle volleyball video demo's. This week's VTOW Video features a beach volleyball demo series that will remind you of Sinjin Smith and Mike Dodd and miss "Old School Beach Volleyball" at its best. Also it will teach you allot about defense and new ways to improve motor skill learning.
Click Here to See Kerri Walsh, April Ross, Phil Dalhausser, Sean Rosenthal and more offering "How To Volleyball Demo Videos"
The Steino -- The Only Shot Ever Named After a Player
This week Volleyball1on1 has added a new video from UCLA Sand Volleyball Coach and Olympian, Stein Metzger. In this video Stein share a shot he made famous hitting past blockers like Phil Dalhausser and Brazilian blocker, Alison. This is the only shot in volleyball that we know of named after a player. This is just 1 of 75 Videos on Volleyball1on1.com filmed with Stein Metzger. Stein was also a 3 Time NCAA Indoor Winning Setter at UCLA, see his full series on indoor setting at volleyball1on1.com. Click Here to See All 75 Indoor and Beach Videos with Stein Metzger.
Volleyball Blocking Cue and Tip for Beach + Indoor
This week Volleyball1on1 has added a power volleyball coaching cue and tip for improving your player's beach and indoor blocking. The tip is from Steve Anderson, Olympic Gold and Bronze Medal Coach and Head Coach for Beach Volleyball Canada. This is just 1 of 60 Videos filmed with Steve where he goes through each skill and helps teach good sound beach volleyball technique for beginners to intermediate players. Click Here to See All 60 Of Steve Anderson Beach Volleyball Coaching Videos and Drills.
How to Design Athletic Volleyball Exercises, Drills and Workouts
Two-time AVCA Coach of the Year Bill Ferguson shares NCAA Preparation Secrets learned from Super Bowl Champion Coach Pete Carroll. This is just one of 120 videos Volleyball1on1 filmed with Bill Ferguson Coaching. Others videos in the series include: two full USC Volleyball Practices. One full practice with Bill Coaching the 2013 USA Gold Medal U15 Boys Club Team, conversations from the office on practice, and coaching, advice on new ways to run the Bic set / offense, plus much more...
Reading the Game Blocking and Calibrating Team Offense
This video tip of the week is brought to you by Volleyball 1 on 1. Shawn Patchell (USA Men's Pan Am Coach 2013, USA U21 Coach and USA Boys Coach) shares his 5 In, 5 Out of System Volleyball drill that works on defense namely reading the game and on the offense, calibrating the attack.
This drill can be run with just one coach yet allow the coach to offer a lot of feedback for playerimprovement.
First Year Program Reveals Volleyball Coaching and
Recruiting Secrets that Helped to Win it All
This video tip of the week is brought to you by Volleyball 1 on 1. In 2013 Trevor Johnson was asked to start a Men's Volleyball Program at Concordia University in Orange County California. He went about the task holding true to his core values as a coach plus lesson learned from other mentor coaches like Dan Fisher. This video reveals what he did and how he did it!
This video tip of the week is brought to you by Volleyball Training Solutions. It features Clemson University and takes a drill on covering the block and a typical blocking drill then combines the two.
This video tip of the week is brought to you by Volleyball Training Solutions. It features the University of South Carolina and shows a drill that practices how to prepare for the next ball, pay attention and have purpose and control on all aspects of the court.
This video tip of the week is brought to you by Volleyball Training Solutions. It features Wingate University and shows how to get a good swing when you're out of system.
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Middle Blocker Transition Footwork
This video is brought to you by Volleyball Training Solutions. It features Jim Stone and discusses middle blocker transition footwork. Visit http://www.volleyballsolutions.com/ for more helpful videos!
Middle Blocking & Tracking the Ball
This video is brought to you by Volleyball Training Solutions. This video features the Northwestern University and discusses middle blocking and pressing, and tracking the ball. Visit http://www.volleyballsolutions.com/ for more helpful videos!
This video is brought to you by Volleyball Training Solutions. This video features the University of Illinois and discusses defensive positioning. Visit http://www.volleyballsolutions.com/ for more helpful videos!
Out of System Offensive Options
This video is brought to you by Volleyball Training Solutions. This video features the University of West Florida and discusses out of system offensive options. Visit http://www.volleyballsolutions.com/ for more helpful videos!
Setting and Seeing the Block
This video is brought to you by Volleyball Training Solutions. This video features the University of Michigan and discusses eye work for setting and seeing the block. Visit http://www.volleyballsolutions.com/ for more helpful videos!
Plowing through the Plateau
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by Volleyball Training Solutions. This video features Loyola-Chicago explains how they deal with players reaching a plateau or desire additional feedback the coaching staff doesn't always have the time to provide.
Setters Staying Neutral
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by Volleyball Training Solutions. This video features Creighton University shows us how setters can stay neutral for both front and back sets.
Double Blocking the Pin Ball
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by Volleyball Training Solutions. This video features the University of Notre Dame and discusses double blocking a pin ball.
Hitting an Effective Slide
This AVCA Video Tip of the Week is brought to you by Volleyball Training Solutions.
Topic: The key components of running an effective slide. Coaches: Jim Miret, Jim Stone
Casey Patterson - Professional Beach Volleyball Player
Core Control for Volleyball- Are you ready to improve your performance by as much as 25% using the latest in Athletic Performance Technology. See here what helped Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson win this past weekend at the FIVB event in Shanghai. Also be sure to check out all our volleyball workouts and our exclusive Gold Medal volleyball jump program.
AVCA Video Tip of the Week
Steve Anderson - Canadian National Team Head Beach Coach
Steve Anderson Teaches Volleyball Spiking - Steve is the current Canadian National Team Head Beach Coach and former Olympic gold medal coach for Australia.