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Motivating the Modern Athlete [ARTICLE]

by By: Dr. Marty Durden, Athletic Director - Presbyterian School - Houston, TX on

Today's athlete is different from years past. The much-publicized generation Y student-athletes (1980's-1999) have moved through college. Generation Z is...... Continue

Mind Games - Recognizing and Handling Concussions [ARTICLE]

by AVCA on

FAST FACTS: Concussions can occur in any sport. A concussion is a brain injury and all are serious. Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can...... Continue

The Art of Strategy and Tactics in Volleyball [ARTICLE]

by AVCA on

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. When I was coaching women's volleyball at the University of Nebraska I had a strategy that was the...... Continue

The Cure for PTSD (Play Time Stress Disorder) [ARTICLE]

by AVCA on

I hear it often amongst my coaching colleagues. The constant battle coaches have with players, parents and administrators over how to deal with playing time. Most parents claim to have an unbiased opinion but we all know the truth behind...... Continue

Does Traditional Periodization Face Extinction in Today's Volleyball Club Play? [ARTICLE]

by AVCA on

The traditional periodization model of a year-round off-, pre- and in-season conditioning isn't practiced in today's club volleyball. In a recent edition of my column (titled 'Addressing the Over-the-Top Culture in Volleyball') we looked at the...... Continue

Family Matters: Anne Kordes [ARTICLE]

by American Volleyball Coaches Association on

In a perfect world, everyone would work for Google or Facebook. Besides the free gourmet meals at lunch, in-office massages and liberal work-from-home policies, the folks at Facebook who want to start families automatically...... Continue

Avoiding player feedback dependence [ARTICLE]

by Coaching Volleyball on

The other day I came across the following question from a fellow volleyball coach: What do you do to make sure your players don't become dependent on you for feedback in matches? This sort of thing is a significant touch point...... Continue

Pepper Pros and Cons [ARTICLE]

by AVCA on

Some in the volleyball community have weighed in with their thoughts of our game's most popular drill. An advantage basketball has over volleyball is the simplicity of a ball, a hoop, and any number from zero to nine friends. Pepper is our...... Continue

Four Areas to Maximize your Team's Practice Session [ARTICLE]

by AVCA on

As coaches begin to plan a practice, one of the first things we think about is how to manage our time efficiently. We'd like to think all of our practices are run with great precision and precise detail. Unfortunately, this isn't always the...... Continue

The Difference Between Coaching and Mentoring [ARTICLE]

by AVCA on

Even though a head coach may have recruited every player on her roster, she will have some team members who would prefer not to be coached, or at least not have to change their behaviors to be on the court. But a coach has to make the effort to...... Continue