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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

Coaching from a solutions perspective [ARTICLE]

by Coaching Volleyball on

In my personal opinion, among the best sessions of the HP Coaches Clinic I attended was the one featuring Julio Velasco. Although it was presented on the court, it wasn't actually one which featured drills or games or anything like that. It was...... Continue

Transition Drills [ARTICLE]

by Human Kinetics on

Transitions in volleyball include the time spent moving from one skill to another and moving from defense to offense and back. A successful volleyball team practices transitions regularly, gaining precision and speed. Every player must know where...... Continue

Know Your Opponent [ARTICLE]

by AVCA - Coaching Volleyball Magazine on

Creating scouting reports starts with remembering that the purpose is to provide a competitive edge over your opponent. This starts by playing competitively with the opponent. For instance, it does not matter what you want run offensively in your...... Continue

Evaluating Technical and Tactical Skills [ARTICLE]

by Human Kinetics on

Volleyball is the ultimate team sport. Players need to master many technical skills and know how to apply those skills in tactical situations. Most of the focus in team practices and individual training sessions is on the development and...... Continue

Big Picture Thinking [ARTICLE]

by AVCA - Coaching Volleyball Magazine on

First, some definitions: volleyball skills include spiking, blocking, setting, passing, etc. Athletic skills include power, strength/stability, agility, quick movement, mobility, etc. The two are joined at the hip. You can improve a volleyball...... Continue