Quick Tip

Coaches, do you have a problem with players asking “what drill are we doing next?” or “are we gonna do hitting lines today?”

I know I did!

I’m a little on the softer side (you will rarely hear me yell or even raise my voice at my players), so in my first season I had a bit of a power-struggle with some of my players. They would ask, and since I didn’t know any better, I would answer. This was often met with either protests or excessive enthusiasm, both of which would cause disruption. So how do you avoid this? Continue reading “Quick Tip”

Your first tournament is already stressful enough! Pack your bag with these items and you can rest a little easier.

Volleyball Tournament Essentials

Tournament days can be looooong days. Whether you’ll be in the gym from 7:00am to 7:00pm, or if you’re only going to half-day tournaments, the time spent under the florescent lighting found in big warehouse gyms can take its toll on you. As a coach, there are a few volleyball tournament essentials that, if forgotten, will definitely ruin your day. And even though it seems like a no-brainer to pack a water bottle, I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to pay for overpriced water because I left my personal one at home (usually on the coffee table right next to the front door, of course).

To help you avoid long uncomfortable days surrounded by Fox 40’s and cheering teenagers, I’ve created a comprehensive “Volleyball Tournament Essentials” list. I’m sure there are many more things you could pack, but these items are sort of like an entry-level package for your DIY tournament survival kit. Continue reading “Volleyball Tournament Essentials”

Fix a Volleyball Serve in 4 Steps

Fix a Volleyball Serve in 4 Steps

This weekend I was working with young players (7th graders) during club volleyball tryouts. At this age, there are going to be a few players who stand out that have played club before or are just naturally athletic. There are also going to be a few people who have never played before and are just mimicking what they see others doing, even though they’ve had no formal training.

My court was no different, and there were plenty of times I saw the opportunity to tweak a player’s movements or form to improve their performance. While this takes some one on one time with a player, it is definitely worth it to step aside for a minute or two and help them (read more at the bottom on why this can work to your benefit, even during tryouts). Continue reading “Fix a Volleyball Serve in 4 Steps”

5 Things to Know About Coaching Club Volleyball

5 Things You Need to Know About Coaching Club Volleyball

Thinking about coaching club volleyball? Get a better understanding of what you’ll encounter by reading this article which compares and contrasts coaching school volleyball and club volleyball.

Reverse Engineer Your Volleyball Season

Reverse Engineer Your Volleyball Season

Create your personal volleyball coaching goals through my reverse engineering worksheet! I give my own goals as examples to help you out.

Are you a new volleyball coach? Check out my book!

Are you a new volleyball coach? Check out my book!

Are you a new volleyball coach who doesn’t know where to start? Instead of looking through more drill books, check out “Coaching Volleyball: A Survival Guide for Your First Season.” I explain all of the ACTUAL work you have to do! There’s more to volleyball than just running a good butterfly drill.

Teaching Young Players How to Pass a Volleyball

Teaching Young Players How to Pass a Volleyball

HOW you teach passing is just as important as the mechanics! This post addresses both, so you know your young players are learning how to pass correctly and to appreciate the foundation of the sport.

3 Reasons to Encourage Failure

3 Reasons to Encourage Failure

If a player knows you will support them through the learning process and their failures, they will reward your trust by exceeding expectations. All volleyball coaches should read this! It will help you develop your coaching philosophy.

My First Coaching Experience

My First Coaching Experience

No mater how much volleyball experience you have, there’s no learning curve steeper than your first year of coaching volleyball. Read about my experience and the three “pearls of wisdom” I share ,then add your own to the discussion!

Volleyball Tryout Checklist: 5 Overlooked Qualities

Volleyball Tryout Checklist: 5 Overlooked Qualities

Great team aren\’e2\’80\’99t made from a group of superstars; you need balance to achieve a winning group. These qualities will help you get closer to that balance.