Private Lesson Plan for Volleyball

How to Run a Private Lesson for Volleyball (Plus Free Plan!)

Have you thought about offering private lessons, but you’re not sure where to start? The first time I ran private lessons, I really really REALLY over-prepared, because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. My club had plugged me into some timeslots and I was supposed to create lessons after a quick consult with the player (most of whom I did not know) and if you know me at all, you know I’m a planner. So this was WAY outside of my comfort zone! Continue reading “How to Run a Private Lesson for Volleyball (Plus Free Plan!)”

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There are tons of benefits to playing games at practice! Here are a few...

The Power of Games

When you are training a group of players to be elite athletes it can seem like spending time playing games at practice is a waste of time. What we sometimes forget as coaches is that fun is a major component of the learning process.

Thinking back on my time as a player I first remember running around laughing with my teammates and playing fun games. Yes, I remember playing hard, training, and running through drills, but the most vivid memories are from when I was playing “deadfish,” “the downball game,” and more.

What this tells me is that I was the most present while we were having fun and playing games together. But there are more benefits than just having fun at practice. I’ve listed a number of benefits which come along with structuring a practice which includes small games that reinforce skills. Continue reading “The Power of Games”

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Easy ways to fix a beginner volleyball player's armswing

Common Hitting Errors Young Volleyball Players Make (And How to Correct Them)

Summer is officially underway and I’ve just finished up the second week of my volleyball club’s camps! This last week we had a pretty young group (3rd through 6th grade) and I saw a LOT of hitting errors over and over again. There are a few simple solutions to some of the most common errors, and I wanted to share them with you! Continue reading “Common Hitting Errors Young Volleyball Players Make (And How to Correct Them)”

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Physical strength and volleyball IQ are two ways this coach decides playing time. What would you add?

7 Ways a Volleyball Coach Decides Playing Time

We’ve all been there. “Why am I sitting out?” “Why does Sarah start but I have to sub in?” “Why do I never get to serve?” These are all thoughts we probably had as players on one team or another. We usually chalked it up to Sarah being the favorite, or the coach not paying attention to us, or not knowing what they’re doing… Continue reading “7 Ways a Volleyball Coach Decides Playing Time”

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Throw an awesome end of season volleyball party!

End of Season Party Ideas

Wait… it’s over already!?

It is amazing how quickly a volleyball season ends! One minute, you’re scratching your head trying to figure out how you could POSSIBLY have 2 more months left (or the 2-3 week range for high school) and the next minute, you’re giving your final “good game” and facing a group of parents wanting details on the end of season party. What do you do? Continue reading “End of Season Party Ideas”

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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 fluorescent 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”

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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”

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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.