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”

Get the competitive juices flowing by modifying a childhood favorite for practice.

Fun Volleyball Drill for Ball Control: Musical Volleyball

Do you remember playing musical chairs as a kid? How everyone was nice and getting along walking around a circle of chairs until someone cut the music and you raced to grab a seat? It was fun, right? Got your competitive juices flowing? Well that was the inspiration for the most recent drill I created for my team’s practice to work on ball control as well as their competitive nature. Continue reading “Fun Volleyball Drill for Ball Control: Musical Volleyball”

Volleyball Scrimmage Alternative: Vegas

Volleyball Scrimmage Alternative: Vegas

While I love creating my own drills, sometimes you just need to peruse the internet and find some new inspiration. Two weeks ago I was looking for high-intensity drills and found “Vegas.” While the title was intriguing, it didn’t really explain what the drill focused on. Strictly out of curiosity, I watched.

My initial reaction was that it looked fun, but was nothing too special. It had competitive elements to it that was something I felt my girls needed a big dose of, so I added it to our practice plan with 20 minutes dedicated to learning and finishing the drill. Continue reading “Volleyball Scrimmage Alternative: Vegas”

The 3 C's Drill: Communication, Coverage, and Celebration

The 3 C’s Drill: Communication, Coverage, and Celebration

Is your team struggling to communicate, cover, or celebrate? Read how I run the 3 C’s Drill (presented by Judy Green, video in article) and try it out for yourself! It seriously impacted my girls and we have been a different team ever since!

Not teaching your team a skill because they're "not ready" is a disservice

Not Teaching Your Team a Skill Because They’re “Not Ready” Is a Disservice

“You’re not ready for that yet.” Have you caught yourself saying this to your team when they ask about more advanced skills? Plays, jump serving, swing blocking, etc? I heard myself say this exact phrase, and then had a small meltdown that I was not looking out for my girls.

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.

Pre-Made Volleyball Practice Plan: Learning Setting and Attacking

Pre-Made Volleyball Practice Plan: Learning Setting and Attacking

A practice plan you can print out and take with you to volleyball practice. Good for all skill levels. Works on building good foundation for setting and attacking.

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.