Intentionally Improving Player to Player Relationships To Impact Team Results (Article 5 of 8)

Oxytocin the “trust hormone.” How to creating a volleyball practice environment for it release and ultimately your teams success. Oftentimes in volleyball coaching, our focus strays away from our original goal – creating an environment where players can have fun bonding with friends through sports – and becomes far too task-oriented. Most youth athletes do…

Inattention to Results – The Fifth Dysfunction of a Volleyball Team and How to Overcome It (Part 5 of 5)

In sports there are winners and losers and results are often a bench mark of success on and off the court. The fifth dysfunction of a team is and “Inattention to Results”.
“Perhaps more than with any of the other dysfunctions, the leader must set the tone for a focus on results. If team members sense that the leader values anything other than results, they will take that as permission to do the same for themselves.” – Patrick Lencioni

How to Building Trust and Improve Teamwork On Your Volleyball Team Through the Sharing of Information (Article 4 of 8)

At Volleyballl1on1, we are firm believers that the sharing of information leads to improved trust and more cohesive teamwork. Communication is the core of self-confidence in developing athletes, which has a contagious effect on the rest of the team. So, how do we do this at Volleyball1on1?
Each practice begins with “The Big Three.” All of which are outlined on a white board for everyone to see.

Teaching Volleyball Players How To Become Better Learners

Last week something special happened in my world. My son, Thor (9), got up on stage at his talent show and solved a Rubik’s cube. But he didn’t just solve it. He did a portion of it with his eyes closed. In front of an audience. Don’t believe me? Check out the video: Needless to…

Beach Volleyball Setting Tips for Indoor Players

I was playing this weekend when my partner posted this video. I thought it displayed several excellent lessons for indoor volleyball setting that I feel the majority of coaches often miss, either because they do not play beach or simply haven’t been exposed to enough beach volleyball. Now, given that setting has been statistically determined…

Building Trust Through Job Crafting and Discretion When Coaching Volleyball (Article 3 of 8)

Hire talented people. Let them go to work. That is one of the most popular philosophies in the workplace, and for good reason: In an article in the Harvard Business Review, author Paul Zak, a psychologist, wrote that: “Once employees have been trained, allow them, whenever possible, to manage people and execute projects in their…

Developing Self Confidence in Young Volleyball Players

Before you can change any skill on the court – passing, setting, hitting, anything – you must first change one aspect off of it: Your belief in yourself. A lack of self-confidence – often inaccurate and subjective – is far too common in young players, and it results in poor performances, which leads to a…

Building a Volleyball Culture of Trust – Building Trust Through Challenges (Article 2 of 8)

What are sports, if not a series of achievable challenges presented to a team on a yearly, monthly, weekly and daily basis? Indeed, challenges are ubiquitous in sports, so it should come as no surprise that it is those very challenges – achievable but not too easy – that brings teams together with the wonderful…

Building a Volleyball Culture of Trust – Recognize Excellence (Article 1 of 8)

It is possible that you have assembled the most talented, wildly gifted volleyball team of your coaching career. You know all the tricks, all the right drills and the perfect amount of reps to get your team prepared for the upcoming season, which is sure to be a rousing success. Except it’s possible that none…

It’s Time to Hit the Gym For Your Eyes

There are roughly 640 muscles in the human body. Athletes spend an inordinate amount of time training and strengthening almost every single one of them. Yet there are six that are often forgotten: the Superior Oblique, Superior Rectus, Medial Rectus, Lateral Rectus, Inferior Rectus, and Inferior Oblique. Or, simply put: Your eyes. The aforementioned six…

A Tale of Two Volleyball Players

The sport of volleyball has undergone a wide variety of changes over the better part of the last decade: the scoring has changed, rules involving the net have changed, even the role of the libero has seen some modification. But the biggest change in regards to coaching the game of volleyball is what has become…

Flo Hyman – Volleyball Hall of Fame Players Secret to Winning

Flo Hyman used to be self-conscious about her height. Standing 6 feet tall before she was even a teenager, Hyman did everything in her power to shrink. And yet, more than half a century later, her name still towers in the world of volleyball. A three-time All-American and 1984 silver medalist, Hyman was named by…

Internal vs. External Feedback, and the Mistake Coaches Don’t Realize They’re Making

“Research increasingly supports the view that external focus affects motor learning by directing the attention to the outcomes of movements instead of the movements themselves.The goal is to make actions more automatic and reduce conscious control;” As coaches, we can all relate to the same, maddening question: Why won’t our athletes listen? Over and over…

High School Volleyball Coaching Tips from Pennsylvania High School Volleyball – 3 Video – 9 13 16

This post features 3 high school volleyball videos . The coach is Andor Gyulai, Owner of Volleyball1on1.com.   This is a service Volleyball1on1 provide to high school coaches to help support them during the course of their season as part of our Volleyball High School Summer Camps.   For more information about our high school…

400 Volleyball Passing Reps – Volleyball Coaching Advice from Shawn Patchell

This past week I got the opportunity to sit down and have breakfast with Shawn Patchell, Head Men’s Coach at Concordia University and one of my favorite coaches here in the United States. Shawn is an incredible coach having helped coached Pro teams in Europe, Top D1 Colleges Men’s and even the USA National Boys…

Volleyball1on1 High School Volleyball Coaching Tips and Advice 9 6 16 Video 2

This video (Video 2) features volleyball high school coaching tips and advice with Andor Gyulai the owner of Volleyball1on1.com. Click here to see Video 1. This video speaks of the philosophies and culture Volleyball1on1 teaches at our summer camps for high schools and clubs. This video shows that there is an formula for winning high…

Volleyball1on1 High School Volleyball Coaching Tips and Advice 9 6 16 Video 1

This video features volleyball high school coaching tips and advice with Andor Gyulai the owner of Volleyball1on1.com. This video speaks of the philosophies and culture Volleyball1on1 teaches at our summer camps for high schools and clubs. This video shows that there is an formula for winning high school volleyball matches! Players should understand this formula…

Coaching Youth High School Volleyball Blocking Technique with Tips from Kerri Walsh Jennings

In this video we review youth high school volleyball blocking and coaching mistakes. The video also brings in good lessons from Kerri Walsh Jennings on blocking and can be used as a tool for coaches to help young players learn to love the game and watch more beach volleyball.

Volleyball1on1 High School Volleyball Coaching Tips 9 2 16 – Faith – Video 1

This video feature a video youth high school volleyball coaching review we did for one of our Volleyball1on1 Summer Camp coaches. As part of our Volleyball1on1 Summer Camps we offer FREE video reviews to help support our coaches. We have made extensive notes on this post including responses from the coach with counter responses from Andor Gyulai.

Kaizen in Volleyball – Forget Perfection, Focus on Progression and Compound the Improvement

Kaizen is a word and thought system that is the foundation of the “Volleyball1on1 Winning Team Culture” we teach for high school and club youth programs. The word is Japanese and means constant never ending improvement. I think this video captures the idea and should be shared early in your season with your players, coaches…

Volleyball Serving Lessons from the “Lion” Aleksandrs Samoilovs Part of #1 Men’s Beach Team in the World

This week I was at the Long Beach FIVB World Championships and I had a chance to talk with “The Lion” Aleksandrs Samoilovs from Latvia who is part of the #1 Ranked beach men’s team in the world.  During our conversation I got to ask him a few things including why he has in my…

Why Your Volleyball Season Failed and How to Change It!

As you get ready to start this season and review why you and your team failed to achieve the volleyball results you wanted last year I think it’s important to take some lessons from America’s finest. A lesson that can make us better coaches plus a better mentor as we impart this important knowledge onto…

6 Important Coaching Points for Winning High School Volleyball Matches

I want to share some of the most important points to winning at the high school level. Now I know this may seem obvious, but often this is all it takes! It reminds me of one of my favorite sayings by a great man: “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo Galilei

Updated OODA Loop Diagram for “Reading the Game” and Volleyball Strategy – 1 29 16

Billions of dollars have been spent since the 50’s on research related to the OODA Loop and military warfare. Many of those same, researched concepts can be applied volleyball. In this diagram we show you how many of our ideas on “Reading the Game” and “Volleyball Strategy” come together in one philosophy and diagram.

What Your Volleyball Summer Camp May be Missing and what it should Teach and Why

In this article I want to review what high school summer camps should teach players / coaches and what your camps in the past may have missed. As I discussed last week, referencing Harvard professors J Richard Hackman 60-30-10 Rule up to 90% of your seasons outcome can be influenced by your volleyball summer camp and what you do before and during the first few weeks of practice.

How To Build a Leadership Council – Lessons from Alabama Football

In volleyball, building team leaders within a team is critical for long term team and coaching success. These leaders can be taught to take over many traditional challenging coaching responsibilities which often create problems with coach to player relationships. In talking with coaches the characteristics of the current millennial generation of players has accelerated this need to change toward this new coaching style that requires more player involvement.

Beach Volleyball Spiking Secrets to Hitting High and Hard as an Old Guy

So as many of you know I still love playing beach volleyball competitively and I wanted to share an important tip that has really helped me as I turn 40 this year to compete against those young bucks. Hopefully it will help you do the same! As an older player I find attacking successfully is one of the most difficult things to do as you get older.

Physical Orientation – I.T.S.S. – It’s The Set Stupid! OODA Loop for Volleyball

One important area that is not empathized enough on defense is the physical orientation of the set and players getting meaning from the set as it relates to defense both blocking and digging. To help overcome this challenge I have created a fun acronym, “I.T.S.S.” to help players understand this is the first thing they should look for when “reading the game” on defense.

How Your Players (And Coaches) Can Learn 70-80% of What They Need to Know Before Season Begins

High school volleyball season is brutal in that team matches start just weeks after the first practice. In this article I am going to quickly explore how we work with high school teams and coaches to learn 70-80% of what they need to know before the season begins.

“Reading the Game” – The Biggest Change in Volleyball Coaching And How You Are Likely Teaching it Wrong!

In reviewing volleyball coaching as a whole “Reading the Game” is the biggest change in volleyball coaching in the last 5 years. In review “Reading the Game” is the skill I most often hear high school and club coaches struggle to teach and are most interested in learning. Yet the majority of experts are teaching “Reading the Game” wrong in my opinion! In this article I will review how the most successful fighter pilot in USA Airforce history may offer a better way and why!