Are You a Players Last Coach? Why Authoritarian Figure Coaching Style Fails!

Are You a Players Last Coach? This past weekend at a “Train the Trainer” Volleyball1on1 Club Clinic I ran in El Paso, Texas I had a young talented sophomore player come up to me at the end of the clinic and say: “Andor, I just want to thank you for renewing my love and passion…

It’s Time to Hit the Gym For Your Eyes – Volleyball Vision Training

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…

The First Lesson You Should Teach Any Volleyball Player – Power Posing

Today I am going to share with you the first lesson I teach at every volleyball camp and clinic and I encourage you to do the same. Why, because the results are instantaneous and massive! Amy Cuddy, a professor and researcher from Harvard Business School offers powerful insights into her years of research on the…

Peaking Your Volleyball Players for and During Playoffs

As coaches, one of our most important attributes is the ability to peak players individually and as a team for, and during playoffs. In working with 1000’s of players and 100’s of coaches we have developed the Volleyball1on1 Coaching Formula and Systems for successfully peaking your players every year as required. Let me start by…

Positive Reinforcement vs. Recognizing Excellence and Brutal Honesty

The Millennial Coaching Challenge Millennials offer many unique coaching challenges! Badly executed “Positive Reinforcement” may be one of the biggest mistakes most coaches make when coaching this generation. The importance of recognizing excellence vs. positive reinforcement is an important coaching concept that I feel many coaches and parents miss when developing great volleyball players and…

Volleyball1on1 OODA Loop Volleyball Vision Coaching Blueprint and Vision Training for Sports Paper

Why Read This? In the last 6 years the biggest change in coaching the sport of volleyball has be the concept of “Reading the Game.” Yet most coaches teach it wrong in my opinion and in so doing miss so much more where they can help their players! I have spent the last six years…

What Good Looks Like – Volleyball1on1 Coaching Formula for On Court Volleyball Success

What Good Looks Like “What Good Looks Like” is a term I picked up from Marcio Sicoli (Olympic Beach Gold Medal Beach Coach to Kerri Walsh) to describe the idea of how a team should physically play volleyball on the court. This idea challenged me to develop “The Volleyball1on1 Formula” of what I felt “Good…

AVCEx – A Review Of Reid Priddy Answer On My Question To Vision for Spiking

So this past week Reid Priddy (USA Volleyball Indoor Olympian Standout) did a Vlog (Video Blog) on a questions I asked him about vision. The question: “Do you have a vision routine for hitting?” His answer is here: This video is interesting on a number of fronts but most interesting as it relates to an…

How To Run the Bic Set for Volleyball – With Bill Ferguson

This video we filmed for the AVCA video tip of the week a few years ago. I think its the best video in the world on running the “Bic” set. This video shows why Bill Ferguson is such an incredible coach! Enjoy and be sure to thank him next time you see him! 🙂

Bad Blocking Technique and How To Improve It With The Step Close For Ryan Avatar Doherty

In this video series I review what I think is some bad blocking technique by Ryan “Avatar” Doherty. I love Ryan as a person and all that he does for the sport of beach volleyball. I highly encourage you to pick up his book (Avatar’s Guide to Beach Volleyball: Everything you need to know about…

Developing Athletes and, More Importantly, Developing People To Impact Volleyball Team Results (Article 6 of 8)

Facilitating whole-person growth is one of the eight most effective ways to build trust in a team environment… One of the most important aspects of coaching a sports team has nothing to do with the literal duties of coaching a sports team. What we learn in sports goes far beyond the court or field, which…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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

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.

Avoidance of Accountability – The Fourth Dysfunction of a Team in Volleyball Coaching and How to Overcome It (Part 4 of 5)

Because of a lack of real commitment and buy-in, team members develop and avoidance of accountability. Without committing to a clear plan and each member understanding their individual and team contributions to that plan, even the most focused and driven teams often hesitate to call each other out on actions and behaviors counterproductive to the good of the team.

Fear of Conflict and Healthy Debate – “Why You’re Season May Have Failed this Year and How to Fix It? 5 Dysfunctions Of a Team (Part 2 of 5)

Fear of conflict is a major reason many teams fail over the course of a volleyball season. By comparison healthy debate tends to lead to more success yet few coaches know why and how to foster this important environment with and amongst their players.   As a coach I think conflict is good for progress.…