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…

Show Vulnerability – New Research Validates Volleyball1on1 Coaching Systems for Team Building (Article 7 of 8)

One of the most effective methods of building trust, according to Paul J. Zak, who published a 10-year-long research study in the Harvard Business Review, is arguably the most uncomfortable: Be vulnerable. As a coach or a player – or an employee or employer off the volleyball court – showing vulnerability stimulates the release of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

Volleyball Tip – Develop a Mantra List to Help Deal with Pressure by Alan Knipe

How do you deal with stress in big volleyball matches? In this video Alan Knipe, USA Head Coach for the 2012 Olympics and current head coach for LBS NCAA Men’s shares secrets some of the top players in the world use to help them perform at their peak.

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.

Lack of Commitment – The Third Dysfunction of a Team and How to Overcome It (Part 3 of 5)

Lack of commitment is the third dysfunction of many teams that results in failure. In talking with many high school coaches about their season this year I am finding something they often express to me is the player’s lack of commitment. This to be honest is a common theme I hear from many coaches when describing volleyball players today and this generation.
The good news, I feel this is an easy problem to solve!

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.…

Volleyball1on1 Coaching Manual – The Turnkey Revolution and Systems Dependent Business (Part 2 of 3)

80% of businesses fail in the first 5 years and 96% of business fail in the first 10 years. In business the solution beyond this is taking advantage of the turnkey revolution or building systems dependent businesses. Those same successful business principals can lead to more successful coaching.

The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Why Your Season May Have Failed this Year and How to Fix It (Part 1 of 5)

Why do teams fail? This is a question many of you are asking or considering ask you look back or forward to your volleyball season. This is a question we answer in this post and includes easy to use tools!

Girls High School Volleyball Match Online Evaluation – Early Season with Andor Gyulai

This is a girls high school volleyball match evaluation with Andor Gyulai. This is a team Andor Gyulai coached during the summer and unfortunately we are not seeing allot of the things that we worked so hard on during the summer to get good. This video is a reminder of some of our teams guiding principals on the court as well as with regard to our coaching philosophy.

Using Science to Develop a Team Game Plan and a Volleyball Coaching Philosophy

In this post I wanted to reference some important resources to help when using science to develop a team game play principals and a volleyball coaching philosophy. This article is less about sharing opinions and more about referencing other studies and articles in order to have a foundation from which to analyses your own philosophies.

Volleyball Verbal Cue – Specificity, Make it Game Like and Over the Net

In this video Andor Gyulai reviews the verbal cues: Specificity. This is an important cues to use early and often with new volleyball players at it is an important foundation for coaching! This is also an important practice and drill design philosophy.

Coaching Your Volleyball Players to Become Better Learner For Life and Volleyball

Perhaps my number #1 Core Principal as a Coach is to help my volleyball players become better learners! I like to say: “My #1 Goal is to make you better life long learners that strive for Kaizen”. Kaizen means constant never ending improvement. In this video I go through with my players how they can become better / faster learners of anything including volleyball.