How To OODA Loop Your Opponent – Advanced Volleyball Strategy (Article 4)

Beyond being used as a better tool for “Reading the Game” and teaching Volleyball Skills more effectively the OODA Loop is a powerful way for players and coaches to approach Volleyball Strategy.
Colonel John Boyd the military strategist who rewrote the book on modern air warfare and the man behind the OODA Loop believed that when at a disadvantage a competent pilot could still overcome that disadvantage by “Attacking the Mind” of his opponent.

My 10-year Old Son Thor’s First USA Beach Volleyball Tryouts

This past weekend was a very exciting weekend in our family as my son Thor competed in his first USA Beach Volleyball Tryouts. I heard about the tryouts a month and a half ago and that players were being accepted into the program from as young an age as 10 for their U13 program. This…

Learned Automatic Response and Implicit Guidance in Volleyball Coaching – Game Plan Offense

This article and video series reviews how beach volleyball players who develop a “Game Plan Offense” can takes advantage of “Learned Automatic Response” and “Implicit Guidance” to beat opponents and overcome physical disadvantages on the court. The tactic I will discuss were used quite successfully in the 2016 Olympics to defeat Kerri Walsh Jennings and…

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 Branden Clemens and Ben Vaught Project – 1 Month Later (11-1-17)

So as some of you may know I have started coaching beach a little bit more seriously. Ben Vaught asked me a year ago to help him as a player (Read the Ben Vaught Project) and now for the last month I have been helping him and his partner Branden Clemens. As individuals or as…

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…

Peak Performance OODA Loop Vision Training – Level 5 – Exercises

Level 5 – Involves players “Observing,” “Orientating,” “Deciding,” and making an “Action” based upon information on one or more posters while watching and interacting with a separate moving object in constant motion while being actively distracted with the goal of moving the player out of their visual sensory mode. The purpose of level 5 exercises…

Peak Performance OODA Loop Vision Training – Level 4 – Exercises

Level 4 – Involves players “Observing,” “Orientating,” “Deciding,” and making an “Action” based upon information on one or more posters while watching and interacting with a separate moving object in constant motion. The purpose of level 4 exercises are to help: Track a moving object, While scanning between 1, 2 or more posters, While performing…

Peak Performance OODA Loop Vision Training – Level 3 – Exercises

Level 3 – Involves players “Observing,” “Orientating,” “Deciding,” and making an “Action” based upon information on one or more posters. Players are now ideally in constant motion. The purpose of level 3 exercises are to help: Improve “scanning for objects” while in motion. This is far more difficult than when stationary Improve players skill through…

Peak Performance OODA Loop Vision Training – Level 2 – Exercises

Level 2 – Involves players “Observing” and “Orientating” information on one or more posters while in motion, meaning they are moving. The purpose of level 2 exercises are to help: To help continue to acclaimed athletes to the use of the OODA Loop posters Improve “scanning for objects” while in motion. This is far more…

Peak Performance OODA Loop Vision Training – Level 1 – Exercises

Level 1 – Involves players “Observing” and “Orientating” information on one or more posters while being static, meaning not moving. The purpose of level 1 exercises are to help: Acclaimed athletes to the use of the OODA Loop posters Teach “scanning for objects” when training muscles in the eyes Teach players stage 1 – “Observation”…

Just Launched – Peak Performance OODA Loop Vision Training Posters

We are excited to announce the launch of our Peak Performance OODA Loop Vision Training Posters. These 27″ x 39″ posters are ideal for helping athletes in all sports including volleyball improve their ability to process visual information and thereby speed up their ability to navigate the OODA Loop. Athletes who can more effectively move…

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…

Stretch Step Advanced Beach Volleyball Defense Techniques, Tips and Drill with Andor Gyulai

This video features advanced beach volleyball defense technique and tips with Andor Gyulai the owner of Volleyball1on1.com. This video also features a simple defense beach volleyball drill to help with these techniques. The technique is described as the “Stretch Step Shortening Cycle” and is used to help players load as the ball is contacted so…

Advanced Beach Volleyball Serving Technique and Tips with Andor Gyulai

This video features beach volleyball jump serving technique tips with Andor Gyulai the owner of Volleyball1on1.com. This videos features tips for improving serve consistence using ideas used by top players like Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes. Important concepts include limiting your approach, lowering your toss and changing your contact point when you serve Video of…

Playable vs. Hittable Ball Volleyball Coaching Drill Progression

Teaching players to convert or at least make smart plays with bad sets is a very important and tough task for most coaches at any level. Coaches want players to be aggressive and smart “Taking out the trash” set, thus lowering the opponents opportunity to score in transition while most importantly not making a hitting…

The Ben Vaught Volleyball Project – 2016-2017

In the summer of 2016 after AVP Huntington Beach Open I was approached by a young 19-year-old Ben Vaught who asked for my help coaching him. This past summer he took four – 13ths and three 17th on the tour and established himself as one of the rising stars (Just age 20) after successful wins…

Real Life “What Good Looks Like,” Volleyball Example of a Program Turn Around

Last week I posted an article “What Good Looks Like – Volleyball1on1 Coaching Formula for On Court Volleyball Success” so this week I want to share a real-life example. You see I got a message today from a coach who we are in our second year of working with and who has completely turned the…

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…

Coaching Youth Volleyball Blocking Technique – Video 2 – Hands

In this video Chris Harger and Andor Gyulai discuss how to teach youth players volleyball blocking technique. This video offers new insights as it focuses specifically on just hands and using a wall as a prop to help young players better understand spacing and how to place their hands when blocking in volleyball. This video highlights Chris extensive experience as both a player and coach. Here at volleyball1on1 we feel Chris is one of the top boys club coaches in the nation and this video highlights his skill as a coach.

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 Pass a Volleyball and Serve Receive Volleyball Coaching With Andor Gyulai

This video features 25-30 verbal cues and ideas when teaching volleyball passing. Normally I would teach this over several sessions and include drills but due to the limited time in this session I put allot of it together in this 13 minute video. This video is great for coaches and players who want to learn how to pass a volleyball or get better and serve receive or coaching serve receive.

Coaching Instruction and Review Behind Coaching a Volleyball Jump Serve

This video breaks down what I am doing as I am coaching. Important coaching points: Guided discovery, Open probe questions – Who, What, What, When, How, O, So, Meaning, And, Tell Me, Motor learning patterns are stored In the brain Visually. Language of volleyball we speak Is our culture. Players learn with multiples senses.

Omaha Volleyball Serving Drill Post Jump Serve Instruction (2 Videos)

This video features the Omaha Volleyball Serving Drill. I developed this drill as a way to teach players how to serve tough under pressure and build some team comradery in the process. Comradery is the spirit of friendship and community in a group, like the comradery of soldiers at war who keep each other upbeat…

Coaching the Jump Serve In Volleyball – Verbal Cues and Review of the Instruction

Part 1: Coaching The Jump Serve In Volleyball In this video I teach players how to jump serve a volleyball. This video includes great volleyball coaching ques / keys that coaches can use in their own practice. Also here is the link to Dr. Gil Fellingham Presentation: Using Science to Develop a Team Game Plan…

Dealing with Serving Pressure – Challenge vs. Threat

Sorry, but I was asked to remove this video as their is some confidential information in the teachings! Sorry! First time this has happened to me!
Here is a great podcast from Coach Your Brains Out on the subject of Challenge vs. Threat…

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! 🙂

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…

Beach Volleyball Blocking Example on the Step Close Blocking Technique with Andor Gyulai Example 1

The goal of this video example is to show you an example of the Step-Close Beach Volleyball Blocking Technique in action as well as answer questions that are coming up regarding the technique. The examples in this video are for situations with a less than ideal situation to step close, yet the block still works!…

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…