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 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 and school administration.…

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…

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

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

My Personal Volleyball Weight Lifting and Gym Training Secrets

In this article I will review what I have learned working with some of the best volleyball trainers in the world. As I mentioned last week I turn 40 in month and a half and I am in the best shape I have been in 10 years.

Your Road-Map to Your Best Volleyball Year Ever!

So I turn 40 in a few months and I can honestly say I am in the best shape I have been in 10 years and playing some of my best beach volleyball ever. This is no accident but rather the result of hard work, research and finding experts in the fields of volleyball training, nutrition and injury prevention. Today I am going to share how you can do this yourself or help your player accomplish their own similar goals!

Volleyball Supplements – Cheat!

The science of supplements and nutrition is light years ahead of when I first started taking supplements in 95 – 96 entering UCLA looking to win a National Championship. Since then over 20 years ago, the advancements in legal supplements have been so incredible it honestly feels like cheating if I compare to back then!

The Science of Volleyball Training

The science of training has changed dramatically! Personal training and sports is big business and as a result the knowledge of what works is extraordinary! Also there is now real science behind what were previous theories on training with the result that the training systems are more proven and tested! In this article I will share what I believe is one of the best systems an why?

How to Recover Faster Post Volleyball Training

As you get older the toughest part is how to recover faster. The science and nutrition behind recovery is light years ahead of what was happening just 15 years ago for me personally while attending UCLA. Here is a list of my personal tips for recovery:

How To Get Started And Motivated After Being Out a Long Time

Often getting started is one of the toughest things to any training program and it is the reason most people fail. It takes 21 days to make a habit so how do you get motivated to last 21 days? When I started to train again for volleyball I weighed 253 pounds doing anything in the gym was both physically and mentally challenging!

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!

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…

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.

Indoor Volleyball Setting “Verbal Cues” for Setters and Non-Setters with Alan Knipe

This video features Alan Knipe reviewing important volleyball setting “Verbal cues” for setters and non-setters. Great coaches have the ability for players to understand and remember complex motor patterns with easy to understand verbal cues or keys. This video demonstrates why Alan is one of the best coaches in the United States.

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!

Volleyball Passing Communication and Technique with Alan Knipe (2 of 2)

This video features Alan Knipe sharing coaching advice on volleyball passing communication. Advice includes communication, calling and understanding seam responsibilities, building trust and more. This video will help you become better at passing and serve reception. Alan Knipe was the 2012 USA Men’s Coach for the Olympics in London. Alan is arguably one of the top coaches in the world and is currently the head coach at Long Beach State for the men’s team.

Developing Better Passing Technique Through a Good Pre-Serve Routine with Alan Knipe (1 of 2)

This video features Alan Knipe sharing tip for a better pre-serve volleyball passing routine. This video will help you become better at passing and serve reception. Alan Knipe was the 2012 USA Men’s Coach for the Olympics in London. Alan is arguably one of the top coaches in the world and is currently the head coach at Long Beach State for the men’s 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.…

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!