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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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 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 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!

Club Volleyball Coaches. Do You Need Help with Stats and Video Storage?

Does Your Club Volleyball Team Need Help with Stats and Video? If so, check out Krossover. They’ll breakdown, stat-out and completely tag your matches so you don’t have to. Imagine never having to clip or stat any of your matches, on top of this imagine having a place to store unlimited match and practice video at…

Elite Level – Full Youth / High School Level / Club Volleyball Practice Plan with Chris Austin (33 Videos)

This post contains an elite level full youth club volleyball practice plan with Chris Austin, 2 Time NCAA Champion at UCI and coach to undersized boys team ranked as one of the top 10 teams in the country. This post contains links to all 33 videos with Chris Austin from full youth club volleyball practice.

6 on 6 Game Play, Building On What Was Practiced But in a Game-Like Situation – Chris Austin

This video now features the 6 on 6 game play portion of practice. This is where all the skills and drills so far are now introduced in a game like situation to maximize transfer in the athletes. As a side note, Chris left the following day to go compete in Europe professionally playing indoor.

All of Bill Ferguson Volleyball Videos, Drills and Articles

I am excited to add our newest volleyball coach this month (1/18/13) USC Men’s Head Volleyball Coach – Bill Ferguson. I have been friends with Bill for a number of years now, back to when I ran my own club of 8 teams and his volleyball coaching accomplishments are nothing short of incredible!

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Conversations from the Office – Volleyball Exchange Drill

This video features the conversation from the office regarding the volleyball exchange drill. The point of this drill is to warm up the players while still building skills and working on movement in transition. With the increased speed of the game transition movement has become more and more important.

Brian Gimmillaro Learn to Play Volleyball – Passing

Having taught 3 out of the 10 best female volleyball players in the history of the sport Brian Gimmillaro know a thing or two about passing. In this 45 minute video Brian will teach the most important aspects to learning passing. These are the same things he taught greats like Mist May-Treanor and Tara Cross-Battle.

Brian Gimmillaro Learn to Play Volleyball – Spiking

Volleyball spiking and hitting technique taught by Brian Gimmillaro is what you will find in this 45 minute instructional volleyball video. Brian has taught some of America greatest players and in this video he will share the same tips, tools and techniques used by these volleyball legends.

Brian Gimmillaro Learn to Play Volleyball – Defense

This is a 45 Minute video on volleyball defense taught by one of America best technical coaches name Brian Gimmillaro. This video will go through all aspects of learning to play defense and is great for players and coaches.

Brian Gimmillaro Learn to Play Volleyball – Setting

This 52 minute instructional volleyball video focuses on the volleyball skill of setting. Learning to set is one of the most difficult things to do successfully in volleyball. In video will teach both coaches and players this important skill from both aspects. This video is a must for anyone who wants to learn good volleyball setting technique.

Brian Gimmillaro Learn to Play Volleyball – Serving

In today’s game with the effectiveness of most teams offense the volleyball skill of serving has never been more important. In this 42 minute video Brian Gimmillaro will explain all aspects of the volleyball serve. This video was filmed so that it could be used by both players and coaches.

Brian Gimmillaro Learn to Play Volleyball – Blocking

This is a 45 minute video where Brian Gimmillaro goes over every detail as it relates to volleyball blocking technique. This video is great for coaches and players of all ages and is a must for players looking to play in college or volleyball coaches looking to successfully coach the sport.

SCVC Club Volleyball Practice Plan with Bill Ferguson

SCVC is one of the most successful volleyball clubs in the United States. Coached by Bill Ferguson and an elite staff of volleyball coaches SCVC has won more awards in the boys division than any other boys volleyball club. In addition to coaching SCVC Bill is the head coach of USC Men’s Volleyball where he has been awarded coach of the year honors twice.

Bill Ferguson SCVC Crunch Time Volleyball Drill

Crunch Time Volleyball Drill is both team and coach favorite. When there is a draw in the “Little Italy Drill” the players move to the crunch time drill. The players have to kill 3 balls in a row in order to move out of crunch time and then go into a game with regular score win by two starting at a particular score, often 22-22.

Bill Ferguson SCVC Little Italy Volleyball Drill

Little Italy Drill is a version of the Italy Drill except for Juniors. The drill Bill picked up from the Italian national team before the Olympics. The drill is a version of the “Italy Drill” except that it uses 3 balls verses 4 balls! Great drill for team play and transition. To see all of…

Bill Ferguson SCVC Over the Net Volleyball Pepper Drill

Over the Net Pepper has become a very popular drill for all levels! The drill teaches over the head and below the head ball control. It also is great for teaching players how to interact together on the court and what their roles and responsibilities are on the court! This video offers some great insights into running the drill for juniors as well as verbal queues for coaching kids.

Bill Ferguson SCVC Station Volleyball Arm Swing Drill

This incredible video and drill features Bill Ferguson working with a player one on one to improve their arm swing. It includes volleyball spiking technique from Bill, verbal queues, as well as step by step on how he teaches spiking! This video is a must for all club and high school coaches who teach youth and junior volleyball players.