Speaking at the 2017 AVCA Convention – Introducing a New Beach Volleyball Technique

I am excited to announce I will be speaking at the 2017 AVCA Convention to introduce a new volleyball coaching technique for beach volleyball. For those who follow Volleyball1on1 know I love to innovate (See more) as it relates to coaching volleyball and this new technique was the result of many years for work look…

How to Get in the Zone and Slow the Game Down When Playing Volleyball

This video was filmed for our AVCA Video Tip of the Week series with Andor Gyulai. I filmed this video to share some of the concepts I learned with Dr. Bill Harrison about volleyball vision and reading the game.

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.

It’s Time to Hit the Gym For Your Eyes, Volleyball Vision Training is VIP!

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 Compliments Volleyball1on1 Coaching Systems For Successful Team Building.

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…

Step Close Beach Volleyball Blocking Technique by Andor Gyulai

This article and accompanying videos will introduce a new method of blocking in beach volleyball. With enough momentum, it could revolutionize blocking in beach volleyball. I am calling this new blocking technique the “Step Close Beach Volleyball Blocking Technique.” My goal with this post is to change the method blockers use when playing beach volleyball.…

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!

How To Overhand Serve Over The Net And Spike Harder – Youth Volleyball Training Tool

This new volleyball training tool will help young players by helping them learn “How to Overhand Serve” over the net and spike with more power. In this video I demonstrate with my 9 year old son Thor (Filmed 03/17) how the Passback football can help you learn to serve and spike with more power. Thor…

Generate More Power When SERVING AND SPIKING Using Your Hips

ARE YOU LOOKING TO GENERATE MORE POWER FROM YOUR HIPS, CORE AND SHOULDER WHEN SERVING AND SPIKING? The Passback Football – Create a simple, repeatable & powerful Volleyball Armswing for Serving or Spiking. For Younger Players this tool will help you or your players serve overhand over the net! The Passback is a great training…

Tools to Improve Player to Player Relationships To Impact Team Results

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 – “It’s Bigger Than Volleyball” ™

Volleyball and sports can be a powerful tool for teaching important life lessons. This video and article shares one of the most important life lessons we as coaches and parents can give our players and kids. In it you will learn techniques to help your players embrace challenge and change while developing a “Growth Mindset!”…

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…

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…