Today I want to share what is a fundamental shift in the way I feel volleyball should be taught! The ideas I will be sharing today build on coaching concepts first introduced by Karch Kiraly and others known as “Reading the Game”. After over 3 years of research through my own observations as a player…
Volleyball1on1 Founder and Owner. Andor won an NCAA Championship UCLA, and has been invited to play beach and indoor for South Africa! Andor has been coaching volleyball since 16 when he was the head coach of his high school his junior and senior year. (Went undefeated and won league with Andor as coach and captain his senior year.) Andor has worked with and filmed over 1500 instructional coaching videos, drills and volleyball practices with some of the greatest players and coaches to ever be involved with the game.
After over 3 years of research through my own observations as a player and coach I realized the Reading – Planning – Doing system can be vastly improved, specifically how we as coaches teach players the process of how we as humans respond to stimuli (predominantly with our eyes), which is the basis of how all volleyball skills and sports are performed.
“Reading the Game” for Volleyball: Reading – Planning – Doing, Model for Volleyball Coaching (Article 1)
Did you know one of the biggest breakthroughs in the “science of coaching volleyball” today is called “Reading the Game”? Most of the ideas related to this were first introduced by Karch Kiraly (considered the greatest volleyball player in the sport) on his retirement and transition into coaching just a few years ago during a presentation at an AVCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
In our work with Dr. Bill Harrison (Sports Eye Doctor to Top Sports Stars) we have discovered humans cannot think and see at the same time! Yet many coaches ignore this fact and because of their own coaching styles and lack of knowledge about vision actually negatively impact their players on the court during matches.
I recently hit over 2 million views for my videos on the subject of spiking on YouTube. Naturally I am always surprised and humbled because when I started Volleyball1on1 my goal was to just film the best players and coaches in the world and never did I think my videos would be some of the most popular. Today I am going to share some of these video including some of my favorite that I think are really good but have not become popular.
This is the end match team review at Uni High. You will notice Kerri really trying hard to ask open probe questions in order to engage the players. In evaluating I think most viewers will agree she is soliciting more interaction and engagement from the team than she did in the past.
This video was filmed between Set 1 and Set 2 of the match. This is another powerful video which reveals how Andor makes the most use of the limited time focusing on specific players and goals as well as changing the collective energy of the group. Again you will notice the Socratic method of coaching and how Andor takes the players down a path that he wants. This video shows how brilliant coaches interact with their team changing the collective energy during breaks.
Andor is a big believer in “On the Bench Coaching”. In this video viewers will see how Andor interacts and communicates with players on the bench and some of the topics he focuses on. If you are a coach looking to have a bigger impact in the lives of players beyond just playing volleyball this video shows how easily and effectively “On the Bench Coaching is”.
This 4 video series features Andor Gyulai reviewing Uni High Volleyball Coach Kerri Eich coaching a match. This post is extremely insightful as it reveals many common match volleyball coaching mistakes former player make when coaching. The video also brings to light what a coaches real goals should be during a match and what should be focused on and when.
This is a great video showing a good timeout speech by a coach verses a bad timeout speech when coaching youth volleyball. You will notice once coach talking about allot of different things to allot of player with allot of focus on the performance of skills. The other coach does the opposite. In the comments below let us know what you think?
So I have been training and playing hard now for months in South Africa with little to no shoulder pain. I attribute this to some minor changes I made in my arm swing as well as this great exercise I picked up from the volleyball trainers at Velocity Fitness. Y-T-W is a great volleyball shoulder exercise for posterior activation and scapular stabilizing.
This is the second round of the Omaha Drill with a different player. You can see how much fun this drill can be and how it can raise the energy of the practice quickly. In this video we also review more on missing serves and serving strategy.
In this video Kerri and Andor review mid way through practice the speed of change and improvement of team at Uni High. Also discussed are some of the strategies that have worked thus far plus some specific coaching philosophies!
6 on 6 Exchange Volleyball Drill on the Net at Uni High – Focus on Ball Control and Controlled Hitting
The 6 on 6 Exchange Volleyball Drill on the net is one of the best drills to focus on team ball control and individual controlled hitting. This drill also works on the important and often ignored volleyball skill of moving without the ball. Now considering the fact that the majority of the time players are moving without the ball it is always surprising how little coaches practice this critical skill.
This video reveals Kerri’s insights on how the first two practices with the help Andor has helped her with her coaching process and practice planning. This is a great video of high school and club coaches.
This video features the end of volleyball practice 2 review with the team in the huddle. Its a great video as you will notice how Andor communicates with the team and gets them to focus on important points he is trying to work on during the practice. This video is a great demonstration of how coaches can better use the Socratic method of asking open probe questions to get results. Also this will show coaches how to use the end of practice review huddle to help players better prepare individually and as a team for the next practice.
This is a 6 on 6 Game Wash Drill which includes 4 balls: Serve, Bounce Ball, Free Ball and then a second Serve. Two balls are entered via serve as this is the most common way the ball is entered in volleyball. One ball is entered as a free ball as this is common for this age group and skill level and then one ball is entered as a bounce ball followed by a set to help the team work on transition setting.
So for the last few years now perhaps the hottest topic in volleyball is the “Read the Game” concept. The idea was brought to light by a few of the best coaches in world including Karch Kiraly, Hugh McCutcheon, Paula Weishoff, Ron Larson and Tom Black. The idea is as follows, top players better see and read what is going to happen giving them a competitive edge as the play unfolds.
So I started Volleyball1on1.com to be the ultimate volleyball resource and I am proud to say we offer an incredible library of over 17 full volleyball practice plans and growing at one low cost. On top of this with the addition of Volleyball Coaching Nightmares we also reveal and address many off the most common mistakes / challenges high school and youth club coaches face. Yet as I…
Frustrated and Disappointed – So I moved to South Africa for a few months to coach and train looking to play in the FIVB this week in my home country and I am really disappointed in the progress. Not from my own lack of hard work and progress getting better, but rather circumstances and people in the sport of volleyball. READ MORE..,
I am in South Africa training to hopefully play in the FIVB event in a few weeks. So with that in mind and having only started training with my new partner 8 days ago, every day I ask the question: “What is the most important points to focus on today so that we can have success together on the beach volleyball court?” This post and videos is about just this! Week 1 – Finished!
This is post is about my trip back to Africa as well as this being a volleyball website I thought I would start off with the most important things to work on when starting a new 2 person beach volleyball partnership as I see it. This is what I am doing with my new partner Leslie Naidoo.
he speed of the serve in volleyball for both the jump float and the top spin jump serve has increased to the point that players have between 0.6 – 1.1 second to react from contact from serve to contact when passing on serve receive. Given this speed the need to improve player reaction on serve receive has increased. The split step stretch shortening cycle…
In this brutally honest no holds bar video we go through one of the biggest mistakes former players make when coaching and get honest about adjusting goals and expectations when coaching youth players. This is an insightful new look at WHY WE COACH and why we should coach. Our job as coaches is more then just winning it is about changing lives and developing people.
For several years now I have heard from these so called volleyball arm-swing experts that the old ways of spiking a volleyball is not correct and that all players should change their arm-swing so that they can avoid shoulder injuries and spike the ball harder. I have always been very skeptical pointing out that shoulder injuries can be avoided by making some minor tweaks verses changing the entire …
In this video Andor Gyulai reviews the new beach Volleyball Cart by volleycarts.com. Some unique impressive features of this cart:
– It is a bag and a cart in one. This makes it easy for coaches and players.
– It has a hole so that you don’t take the beach home with you.
This is day 2 / practice 2 of volleyball coaching nightmares. In this practice Andor Gyulai takes over practice and tries to teach the coach (Kerri Eich) important volleyball coaching concepts that she can use when coaching the team. Also where needed Andor sets a tone of how practice should be run and how the players should behave.
This video features Andor teaching and running the his Omaha Pressure Serving Volleyball Drill. This drill is designed for all skill levels and will help teach your team to serve aggressively under pressure. On top of this the drill does a great job of building team unity. The drill should be run once or twice in practice and can be used to raise the energy of practice plus have some fun!
This video features Andor taking most of the team except liberos through a blocking trips drill. This drill is just flat out ugly, because the players have never run it nor have they effectively been taught how to block. Yet in cases like this it is important to struggle thought the drill so the players can get better. This is what Andor does with Kerri and the team.
This post continues with the serving and passing drill on one court with the outsides, opposites and liberos and on the other court the middles and setters continue to work on teaching the middles movement patterns and how to spike successfully out of the middle hitter position. This drill offers a progression for the middles from the previous videos series.
Welcome to volleyball coaching nightmares. This programs follows Andor Gyulai for 1 week as he visit volleyball programs around the world with the goal of turning the program from Volleyball Coaching Nightmare into volleyball coaching dreams. This is the first series of 25 videos from Volleyball Coaching Nightmares at Uni High School in Santa Monica from practice 1. The goal of practice 1 is to observe the current coach (Kerri Eich) run the practice and get an idea of her strengths and weaknesses as a coach.
2 Drills – Serving and Passing Drill and Teaching Middles Movement Patterns Drill – Day 2 – Uni High (3 Videos)
This series of 3 videos follows 2 drills Andor sets up for the players. The drills divide the outsides and liberos on one court to work on serving and passing while on the other court Andor takes the middles and setters to work of movement patterns. This video series is really basic in nature and is designed for players very new to the game. In this case Uni High has several players that have just started playing volleyball, meaning they have played for a year or two, yet they are extremely athletic. This drill works to teach how to be an effective middle player.