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…

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Why Your Volleyball Season Failed and How to Change It!

As you get ready to start this season and review why you and your team failed to achieve the volleyball results you wanted last year I think it’s important to take some lessons from America’s finest. A lesson that can make us better coaches plus a better mentor as we impart this important knowledge onto…

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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.

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2014, USC Men’s Volleyball Practice, Post Practice Lifting, Q and A, with Bill Ferguson, Jeff Nygaard, Cam Green

This post contains a full USC Men’s volleyball practice, start to finish, plus post practice lifting / workout session, plus full video review with questions and answers regarding every drill, practice coaching philosophy and more. The coaches include USC volleyball coaching staff; Bill Ferguson, Jeff Nygaard, and Cam Green.

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Wes Schneider – The Standard Volleyball Drill

This post contains 2 videos from Wes Schneider’s Standard Drill. How is a 6 on 6 drill where the goal is to have the offense side out at 70% while the defense scores at 50%. If for some reason the offense scores higher than 70% this becomes the standard that the other team needs to now side out at and obviously how you drill gets its name.

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Volleyball Coaching Advice on Coaching Men vs. Women and How to Connect with Players

In this video Trevor Johnson offers volleyball coaching advice on coaching men vs. women and how to connect with players. Trevor has a great deal of experience in this area having coached the Men’s NAIA National Champions in 2013 and while coaching the women’s team that took a 3rd in the NAIA.

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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!

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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?

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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:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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!

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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.

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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.

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Volleyball1on1 Coaching Manual – Copy Other Successful People (Part 1 of 3)

In my previous life to Volleyball1on1 Owner / Coach I used to be a business consultant with my wife. We would consult 20-30 business owners a month and would offer advice for business success. Perhaps one of the best pieces of business advice I have ever heard was from our business partners Jairek Robbins farther Tony Robbins. “If you want to be good at anything…

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Girls High School Volleyball Match Online Evaluation – Early Season with Andor Gyulai

This is a girls high school volleyball match evaluation with Andor Gyulai. This is a team Andor Gyulai coached during the summer and unfortunately we are not seeing allot of the things that we worked so hard on during the summer to get good. This video is a reminder of some of our teams guiding principals on the court as well as with regard to our coaching philosophy.

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Using Science to Develop a Team Game Plan and a Volleyball Coaching Philosophy

In this post I wanted to reference some important resources to help when using science to develop a team game play principals and a volleyball coaching philosophy. This article is less about sharing opinions and more about referencing other studies and articles in order to have a foundation from which to analyses your own philosophies.

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Ryan Doherty Beach Volleyball Blocking Mistakes verses Ricardo and Alison

This post contains a 2 part video evaluation of Ryan Doherty blocking verses the great Ricardo and Alison. I love Ryan and what he does for the sport however he is making some major, easy to correct blocking mistakes and it is time to fix them before the Olympics!

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Volleyball Verbal Cue – Specificity, Make it Game Like and Over the Net

In this video Andor Gyulai reviews the verbal cues: Specificity. This is an important cues to use early and often with new volleyball players at it is an important foundation for coaching! This is also an important practice and drill design philosophy.

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Coaching Your Volleyball Players to Become Better Learner For Life and Volleyball

Perhaps my number #1 Core Principal as a Coach is to help my volleyball players become better learners! I like to say: “My #1 Goal is to make you better life long learners that strive for Kaizen”. Kaizen means constant never ending improvement. In this video I go through with my players how they can become better / faster learners of anything including volleyball.

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