Leaps in Progress

I recently attended the USA volleyball high-performance clinic in Colorado Springs. One of the guest presenters was Julio Velasco, current men’s national team coach in Argentina and former national team coach of Iran, Czech Republic, Spain, and, most notably, Italy in the 1990s. In one of his presentations coach Velasco talked about achieving “leaps of…

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Middle-Middle 2.0

The first time I heard of Carl McGown, I thought he was a fool. I read an article about how most balls go to the middle of court, and most of them landed at least 10’ in from the end line. Fortunately for me, I knew this to be nonsense. Your middle-back player was supposed…

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1 vs 1 Competitions

GMS Staff Member Rob Browning shares some ideas on how to run 1 vs 1 competitions. Volleyball Drills – Objective:  Competitive serve and pass reps. Measurable results. Format: Player A serves 3 balls to Player B, who must pass one half of the court. After 3 serves they switch places–Player A is now the passer,…

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WGP Update

Weeks 1 & 2 of WGP were certainly a roller coaster. Coming off a phenomenal USA Cup and earning 4 wins against #1 Brazil set us up for a high that seemingly crashed down on us week 1 of Turkey. These types of weekends are excellent learning experiences for us. A bi-polar match against Russia,…

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World League Update

One of the advantages of flying all over the world during the summer months is it gives me time to write some blog posts.  We are currently returning from Chicago after a successful 6-0 start in this year’s World League competition. Our first weekend was in Varna, Bulgaria.  Varna is a small town on the…

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Back Setting

There’s currently a discussion going on in the volleyball toolbox forum regarding back setting.  I thought I’d share Tom Black’s response here.. Thanks for this question. My urge is keep setting as simple as possible, so I’ll stay consistent with that here. Contact on your midline We want to take the ball in the same…

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