Sitting In with the USA Men

A few weeks ago I had the chance to go down to Anaheim to spend some time with the USA Men as they played some friendly matches against Iran, as kind of a tune-up for the World Championships. John, Matt, Andrea, and Mike were nice enough to let me...


Coaching Volleyball - Teaching the Step-Hop

Volleyball Coaches, We have been experimenting with a step-hop (or split-step in Tennis) with our passers, and have been encouraging a small hop for both back-row defenders and front-row blockers. The concept isn’t new by any means, and the...


Fitness for Club Volleyball

Here is a common question we get, voiced in an email from a clinic attendee. "I'd like to get an opinion from you. I'm concerned about the direction my club is going this season.  The club director is a good friend of mine and she has claimed to do...


Deriving Meaning from Hoosiers

If you’re like me, “Hoosiers” is one of your favorite all-time sports films. I love everything about it; the discipline, the one last chance element, the conflict, the obstacles…everything. As a student of coaching, athletics, and...


Outside Hitter Eyework

Once the initial movement patterns have been taught to our hitters, what they need to look at in order to make the best swing possible becomes a critical part of their training. Here are 3 keys you might want to spend some time with in order to help...


Mid-Season Choices

A good question recently came in from a coach: “I'm in my current HS season, and my middle hitters are hitting horribly. I know middles aren't nearly as valuable as OH's and OP's but here are the stats: M1: .176 M2: .021 M3: -.150 My OH1 is...


Coaching Rollercoaster

The BYU Women played their first home matches this weekend (and therefore as the volunteer assistant I was able to be on the bench) and while we went 2 and 1, we lost a close 5 game match to K-State on the last night. At some point in his career, the...


Question: Serving Motion?

From a Coach: We say that serving is like throwing. But there are two or three players in our program who "shot-put" the ball instead of "throw it." Any tips on how to get them to use more of a serving motion? Our Reply: At the clinics we do, coaches...


Question: Blocking the Bic

How to Block the Bic in Volleyball From a Coach: How do you teach the middle and other players to block the bic? High level high school boys teams run it, is it a baby jump big jump, and do you try and triple it? How can I teach my boys? Our Reply:...