How to Execute the "Set-Over"

Before coaching at Saint Mary's, almost all of my volleyball career had been in boys and men's volleyball where there is a general disdain for the set-over. When I came to Saint Mary's to coach the women's volleyball team I was not a fan, especially...


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...


Setting off a Lead Leg

Setting off a Lead Leg Spend any time discussing setting with another coach, and “what type of footwork do you teach?” pops up pretty quick. It tends to be a hot button issue at our GMS clinics as well (something has to take swing blocking’s...


Shot-Put Serve

Question:  "We have all seen the girl that does a "shot-put" arm motion when serving. What have you tired that has helped?" Answer:  Carl McGown has been talking about "cycling the arm". In this system, we get the should her elbow BACK (not up). In...


To Block or Not to Block

To Block or Not to Block Gold Medal Squared Volleyball Camps and Volleyball Clinics Blocking is an interesting skill to talk about.  I’ve often times wondered why blocking, and specifically swing blocking is such a hot topic.  There’s no...


Serving - Teaching the Young Kids

Of all the skills we must teach young kids, serving and passing must be at the top of the list. Mastery of these skills takes a long time so they must begin early and in earnest. In this blog I will discuss what I have learned about teaching young...


Coaching the Young Kids, Part 2

My last blog entry was about teaching kids how to play the entire game by allowing them to perform all skills in practice and matches. There is an offensive system that is great for younger kids because it is very simple, it is effective, and it...


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...


Training Setters

Perhaps no other skill in volleyball is taught so differently as setting. I have seen many great setting coaches train their setters in completely dissimilar fashion, and as I look at the skill, and some of the world's best setters, I wonder if we...