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...


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...


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...


Fail Faster, Learn Faster

Fail Faster, Learn Faster My friend Keegan told me about a business model of an app company: We will Fail Faster than any other app creator. The idea is that they will learn from their mistakes* quickly, abandon apps that aren't showing promise, take...


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 Volleyball's Youth - Part 3

When coaching younger kids we sometimes wonder what we should be doing for strength and conditioning and overall volleyball fitness. Here are some important points to remember. Volleyball is a Skill Sport The better-skilled team will win almost all...


Teaching the Young Kids

Teaching the Young Kids As the club volleyball season gets underway, I would like to share some thoughts on my experience Coaching Volleyball players from 8 to 14 years old. I will do this in parts over the next couple of months. It's great when kids...