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volleyball is one of those coaching tasks where teaching the fundamental skills are
not extremely challenging by themselves. There really are just
a very few basic skills to coach. The challenge comes
in having your players put those skills together at game speed and in a synchronized manner.
Coaching Volleyball is a joy in part because it is a great team sport. In volleyball you must become adept
at setting up your teammates. Not one player stands
out. Teamwork is absolutely built into the game and coaching volleyball means training individuals to work as a cohesive unit.
The bump is perhaps the most basic and most essential skill in
any one coaching volleyball must teach. The bump is used to hit a ball that is below the head, and
is typically used as the first touch to receive a serve or return. If
you're going to master volleyball, you'll need to master the bump.
Getting to low balls and spikes and being able to bump them
in the air for your teammate to then set the ball is an essential skill
for a well functioning offensive
team. Bumping requires good technique so the player is able to bump the
ball accurately with enough height and good location for the next
player to set it.
You should be in "athletic posture" with your feet
about shoulder width apart, knees bent, on the balls of your feet,
ready to move.
Square yourself to the ball if at all possible.
Hold your arms out straight in front of you, but down
Clasp your hands in front of you, with your thumbs
Keep your fingers apart. Either make a fist with one
hand and wrap the other around it, or you can bend one thumb down to
its palm, and rest it on the other hand.
Keep your elbows locked and your knees bent.
Keep your eye on the ball.
Make contact with the ball at about waist-level.
Just before the ball strikes your forearms straighten
your legs so that your arms move to meet the ball. You do not move your
arms to meet the ball, you move your body to cause your arms to meet
Contact the ball about a third of the way between
your wrists and your elbows. At the same time, move your arms forward
and up slightly, the majority of the force should come from your legs.
Move your shoulder not your forearms to steer the
ball. Ideally, you can square up with the ball so you can just hit it
Using primarily your legs push through the ball.
When learning place you left hand in a fist
facing up and wrap your right hand around it.
The spike is the most powerful and primary attack
shot in volleyball. The vast majority of volleyball is designed to set
up the spiker. Everyone coaching volleyball wants power spikers. It is
not the only way to score but it is the primary way. It even sets up
the tip shot.
Position yourself behind the attack line (unless you
are spiking from the back), which is the line that is about 4 feet away
from the net.
Watch the setter.
Start your approach after the ball is set. If you are
right-handed, your approach should be "Left foot, right foot-left foot,
jump" and vice versa if you are left-handed. The last two steps should
place your feet at somewhat of a 45-degree angle from the net.
As you take the last two steps, extend your arms
downwards and backwards and bend your knees.
Jump up and forward just before you reach the ball to
be able to hit the ball harder.
Make contact with the ball in front of you, not
Keep your eye on the ball, and leap up, swinging your
arms up in front of you.
As you jump point to the ball with your opposite hand
as a guide, and pull your spiking hand back so that the back of your
hand is right next to your ear.
Hit the ball by making contacting with the upper half
of the ball with the heel of your spiking hand at the very top of your
swing. The contact point should always be in front of your head, not
On contact with the ball snap your wrist downward to
get topspin and direct the ball down.
Bring your arm down "through" the ball and next to
Serving a volleyball really isn't an offensive weapon, unless someone
coaching volleyball is fortunate to have a very special player. Servers
do not generally score a point on the serve itself. It is still
important to have someone who can serve the ball accurately and with power.
One of the best serves those coaching volleyball can get there players
to learn is one the "knuckles." It is hit with no spin. The tips below
will help. The key for all of you coaching volleyball is to get your
server to hit the ball squarely and not follow through with the wrist,
which will generate spin.
Serving a volleyball tips (for right-handers, reverse for lefthanders):
Line up both your feet about shoulder distance apart. Place your left
foot ahead of your right foot. Your shoulders and hips should be
aligned with the net.
Place your arms straight in front of you.
Hold the bottom of the ball with the palm of your left hand and the top
with the palm of your right hand.
Keep your elbows and arms away from your body.
Bring your serving arm back next to your head.
Toss the ball up with your left hand about 2-3 feet in the air
Drag your right foot forward, and hit the ball with the palm of your
Keep your hand stiff and open with your wrist straight.
As you strike the ball, drive your weight from your body through the
arm to the ball adding a lot of speed and force.
Make sure that your serving hand is aiming in a slanted-up position so
the ball will make it over the net. If you aim down with your hand, the
ball will be less likely to get over the net.
Hit the ball at its highest point. Do not throw the ball very high!
Follow through with your arm after striking the ball. If you want "knuckleball" action you need to keep your wrist stiff.
Coaching volleyball like coaching any sport involves teaching defense.
The basic defensive move is blocking. Blocking well is a combination of
body positioning and timing. Your ability to jump late and quick is
Basic blocking tips:
Follow the set and square up to the spiker.
Focus on the spiker to read where he or she is going
to hit and how hard.
Stand as close to the net as possible without hitting
Jump up straight with arms fully extended and your
Reach over the net and down to cut off the angles.
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16 Step-By-Step Volleyball Coaching Training Videos
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Jumping is a significant part of volleyball. The Jump Manualprovides
a proven program
to improve your jumping ability. So, for all of you coaching volleyball
we would recommend you get this program into the hands of your
The program IS about being
able to jump high to block shots and to get elevated to better drive
your spikes down. You can be strong, quick, and in incredible
condition but not have good technique to jump higher.
This program is
specifically designed to improve your ability to jump higher. Other
training programs do help improve jumping, but because they are not
specific enough they do not have the results as The Jump Manual. If you are coaching volleyball jumping ability is crucial to your players performing at their best.
In this program you will learn:
a day by day workout chart shows you exactly how to
do each workout, and exercises are accompanied by videos.
why Strength X Quickness = Explosion and the most
effective and proven methods to increase both.
how to use the "stretch shortening cycle (SSC)",
plyometrics, and "complex training" to boost your performance.
the 9 facets of an incredible vertical and how to
systematically improve in each one to create an explosive synergy.
why the recovery phase of training is so important,
why most athletes neglect it, and how you can capitalize.
how flexibility, balance, and form greatly affect
your explosion potential and how to capitalize.
Learn why most athletes are training harder and still
getting less results.
Learn how to recruit and train all muscles involved
in the vertical jump.
You also get:
access to the Jumpers Forum where you can collaborate
with other like minded athletes who have already achieved what you want.
UNLIMITED one-on-one training to guarantee that ALL
your questions are answered.
An entire section about jumping form shows you how to
gain inches by tweaking your jumping form to use explosion you already
The Jump Manual is
THE best program we have found for training players to have more
explosive jumping ability. It is a volleyball coaching must have.
Training for Volleyball & Coaching Volleyball Team
Training are designed for the individual athlete or an entire team.
training in each program can be performed on the court, in a health
club or in your garage. There is very little room needed to perform
these workouts and very little equipment needed.
training & conditioning program here is designed to drastically
change your overall athletic ability. Changes in core strength, POWER,
quickness & reaction, cardiovascular and muscle endurance as well
as the 'look' of athletes can be expected very quickly.
Each and every
exercise is designed with a 'purposeful meaning'. Exercises are not
thrown together here just for kicks and giggles.
movement and every exercise you WILL challenge your core, you WILL
recruit and stabilize muscles throughout your entire body, you WILL
work on cardio vascular endurance and you WILL see results!
Coaching volleyball is no different than any other sport in that you
want to have well-conditioned athletes. That will require your
volleyball players to workout during the season and in the off-season.
For over-all strength, flexibility and athletic training we also
Understand that this program will really develop over-all body strength
and athleticism, but it will not specifically train you in sport
We suggest that you use The Jump
Manual in combination with TacFit,
but you modify TacFit based
on what you learn in The Jump Manual.
Also, without YOU putting in the work and dedication you will not see
the results. This program is not for the unmotivated. It IS extremely
challenging. If you aren't motivated you won't use it!
Our special forces have trained their bodies to perform athletically.
Natural strength that can be obtained from using your own bodyweight.
You don't need large space or special equipment to train. You can do it
all in only 20 minutes a day. If you know what to do.
As someone coaching volleyball you can refer your volleyball players to
this incredible program.
Crisis response demands a physical training program that will develop
tireless stamina, extreme range reactive strength, ballistic speed, the
agility and coordination of a Free Runner, and active recovery and
If your players had those type of workouts do you think their atheltic
performance would improve? Do you think your volleyball coaching would
improve as your players improve? You bet it would.
So, what does this basic program give you?
* workouts manual
* training calendar
* video instructions (in several formats)
* Recovery techniques
You can add to the basic program and get all the above, plus:
* follow along videos
* rapid recovery and breathing techniques
* diet plan
* recipe book
* video of a real training program personally run by
So, check out all the details of Tacfit
and try it for yourself!
is vitally important for athletic endeavors. In this current culture it
is vital that those coaching volleyball, or any sport, are informed
about nutrition. If your athletes
do not watch their nutrition they will not be able to make the athletic
gains they could if they ate properly. We have two recommended
nutrition programs for those coaching volleyball and their athletes.
Precision Nutrition covers everything you need to
know about nutrition. It is a comprehensive nutrition education course.
It is for those coaching volleyball (as well as other sports), athletes, or the average Joe or Jane. It will:
1) teach you how to eat for your goal and your body. We teach you how
to develop a custom nutrition plan unique to your physiology.
2) be easy to understand.
3) provide you with 1 year of 24/7 online support on their private
member forum. You’ll need help, and with PN you get it – from expert
coaches and nearly 40,000 fellow members from around the world.
4) provide you with a 1 year membership to their online library of
articles, e-books and software. Access their complete Exercise Video
Database and thousands of pages covering every conceivable fitness and
nutrition topic in the Member Zone.
5) Include more than 25 goal-specific exercise programs by world-class
coaches. They had the top coaches in the world develop exercise
programs specifically for Precision Nutrition members.
6) Include the PN cookbook, Gourmet Nutrition Volume 1.
7) Guarantee results. They put their money where their mouth is. If PN
doesn’t work for you, They’ll not only give your money back, they’ll
buy you another book of your choosing!
Of all the above mentioned benefits of the program the most talked
about by our members is the on-line supports. Coaching volleyball
thoroughly will mean getting your players involved in off-season
programs. Those programs should include good nutrition education.
This is one of the best out there and is used by some of the most
sought after athletic trainers in the world. For more information go
to the Precision Nutrition
Eating for Energyis
another excellent nutrition education program. For athletes and
coaches, in this case those coaching volleyball, it will provide your
players the energy and fitness that will enable them to reach peak
Eating for energy's nutrition education will teach you things you won't
learn in traditional classes. And that is the reason we are here!
In this e-course you will learn:
1) how you can prevent cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, and obesity by
making this one small change to the way you eat.
2) what the startling food consumption trends between 1970 and 2004
have done to your health.
3) why fit people can be at greater risk of disease!
4) the top 12 superfoods you should eat all the time.
5) why you may not have been successful in losing weight in the past.
This one secret will change your life (not just your body)!
6) why counting calories does not work. You'll find out what does.
7) why not all fats are bad and why eating certain "healthy" fats can
actually speed up fat loss, increase your energy levels, decrease your
risk of cardiovascular disease, memory loss, and more... and precisely
how much of them you need for optimal effects.
8) the miraculous food whose saturated fat burns fat in your body,
fuels your energy for exercise, and prevents sickness and infections!
One of the most amazing finds ever - and you can easily buy at your
local grocery store!
9) how to crank up your metabolism and turn your body into a
food-incinerating, fat-melting human blast furnace! Easy
metabolism-boosting techniques revealed!
10) how to eat 50% more calories without storing an ounce as fat - It's
true - you can actually eat more food while losing more fat using this
simple, but often overlooked strategy!
11) how to boost your energy levels higher than you ever thought
possible - almost instantly! (you'll notice the difference the very
12) the 10 Success Habits that will get you to your goals!
13) the psychology of permanent fat loss and abundant health...Goal
setting and motivation tactics that program your subconscious mind for
massive success...Follow this "secret mental training formula" and
you'll be practically "hypnotized" into eating properly and working out
consistently - Just imagine... no more "willpower" required! (these are
the same techniques that NFL, NBA, MLB and professionals coaching volleyball pay sports
psychologists hundreds of dollars an hour to learn.)
14) why obesity and most diseases do not occur in nature and discover
what we're doing to domesticated animals that is making them as sick,
fat, and tired as we are!
Athletes too often have looked to steroids, human growth hormones,
blood doping, and emphetamines to increase their performance. It has
not always been about strength and increase body mass, but about
recovery and endurance.
There is now a perfectly safe and legal alternative. For the person coaching volleyball you will want to get this
information and product into the hands of your athletes, especially at
the college or professional level.
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Asea contains redox signaling molecules. These molecules are relatively
unknown to the general public, but research into the critical role they
play in cellular health has been going on for at least 30 years.
Redox signaling molecules are molecules that are produced naturally
within the mitochondria of each cell of the body. As the
mitochondria produces energy that the cell needs to perform its varied
functions, two sets of redox signaling molecules are generated.
The job of the first set of redox signaling molecules is to “activate”
the body’s store of antioxidants. Antioxidants are necessary to
fight off the damage caused by free radicals and oxidative
The second set of redox signaling molecules ensures the peak efficiency
and effectiveness of cellular communication within the cell and between
cells. That communication enables the body’s immune system to protect
the body against the invasion of harmful bacteria and viruses.
This cellular communication has to occur automatically and
effortlessly, not only among cells but also within the structure of the
cells. If communication breaks down, all the cells that make up the
body’s immune system don't receive the messages they need to do their
job and your body becomes "unhealthy". It is the function of this
second set of redox signaling molecules to make sure you stay healthy.
These molecules DO NOT prevent illness, but they do allow your body to
function to maintain good health. Without them you would be sure to
develop any of a host or illnesses or ailments.
Why Are Redox Signaling Molecules So Important?
Many factors such as stress, toxic chemicals, poor nutrition, and other
environmental factors can cause cellular damage, which results in a
reduction in the number of redox signaling molecules that cells are
Without a having a sufficient number of redox signaling molecules cells
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Asea The Product
Asea is both a company and a product. Asea the only product on the
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product has been around longer than Asea the company.
Asea comes in a 32 ounce container. It is recommended that you drink
(it is a liquid) 2 to 4 ounces of it daily. Generally you take it in
the morning and evening. Some people take it after workouts.
is categorized as a dietary supplement. Athletes are beginning to find
improvement in their workouts and
athletic performance after taking Asea. There are some scientific
studies showing increased athletic performance. It is this improved
athletic performance that should interest all of you coaching
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Coaching Volleyball: Final Thoughts
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some basic information about coaching volleyball with resources and programs to get that will
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