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Coaching Volleyball

Players and Coaches: Find valuable tools and resources here!

Coaching 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.

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Blocking Basics


Recommended Programs

The Jump Manual

Training for Volleyball



Eating for Energy


Five Fundamental Skills Necessary in Coaching Volleyball:

Setting, Bumping, Spiking, Serving, and Blocking

Coaching volleyball: setting fundamentals

So, what does everyone coaching volleyball really need to run their team? A player who is good at setting the ball is vital to a well run offense. Great teams have great setters.

Setting a volleyball basics:
  • Extend your arms up over your head.

  • Your thumbs should be about 2 to 4 inches above your forehead.

  • Your fingers should be spread apart and "cupped" almost touching each other to make a triangle.

  • Your elbows should be about even with your shoulders.
  • Position your hands so that you can see them above your forehead.
  • Your feet should be about shoulder width apart.

  • One foot should always be forward when you set.

  • Bend your knees and shift your weight to the balls of your feet.

  • Your release is key in the tempo of the set.
  • To actually set the ball, center yourself under the ball, and push upwards, while straightening your arms and legs. 

  • you must use your finger tips (try using just your thumb and your two pointer fingers) to tilt the ball forward, but your arms will change position.

  • To set backwards apply the same rules except push the ball backwards.

  • This is done using your wrists and throwing your thumbs back.

  • Extend your hand foreward in the direction that you want the ball to go.

  • Pull back
  • Do not hold the ball in your hands for even a second, this is called a carry, or hold.
  • When you are getting ready to set the ball, you may want to look through the diamond "window" you made with your fingers.

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Coaching Volleyball: Bumbing a volleyball

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 a little.
  • Clasp your hands in front of you, with your thumbs together, side-by-side.
  • 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 the ball.
  • 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 straight forward.
  • 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.

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Coaching Volleyball: Spiking the volleyball

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 directly overhead.
  • 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 above it.
  • 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 your body.

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Coaching Volleyball: Serving the volleyball

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 right hand.
  • 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.

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Coaching Volleyball: Blocking Basics

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 important.

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 it.
  • Jump up straight with arms fully extended and your hands open.
  • Reach over the net and down to cut off the angles.
  • Be aggressive.

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Volleyball Coaching Resources

Free Volleyball Coaching Resources

USA Volleyball

American Volleyball Coaching Association

Coach Rey

Youth Volleyball Drills

Our Volleyball Coaching Recommended Programs

Coaching Volleyball: Practice Aids

For youth volleyball coaching we highly recommend Volleyball Magic. For any of you coaching volleyball as a volunteer, even if you played in high school or college, the key to doing this well is to be prepared.

You do need to provide your e-mail address so you can access their site; however, the product is worth it for all of you coaching volleyball. If you look beyond the sales hype what is offered on the subscriber site are outstanding volleyball coaching resources. You get:
  • 16 Step-By-Step Volleyball Coaching Training Videos
  • 65 Pre-Made Print-Ready Volleyball Coaching Training Drills With Color Photos, Diagrams, And Complete Instructions.
  • 22 Volleyball Coaching Practice Plans. That Are The Result Of Years Of Coaching, and Hundreds Of Matches.
  • Instant Champion Mindset Audios, Complete With Written Transcripts.
  • Candid Tell-All Interviews With World Famous Volleyball Coaches, National Champions, And Celebrity Volleyball Players.
The Volleyball Magic program really is well-worth the price.

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Coaching Volleyball: Physical Training

The Jump Manual

Jumping is a significant part of volleyball. The Jump Manual provides 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 athletes.

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 have.
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.

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Training for Volleyball

Training for Volleyball & Coaching Volleyball Team Training are designed for the individual athlete or an entire team.

  • The circuit 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.
  • Each volleyball 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.

  • With every 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!

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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 recommend TacFit. Understand that this program will really develop over-all body strength and athleticism, but it will not specifically train you in sport specific strength. 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 pre-habilitation.

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 Scott Sanderson

So, check out all the details of Tacfit and try it for yourself!

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Coaching Volleyball: Nutrition Education

Nutrition 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

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 website.

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Eating for Energy

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 performance levels.

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 first day)

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!

There is much more than these 14 things!

So, to learn more and order this program check out the Eating for Energy website.

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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.

Asea, redox signaling molecules, and your health and fitness!

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 stress. 

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 produced.

Without a having a sufficient number of redox signaling molecules cells are not going to be able to repair themselves. They aren't going to be able to reproduce healthy cells, or repair "diseased" cells. If you have "diseased" or "unhealthy" cells you will be unhealthy. Asea is the only product in the world that actually contains these molecules.

Asea The Product

Asea is both a company and a product. Asea the only product on the market that provides your body with these essential molecules. Asea the 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.

Asea 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 volleyball.

Try it for yourself

The only way you can truly discover if any of this is true is to try it for yourself. Take the ASEA challenge and try it for 30 days. You will be glad you did. Order it here.

Coaching Volleyball: Final Thoughts

We are not a coaching volleyball only website so our goal is to provide some basic information about coaching volleyball with resources and programs to get that will make your experience coaching volleyball better. Please, give us feedback and help your others coaching volleyball by using our submissions page.

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