When you join your Regional Volleyball Association (RVA), you become a registrant of USA Volleyball (USAV), just like the players on the 2008 Beijing Games gold and silver medal winning USA Volleyball teams.  For more information on joining your local RVA, click here to see a map of the 40 RVAs. Contact the RVA servicing your area through the website link.

Important Articles:

Growing the Game Together – Player and Parent Edition – This special FREE PDF download of the new book compilation featuring posts from the Grow the Game Together blog. This book is subtitled “Insights and Thoughts on the Science, Facts, and Principles of Sport and Volleyball,” and is available for download now!

Serving Secrets for Players & Coaches – This handout gives dozens of great ideas for teaching this closed motor program, for 10 year olds and top level players.

Am I Too Short to Play Volleyball? - "It is not how tall you are, it is how GOOD you are." - Marv Dunphy, 1988 Olympic Gold Medal volleyball coach

You Will Be a Better Player If You Coach - The title of this article sums it up. 

What is There to Do in Volleyball After High School?  - A very sad factoid crossed my desk recently from Athletic Business magazine. They cited a study stating that only five percent of high school varsity players still participate in their sport when they are 30 or more years old.

Play Better Indoors by Playing Outdoors - It is time to give the players a break from all of your coaching-while increasing the numbers of touches they get on the ball. 

What to do After an Ankle Sprain - Ankle sprains are the most common acute injury in sports. They are also the most common injury in volleyball. 

Dear Stupid Player - Last night my phone rang, with a dear friend calling to say his daughter, a player training with our national team, had missed her flight and could I go get her. Then she said a phrase I hear far too often..."I am such an idiot." 

Play One on One to be Great The short version of this article is simple - have fun playing more one on one, and you will be better.

Please Use the Net- How can we get our coaches and players to change from the powerful tradition/habit of half-court-not-over-the-net training seen at all levels, to using the net all the time? 

Recipe for an Elite Player - Remember that the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

A Conditioning Program - It is important for you to maintain a high level of fitness in order to compete at your physical capability.

Cross-Training and Training Options in Volleyball - Most coaches are not aware of the many options to play the game of volleyball. This handout is intended to give you reference to options to the indoor 6 vs. 6 game, that you might have your players experience. 

FUNdaMENTAL Volleyball - The fundamentals of volleyball provide you with a sound foundation from which to create the things that you need to become the best volleyball player you can be. 

Kessel's Volleyball Lessons By Mail - Please do not throw this letter away, as you have so many others before this. 

Training Without a Net or Friends - Volleyball is a game to play with friends, same gender or coed - even reverse coed...It does not matter if those you train with are only 7 years old, or your grandmother, as long as they can provide you with the unique angles of the game, you'll be learning fine. 

Thoughts on Defense in Volleyball - "There are days when you can't get the ball to hit the floor, no ratter how hard you try," my volleyball coach once told me, "But there is no excuse for not playing good defense.'

Thoughts For Setters - These are basically the ideas on setting from one of the most knowledgeable volleyball personalities in the world, Doug Beal, coach of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Men's team. 

Thoughts and Guidelines on Service - A great speaker tells a story about the time before he became a great speaker. .

The Uniqueness of Volleyball -This article should be explained to (and understood by) all parents in your program, as volleyball is known as a sport that is not a "parent-pleaser."

The Most Important Skill in Volleyball - Many coaches spend a great deal of time focusing on the skills of serving, passing, setting, spiking blocking and digging. They add in a virtual verbal barrage of technique comments to each player, in practice and even in the middle of games.

The Game Teaches the Game and CLICK HERE for the Spanish version.

The Ten New Commandments of Volleyball - As I watch new coaches begin by teaching the way they were taught, I wonder how to get these well intentioned humans to change to better ways. 

Suggested Player Book Readings 

To Win the Gold - This is something I wrote and sent to all my USA Olympic Team hopefuls for Sydney back in 2000 when I was Team Leader for the Olympic Beach Teams. Most players in the pipeline wanting to reach this level would benefit from following this same information.

Splinter Siblings - "I am becoming frustrated with my lack of court time during matches. My coach keeps telling me that I am improving, but I keep having to get tweezers on to my splinters after each game. I have thought about changing clubs but I would prefer to stay where I am, as I enjoy the atmosphere in this club."

How Can I Spike Harder? - First off, you should understand that to hit the ball harder, you just need to swing your arm faster. 

USA Volleyball History - All about volleyball and USA Volleyball's beginnings. 

Rules & Equipment Ideas:

Youth Volleyball Rules for 2-4 Player Teams - This set of rules is designed to simplify these regulations for youth play for 3-11 year old teams who should be playing less than the six person game.

Cloth/Balloon Volleyball - A pattern and instructions for creating a simple cloth covered, balloon volleyball for children.

Beach Volleyball Basics - Beach Volleyball is a fun game that can help you accomplish your goals of becoming a world-class athlete. 

Fun Stuff:

USA Volleyball Posters 

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A Kids Volleyball Coloring Book!  Give your child, youth teams or nieces and nephews a copy of this ALL volleyball characters coloring book. If you have a volleyball drawing or two that you have done and wish to donate to the next edition, email to

Kessel's Volleyball Excuse List - This list is intended to simplify the problem of selecting the proper alibi to suit the occasion.

Can You Do It  - This is a five-minute timed test to determine the general and specific knowledge of volleyball athletes.

Volleyball Word Find - Your favorite word find game with a twist...volleyball!

Volleyball Phobia - We all have fears. Joe "the Truth" Harmon has done much research in this area.

Volleyball Food Challenge - With some players, every relationship between food and volleyball is very simple -- "I eat, therefore I am."

Volleyball Trivia Questions - See how many trivia questions you can answer correctly on your favorite sport!

Team Travel Ideas - Here is John Kessel’s collection of best team travel car activities that do not involve watching a DVD, and that can greatly help with team cohesion and meeting group needs.

USA Volleyball Skills Contest  - USA Volleyball developed a volleyball skills contest.

Match Quiz on Talent Development - You can take this “test” to see examples of late developing athletes! 

USA Volleyball Coloring Book - Give your child, youth teams or nieces and nephews a copy of this ALL volleyball characters coloring book. If you have a volleyball drawing or two that you have done and wish to donate to the next edition, email to