For Players

GROWING THE GAME TOGETHER PLAYER BOOK (PDF)

Additional Resources

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. 

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." 

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. 

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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."

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.