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AVCA Volleyball - Online Video All Season Pass
VVD-03208: with Neil Mason,
TCA Founder/California Club Director/Coach;
US Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year in 2006

Neil Mason feels that the jump serve offers the best opportunity to teach aggressive play and to help a player develop court and game sense. Coach Mason begins this AVCA on-court convention DVD with drills for how to incorporate jump serving into a practice warm-up activity. He then demonstrates a technical progression for teaching and coaching the jump serve. Mason includes keys for teaching the toss, footwork and arm movement, as well as strategies for how to generate speed and power into the skill. Adding invaluable substance to the technical aspects, Mason shares ongoing tips for coaching the skill and how to hold players accountable for proper technique. Mason's instruction includes a high velocity jump serve and a jump float serve, with differing contact techniques for a variety of ball rotations. He also shows a series of serving strategies for game con

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Coaching Self-Reliance Through Creativity, Motor Skills, Games & Problem Solving

with Louis-Pierre Mainville;
High Performance Manager for Ontario Volleyball Association;
Founder of Jump Volleyball Training;
former member of the Canadian Men's National Volleyball Team

Volleyball is a technically difficult sport to learn. Volleyball-specific skills are hard to acquire and the rebound nature of the sport adds to its complexity. For this reason, young athletes who've developed a variety of basic motor skills prior to learning volleyball are likely to be more successful in acquiring volleyball-specific skills.

We don't often think about volleyball being a 'creative sport,' but creativity is helpful for players' abilities to adapt to different situations defensively. Louis-Pierre Mainville, former captain for Team Canada, brings a unique perspective to adding creativity and motor skills to your volleyball practices.

Motor Skills and Drills

It's necessary to adapt in volleyball. Learning how to move your body, think about two things at once, balance and coordination are all necessary for a player to learn to adapt to different situations. Coach Mainville shows a variety of drills that simulate game-like situations, requiring rapid movement and motor skills. By spending 5-10 minutes on motor skills, your players will be better equipped to handle disruptions during a match

Motor Skill Games

Games are a great way to develop motor skills and make practices more enjoyable for your players. Coach Mainville does a great job of pushing players to problem-solve various defensive situations that require multiple ways to score from various positions.

These motor skills games can be short 1x1, 2x2 and multi-player games. They can also be individual challenges that involve a problem players have to solve. Games are played with a combination of one or many of the following: volleyballs, tennis balls, hoops, and balloons.

The sport of volleyball happens quickly. The more skills and creative abilities you've practiced before game time, the more likely your team will win the game.

Produced at the 2016 AVCA Annual Convention in Columbus, OH.

60 minutes. 2017.

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Developing Attacking and Passing Skills

with John Kosty,
Stanford University Head Men's Volleyball Coach;
2010 AVCA D I-II National Coach of The Year;
2x Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year;
took Stanford from three wins in 2007 to national champions in 2010 - a three-year turnaround

Stanford University's John Kosty demonstrates attacking and passing skills on the court. You'll learn how to re-train the art of forearm passing, how and where to utilize overhead passing, mechanics of the arm swing, developing a successful attacker, and more key tips to improve your team.

Forearm and Overhand Passing

Coach Kosty goes through step-by-step instructions on how he's set up his players to have a solid platform for more control with forearm passing. He includes key drills he does in his own practices and also provides detailed explanation for each drill.

Next, Coach Kosty transitions into overhand passing techniques and drills. He describes the different times when his team uses both ov

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Step Box Hitter Training

with Heidi Cartisser,
College of Southern Idaho Head Coach;
3x NJCAA National Champions (2015, 2012, 2009);
3x NJCAA Coach of the Year;
3x Scenic West Athletic Conference Champions; over 300 career wins

Heidi Cartisser shares how to take an aerobic step platform and turn it into a practice implement you can't live without. Through this progressive set of drills, you'll be able to coordinate footwork and arm swing together to develop more efficient attackers.

This training tool has become a staple in Coach Cartisser's program. She uses it any time she needs to fine-tune approach, work out a kink in the approach, work out any issues with the arm swing, or if her player has issues putting the approach and arm swing together. The beauty of the program is that once you train the athlete with it, all you need to do is set up the station. The athlete can work on it on their own and get the reps if/when they're needed.


Prior to starting on the step box, Coach Cartisser introduces hitting drills, with an emphasis on rotating hips, and different shots with key points of what TO do and what NOT to do. She also shows how to work on the non-dominant arm.

Demonstrators walk through the technique with plenty of correction and feedback, focusing on the progression of the attack, working backward with the 2-step approach, then adding arm swings and the full approach, and finally with a jump - all without the ball. Coach Cartisser gives key points in her feedback as she looks for things to correct. Then, she repeats the skill progression with a ball.

Step Box Training

The step box is a training tool to emphasize key hitting points. You'll learn how to start with a step approach, then advance the step approach to load and full jump. Coach Cartisser shows you how to take advantage of looking for key points in technique and form.

Training focuses on:

  • Footwork - The drill breakdown helps players focus on where their feet should b
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Best of Club Volleyball: Base Defense and Blocking Assignments

with Eric Schulze,
General Manager and Director of Coaching and Player Development for Club Fusion Volleyball (IL); Woodstock North (IL) Head Coach

Base defense is often a misunderstood topic. By understanding the broad scope of base defense, players can adjust to get better touches on the ball. Base defense needs to be trained in order for players to make the best decision for alignments according to what the opposing team is doing offensively.

Through demonstrating the two- and three-hitter alignments, Eric Schulze emphasizes the pre-set and situational adjustments that need to be made to enhance your team's defensive level. Coach Schulze takes you from reading the quality of the pass on the opposite side of the court to understanding and recognizing all the options that the offense might run against your defense.

Schulze details the responsibilities in base defense and explains what players need to know. He covers how to:

  • Identify the quality of the pass.
  • Handle or terminate the overpass.
  • Handle the setter dump.
  • Identify patters and routes.
  • Defend the first tempo attack.

Schulze provides several competitive game-like drills with a small group of offensive players going against the full team defense, which provides the needed repetitions for players to understand their responsibilities and recognize what's happening on the other side of the court.

Defend Quick Tempo

Coach Schulze explains how the front row blockers can be adjusted against a two- and three-hitter offense to more effectively cover the attackers with less effort and describes the rationale on lining-up your back row players to defend the quick tempo attacks and be prepared to quickly transition to a perimeter defense.

Read and Communicate

Schulze provides drills to recognize the effectiveness of the opponent's passing and adjust based on what they will likely run against you. He then provides drills to work on transitioning your blockers based on the options available to the offense.

Drills include:

  • Passing Identification - emphasizes the need to read the initial pass from the offense and determine if it will be "on, off or over."
  • Transition Defense - has the blocker line up and then read the play that unfolds before making the move from base to position. This drill is run against both two hitter and three hitter offenses so that the defense has the opportunity to see many offensive possibilities run against them.

Using these strategies will make your team more confident in covering the setter dumps and first tempo attacks that too often surprise the defense.

Overpass Identification

Schulze emphasizes drills that will increase player awareness of adjustments that must be made for overpass situations. Multiple suggestions from Coach Schulze regarding situational reads will help you train your team to make better decisions on how to handle overpasses.

  • Train front row players to use hands as a powerful tool for defense.
  • Train players to "swipe" an overpass at an angle in order to be most effective in their chance to end a rally.
  • Train players to identify each overpass ball and to make a confident decision on how to handle the overpass.

Schulze explains the responsibilities of each defensive player on the court based on the offensive look they get and covers the necessary switches or changes the defense needs to make as they recognize what's going on with the opposing offense.

The drills Coach Schulze runs do an excellent job of having players make the necessary reads and then execute to stop the opposing offense. Once mastered, the drills in this video can be run at a faster pace to provide multiple reps and replicate the speed of the game.

45 minutes. 2017.

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