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Cover: the blocking techniques & training that propelled the netherlands to a surprising olympic finish
The Blocking Techniques & Training that Propelled the Netherlands to a Surprising Olympic Finish

with Giovanni Guidetti,
Head Coach of VakifBank Istanbul;
as the former Netherlands Women's National Team Head Coach, won the silver medal at the 2015 European Championships, the bronze at the 2016 World Grand Prix and a 4th-place finish at the 2016 Olympics (Rio) - the program's highest-ever Olympic finish; 2013 FIVB Club World Champions; 2x 'Coach of the Year' award recipient

Blocking is a training element that sometimes becomes monotonous to players. Giovanni Guidetti gives you an inside look into some of the blocking drills he used to train middle blockers on the Netherlands Women's Olympic volleyball team. He emphasizes repetition - the high reps will prove how tough your blocker's endurance is against a faster attacker - while also giving them better focus on the "read" part of the block.

Blocking Drills

Using a progression of defensive block drills, Guidetti shows you how to utilize your players better during block drills, provide more reps, understand the sequencing of the block-read defense, and provide another way to make them more explosive off the ground.

The drills demonstrated focus on a number of different areas:

  • Reading the setter and closing on the most common sets to the pins, middle and the 31 zone.
  • The footwork that the Netherlands used for quick attacks to out-of-system.
  • How to press over the net using the shoulders.
  • Closing to an attacker quickly and making last-minute adjustments.
  • How to use the interior hand to take away cross court while leaving the exterior hand to take away line and tool shots.
  • Training the blockers not to leave before they have read where the ball is going.

Throughout the presentation, you'll also learn how to incorporate a variety of training tools (medicine balls, elastics, boxes and bands) to emphasize blocking, reaching over the net and conditioning for foot work while blocking.

This video from Coach Guidetti will provide you with some great ideas to help bolster your team's blocking abilities!

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

46 minutes. 2017.

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Cover: volleyball athleticism: essentials for agility & explosiveness
Volleyball Athleticism: Essentials for Agility & Explosiveness

with Gwen Egbert,
Doane University Head Coach;
former Papillion-LaVista (NE) and Papillion-LaVista South (NE) High School Head Coach;
Coach Egbert won 700 games at the high school level along with six Class A State Championships & seven runner-up honors; her teams reached the championship game of the Class A Tournament in 13 of their 17 state tournament appearances.

Finding ways to keep your athletes in shape and increase athleticism are problems every volleyball coach wants solved. Gwen Egbert has put together a wide array of drills that even coaches with limited space and tools can use to help improve the overall athleticism of their teams. This video is a great tool for improving a player's agility that will help them get to the ball or make a play by using the correct footwork.

Utilizing a Jump Rope

The jump rope is a simple tool that, when used correctly, improves conditioning, decreases injuries, and increases movement speed. Coach Egbert has players run through a variety of drills focusing on both jump speed and jumping height using a jump rope. Athletes jump from a variety of different starting positions and in multiple patterns to help improve their explosiveness.

Agility Drills

Using cones and markers on the floor, Coach Egbert demonstrates drills that force her players to not only listen and follow her directions, but also allow them to work on communicating with their teammates so they can complete the drills.

Exercises in this section focus on general movement that involves diagonal switch, which combined with shuffle footwork, are the essential footwork to increase quickness and/or an explosive first step. This is especially helpful in improving an athlete's range to get to a ball.

Box Drills

Coach Egbert finishes the video with the use of boxes to focus on plyometrics and training players to get used to exploding and becoming more athletic. You'll see a variety of different jumps to train the body, including one leg, sideways, and forward.

Coach Egbert shows you how to improve the overall athleticism of your athletes. Whether you have a state-of-the-art facility or the smallest of spaces, you can help your athletes grow stronger with simple items like a jump rope, cones and a box.

67 minutes. 2017.

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Cover: best of club volleyball: teaching & training the 6-2 offense
Best of Club Volleyball: Teaching & Training the 6-2 Offense

with Mike Schall,
Triangle Volleyball Club (NC) Associate Director and Head Coach

Coach Schall led Triangle 18 Black to win an Open Bid to USAV Junior Nationals and coached Triangle 16 Black to a 5th place finish in the 16 Open Division at AAU Nationals. He is a former Penn State University Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach (under Russ Rose); played 4 years on the Penn State Men's Volleyball team, 2x team co-captain.

Mike Schall demonstrates the fundamentals of the 6-2 offensive system. He provides thorough examples of offensive patterns and serve receive concepts, then runs drills to demonstrate them with his team. In addition to showing basic concepts, he also shows ways to use the 6-2 to attack your opponent strategically.

Serve Receive Rules and Strategies

Beginning to set up the system for receive is the first step in running any system in volleyball. Coach Schall breaks down the various rotations to explain ways to get your best passers and hitters in the position to make successful plays. He focuses on each rotation and explains how the overlap rules impact your serve receive options.

Each rotation is shown in detail with straightforward serve receive lineups to show how Schall would create two passer back courts and three passer back courts. You can use two passers to protect your best outside hitter from taking the first ball and to give your setter the least amount of ground to cover to be in the best position to pass.

Coach Schall presents more advanced alternatives for you to utilize as your team progresses. Each strategy is demonstrated by his team as he provides insight into their actions.

Offensive Patterns Associated with the 6-2 System

Coach Schall explains four offensive patterns that work with the 6-2 offensive system. He runs his team through various drills to show how each pattern works, and explains why certain elements are effective and when to use them.

You can use the basic systems with a lower-level team. Then, as your team advances in their offensive skills, you can utilize the "next level" in your offense to help your team attack your opponent and take advantage of their weaknesses.

Mini Games for Plays and Rotations

Getting stuck in a rotation during a game can change the outcome. Get ahead of the competition by using engaging, competitive, and goal-oriented games. Schall runs his team through a series of rotational mini-games that you can use to help your team transition to offense. Each of the rotational drills provides a different focal point to help you understand how to keep your team engaged while improving their skills.

You'll see various rotational drills with two and three passers as Schall and his team demonstrate transition into their offensive pattern. He explains ways to focus your players on elements such as passing, calling the offensive pattern, finding defensive weaknesses, and utilizing specific hitters.

Coach Schall provides eight concept-based drills that take you through 6-2 serve receive formations and link them with various offensive patterns. Each phase of the video provides you with options to customize your practices to meet your team's current goals and skill level!

70 minutes. 2017.

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Cover: breaking it down: training ideas & tools for skill development
Breaking It Down: Training Ideas & Tools for Skill Development

with Kirsten Bernthal Booth,
Creighton University Head Coach;
2016 National Coach of the Year - 3x National Coach of the Year;
Back-to-Back-to-Back Big East Regular Season and Tournament Champions (2014-16);
all-time wins leader at Creighton

Fundamental skill development is important to develop players at all levels. By breaking down skills of the fundamental elements of volleyball, you're able to train your players to be more efficient on the court. With the trend in our sport leaning toward "whole game" training, Creighton's Kirsten Bernthal Booth explores why she still spends time breaking down skill development into phases.

Booth demonstrates several of her "out of the box" training concepts she uses in her program. You'll see multiple drills and in-depth ideas including passing, blocking, and setting that will enhance the development of your players. She provides numerous ideas for player/coach drills, partner drills, and conditioning drills. This training regimen to develop individual skill sets is part of what has helped lead Creighton University to national prominence.

Each drill comes with insight from Booth regarding how athletes should perform at a basic level as well as how to progress the drills to more advanced performance. She also demonstrates how simple and inexpensive props can be implemented to develop skill mastery.

Breakdown Drills to Become a Better Passer

Booth emphasizes that platform and feet movement are equally important to become a confident passer. She presents a progression of passing drills that:

  • Train quick feet movement with the use of resistance
  • Train drop-step passing and angle passing to target
  • Emphasize the isolation of skills while performing drills involving a variety of game-like tempos

Breakdown of Defensive and Offensive Skills

Booth emphasizes drills that not only break down the elements of the skill, but also emphasize the conditioning element to increase muscle memory. Multiple drills are introduced through a progression, from the footwork needed to the complete element. You'll see how to:

  • Train blockers to use hands as a powerful tool for defense
  • Train hitters to "fly" the ball off of the hands of blockers in order to increase their offensive threat on the court
  • Train setters to be more peripheral in order to make quick decisions that will enable the team to use multiple offensive options

Booth suggests that coaches introduce different scenarios using different tempos in practice as much as possible to encourage players to have confidence and strong decision making skills on the court.

The drills in this video will provide you with the knowledge and tools to implement them immediately!

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

47 minutes. 2017.

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Cover: building a positive team culture: expectations & affirmations
Building a Positive Team Culture: Expectations & Affirmations

with Geoff Carlston,
Ohio State University Head Coach; 2012 Sweet 16;
former Ohio University Head Volleyball Coach,
4x Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year; 5x MAC Champions

Ohio State's Geoff Carlston details the kind of feedback reinforced in his program to encourage behaviors that create positive team culture. By implementing some of Carlston's techniques, you will be able to develop the expectations necessary to form the kind of culture in your program that leads to increased success.

Every play in volleyball has its own life. Learning to recognize the process within the point, and each other's role within that process, is paramount to creating a positive team culture. Learn how to identify the little things that each player does to help ensure the success of each play, and, learn why it's important to recognize them.

Identify Culture "Ninjas" On Your Team to Build Accountability

Carlston shares a drill that he has implemented with great results to 'score' positive behaviors. He chooses "culture ninjas", prior to each point, and evaluates the 'ninjas' based on certain criteria:

  • Was there eye contact?
  • Was there physical contact?
  • Were they aggressive?
  • Was there a "we" mentality?

Feedback is given to the 'ninja' at the play's conclusion, and points are awarded based on whether the player demonstrated positive culture-building behaviors. This helps quantify some of the mental and emotional parts of the game through identifiable actions. Carlston also describes ways the drill can be modified based on your team's unique needs.

Develop a "Next Play" Mentality

Getting rid of the negative attention brought on by a "my bad" approach to mistakes is critical to developing a positive team culture. Carlston explains how becoming consumed by your own shortcomings only brings unwanted attention to the mistake, rather than focusing your attention on making a successful next play. He gives cues and positive verbiage that is designed to instill confidence in yourself and your teammates, rather than focusing on the fact that a mistake just occurred. By shifting paradigms away from "my bad," and towards "we will be successful," the success becomes the focus, as does the team.

Coach Carlston delivers a powerful presentation on the importance of the mental and emotional parts of the game. Technique and X's and O's are critical, but, the culture of a program ultimately plays a vital role in its success or failure. This video captures the standards, expectations and affirmations used daily by one of the most successful coaches in the country, and can be valuable for programs of any size.

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

58 minutes. 2017.

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