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How to Get the Best Out of Your Players

Here's where you can find some tips on drills, strategies, how to lead your team and how to handle different types of players. Learn how to get the best out of your players and how to keep them motivated.

How to Handle A Disruptive Player
At some point in your coaching career, you are likely to come into contact with a disruptive player. Here are some true stories from coaches regarding how they handled their difficult players and what transpired afterward.

How to Deal With a Disruptive Player
A disruptive player can be like a cancer on a team. Here are some tips on how to approach the situation and determine what course of action to take to solve the problem.

What Position Should You Play?
If you're wondering what position you should play in volleyball, take stock of your skills, size and ability to determine where you will be the most help to your team. There are no hard and fast rules, but here are a few guidelines to consider.

Coaches Corner
Check out my interviews and articles with and about college and national team coaches, find out their philosophies on teaching the game and the way they approach the seasons and quads ahead. The mindsets of winning coaches tend to have certain similarities and there is something to be learned from their thoughts on the game. Listen as the top coaches discuss their teams and their future plans.

5 Tips for a Fresh Start
The team dynamic is one of the most important things to take care of well if you want to be successful. Any problems between teammates or coaches should be handled promptly in order to preserve the smooth operations of your team. Here are five quick tips to help you re-build your relationship with your teammates, coaches or players after...

How Clutch Are You?
What if there was a way to discern who the set should go to when the pressure is on? A study by Mark Otten found some interesting results.

Never Let Up, Never Let Down
It's easy to lose focus during the course of a match or the course of a season. Here are some tips to keep your eye on the prize and your head in the game when it's difficult.

Ball Control Drills
Ball control is the most important skill in volleyball. Without it there is no offense and without offense there is no point-scoring. Winning begins with ball control. To improve your team's ball control skills, make sure to add some repetition drills to every practice. Though they may seem tedious or overly simple, they are necessary to keep your team's ball control skills sharp over the course…

Solo Ball Controll Drill
This drill is an individual one in which the players works on ball control and tries to keep the ball in the air as long as they can.

Free Ball Passing Drill
Good free ball passing is very important in volleyball and should not be overlooked. If an opponent gives your team a free ball, make sure you get the best possible pass so that you can run any play with your offense. A bad free ball pass is a missed opportunity for an almost guaranteed point.

Broken Play Drill
This drill helps players to think on their feet during a broken play. The goal is to better the ball and get a good swing despite being out of system.

Short-Deep Ball Control Drill
This drill can be used as a warm up drill after your players have warmed up by jogging, stretching and warming up their arms. The benefit to this drill is that it not only helps to warm up the players for practice, but it works on ball control at the same time.

Hitting Drills
To improve at hitting, place your players in situations that are much tougher than in a match. It forces them to learn how to be successful no matter what the other team throws at them. These drill can also help with conditioning as many of them involve transitioning off of the net repeatedly.

Three on Three Front Row Attack Drill
This drill pits front row against front row in a battle of the offenses.

Serve Receive and Defense Drill
This drill focuses on side-out volleyball and defending on the perfect pass.

Middle Attack Drill
This drill focuses on the middle blocker's ability to hit in transition.

Block and Hit Drill
This drill works on a player's ability to block and get off the net to hit.

Team Must Win Two Plays in a Row to Score
This is a classic version of the always effective Wash Drill.

Hitter vs. Hitter Drill
This drill works for hitters at each position to help them get better at finding a way to put the ball down even when everyone knows the ball is coming to them.

Serve Receive Drill
This drill focuses on passing and hitting out of serve receive.

Serve Receive Drills
These drills focus on getting better at serve receive. Make sure to emphasize the good pass that opens up the offense.

Serve Receive Drill
This drill will help your team work on siding out in specific rotations.

Overhand Passing Drill
This serve receive drill focuses on making players better at deciding when to pass a ball overhand or underhand.

Harnessing Momentum
The game of volleyball is all about momentum. Getting it and keeping it is not easy, but there are a few ways you can try to harness it and keep it flowing on your side of the net.

Understanding Volleyball Rotation
The basics of volleyball rotation and how to avoid the overlap.

Know Your Players
One of the keys to great coaching is to know who you've got on your team and do what you can to bring out the best in each of your players.

Nine Principles for Dealing with Loss in Sport
When athletes lose in big matches, it can be painful. Some athletes hold on to the disappointment for years and decades after the last whistle. According to veteran sports psychologist Dr. William Parham, there are nine factors that determine how difficult athletes may find coping with loss.

American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)
Coaching and Membership information for the AVCA.

USAV Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP)
Information about USAV's Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) Courses.

Rebounding After a Big Loss
An uncharacteristic or unexpected loss can throw a team off their game. Here are some tips to get your team back on track after a disappointing performance.

Team Leadership
There are three types of team leaders - tactical, physical and emotional. Which type are you?

How to Win in the Playoffs
The regular season has come to a close and now it is win-or-go-home time. Are your players ready? Here are a few tips to help take your team as far as possible in the post-season playoffs.

Youth Coaching Drills
Some simple drills you can try with your junior or high school team.

When Coaches Are Bullies
What does it mean to be a bully in regards to youth coaching? Certainly coaches are expected to provide discipline for young players and to challenge them to make them better. But what happens when a coach crosses the line? How do we know where the line is? And can parents be objective when their own kids are involved?

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