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How to Improve Your Volleyball Skills

Now that you've got a grasp of the fundamentals, it is time to take your game to the next level. On this page you'll learn to improve your play through drills and cross training. You'll also find out how to avoid injury and find some good places to practice.

Volleyball Team Tips
If you play volleyball long enough, you will eventually find yourself in a tough situation. Whether that is on the court or off the court, with your teammates or with your coach, internal strife can be very difficult to handle. Here are a few tips on how to handle specific situations.

VIDEO Transcript: Cary Wendell Wallin - How to Set the Quick
Cary Wallin is a two-time national champion out of Stanford University where she played setter and opposite. She is currently coaching a junior team in Orange County, CA. In this video, Cary gives some tips on how to set the quick set or the one set whether the pass is good or bad.

Video Transcript: How to Be A Good Volleyball Teammate
Cary Wendell was a highly recruited volleyball player who won two national championships at Stanford University. Now as a junior volleyball coach, Cary emphasizes to her players the importance of being a good teammate. In this video, she explains exactly what that means.

VIDEO: Kim Oden - Being A Good Team Captain
Kim Oden was the captain of the USA Olympic team for the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. In this video she gives a few pointers on how to do the job well.

How to Be Mentally Tough in Volleyball
Your state of mind is is as key to being good at volleyball as your skill set. To be a great player you have to learn to be mentally tough. Train your brain as well as your body and you will find success. Here is a definition of mental toughness as it pertains to volleyball and here are some tips for developing it.

Are You Too Injured to Play?
How do you know when you're too injured to play? Here are a few things to consider.

How to Handle a Hostile Crowd
Every once in a while you will enter into another team's home gym and find that their crowd is not so welcoming. The last thing you want to do is allow the crowd or a few hecklers to make a difference in the outcome of your match. Here are a few ways to deal with playing volleyball in front of a hostile crowd.

Are You Coachable?
In order to improve your volleyball skills, you need to be coachable. If you can admit that you don't yet know everything, put your ego aside and take constructive criticism, you will most definitely take your game to the next level.

What is Your Favorite Pre-Game Meal?
Great pre-game meals take many forms and everyone has to find what works best for them. What is the ideal meal that gets you going and keeps you energized for a match or tournament?

Taking the Fifth
It's the start of game five. You may not have expected the game to last this long, but here you are. Now it is time to forget about what came before and to take care of business. Here are some tips to help you win that fifth set.

Cool Down
Cooling down after play is an often ignored practice. It is so easy to finish practice, a match or a tournament and just walk out the door and get back to your life. There are many reasons why skipping the cool down after playing volleyball or any sport will hurt your body. This article speaks to why and how to cool down properly.

Stay Hydrated
A key element in peak performance for any sport is proper hydration. Without it, your muscles will cramp, your energy will plummet and your ability will quickly deteriorate. Make sure you drink before, during and after a match or a tournament to keep yourself going.

Volleyball Nutrition
What should you eat and when should you eat it to be at your best when you play volleyball? The answer can vary depending on your own personal needs. But here are some basic guidelines to start with and then tweak to best suit your needs.

The Mind's Eye
A large part of succeeding in sports is mental. Here are some tips for how to use visualization and mental preparation to improve at volleyball.

Volleyball Quick Tips
Take the time to understand the game of volleyball and your game will improve by leaps and bounds. Here are some tips to enhance your volleyball knowledge and to help you hone your skills.

Volleyball Tips: Warm It Up!
If you're not properly warming up to play volleyball, you are putting your body at high risk for injury. Take a few minutes to get nice and warm with a volleyball-specific warm up before you play.

Volleyball Drills: Transition Warm-Up
A proper warm-up is imperative in volleyball. After you have jogged and stretched and before you introduce the ball, do some volleyball-specific warm-up drills. Here is a transition drill that not only warms up the body, but helps players get familiar with where they are supposed to be in transition.

The Volleyball Warm-Up: Pepper
A good warm-up is imperative in volleyball. One drill that is a mainstay at every level from beginners to pros is the game of pepper.

Volleyball Tips: Bringing Your Outdoor Game Indoors
Volleyball Tips: The outdoor game can help and hurt your indoor game. Here's how to accentuate the gains, overcome the losses and smooth out the transition when you bring your outdoor game indoors.

The Power of Repetition
When it comes down to improving your volleyball skills, nothing is more effective than reps.

Common Volleyball Injuries
A list of common injuries from playing volleyball.

Volleyball Summer Camps
Find a volleyball camp where you can improve your skills this summer.

2009 Boy's Junior Olympics
Information on the 30th annual boys' Junior Olympic Championships in Atlanta, GA

2009 Girl's Junior Olympics
Information on the 30th Annual Girl's Junior Olympic Championships in Miami Beach, Fl.

2009 Adult Open Championships
A great way to get find some good competition and have fun doing it.

Develop Your Sand Legs
Learning to move and jump in the sand in order to play beach volleyball well takes time and patience. Here are a few tips to help you get your sand legs.

Avoid Volleyball's Most Common Injuries
Volleyball is a sport that is tough on the body. Here are some tips to avoid the five most common injuries in our sport.

Choosing a Great Summer Volleyball Camp
There are tons of volleyball camps held all over the country every summer. If you're looking for a good one, here are some tips and things to think about before you make your decision.

Coming In Off the Bench
Being a substitute or a bench player may not be the most glamorous role in volleyball, but it is certainly an important role to play for any team. Here are some tips to help you be great off the bench.

Cross-Training for Volleyball
In volleyball as in any sport, it is important to vary your workouts to build your strength, help avoid injury and keep you motivated. Here are some great ways to cross-train for volleyball.

Bring Back the Fun
When it comes down to it, sports are supposed to be fun. But sometimes the drive to win can suck all of the fun out it for those who get too serious. Here are some tips for keeping things light and enjoying yourself so you can avoid burn out.

Be An All-Around Player
It may seem as if the need to be an all-around player has fallen by the wayside. This could not be further from the truth. Working on all of the skills of volleyball will make you a much more valuable asset to your team.

Hit the Ball Harder
There is much more to getting kills in volleyball than hitting the ball hard, but it sure is fun and it can make an authoritative statement to your opponent. If you want to hit the ball harder, make sure that you're doing these five things.

Volleyball Serving: It's All About the Toss
When coaching new young volleyball players, taking them from the underhand to the overhand serve can be a challenge. Especially with young girls who have little shoulder strength, it is very important that they utilize all the tools they have to get more power on the ball so that it has a chance to clear the net. Here are the top five things new players do wrong when tossing the ball for an overhand serve.

Keys to a Solid Passing Platform
You may have heard the word "platform" thrown about by volleyball coaches. When mentioned, the coach is referring to the area between your hands and your elbows where you should be contacting the ball when attempting to pass or bump the volleyball. Ideally, a good platform will ensure that you pass the ball well and consistently. Without one, you are almost guaranteed to shank the ball or not be able to control it at will. With a good platform, the ball should go exactly where you want it to, and that's what we mean when we say "ball control." It is key for any volleyball team and should not be under-appreciated.

How to Play Defense Behind a Block
Playing defense is all about reading and reacting to whatever situation unfolds in front of you. In volleyball, the situation on the court is constantly changing. To play defense means taking all of those things into consideration and moving yourself into the position where you need to be. It is important for the defense to read what is happening and place themselves in position to dig the ball as best they can. Here are some tips to do that.

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