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The Beginner's Guide to Volleyball

Learn the basics of the sport of volleyball including its rules, history, fundamental skills and how you can get started.

Top Volleyball Stories of 2013
Post-Olympic years are usually not much to speak of. But 2013 brought some new faces to the national team, some exciting collegiate action and some fun stories to the forefront. Check out the year's top stories.

The Mental Side of Volleyball
As is true with most sports, playing volleyball is mostly mental. Yes, you need to make sure that you learn your skills well and that you are confident about your ability to perform them when it counts. But you also make sure that you are mentally prepared for any situation. Here are a few tips about how to get your mental game in order.

Yonkers Boy's Appeal to Play on Girl's Team Denied
A boy in Yonkers, NY was denied the chance to play volleyball on the girl's team despite there being no boy's team at his school. The discussion around this story brought out the worst in some people which led to several idiotic comments on articles. I say, let the boy play. Here's why.

Logan Tom - Outside Hitter
Logan Tom is a four-time Olympian at the Outside Hitter Position. She is a skilled all-around player who brings stability to the American serve receive and defense while also providing the team with a solid attack and block at the net. A graduate of Stanford University, Logan was a four-time All-America and NCAA National Champion.

Reid Priddy - Outside Hitter
Reid Priddy is an American volleyball player who played in three Olympic Games, winning the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His position is outside hitter and he has been a mainstay of the USA team for many years. He is strong on serve receive and defense as well as a solid attacker.

Volleyball Mag's Top 35 Players Missing Notables
Volleyball Magazine published its list of the top 35 greatest players of all time. They seem to be missing few notable names. Who do you think should be on the list?

Your List of the Greatest Players of All Time
Volleyball Magazine came out with its list of the top 355 Greatest Players of All Time. Did your favorite players make the list? Who do you think should or should not have been included?

Team Building
Each year as a team comes together to play a season of volleyball, the dynamic is different. When you have different types of players, different personalities, different work ethics and different goals, teams can be very disjointed. Team building is a technique used to put groups of people on the same page, whether in the work place or on the...

What to Do When You Hate Your Coach
Chances are that at some point in your career you will find yourself at odds with your coach. Here are some tips for dealing with a coach you hate.

The Best Moments of the 2009 Pro and College Volleyball Seasons
A look back on the events of 2009 in pro and college volleyball.

Make the Tough Play - Hitting
The three toughest balls to hit are the tight set, the off-the-net set and the over the shoulder set. Here are some tips to handle each of them.

Volleyball Tip: Shake It Off
When you make a mistake that ends a rally, you need to remember that the next play is on its way. In volleyball there is no time to wallow. So you have to learn how to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get on with it.

Volleyball Rules - Comparing FIVB, NCAA and AVP Volleyvall Rules
Here you can find the differences in volleyball rules between indoor and beach, college and Olympic play.

Flo Hyman - One of America's Best
Flo Hyman was one of the best players ever to play the game. Read about her contribution to volleyball.

Opposite
Volleyball Positions give each person on the court a specific role and a job to do. If you're a middle blocker, here is what you need to do.

Volleyball Positions - Setter
Volleyball Positions give each person on the court a specific role and a job to do. If you're a setter, here is what you need to do.

Volleyball Positions Explained
Information about each volleyball position and what they are expected to do on the court.

Volleyball Positions - Middle Blocker
Volleyball Positions give each person on the court a specific role and a job to do. If you're a middle blocker, here is what you need to do.

Volleyball Positions - Outside Hitter
Volleyball Positions outside hitter position four set 4 set high outside outside blocker

All About the Libero
What is the libero in volleyball?

The History of Volleyball
How did volleyball come to be? Who invented it? Where was it invented? How did it become the game we watch today?

What is Volleyball?
Let's cover what volleyball is and how and where it is traditionally played.

Volleyball Crimes and Punishments
One thing that the sport of volleyball is not short on is controversy. Here are the recent controversies surrounding the sport as well as volleyball related crimes and punishments. Yes, there are volleyball crimes. Check it out.

Volleyball Camps for Kids
A list of camps around the country where kids can improve their skills.

Adult Open Nationals Team Matching
Find a team to join and play in USAV's Open Nationals.

Ron Von Hagen - Beach Legend
Ron Von Hagen was one of the first stars of pro beach volleyball. His career spanned 16 years at the pro level and he won 62 tournaments in his career between 1962 and 1978.

How to Be a Good Team Captain With Kim Oden
Kim Oden was the captain of the 1988 and 1992 Olympic teams as well as her Stanford volleyball team. After winning a bronze medal in 1992 she went on to coach Division I volleyball and was a part of the national championship team's coaching staff at Stanford in 2001. She won two state championships as the head coach of the St. Francis volleyball...

Volleyball's Best Stories - 2011
The top stories from the year that was in volleyball.

Jeff Stork - Setter
Jeff Stork is an American volleyball player who won a gold medal in the Seoul Olympics and a bronze medal in Barcelona. He is one of the best setters in the history of USA Volleyball. Read more about Jeff's amazing career.

Steve Timmons - Power Hitter
Steve Timmons was best known for his powerful attacks from both the front and back row and his bright red flat-top haircut. He won two gold medals and a bronze for the USA men's Olympic team and was integral in putting USA Volleyball on the map. Read more about Steve's career here.

Tara Cross-Battle - Outside Hitter
Tara Cross-Battle is one of the best outside hitters to play for the American team. She is one of only a few volleyball players to compete in four Olympic Games. She won a bronze medal in 1992 in Barcelona. Read more about Tara Cross-Battle.

Karch Kiraly - The Best Ever
Karch Kiraly is known as the best American volleyball player in U.S. history. He is known for his ball control skills and all-around game. He is the only player to win gold medals in both indoor and beach volleyball. Karch is a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame. Read more about Karch Kiraly.

Nina Matthies
Nina Matthies is one of the winningest female beach volleyball players of all-time. She is also largely responsible for the start of the first women’s professional beach volleyball tour, the WPVA. For 30 years she has been the head coach of the women’s indoor team at Pepperdine University and she also coaches the women’s sand team there.

Kathy Gregory - Profile
Kathy Gregory is one of the best beach volleyball players in the history of the game. She enjoyed one of the longest careers ever, beginning her career in 1968 and ending it in the 90's. She has logged over 800 wins as the coach of the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team and she is a member of the Hall of Fame.

Matt Fuerbringer - Profile
Matt Fuerbinger's beach volleyball profile

Nick Lucena - Profile
Nick Lucena - Player Profile

Debbie Green - Setter
Debbie Green is considered one of the best setters in the history of American volleyball. She led the U.S. women to their first medal at the 1984 Olympics. She is also a national champion and a member of several halls of fame.

Rita Crockett - Outside Hitter
Rita Crockett is known as one of the best all-around players in women's volleyball history. She played outside hitter and led the American team to its first Olympic gold medal. She went on to have a successful career on the beach and indoor playing professionally both in the U.S. and abroad. She is a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame.

How to Avoid Sexual Predators in Youth Volleyball
Sexual predators are very common in youth sports. Parents always need to keep a watchful eye over the interaction their kids have with the coaches in their lives. I spoke with a 20+ year veteran investigator in sex crimes to find out what parents can do to avoid having their children fall into the trap of a sex offender.

How to Avoid Sexual Predators in Youth Volleyball
Sexual predators are very common in youth sports. Parents always need to keep a watchful eye over the interaction their kids have with the coaches in their lives. I spoke with a 20+ year veteran investigator in sex crimes to find out what parents can do to avoid having their children fall into the trap of a sex offender.

Youth Volleyball and Sexual Predators
Every week there is another story about a sexual predator who is arrested for abusing children. In this week's article we discuss the frequency of offenses and how predators attempt to manipulate young people.

History of Beach Volleyball
How beach volleyball got started and how it became the game it is today.

2013 Volleyball News Round Up
2013 was a much more interesting year in the sport of volleyball than most had anticipated. With the national teams beginning anew with young talent, the men's and women's NCAA indoor and sand tournaments holding surprises and beach volleyball coming back in earnest, there has been a lot for volleyball fans to watch and look forward to. Here are the lesser known news stories that took some of our attention this year as well.

Volleyball Step By Step
Here is a collection of the Step-By-Step guides to playing and coaching volleyball.

Volleyball in 2014
2014 is just getting started, but the calendar is already full for volleyball fans. Here’s an overview of what’s on the docket for the sport this year in both indoor and beach at the international and collegiate levels.

Top 5 Feel Good Stories of 2013
Post-Olympic years are usually nothing to write home about. They usually consist of rebuilding at the national team level, a bit of Olympic fatigue and reduced interest in the beach game. The college level churns on as usual, but all in all, post-Olympic years are throwaways. 2013 proved that theory wrong.

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.

Men's Volleyball: Could Division III Growth Lead to Expansion?
Volleyball lovers are fond of the phrase “Grow the Game.” But what exactly does that mean when it comes to men’s volleyball? Can volleyball players, coaches and fans grow the game from the bottom up?

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