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What Does the Libero Do in Volleyball?
What is the role of the volleyball libero?
What Are All the Positions in Volleyball and...
Information about each volleyball position and what they are expected to do on the court.
Meet 9 of the Biggest American Female...
Player profiles for some of the top female athletes in the sport of volleyball
Volleyball for Beginners: Learning the Basic...
Volleyball rules are hard to keep up with because they often change, but here is a brief overview of the sport and how to score.
How Do The Players Rotate in Volleyball?
The basics of volleyball rotation and how to avoid the overlap.
What is the Setter in Volleyball?
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 - 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
What is the role of the outside hitter? Here is a comprehensive, expert-written article concerning this position on a volleyball team.
3 Types of Serves in Volleyball
There are three main types of volleyball serves. Try them all to find out which one suits you best. If you can master them all, it works to your benefit because you can easily change up on your opponent and give them a serve they're not expecting.
How to Master the Volleyball Block
The volleyball block is all about positioning. Learn the correct footwork to get yourself in front of the hitter and the appropriate arm and hand position to block the ball right back at your opponent.
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.
How to Improve Your Volleyball Hitting
Volleyball hitting is the most exciting skill in the sport. It takes a good deal of hand-eye coordination, but once you master the approach and arm swing, you can begin to take on the task of timing your approach so that you contact the ball at the top of your reach and the top of your jump.
Volleyball Rules - Comparing FIVB, NCAA and AVP...
Find the differences in volleyball rules between indoor and beach, college and Olympic play, including scoring, players, and court size.
How to Serve a Overhand in Volleyball
The overhand volleyball serve is a good place to start when learning to play volleyball. Learn to perfect your form with lots and lots of practice.
Volleyball Positions: What Is the Opposite?
Volleyball Positions give each person on the court a specific role and a job to do. If you're the Opposite, here is what you need to do.
What Are The Origins of Volleyball?
Who invented volleyball? Where was volleyball invented? How did volleyball become the game we watch today? Learn about the history of volleyball.
Kerri Walsh
Profile for Kerri Walsh, AVP Beach volleyball player.
How to Execute a Float Serve
The keys to a good float serve. How to serve a ball that floats.
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.
How to Pass the Ball in Volleyball
Volleyball Passing is the key to a good offense. Learn the keys to a good passing platform and body position so that you can pass the ball with accuracy.
5 Ways to Improve Your Volleyball Hitting
Good volleyball hitting can be the difference between winning and losing. Use these simple tips to drastically improve your volleyball hitting.
How to Make an Effective Dig in Volleyball
How to master the volleyball dig
During A Match or Tournament
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. Page 3.
How to Do a Set in Volleyball the Right Way
How to master the volleyball set to an attacker.
How to Read the Volleyball Setter
In order to get a jump on the set and move in front of the correct hitter on time, you need to give yourself a head start by deducing where the setter is going to send the ball. Here's what to look for.
A Solid Pre-Game Meal
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. Page 2.
Misty May-Treanor
Profile for Misty May-Treanor , AVP Beach volleyball player.
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 of the season.
Ace
Ace - Definition of Volleyball Term
Common Mistakes When Running the One Set
The one set is the first quick set most new players learn. It can be very difficult to master as there are many moving parts that you have to assess in order to execute it correctly. After spending some time with a 15's junior team, here are some observations regarding the most common mistakes when running the one.
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.
How to Read the Hitter
Once you understand how to set the block to increase your chances of getting the stuff block, you should begin to pay attention to the clues the hitter will give you regarding where he will hit the ball.
Volleyball Quick Tips
Check out these quick tips for improving your game. Increase your skill level, your mental preparation and your understanding of the game.
Outside Hitter on Defense
Volleyball. Page 2.
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.
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.
The Fearsome Block
The difference between a block and a stuff block lies in the arm position. Make some slight adjustments and you can shut down your opponent and score points with your block.
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.
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.
Top 5 Things to Do to Get Recruited to Play...
Volleyball recruiting is getting tougher and tougher. Competition is fierce for a spot on America's college volleyball teams. Here are five things you can do to get noticed.
Call the Ball!
On-court communication is a very simple concept that has incredible importance at any level. But there is more to it than just yelling out. Make sure you know how to determine who the best person is to take the ball and how to make your call clear to your teammates.
Let Serve
Let Serve - Definition of Volleyball Term
Outside Hitter on Offense
Volleyball. Page 3.
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.
The Take Off
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. Page 3.
All About Serving
Types of Volleyball Serves - Floater, Jump Serve, Topspin
The Approach
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. Page 2.
Team Leadership
There are three types of team leaders - tactical, physical and emotional. Which type are you?
Yonkers Boy's Appeal to Play on Girl's Team...
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.
How to Make a Volleyball Serve with Top Spin
The steps required to put top spin on your volleyball serve.
Fingers and Thumbs
Volleyball is a sport that is tough on the body. Here are some tips to avoid the five most common injuries in our sport. Page 5.
Volleyball Serve: How to Jump Serve
Learn the steps required to execute a volleyball serve called the jump serve.
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.
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 Tip: Cover Your Hitter
Volleyball Tips: Learn how to cover your hitter to protect against your opponent's block.
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.
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 team in Mountain View California where she is now the head of the Guidance Counselor Department. In this video, Kim talks about what it takes to be a good team captain.
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.
Mastering Movement
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. Page 4.
Underhand Serve
Underhand Serve - Definition of Volleyball Term
Antenna
Antenna - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
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.
Tactical Leadership
There are three types of team leaders - tactical, physical and emotional. Which type are you? Page 2.
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.
Outside Hitter in Transition
Volleyball. Page 4.
Changing of the Guard
After every Olympic Games there is a turnover led by retiring athletes and aspiring future Olympians. 2016 will bring a very significant changing of the guard for USA Volleyball. Let's take a look at which players may stick around for another quad and some of the new faces we may see coming up.
Attack
Attack - Definition of Volleyball Term
New Men's Volleyball Play-In Match Is Just the...
Men's volleyball fans have been clamoring for growth for years. With the addition of Conference Carolinas to the NCAA field, they have finally got it. But due to NCAA restrictions, the process leaves something to be desired and may not cause some new problems.
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.
2014 Pro Beach Volleyball Schedule
The 2014 pro beach volleyball schedule is on the books and the FIVB, AVP and NVL have chosen their tentative tournament dates. Though there are likely to be changes to the existing dates, here's the schedule as it stands and results will be posted as the tournaments take place. Also check out the win leaders in both men's and women's pro beach tours on the international and domestic fronts.
Do You Need Knee Pads to Play Indoor Volleyball?
Is it really necessary to invest in a pair of knee pads in order to play indoor volleyball?
Volleyball Step By Step
Here is a collection of the Step-By-Step guides to playing and coaching volleyball.
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.
Assist
Assist - Definition of Volleyball Term
Whose Ball Is It?
On-court communication is a very simple concept that has incredible importance at any level. But there is more to it than just yelling out. Make sure you know how to determine who the best person is to take the ball and how to make your call clear to your teammates. Page 2.
When NOT to Miss a Volleyball Serve
There are three times during a game when you have to make sure your volleyball serve is in the court. NEVER miss at one of these times.
Know Your Team's Needs
Each person on the court in a volleyball game has a role to play that differs depending on your skills and talents. Make sure you know what your team needs from you each time you are on the court. Page 2.
Pancake
Pancake - Definition of Volleyball Term
Side Out Scoring
Side Out Scoring - Definition of Volleyball Term
Biq
Biq - Definition of Volleyball Term
Matt Anderson - Volleyball Player Profile
Information on 2012 Olympian Outside Hitter Matt Anderson
All About Volleyball Blocking
A collection of articles on the volleyball skill of blocking - how to do it, how to get better at it and how to use it to win games.
Rally Scoring
Rally Scoring - Definition of Volleyball Term
Bump
Bump - Definition of Volleyball Term
How to Effectively Call the Ball
On-court communication is a very simple concept that has incredible importance at any level. But there is more to it than just yelling out. Make sure you know how to determine who the best person is to take the ball and how to make your call clear to your teammates. Page 3.
After the Match
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. Page 4.
Molten Pro Touch vs.Tachikara SV5W Gold
It's old school vs.new school in this classic battle of the volleyball equipment.
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.
Down Ball
Down Ball - Definition of Volleyball Term
Volleyball Injuries - Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is a common volleyball injury. Here is some information on what it is and what you can do to treat it.
Quick Set
Quick Set - Definition of Volleyball Term
Dig
Dig - Definition of Volleyball Term
Walsh Jennings and April Ross to Join Forces
It's official. Kerri Walsh Jennings will team up with London silver medalist April Ross as she makes her run for an unprecedented fourth straight Olympic gold
Destinee Hooker Player Profile
Information about USA Volleyball player and London Olympian Destinee Hooker.
Attack Line
Attack Line - Definition of Volleyball Term
Back Row Attack
Back Row Attack - Definition of Volleyball Term
Backcourt
Backcourt - Definition of Volleyball Term
Dink
Dink - Definition of Volleyball Term
Approach
Approach - Definition of Volleyball Term
Volleyball Tip: Better the Ball
Each and every time you contact the volleyball, your goal should be to make it the best possible contact you can muster. Bettering the ball means to do your absolute best to put the ball in a good position for your teammate no matter how bad the previous contact.
Middle Blocker
Middle Blocker - Definition of Volleyball Term
Top Volleyball Players - Men
Player profiles for some of the top male athletes in the sport of volleyball
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.
Game
Game - Definition of Volleyball Term
Who is Donald Sun?
Donald Sun bought the AVP on April 2nd, 2012. He believes he can revive the perennially troubled tour and finally make it profitable. Some of what he learned from his father, David Sun, the self-made billionaire and owner of Kingston Technology, could very well translate to his new solo venture.
Three on Three Front Row Attack Drill
This drill pits front row against front row in a battle of the offenses.
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.
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.
Using the Soft Block
Sometimes your best course of action is not to go for the stuff block, but to try a soft block and earn your team a chance to score a point.
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 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.
Kill
Kill - Definition of Volleyball Term
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 field of play.
Cut Shot
Cut Shot - Definition of Volleyball Term
Decoy
Decoy - Definition of Volleyball Term
Spike
Spike - Definition of Volleyball Term
Back Set
Back Set - Definition of Volleyball Term
Closing the Block
Closing the Block - Definition of Volleyball Term
FIVB Beach: Hughes/Engle & Brunner/Rogers...
The top American teams skipped last weekend's Open tournament in Puerto Vallarta, but several U.S. teams did give it a go and American pairs got as far as the
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.
Hydration
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. Page 5.
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.
Float Serve
Floater - Definition of Volleyball Term
Overhand Serve
Overhand Serve - Definition of Volleyball Term
Ready Position
Ready Position. Volleyball.
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.
Choosing a 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. Page 4.
Right Side Hitter
Right Side Hitter - Definition of Volleyball Term
Jungle Ball
Jungle Ball - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
Be Objective
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. Page 2.
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.
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.
Ankles and Knees
Volleyball is a sport that is tough on the body. Here are some tips to avoid the five most common injuries in our sport. Page 2.
Free Ball
Free Ball - Definition of Volleyball Term
Volleyball, Plantar Fasciitis and the...
Plantar fasciitis is a common volleyball injury that can be treated with athletic tape or orthotics. But are those things compounding the problem of weak arches? Some say that minimalist shoes with very little arch support make the arch stronger and therefore less injury prone over time. Would that work for volleyball?
Block
Block - Definition of Volleyball Term
Facial
Facial - Definition of Volleyball Term
Held Ball
Held Ball - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
Tufts Student Athletes Punished for Heckling...
Tufts officials punished 27 lacrosse players who harassed female volleyball players during a match against Smith College last season. Heckling is common place in sports. When does it cross the line?
Volleyball Shoes - Asics Gel Sensei 2 vs. Asics...
Volleyball shoes can be sport-specific or not. Is it possible to cross a volleyball shoe with a running shoe? Find out!
2014 World League Schedule
The 2014 World League is going to be the biggest ever and the format has changed a bit. This time around, the top teams will be in two pools of four. Each team in Pools A & B will play the other teams in its pool four times - twice at home and twice away. The top two teams from the top two pools will move on to the final round of six along with host country Italy and the overall winner from Polls C, D & E. USA is in Pool B along with Russia, Serbia and Bulgaria. World League play runs from May 23rd through July 20th.
Make A Strong Move
On-court communication is a very simple concept that has incredible importance at any level. But there is more to it than just yelling out. Make sure you know how to determine who the best person is to take the ball and how to make your call clear to your teammates. Page 4.
Review - Semi-Custom Orthotics
If you are experiencing pain in your feet due to plantar fasciitis, you may want to try using an orthotic. An orthotic is an insert placed inside the shoe that provides added support where needed to alleviate pain and stress. In between the cheap drug store orthotic and the expensive custom made orthotic is the semi-custom orthotic. Here is a review of two such products.
Volleyball Coaching: Know Your Players
One of the keys to great volleyball 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.

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