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Volleyball: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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.
Meet 9 of the Biggest American Female...
Player profiles for some of the top female athletes in the sport of volleyball
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.
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 - Outside Hitter
What is the role of the outside hitter? Here is a comprehensive, expert-written article concerning this position on a volleyball team.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Middle Blocker on Defense
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. Page 2.
How to Do a Set in Volleyball the Right Way
How to master the volleyball set to an attacker.
How to Make an Effective Dig in Volleyball
How to master the volleyball dig
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 Execute a Float Serve
The keys to a good float serve. How to serve a ball that floats.
The Middle Blocker on Offense
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. Page 3.
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.
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?
The Middle Blocker in Transition
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. Page 4.
Kerri Walsh
Profile for Kerri Walsh, AVP Beach volleyball player.
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.
Outside Hitter on Defense
What is the role of the outside hitter? Here is a comprehensive, expert-written article concerning this position on a volleyball team. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Destinee Hooker Player Profile
Information about USA Volleyball player and London Olympian Destinee Hooker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let Serve
Let Serve - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
How to Make a Volleyball Serve with Top Spin
The steps required to put top spin on your volleyball serve.
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.
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.
Three on Three Front Row Attack Drill
This drill pits front row against front row in a battle of the offenses.
Volleyball Serve: How to Jump Serve
Learn the steps required to execute a volleyball serve called the jump serve.
Outside Hitter on Offense
What is the role of the outside hitter? Here is a comprehensive, expert-written article concerning this position on a volleyball team. Page 3.
Ace
Ace - Definition of Volleyball Term
Outside Hitter in Transition
What is the role of the outside hitter? Here is a comprehensive, expert-written article concerning this position on a volleyball team. Page 4.
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.
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.
Misty May-Treanor
Profile for Misty May-Treanor , AVP Beach volleyball player.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All About Serving
Types of Volleyball Serves - Floater, Jump Serve, Topspin
Down Ball
Down Ball - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
Volleyball Tip: Cover Your Hitter
Volleyball Tips: Learn how to cover your hitter to protect against your opponent's block.
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.
Matt Anderson - Volleyball Player Profile
Information on 2012 Olympian Outside Hitter Matt Anderson
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.
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.
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.
Pancake
Pancake - Definition of Volleyball Term
Video Transcript: How to Be A Good Volleyball...
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.
Underhand Serve
Underhand Serve - Definition of Volleyball Term
Grand Prix: Brazil Runs Away with Title, Teams...
I'm not a huge fan of the way the Grand Prix Final Round is set up right now. There is something anti-climactic about not having the teams play it out with everything on the line.It means that final match doesn't necessarily decide the winner. In the 2014 tournament, Brazil ran away with the title. Though there was a bit of suspense after the first match, they closed the door by annihilating everyone after that, so it was an inevitability that they'd end up the winner.
Molten Pro Touch vs.Tachikara SV5W Gold
It's old school vs.new school in this classic battle of the volleyball equipment.
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.
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.
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.
Team Leadership
There are three types of team leaders - tactical, physical and emotional. Which type are you?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attack
Attack - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
How to 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. Page 2.
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.
Back Row Attack
Back Row Attack - 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.
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.
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!
Free Ball
Free Ball - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
Antenna
Antenna - Definition of Volleyball Term
Approach
Approach - Definition of Volleyball Term
Dig
Dig - 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.
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.
Block
Block - Definition of Volleyball Term
#5 - USA Beats Brazil in World Challenge
A look back on the events of 2009 in pro and college volleyball.
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.
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.
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.
Assist
Assist - 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.
Tactical Leadership
There are three types of team leaders - tactical, physical and emotional. Which type are you? Page 2.
Biq
Biq - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is a 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. Page 2.
Making the Tough Play: The Off-the-Net Set
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. Page 3.
Kill
Kill - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
Rally Scoring
Rally Scoring - Definition of Volleyball Term
Hitting Drills
These drills help your players to improve their attacking skills by placing them in different situations, many of them tougher than they will see in a match.
Attack Line
Attack Line - Definition of Volleyball Term
USA Men's Volleyball - 2013
The USA men are starting a new quad with tons of new faces just recently out of college. On this transition year after the London Olympics, some of the stars that have become fixtures in the starting line up take a break and give the young players a chance to gain experience as the team builds toward 2016. Here are the stories and competitions from the 2013 USA men's volleyball season.
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.
Volleyball Step By Step
Here is a collection of the Step-By-Step guides to playing and coaching volleyball.
VIDEO Transcript: Cary Wendell Wallin - How to...
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.
Emotional Leadership
There are three types of team leaders - tactical, physical and emotional. Which type are you? Page 4.
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.
How to Visualize
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. Page 2.
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.
American Pairs Perform Well at World Series
There’s so much to talk about from last weekend’s World Series of Beach Volleyball – the atmosphere, the return of international pro beach volleyball, Kerri Walsh Jennings back to the court, Summer Ross and Emily Day breaking though, the inaugural World Series Cup, the list goes on and on. But let’s not skip over the actual volleyball that was played in this tournament. Let’s start with the winners and losers.
Serve Receive Drill
This drill will help your team work on siding out in specific rotations.
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.
Know Your Role
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.
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.
Double Hit
Double Hit - Definition of Volleyball Term
Middle Attack Drill
This drill focuses on the middle blocker's ability to hit in transition.
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.
Video: 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. Page 2.
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.
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.
Spike
Spike - Definition of Volleyball Term
Foot Fault
Foot Fault - Definition of Volleyball Term
Joust
Joust - Definition of Volleyball Term
Hazers Get Leniency From Judge
The SUNY Geneseo volleyball team has a lot to be thankful for this weekend. This year's hazing got out of control when the team hancuffed, blindfolded andd forced alcohol down the throats of their underage teammates. A judge last week reluctantly let them off with a slap on the wrist.
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.
Backcourt
Backcourt - 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?
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.
Decoy
Decoy - Definition of Volleyball Term
How to Tell if You're Dehydrated
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. Page 3.

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