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Volleyball: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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 - Let's cover what volleyball is and how and where it is traditionally played.
How to Master 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.
Understanding Volleyball Rotation
The basics of volleyball rotation and how to avoid the overlap.
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.
How to Serve a Volleyball Overhand
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 - 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.
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 - 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 History 101
Learn about volleyball history. Who invented volleyball? Where was volleyball invented? How did volleyball become the game we watch today?
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 Execute a Volleyball Pass
Volleyball Passing is the key to a good offense and the team that does it well is tough to beat. Learn the keys to a good passing platform and body position so that you can pass the ball with accuracy.
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.
Volleyball Rules - Comparing FIVB, NCAA and AVP...
Here you can find the differences in volleyball rules between indoor and beach, college and Olympic play.
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.
Five Ways to Get Better at Volleyball Hitting
Volleyball hitting can be improved drastically by doing a few simple things.You can be a great hitter if you work at it. Here are some suggestions to help there.
Types of Volleyball Serves
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.
Top Volleyball Players - Women
Player profiles for some of the top female athletes in the sport of volleyball
How to Execute the Volleyball Set
How to master the volleyball set to an attacker.
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 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.
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.
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 Make a Volleyball Dig
How to master the volleyball dig
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Execute a Float Serve
The keys to a good float serve. How to serve a ball that floats.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Molten Pro Touch vs.Tachikara SV5W Gold
It's old school vs.new school in this classic battle of the volleyball equipment.
The Setter on Defense
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. Page 2.
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.
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.
The Opposite on Defense
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. Page 2.
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.
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. But here are some basic guidelines to start with and then tweak to best suit your needs. Page 3.
Kerri Walsh
Profile for Kerri Walsh, AVP Beach volleyball player.
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 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.
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.
The Setter on Offense
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. Page 3.
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.
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.
2014 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.
The Opposite on Offense
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. Page 3.
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.
Ace
Ace - Definition of Volleyball Term
Destinee Hooker Player Profile
Information about USA Volleyball player and London Olympian Destinee Hooker.
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.
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.
Matt Anderson - Volleyball Player Profile
Information on 2012 Olympian Outside Hitter Matt Anderson
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
All About Serving
Types of Volleyball Serves - Floater, Jump Serve, Topspin
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.
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.
Three on Three Front Row Attack Drill
This drill pits front row against front row in a battle of the offenses.
Dig
Dig - Definition of Volleyball Term
Tactical Leadership
There are three types of team leaders - tactical, physical and emotional. Which type are you? Page 2.
Team Leadership
There are three types of team leaders - tactical, physical and emotional. Which type are you?
Muscles and Tendons
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 4.
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!
Volleyball Tip: Cover Your Hitter
Volleyball Tips: Learn how to cover your hitter to protect against your opponent's block.
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.
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.
Make an Effort to Understand
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 3.
Keys to a Solid Passing Platform
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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?
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.
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.
NCAA's New Play-In Match Format
The NCAA has changed the way that men's volleyball teams will qualify for the final four and national championship. The idea is to expand the tournament, which is a good goal and could lead to growth in the sport. But they way in which they've done it could hurt some teams who now have to find the money to travel to an extra match in order to qualify for the final four. Is this the right solution?
The Ankle Injury that Ended Coley Kyman's Career
Coley Kyman believes that the ankle injury that he suffered while playing college football 20 years ago, would not have been as severe had he not been wearing an ankle brace at the time. A Texas woman is suing because she injured her ankle in much the same way. Read Coley's story and weigh in on the ankle brace debate. Do they help or hurt?
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.
Side Out
Side Out - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
NCAA Men: If Life Was Fair, Would NCAA Playoffs...
For the first time in NCAA men's volleyball, instead of three conference winners and an at-large bid, a committee will be choosing all six teams that we'll see competing for the national title in a couple of weeks. Chances are, there will be some heated discussion no matter which teams are chosen. But this year, if life was fair, would the committee choose five west coast teams and Loyola Chicago? Or would that be the opposite of fair?
#5 - USA Beats Brazil in World Challenge
A look back on the events of 2009 in pro and college volleyball.
The Setter in Transition
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. Page 4.
5 Ways Sand Volleyball Differs From Indoor
Sand volleyball and indoor volleyball are two separate sports, which is why both are included in the Olympic Games. Yes, the skills are generally the same in both sports, but the similarities end there. For that reason collegiate sand volleyball programs will eventually need to jump in and immerse themselves in true sand volleyball for the sport to move forward. Here are five key ways in which sand volleyball differs from indoor volleyball.
Emotional Leadership
There are three types of team leaders - tactical, physical and emotional. Which type are you? Page 4.
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.
Buy In
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 4.
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.
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.
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.
Misty May-Treanor
Profile for Misty May-Treanor , AVP Beach volleyball player.
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.
Physical Leadership
There are three types of team leaders - tactical, physical and emotional. Which type are you? Page 3.
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.
Rally Scoring
Rally Scoring - Definition of Volleyball Term
2014 MPSF Quarterfinals Yield Top 4 Teams
There were absolutely no upsets in the MPSF last weekend, which is a bit of a surprise considering how closely matched the teams in the country's best conference have been in 2014. But the top four teams prevailed and live to play this weekend in the conference semifinals. Here's the recap of each of the matches and who is moving on.
Attack
Attack - Definition of Volleyball Term
Setter
Setter - Definition of Volleyball Term
Making the Tough Play: The Over the Shoulder 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 4.
Approach
Approach - 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.
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.
Bump
Bump - Definition of Volleyball Term
Volleyball Step By Step
Here is a collection of the Step-By-Step guides to playing and coaching volleyball.
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.
Libero
Libero - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
Volleyball Tip: Stay On Your Toes
Volleyball Tips: In volleyball, you have to be ready to move quickly and sometimes to unexpected places. The key is to keep your weight forward.
Title IX and Men's Volleyball
It is time for the dialogue around Title IX to change. Men's volleyball
Kill
Kill - Definition of Volleyball Term
How to Make a Volleyball Serve with Top Spin
The steps required to put top spin on your volleyball serve.
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.
When 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 3.
Pepper
Pepper - Definition of Volleyball Term
2013 Pro Beach Volleyball Schedule
Check out the dates, locations and results for the 2013 professional beach volleyball season. Here you will find all the listing for events hosted by FIVB, AVP and NVL as they are announced. Page 2.
Underhand Serve
Underhand Serve - Definition of Volleyball Term
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?
Making the Tough Play: The Tight 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 2.
Transgender Athlete Highlights Need for Clear...
As more and more transgender athletes fight for inclusion in competition at every level, organizations and states are attempting to make rules that work for everyone. But it may be impossible to make everyone happy with such a controversial issue.
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.
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?
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.
Spike
Spike - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
Quality Matters
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 4.
Middle Attack Drill
This drill focuses on the middle blocker's ability to hit in transition.
Down Ball
Down Ball - Definition of Volleyball Term
Shoulders and Backs
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 3.
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.
Pancake
Pancake - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
Free Ball
Free Ball - Definition of Volleyball Term
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.
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.
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.
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.

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