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Teaching Serve Receive Techniques and Patterns

featuring Mick Haley,
former USC Head Women's Volleyball Coach;
2x National Champions (2002 and 2003); 6x Final Four appearances (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011);
2011 Pac-12 Coach of the Year; 2003 AVCA National Coach of the Year;
2000 US Women's Olympic Volleyball Coach;
6x NJCAA Champion;
over 1,150 career wins;
Distinguished member of the AVCA Hall of Fame (2006)

Consistency in serve receive is one of the most important factors in in being able to run a fast-paced offense in volleyball. In this video, two-time national champion coach Mick Haley addresses serve receive inconsistency by breaking down individual passing technique. You'll see multiple progressions to build technique and confidence in your passers, as well as team passing concepts to allow for more speed in your offense. If a team cannot serve receive, it will be very difficult to execute a fast-paced offense!

Passing Concepts

The first major premise of passing that Coach Haley addresses is the concept of locking the elbows. He demonstrates how to rotate the elbows in so they are facing each other, which allows the soft "fleshy" part of the arm to contact the ball cleanly. Once the platform has been created, Haley builds the rest of the passing posture. He makes note that the passers' arms should be against their body with no gaps underneath them.

The second passing concept Coach Haley discusses is contact. He believes that when instructing players, coaches should use the term "angle to target" instead of platform to target. The platform should be going forward the ball, transferring momentum forward. In order to set the angle correctly, Haley believes a proper athletic stance (similar to tennis and basketball) should be used.

One of the most consistently difficult serves to deal with as a serve receiver is the ball that comes high toward the chest. Coach Haley demonstrates how to take that high ball by keeping the back angled at 60 degrees and playing the ball outside of the body line. He discusses that midline passing can contribute to more balls beating passers high, and that passers should take the ball at the hip and drop their inside shoulder.

The third major concept covered by Haley is passer footwork. You'll learn a two count approach called "push and rebalance." Additionally, Coach Haley introduces a progression that emphasizes more passing consistency, as well as a hands passing progression to control hard-hit balls.

Team Serve Receive

Finally, Coach Haley breaks down how to come together to dominate serve receive as a team. He believes that the libero should decide which foot is forward when passing based on where the other team is serving from. This allows consistency through all passers. From here, Haley builds team serve receive patterns based on whether the opponent's server comes from zone 1, 6 or 5. He explains how to deal with certain balls that are trouble points for most teams, such as a serve driving the front row hitter back and not being able to get a free release to attack a quick tempo ball.

This video is a great way for coaches to learn how to teach consistency in their serve receivers. The more consistent a passer can become, the more confident they will be on the court. Coach Haley takes you through easy-to-coach drills that progress the serve receiver from building the platform all the way to rotational passing scenarios. The largest benefit of this video is that the progressions are pretty simple and can be taught from U13 all the way to collegiate level serve receivers. Learn to teach serve receive simply and effectively today!

57 minutes. 2020.

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Individual Defense: Little Things that Make Big Things Happen

with Ryan McGuyre,
Baylor University Head Women's Volleyball Coach;
2017 Big 12 Coach of the Year;
Back-to-back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in '16, '17, '18 (first time in school history!);
former Cal Baptist University Men's & Women's Head Coach;
9x National Champions; NCCAA Division I National Coach of the Year (2011);
Named AVCA's Men's & Women's NAIA National Coach of the Year in the same year (2010)

Baylor University head coach Ryan McGuyre is one of the rising stars in volleyball coaching circles. He won nine national championships at Cal Baptist University before taking over at Baylor and becoming the Bears' fastest coach to ever record 100 career wins. In this video, Coach McGuyre lays out the traits and training methods needed to create superb individual defenders. You'll see how to shape your players' attitudes and movements to make your team defense better than it's ever been before.

First Trait of a Great Defender: Attitude

Coach McGuyre begins by mentioning he instructs his players to utilize the "Jag Stance" while on the court. Jag Stance, of course, meaning getting after balls like someone chasing the keys to a new Jaguar! McGuyre wants athletes to have the mentality of "I WILL GET THIS BALL" all the time in order to play their best on defense.

You'll discover base techniques that will allow your players to move around the court more aggressively. These include:

  • Staggering feet
  • Keeping legs shoulder width apart
  • Arms out in front to ensure minimal up/down movement
  • Maintaining fast hands

It's important to understand that the things you praise in practice as a coach are the things that will be repeated by your players in games. McGuyre's knowledge and guidance in this section will ensure your team is better prepared to kick off your season with a hot stretch.

Second Trait of a Great Defender: Movement

Once your defenders have a great attitude and base stance, you can begin to work on their movements. McGuyre prefers that his players:

  • Keep a forward head position throughout the step so it's easier to work left, right, and forward
  • Utilize a step to dig move to quickly get to the ball and generate a great platform to dig the ball
  • Learn a sprawl move that takes the step to dig move to the next level by keeping their knee to the outside while sprawling
  • Use pancakes in emergency situations by allowing gravity to do the work

An effective way to train these moves is through partner tosses, which can be used to simulate every left, right, front and back action on the court. Coach McGuyre also details how to execute an overhand dig, which requires starting with high hands so players are ready to get into the proper position quickly.

Live Defense: Handling Dig Progressions

A great way to build progressions into your practice plan is to utilize a catch and throw technique so that your players keep moving the ball, working on foot speed, The platform dig progression allows for players to get immediate feedback as the ball travels toward the passing target. Random passing assignments will keep your players on their toes so they cannot prepare for the incoming passing assignment.

What makes this video exceptional is the knowledge of Coach McGuyre and how he teaches these defensive concepts to his skilled group of players. The techniques demonstrated in this video can be duplicated by any club coach, high school or college team and will make your players better individual defenders, which will benefit your program overall!

56 minutes. 2020.

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Front Row/Back Row Defense

with Kevin Hambly,
Stanford University Head Coach;
2018 NCAA National Champions; 2017 Final Four;
2018 Pac-12 Volleyball Coach of the Year, 2018 AVCA Pacific North Region Coach of the Year;
former University of Illinois Head Coach;
2011 NCAA Runners-up; 5x Sweet Sixteen appearances;
2011 Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year

Kevin Hambly took over the Stanford University volleyball program after John Dunning's departure and made sure the Cardinal didn't skip a beat. Hambly's leadership helped Stanford capture the 2018 Division I National Title and his program is set up for success for years to come.

This video features some of the best methods that Coach Hambly uses to teach defense specifically to front and back row players. These drills and concepts provided the training Stanford's players needed in practice to rise up and capture volleyball's ultimate crown!

First Line of Defense - Blocking

Coach Hambly starts by explaining "Go Posture," which is designed to improve your players' movement and health efficiency in the front row. He discusses why he wants his athletes to match the angle of their back with the angle of their shins so they can maximize their athleticism and ability to move on defense.

Next, Hambly covers crossover footwork. The best way to do this is to push the floor away, load the hip and knee, shorten the arms and keep the hands in front. You'll also learn the jab/hop blocking move that will help defend against the quick one attack.

With the live defense series, Coach Hambly demonstrates exactly you'll need out of your front row blockers. First, players need to watch the passer. Second, they need to see the ball. Hambly teaches his players to see and react to the outside of the setter's hand closest to the net. This telltale sign will provide the best insight into where the ball is being set.

Positioning for Back Row Players

Coach Hambly breaks down four blocking patterns used to help back row defenders. Blockers may give the attacker the line (no hands), they may shade the line (right hand), take the line away (head up), or they may totally take the line away (left hand). You'll discover what cues to look for from the back row that will help your team gain an edge to seeing and reading the offense better.

Hambly uses the Catch and Throw drill as a way to get players into proper defensive position. One of the outstanding qualities of this video is how methodically he is able to demonstrate front and back row defensive positions.

Live Defense: Handling Every System and Attacking Method

When defending tips and roll shots, front and back row players must see the same thing so they can move into the same defensive position pattern. A tremendous way to improve defense is to become a great serving team. By not allowing an offense to set up a perfect pass to a perfect setter position, you will force your opponent to try to do more out of system attacking, which is easier to defend.

What makes this video really worthwhile is how Coach Hambly systematically works with a group of players to maximize their front and back row defensive positions and reads. He is such a great teacher of the game and he sees the court so well, which makes it fun to watch him orchestrate the athletes on the court. There's no doubt his teaching methods will be of great value to you and your program!

55 minutes. 2020.

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Training Relentless Defenders

with Christy Johnson-Lynch,
Iowa State University Head Coach;
2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) Champions;
2009 Asics/Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year;
2009 AVCA Central Region Coach of the Year;
2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year; 2011 & 2008 Elite Eight appearances;
Coached 9 of the past 11 years 'Big XII Libero of the Year' award winners

Defense is a skill that every coach and team can take pride in. A great defensive team can counter a height differential if one exists with your opponent. With this video from Iowa State University head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch, you will understand how she incorporates team drills into every practice to raise the level of play of her team and create a culture of hard work, discipline, communication and speed.

Getting Started + Mantra

Coach Johnson-Lynch begins with a partner throw and dig drill that's a great way to ease into practice. Players should learn to move to and through the ball as opposed to reaching for it and falling forward.

One concept that Johnson-Lynch discusses in detail is the mantra "NO GO / YOU GO." What this means is that players who aren't being aggressive enough defensively will be replaced in the drill with another player. Defenders should be inherently aggressive and this is one way to hold your athletes to a high standard. It also creates a culture of accountability on your team.

Team Drills

You'll get a slew of practice drills that work on training defenders to be their very best. Coach Johnson-Lynch includes pursuit drills to train players to never give up on any ball, no matter how difficult it may seem to track down. She also includes:

  • The Wong's Walk Drill - An upbeat, intense passing drill
  • The Coach on 3 Drill - Perfect for producing more gritty defenders
  • 6 on 6 Pepper - A great way to get athletes moving actively on the court
  • Neville's Pepper - Forces defenders to try to keep the ball alive to score points
  • 5 on 5 concepts
  • Ways to add defensive read and communication skills into drills

Johnson-Lynch understands how to get the most out of her players on defense. The concepts used in this video are a great way to instill the right culture in your team so your players train to become relentless defenders.

50 minutes. 2019.

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Designing Your Transition Offense

with Keegan Cook,
University of Washington Head Coach;
2x Pac-12 Champions (2015 & 2016);
2x NCAA Elite Eight appearances (2015 & 2016);
2018 U.S. Junior Women's National Team Head Coach;
2016 U.S. Collegiate Women's National Team Head Coach

This video featuring University of Washington head coach Keegan Cook stresses the three basic components to transition: "How we move well, how we see well, and how we communicate well." Coach Cook demonstrates a variety of footwork patterns to transition from defense to a strong attack. After watching this video, you'll be able to implement the demonstrations directly into your own practice plans.

Key Transition Elements

Cook discusses three key elements to successful transition offense: movement, communication, and sight. He demonstrates footwork for each front row player, including specifics for hitters in 6-2 and 5-1 systems. Coach Cook emphasizes ways to improve communication to ensure improved offensive execution. Finally, he discusses ways to help your hitters see the action and adjust to be more successful hitters when transitioning against strong attacks.

Out of System Strategy

Next, Cook discusses various options for handling your transition offense when your setter makes the first touch or the first pass. He then has players demonstrate how these strategies can be used and shows how they can put pressure on your opponent. Coach Cook helps you evaluate the talent you have available to design your own transition offense.

Transition Insights

You will learn strategies and techniques to improve your team's transition game. Cook reinforces that about half of the game is played in transition from defense back to offense. He discusses elements such as defining your digging target, ways to attack out of tip coverage, and concepts on play calls. Additionally, Cook explains the strategies he uses and discusses the value of other options available to coaches at various levels.

Throughout the video, Coach Cook provides strategies and drills to enhance your understanding of the transition game to improve your offense's success during rally play. This video will give you an opportunity to learn transition options that you can immediately use within your own program.

56 minutes. 2019.

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