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Best of Club Volleyball: Libero Training

with Anne Kordes,
Associate Director of KIVA Volleyball Club;
former University of Louisville Head Coach; 2015 ACC Champions;
2015 ACC Coach of the Year - her third coach of the Year honor at Louisville, also earning the award as the Big East (2012) and American Athletic Conference (2013) Coach of the Year;
2010 and 2011 USA Select National Team Lead Coach

Having a great libero is a tremendous asset to any team. They can energize an entire team and turn a match around quickly with their gutsy play. Anne Kordes delivers a comprehensive video that serves as a critical library of drills for any coach wanting to develop the libero position for his or her team.

Kordes explains the value of the libero position and how to select your libero from your best defenders. She covers five areas of focus with respect to playing defense and the libero position:

  • Ball Control
  • Passing
  • Defensive Technique
  • Out-of-System Setting
  • Serving

This video goes into detail about how coaches at every level can develop technically strong defensive players. Coach Kordes uses a group of defensive specialists from KIVA to demonstrate over 35 drills to use to improve your team's defensive play. Isolated drills are balanced with team-based drills that focus on situational awareness and game speed to cover nearly every aspect of player development.

Better Ball Control

Kordes emphasizes the importance of posture and balance, and demonstrates how they correlate to better ball control. She goes through an entire series of shuffling and passing progressions that create movement patterns and forced footwork designed to increase passing effectiveness and efficiency. No detail is overlooked, as Kordes discusses how platform angles and posture changes are fluid, and how they should be adjusted based on the location of the pass.

Individual and partner drills begin the series on ball control, followed by team ball control drills to keep more players active and engaged. Fast-paced drills are demonstrated at slower paces, as well as at "game speed" to give viewers a firm understanding of how the drill should run.

Several scoring methods are used for both incentive and accountability. Kordes demonstrates drills that use targets that must be hit in order to continue the drill, as well as ways to incorporate competition into practices. Whether it's a cooperative drill designed to reach a certain number of "correct reps," or having serving competitions based on location and speed of the serve, Kordes finds ways to keep even the most technically-focused drills a competition.

Passing Fundamentals

Kordes explains the differences in playing the various back row positions as well as moving into the attack zone to be a successful passer. She discusses the subtlety of playing each side of the court and the various techniques necessary to be a strong passing team.

Platform control and posture are emphasized, as she introduces "small drills" to engage players in the technical aspect of passing. Kordes provides a situational analysis of platform angles and demonstrates how they change based on where the ball is coming from, where the passer is located on the court, and where their desired target is.

Run Your Offense With Your Libero When Your Setter Makes First Contact

Kordes provides a series of drills to help your libero learn how to set up the offense when your opponent attacks your setter. She discusses tips on how to have the setter and libero communicate to successfully utilize your hitters.

From a simple warm-up passing circuit to advanced, dynamic scoring drills, you will find countless ways to incorporate the drills, techniques, and tactics presented in this video into your daily practices and matches. Coach Kordes breaks down the skills needed to be a successful libero, and the in-game strategies you can use to maximize the defensive and ball control efforts of your team.


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Creating a Good Volleyball Culture in the Gym

with Kilee Goetz,
Founder/CEO of Spotlight Athletics;
Director of Volleyball at the Legacy Center of Michigan (Legends Volleyball)

We often drill, and drill, and wonder "why" aren't players getting it or "what" is it that they don't understand? This can be due to many things, but a primary cause is how people learn. Some are good at verbal comprehension, and those kids can visualize what you say. Then, there are visual learners who oftentimes need an animated picture of what's being instructed.

Once you gain a better understanding of this, and the varying learning styles, your teaching methods will be better and your athletes will be more receptive to you!

Kilee Goetz has considerable knowledge in the skill of behavior medication. She is methodical about teaching other coaches how to capture kids' hearts at volleyball practice.

Teaching Players to be Successful on the Court

Coach Goetz has great passion for teaching the sport of volleyball using positive reinforcement and allowing players to be more active in practice drills. In this video, she shares some tools to show you "quick fixes" that can become lasting staples to your program and will positively impact your athletes:

  • Positive reinforcement in a constructive, yet competitive setting.
  • How to get more out of what you say without saying anything differently.
  • How do develop team chemistry immediately.
  • Communication - Simple, quick tools to teach your athletes how to find comfort in "what to say."
  • One drill to teach everything you need in the game of volleyball, beginner to college. It's probably something you already do ... with a spin!
  • FUN! Your athletes will have high expectations and hard work, while enjoying and embracing the process!

This is a great motivation session training you how to communicate more clearly with your players. The content in this video opens a gateway for coaches to learn better ways to improve their team and teach players to achieve more.

Produced at the 2016 AVCA Annual Convention in Columbus, OH.

56 minutes. 2017.

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Teaching Youth Volleyball Skills & Fundamentals

with Bre Johnson,
Marshall (MI) High School Head Coach

As anyone who has coached beginner volleyball to young players knows, keeping the attention of the players is job number one. Bre Johnson understands what it takes to teach youth volleyball to all skill levels.

In this video, Coach Johnson demonstrates how to teach basic skills to players as young as 5 years old, as well as older players that are just taking up the sport of volleyball. She demonstrate drills to train players on how to pass, set, hit, block and serve. What makes her coaching style so effective is that, while breaking down the skill, she uses fun terms for each of the physical movements of a skill so that players can remember the progression of each skill.

Dynamic Warm-up and Movement Drills

Incorporate dynamic warm-up exercises for your youth players. Johnson goes through different warm-up options that you can implement in your practice, from hand eye coordination to footwork. She does a great job at making the drills both fun and effective in order to keep younger players engaged while they warm up.

Platform Training

Johnson illustrates the proper form that is required for passing and teaches players to remember by using "fun terms" while teaching this skill. Once the platform has been taught, she progresses to a number of progressive passing drills that teach how to shuffle while keeping the platform static.

Four Points of Setting

The basics of setting are taught to youth players using Johnson's "four points of setting" that are belly button, five head, finish and follow-through. As with all the other skills, Johnson progresses with a number of drills so that the players can get plenty of reps while learning the skill.

Coach Johnson does a wonderful job of teaching the basic fundamentals of volleyball in a fun and energetic way so that young players can learn and stay focused!

Produced at the 2016 AVCA Annual Convention in Columbus, OH.

55 minutes. 2017.

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Youth Volleyball: The Progression from Tots to Juniors

with Brad Van Dam,
Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club Youth Director

Brad Van Dam shares his insights from being a youth director to create a successful tot to junior program guide, as well as useful play structures for educating and engaging youth so they remain in, challenged, and engaged in your youth program. Coach Van Dam also provides examples of game and practice adjustments that can be used to increase touches and fun for youth aged 3 to 10.

The drills presented are challenging, while also leaving players some room to enjoy and have fun learning. Van Dam shares how he introduces the competitive culture into training tots and beginners in order to keep them engaged and having fun.

Breakdown Drills for Better Understanding

The breakdown drills for players are short and easily understood. The language of the instruction is simple and succinct, which keeps the young players' level of interest high and gets them on-task. You'll see:

  • Drills that introduce shuffling and movement - Young players tend to not move their feet. These drills introduce a fun way to get players to move their feet while they have fun competing.
  • Drills that introduce body position - The use of fun "key" words provide players a visual of how their body should look, making concepts more memorable to young players.
  • Competitive toss and catch drills - Young players wait for the ball to come to them instead of moving to the ball. Van Dam shares catching drills that have a scoring component, teaching players to move in order to score.

Van Dam also shares how to modify games when things don't go according to plan.

These fun and engaging drills and games will teach young kids the skills to be successful and keep them coming back for more sessions! The fundamental progressions for young players will provide them a good foundation for learning the game as they continue to improve.

Produced at the 2016 AVCA Annual Convention in Columbus, OH.

53 minutes. 2017.

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Court Evaluation: Concepts of Reading the Court in Beach Volleyball

with Kristen Rohr,
Grand Canyon University Head Coach;
Co-founder of Coastline Volleyball Club (FL);
Member of the AVP - started playing beach volleyball professionally in 2007

and Joe Rohr,
former Grand Canyon University Assistant Coach;
has played on various professional beach volleyball tours; finished as high as 25th on AVP tour.

Court awareness and the understanding of how to evaluate what a competitor is doing offensively and defensively are tools that will help every team become more successful. In this video, Kristen and Joe Rohr present multiple training tools that emphasize the importance of court awareness.

Through a progression of drills, the coaches demonstrate drills covering basic fundamental skills, but inject chaos to improve necessary communication skills and court movement. They share variations of each drill that can be used at multiple skill levels.

Court Check

Many athletes tend to watch the flight of the ball. By understanding how to evaluate the court quickly, players can adjust efficiently to get better offensive and defensive plays on their side of the net. Early communication amongst players must be reiterated on a daily basis in order for players to become comfortable in their assessment of the court.

You'll learn how to:

  • Train players to look at the other side of the court early for physical clues.
  • Train players to relay information to setters in a quick, concise manner.
  • Emphasize information regarding an opponent's block.

Court Vision

Players who can see what's happening across the net will be more successful on offense and defense. The coaches show you how to:

  • Train players to start reading the opponent's court as soon as the ball is passed on their side of the net.
  • Train players to identify the block early so there's an opportunity to adjust offensively if necessary.

Court Awareness Drills

The Rohrs suggests that too many players don't evaluate the court to use for their competitive advantage. They introduce multiple drills that can be used in practice to encourage players to gain strong communication skills while performing at game tempo. The drills are performed in two-player situations that can be adapted for multiple players. Drills include:

  • Revolver Drill - A version of the Pepper drill applied in a half court situation to train your athletes to be better tactical attackers.
  • Target Pepper Drill - This is another variation to train an attacker's eyes on where to look on the other side to attack. It provides a good way to establish ball control prior to your practice regimens.
  • Chaos Drill - Works on communication amongst teammates, and less watching the flight of the ball.
  • 2-on-1 Sideout Drill - Covers the sections on sideout, defense, and court assessment. The scoring system forces the defense to make a second effort to score, while the offensive side should look where to score against a single defensive back.

Coaches Kristen and Joe Rohr emphasize the importance of court awareness as an excellent tool to become a well-rounded player.

Produced at the 2016 AVCA Annual Convention in Columbus, OH.

33 minutes. 2017.

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