Ebook Discount: 50% off “Coaching Volleyball: A Survival Guide for Your First Season”

For one week only, my ebook “Coaching Volleyball: A Survival Guide for Your First Season” is on sale for just $4.49! Regularly $8.99, I wanted to provide individuals who are considering coaching club volleyball with a discount to help them understand what their season will entail. Please help me reach more new coaches by sharing this post! Link to ebook here.


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5 Things You Need to Know About Coaching Club Volleyball

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For many of us, the school season has just begun and we have only a few matches under our belts. We’ve finally gotten into a groove and are seeing our players grow and progress from those first hectic days of practice. Even though the end of the season seems ages away, it will be here before you know it. And that brings a scary realization: Club ball is right around the corner!

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Now, school coaches do not always coach club ball, just like club coaches do not always coach school ball. There are many explanations for this. Time constraints are different, levels of pay vary, and much more. If you are coaching a school team now (or even not coaching at all) there are a few things you need to know about making the jump into coaching club volleyball. Continue reading

Reverse Engineer Your Volleyball Season

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A worksheet for coaches trying to set season goals.

I’m getting ready for tryouts, and I know a lot of you are too! While I think it is important to know who will be on your team before you come up with team goals, coming up with coaching goals for yourself will help you focus on what you’re actually looking for during tryouts!

Reverse Engineer Your Volleyball Season: A worksheet for coaches trying to set season goals.

Stepping outside of the volleyball world for a moment, I’d like to mention how much I am motivated by Gary Vaynerchuk (often referred to as Gary Vee). If you would like to learn more about him, you can visit his website here: https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/.

I bring up Gary Vee because I felt a great deal of motivation this morning after getting my daily dose of Instagram, and seeing his picture with a quote which said, “Reverse engineer everything you want in life.”

I, of course, applied this to the upcoming volleyball season right away. Continue reading

Are you a new volleyball coach? Check out my book!

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Happy Saturday everyone! I have exciting news to share with you all. I have been hard at work over the last two months writing my first book about coaching volleyball!

Coaching Volleyball: A Survival Guide for Your First Season

My book, titled “Coaching Volleyball: A Survival Guide for Your First Season” is now available through Amazon and covers a wide range of topics. Start by creating your coaching philosophy and identify the best place and level for you to coach. I prepare you for tryouts as I walk you through what to expect, and then we dive into your first practice. Continue reading

Teaching Young Players How to Pass a Volleyball

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Passing. The very first thing we all have to learn in order to advance to any other skill. As much as every young player wants to spend entire practice sessions running through hitting lines, it is important to instill a love of passing in your team.

Teaching Young Players How to Pass a Volleyball

We’ve all heard the saying, “it starts with a pass,” and we’ve probably heard ourselves repeating this little nugget of wisdom once we get into the role of coaching. But think back to when you were a player. Did that quote inspire you? Motivate you? Even matter to you? Probably not.

Telling players that passing is important is not the way to inspire them to work harder at the skill. The way that I have found to encourage players to work harder on their passing is to spend individual time with each of them correcting their skill, and showing them that they can succeed. Little victories are the key to development. Continue reading

3 Reasons to Encourage Failure

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As a volleyball coach, accepting that failure is a part of the learning process can be hard. In an ideal practice, we would see a mistake, explain how to correct it, and the problem would disappear. Or during a tournament, when we try running a new play for the first time, we get a kill.

This doesn’t happen very often.

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If you’re a seasoned coach, you’ve probably tried to correct a player’s form, only to see them go back to their old ways five minutes later. Or you pump up your team that now is the time to try that new play, and they get blocked and lose their momentum and maybe even a little faith in your coaching.

These are failures. But we need them. Continue reading

My First Coaching Experience

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While I “coached” at most of my high school’s volleyball youth camps over the summers as a player, my first real coaching experience didn’t happen until I was 21. I was given the opportunity to coach a 14 and under team in my hometown for a club that had only just started two years before. Prior to this club, there were a few sporadic club teams which would pop-up over the years, but players would typically have to drive 45 minutes to an hour away for the closest club team (my 12 year old self included).

My First Coaching Experience - Coaching Volleyball

During my first year, I was going to coach with someone I played with in high school, who had a couple of seasons under her belt already. She had coached at the high school level, and also for the new club. We were friends in high school and got along, so I was very excited to get the season started! Continue reading

Volleyball Tryout Checklist: 5 Overlooked Qualities

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While a few of you are just now wrapping up your season (hello, Nationals!), many of us are enjoying our summer break from coaching, either by simply relaxing, watching the AVP tour, or playing in summer volleyball leagues for some much-needed “me time.”

But as we all know, this break ends sooner than we expect, and open gyms and tryouts will soon be upon us! Even though I know you are probably enjoying your break from the gym, the excitement of a new season is sure to hit you soon. So while you’re daydreaming about a fresh start, here are a few tips to save for August.

Volleyball Coaches: Have a few players who you are on the fence about after tryouts? Go through this checklist to help you determine who makes the cut!

Most of these qualities go against what we have been conditioned to look for in a player, or are easy to overlook if not focused on picking up on these subtleties. Before you finalize your roster, check for these five qualities in the players who were on the fence. Continue reading

4 Questions to Ask When Picking an Assistant Volleyball Coach

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Moving into the role of head coach is an exciting time. You’ve likely spent a year or two as an assistant yourself and are ready to put your skills to the test as a head coach! While you’ve probably spent weekend tournaments pondering what you would do differently if you were head coach, or jotted down a few notes for yourself when your head coach overcame a difficult obstacle, you’ve likely got a pretty solid game plan when it comes to coaching. Continue reading