The 3 C’s Drill: Communication, Coverage, and Celebration

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Do you have a quiet team? Or a team that forgets to cover their hitter? Do you need some team bonding activities to help them support and encourage each other?

This is the perfect drill for you!

The 3 C's Drill: Communication, Coverage, and Celebration

Seriously, my team changed after running this drill, which I found on YouTube one day:

In the video, it is explained that a team of 6 will play to 25. They can earn up to three points from each freeball by:

  1. Communicating;
  2. Covering; and
  3. Celebrating

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Not Teaching Your Team a Skill Because They’re “Not Ready” Is a Disservice

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I came to a realization last week that upset me. My team that I am currently coaching has been struggling this year to master foundational skills. They are an older team who should have stronger passing skills, and the group’s weakness in this area has led to weaknesses in all areas. If you can’t pass, you have a hard time setting, and with off sets, it’s hard to work on hitting. Struggling hitters do not challenge blockers or defensive systems, and you can see the snowball effect the weakness in passing has had on my team.

Not Teaching Your Team a Skill Because They're "Not Ready" is a Disservice

So when my team asked if we could start running plays (only the club players had experience with plays at this point) I’m going to guess that you know what my answer was. It was a firm, strong, “No.” Not only did I tell them no, I told them, “You’re not ready for that.” Continue reading

Teach Your Volleyball Team to “Get the Pancake”

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I realized something this weekend… I have not written a post which discusses my blog’s namesake! So without further ado, here is how to teach your players to pancake a volleyball!

Teach Your Volleyball Team to "Get the Pancake"

A pancake is one of the greatest game-changing moves which can be found in the sport of volleyball. When a team is able to execute this skill properly, a great deal of excitement is usually generated. Especially if you are able to sideout or win the point, your team’s energy will spike, guaranteed! Continue reading

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

Free Volleyball Stats Sheet Download!

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Looking for a way to measure progress over the season? Stat sheets are the perfect way to measure not only strengths and weaknesses, but growth too! Not sure how to use the stats you keep? I wrote an entire chapter on how to track and use stats throughout the season in my new ebook, “Coaching Volleyball: A Survival Guide for Your First Season.”

Download free volleyball stats sheets! Not sure how to use stats to make your team better? I wrote an entire chapter in my new ebook "Coaching Volleyball: A Survival Guide for Your First Season" on how to use stats to improve your team! Check it out!

You can download these free stat sheets at www.getthepancake.com. And make sure you check out the “Things I Love” section for a link to my ebook which teaches you how to use stats to improve your team!

Pre-Made Volleyball Practice Plan: Learning Setting and Attacking

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The season has started! This means two things. 1) We’re all scrambling to figure out what our teams’ strengths and weaknesses are, and 2) I will have a lot of practice plans that I share with you!

The beginning of the year is the best time to review basics with your team (although they should constantly be enforced throughout the season). I recommend ALWAYS beginning with passing and serving, as these are the two most fundamental skills one needs to play volleyball. This plan is for our second practice of the year, so we’ve progressed to setting and attacking.

Pre-Made Volleyball Practice Plan: Learning Setting and Attacking


Time: 2-hour practice

Age levels: Any skill level. Adjustments can be made to increase or decrease difficulty

Skills targeted: Setting, attacking, offense.

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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.”

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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