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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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

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!

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

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