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

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.

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Setting Goals for your Volleyball Team

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My first year of coaching volleyball had its fair share of ups and downs, and despite my years of playing both club and high school volleyball, coaching my first team required an entirely different thought process. No matter how strategically you were thinking as a player, different components enter the picture as a coach (think motivation, organization, playing moderator, etc.).

One major area I overlooked was goal setting. In your first year of coaching, it’s easy to get caught up in game tactics, practice plans, and teaching the physical skills. But it’s the mental skills which will make all the difference, not only to your potential as a coach, but to your players’ potential.

Team GoalsSetting Goals for your Volleyball Team

Determine Expectations:

From the very beginning, you need to understand what kind of team you are coaching, and what the expectations are from the school or club you coach for. Is your team expected to be ultra-competitive, or is just having a fun season with lots of playing time for everyone the mission of your organization? Do you need to schedule tournaments to play against teams that promise a challenge, or is scheduling local tournaments a higher priority? You should know the expectations BEFORE joining the staff as a coach, so the culture of your club or school team matches your own coaching style, this way you will coach more authentically. Continue reading