Grand Rapids: Volleyball Training Links

Wednesday, February 18
Practicing a calm platform during serve receive

 Before this drill, Tod Mattox addresses the entire team and says he wants calmer platforms in serve receive. He talks specifically about the technique for passing serves that are up high.


The drill requires players to pass balls hit by Mattox off a box from the other side of the net. As you’ll see, he continually reinforces a couple of key points: “Calm” and “shoulder down and hold it.”

Wednesday, September 3
How to Spike a Volleyball
This is a great video tutorial on the spike approach.  It has some good slow motion video of proper technique and an explanation of the parts of the approach including footwork, form and swing.

Wednesday, September 3
Arm Swing Training
Watch a 12 year old learn correct power hitting mechanics to increase arm speed, to hit harder and reduce shoulder stress.

Monday, June 9
Defensive Positioning

Defensive Positioning:

This video features the University of Illinois and discusses defensive postitioning.

Tuesday, February 25
Eyes On the Hitter, Not the Ball

Watching the attacker rather than the ball makes the game of volleyball a lot easier.

Adam Johnson, a former US National Team indoor player and a 44-time winner on the pro-beach tour, stressed this to his 12's team at a recent practice at his club - the Adam Johnson Volleyball Club in Austin, Texas.  Here are three points he made:

  • Watching the hitter allows you to quickly identify whether the attacker is going to hit or tip.
  • Watching the hitter allows you to get in better position to play defense.
  • Watching the location of the pass is a good indicator as to whether the other team is likely to give you a freeball or a downball.

Tuesday, February 11
North Carolina Coach, Joe Sagula: Getting Ready For a Dig or Pass
North Carolina Coach, Joe Sagula, talks about why it is so important to keep arms wide and relaxed when readying for a dig or a pass.

Tuesday, September 24
Teaching the Approach with John Dunning

Tuesday, September 24
Setting for Beginners with Oregon State Asst. Coach

Monday, October 8
Libero-Defensive Body Position

Monday, October 8
Arm Swing - Tennis Ball Jump Drill

Monday, October 8
Ball Movement Drill Progression

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