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This blog is a repository and sounding board for discussions about coaching volleyball. Views and expertise of experienced coaches in the Canadian volleyball community are presented here to stimulate discussion on coaching challenges. We want to support coaches who are helping youth achieve their potential.
This site is for discussion purposes. Please direct any correspondence to Louise Gratton at the following email address: louise.gratton[at]savoirnet.ca.
Category Archives: Technical
By Julien Boucher Many coaches will tell you, likely with reason, that the most important contact in modern volleyball is the first one. The serve, the reception and the block are the key elements which “define” a team. One must understand … Continue reading
Volleyball’s Key to Success: The Forearm Pass (or Bump Pass) I firmly believe that the forearm pass is the most important technique in our game. Considering that it is used a lot for the first contact (serve reception, defensive play, … Continue reading
Too often players, coaches and parents over emphasize competition between teams as “the method” to achieve the competitive edge and use this as the only method or measuring stick identifying competitive progress.
To develop the “competitive edge”, it is important to create an environment that is not only challenging, allows a little creativity and experimentation but must also be stimulating and fun. Athletes must buy into and understand the various ways that are used to simulate competition and think of it as a healthy thing and not something that’s going to threaten their existence. They have to understand that the more times they are faced with adversity and the more times they overcome it, will only serve to give them confidence in thinking that anything is achievable through proper preparation and hard work. Continue reading