Learn how to play volleyball so you can make your varsity team!
Spike harder, block better, set a volleyball more accurately, pass to the
target, serve like a pro and play defense like you've already earned a
That's right! I want you to make your school team, club team or
collegiate team goals.
For absolute beginners visit my learning how to play volleyball page
which breaks down into easy-to-understand chunks of information
the court and a description of the skills you need to know when you
learn how to play volleyball.
For those players who already know the basics and are ready to take
their game to the next level then you've come to the right place!
Volleyball players come to this site because they want to make a varsity
or JV school team or a club or collegiate team.
The more motivated and disciplined you are, the more you'll learn and
with practice, the better you'll get.
Stay motivated, stay disciplined and keep coming back to learn how to
This is an amazing game, learn it and play it to the best of your abilities.
Players with goals, I love that!
I've helped a lot of players reach their goals and I'm sure I can help you
I have a blast teaching volleyball skills here in Las Vegas and I want to
share what I do on the court, with you.
I'm sure, like the majority of my readers you've come to my site
to learn how to improve your volleyball skills, take your game to the next
level and possibly reach a goal or two, am I right? .
I'll teach you how to play and how to improve your
skills so that you know what each body part,
should be doing and when to do it.
You'll know what you should be looking at and when to look at it and
you'll learn the correct timing for each skill.
Cuz you know, timing is everything!
What indoor volleyball position do you play?
Each position is defined along with the responsibilities, both physical and
mental, you'll need to assume with that position when you learn
how to play volleyball at advanced levels.
Are you a setter?
the best way to communicate with your hitters while leading your team.
Are you an outside hitter?
your job is to learn how to play volleyball aggressively, confidently and
setter, libero or teammate gives to you.
Are you are a...
A libero is compared to a pinch hitter in baseball who goes in for special
The libero duties are to pass the ball, play defense in the back court and
in some instances serve the ball for a front row player who rotates to the
a varsity player needs to master.
Are you a middle blocker?
is the primary defensive player at the net, responsible for stopping the
opponents attack hits before they come back across the net into their
options that differ from both of the outside blockers.
Learn what they are so you can be the master or mistress or Wonder
Woman at the net.
I'll be honest, history wasn't one of my favorite subjects. But I did learn to
understand the value of knowing American history facts.
Same for learning about volleyball history facts.
When I first got to college at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, my
five freshmen teammates and I had to
learn a bunch of new information right off the bat.
No joke, we carried notebooks that we were required to bring to
practice. That is along with the ball bags and all the balls.
Our notebooks, yep you heard me, we had notebooks which contained
explaining what would be our team's offensive strategy.
There was also team and individual defense strategies, diagrams
were well defined.
At the time we didn't think about how much this helped us to prepare to
But later as we kept working hard on the court and learning the
NCAA rules of the game and more about the history of the sport it
helped us gain an edge over our opponents.
We kept winning, three SEC titles in four years. That's never been done by
a UTK team before and hasn't been done since. While we studied the
And that was over 35 years ago. What we learned then helped us set
records that teams still haven't broken today.
So what's the lesson to learn from this story?
Do your homework, know your history and learn the rules.
It'll take you far and those who do, usually figure out a way to gain an
advantage over their opponents.
Be well educated about the game.
My Tennessee teammates and I could out argue the referees or our
could back up our arguments.
Learn all you can about the game, there's more to it than just the skills.
You know what?
There are sports terms particular to every sport but volleyball has
volleyball player its a defensive move to keep a ball from hitting the floor.
A tip to most people is what's at the end of your nose, or a gratuity, (that's
money, people!), that you give the waiter after they've been nice
enough to serve you food in a restaurant.
open hand, without lifting it, but pushing it with fingertips softly so it travels
over the block's hands and into an open area (hopefully) of the
opposing team's court floor.
See what I mean?
Its crazy, but its fun stuff at the same time. Books, posters and
vocabulary. It's a whole different language. Give yourself time to learn it
especially since there's new types of slang that people keep coming up
Learning these terms is like learning the alphabet in a
different language. You have to learn it if you expect to communicate
with everyone else who plays, especially if they play on your team.
Knowledge of these will be very useful if you are learning how to
play volleyball and you want to improve your volleyball IQ.
Drills drills drills, there's a song out there with sound alike words I know!
Drills are the secret or not-so-secret ingredient to making practices
and players better.
The opportunity to do 1000 reps of a skill at every opportunity possible, is
what it takes to make your varsity team, your club team, your collegiate
That's what drills are all about, progress and improvement. The first time
might not feel or look so good. But each time after that, as long as you
can see you are making progress you can feel the improvement, then
you're on the right road.
#girlpower Yep, that's right, people, I hashtag when I talk.
The drills section is one of my favorites and it should be yours too.
Frequently updated, I include videos of drills from my favorite coaches
with explanations of how I run my versions of the same drill.
Get ahead of the game, come back often to find out how super
successful collegiate coaches run their drills and listen in as they talk
about what makes their players successful.
Follow the suggested reading on this page or visit the pages in the
Learn to Play section in the drop down menu at the top of the page to