I love teaching volleyball skills.
I was taught by really good players and coaches and what I learned
from them, worked!
At all levels of play.
Starting from when I was just beginning high school and
attended USVBA club practices with the Sato family to.. .
(youngest Sato, two-time Olympic gold medalist Eric was my first
pepper partner) ...when I found myself on the same team as three-time
Olympian Paula Weishoff in Italy and our team was led by a young
unknown coach who up to that point had only coached in lower level
We ended up in the finals of the Italian championships, the Cup
of Cups championships (Coppa delle Coppe) and the finals of the
This sport has taken me to almost all the fifty states and to many many
places all over the world.
I've been lucky to watch up close, photograph, talk to and be coached
by some of the greatest coaches in the sport and play with or against
some of the best players to EVER play the game.
Its been fun to learn the game, and learn how to compete and win...at
high levels of competition.
Teaching volleyball skills based on the elite training I received and
giving back to the sport whether I'm in the gym or through what I share
on this site is one of my favorite things to do. With that said...
...let's get started! You came here to improve your volleyball skills so let
me tell you about some important things you'll find here on my site that
will help you do just that.
I love to teach serving in volleyball. There's a reason.
I loved scoring points with my serves when I played. It saved time and
effort, don't laugh! If you don't HAVE to play defense, then why do it!
of time working on my serving skills.
Could there have been a little ego involved?
Probably, just a smidge.
The serve is an opportunity for a player to go back to the service line and
literally win the game from there. If you can serve 15 balls in a row or 25
whatever you are playing to..by the rules of the game, one player could
win the game for their team!
So I thought, Okay, why not try that every time I went back to serve?
Does it happen, yes it does.
I've been on the court when someone (okay not someone...Olympian
Mary Jo Peppler) has served 14 balls in a row when we were down 3-14,
so yes it can be done.
point all by themselves. So why not try?
At least, your goal should be to become that player who can be
counted upon to consistently score a series of points from the service
That's how tough the serve you want to develop should become and
that's how dependable you want to be for your team.
A point scoring machine from the end line every time you go back to
serve the ball.
Learn to score points with your serve, or just learn the basics along with
other important information in the articles listed below.
Learn important tips for the overhand serve.
Find the definition and explanation of the let serve, service error, overhand serve and other commonly used terms regarding a player and how they serve the ball
I talk about why the serve is so important and how you can use it to quickly gain an advantage over the opposing team.
Three rules to remember when performing the floater serve
Learn where to serve the ball, in what zones on the court and when to serve there along with other serving strategies.
touch and feel for the ball, regardless of what position you play in.
Players who are non-setters should regularly work on setting technique
getting regular reps with a partner or against the wall.
They should also remember to develop arm strength so they can
practice setting long distances.
In other words, work on the ability to set the ball long distances away,
from antenna to antenna or from one side of the court to the other so
that, when that moment comes, you know THAT moment...when your
setter is running for a ball and she twists her ankle.
And there's no one else to set the ball on your team. Well, in your case,
there actually is someone, right?
they practiced it already. How about if that someone were you?
When teaching volleyball skills we do many types of setting drills for
accuracy, to build strength and for consistency. Learn more in the
Tips for young players to use immediately to self check their setting technique when practicing alone or at home.
Blocking is important, even if you are short and still have to play in the
front row on your team. Doesn't matter! You can still contribute as a front
row defender which is basically what a blocker is.
you put up with your hands is the first line of defense your team has, to try
and keep the ball on your opponent's side of the court, once your team
has served the ball.
Here are articles that teach volleyball blocking skills...
There are two skills you must conquer if you are going to even think
about playing competitive volleyball, the first is serving, the second is
Passing the ball is a technical skill that can take a minute to learn but you
need to keep doing consistent reps to stay sharp.
When teaching volleyball skills here are the things my players learn
to do and how to do it even better in the articles below:
The first contact in a team's offense, once the ball has been served into their court by the opponent, learn how to make contact and how to control this ball.
Here's an extensive breakdown of instructions for the volleyball forearm pass.
Man, I love defense. I love digging. Actually I had to learn to love to dig
because I'm six feet tall and have been since high school.
It wasn't until college when I played at the University of Knoxville under
Bob Bertucci and trained also with Penn State head coach Russ
Rose that I learned how to enjoy playing defense as a tall player in
the back row.
Regardless of your height, you can learn to dig and you can learn to
When you and your five players are on the defensive side, you need to
block the ball which keeps the ball from crossing the net back
into your court, or if the ball does get past the block, then someone on
your team has to dig a ball.
When teaching volleyball skills for digging let's start with the articles
Definition Of Team Defense and the Volleyball Dig
Learn individual defense terms that will help you understand how to dig a volleyball consistently
Learn more individual defensive skills and techniques that will improve how you dig a volleyball up or to your setter
You dont always have to rely on digging with your hands to dig a ball legally and to the target
Learn what to say and when to say it when you are in the backrow or are blocking for your team.
Here are the rules you absolutely cannot forget when playing team or individual defense
Of course I save the best for last.
Because what every future Olympian player wants to learn is how to
spike a volleyball, right?
That's the most common question I get.
How can I spike like a pro player? When can we hit?
Well you can't think about hitting until you get the ball over the net and
then pass it or receive serve.
So there's that. Then... your setter has to get to the second ball so she can
So basically three other skills have to be done correctly before you can
even begin to think about a spike approach.
But since we are here talking about spiking, find out below what I
recommend when I'm teaching volleyball skills for hitting a ball.
Learn these volleyball spike training tips that pros use to spike a volleyball aggressively for points
Learn these volleyball hit options when practicing how to spike a volleyball
Learn what tools you can use to improve your hitting game and develop into a reliable point scoring spiker
Volleyball hit tips for players learning how to spike a ball effectively.
Learn more about Coach April Chapple....
Former teammates include three-time Olympian, Olympic MVP and silver medalist and current UC Irvine coach Paula Weishoff, two-time Olympian Elaina Oden, her sister two-time Olympic team captain Kim Oden, three-time Olympian and USA Volleyball team captain Tammy Liley, AVP Beach volleyball pro Dianne Shoemaker DeNecochea, WPVA standout Heather Hafner along with beach legends and Olympians Karolyn Kirby, Liz Masakayan, Mary Jo Peppler and many European, Asian and South American Olympians and World Champions.
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