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The VolleyPod presented by The Art of Coaching Volleyball

The VolleyPod presented by The Art of Coaching Volleyball

By The VolleyPod
The VolleyPod is all about coaching kids volleyball!

Each episode we cover 3 segments that are each designed to help you become a better volleyball coach.

First, we focus on a specific volleyball skill, talk about how to teach it, and provide drills and video links for further help with that skill.

Then, we present a common coaching scenario and discuss tips for how to (and how not to) handle it.

In the third segment we share a resource that has helped us to become a better coach, with the hopes that it can help you too!

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Episode 10: Blocking, when your team's effort wanes during practice and a Facebook group for coaches
On this episode of The VolleyPod, Davis and Tod talk about tips for teaching blocking. They also discuss what coaches can do to keep their teams' effort level high throughout practice, and they share a Facebook group just for Volleyball Coaches and Trainers.  In addition, they share 3 helpful drills from The Art of Coaching Volleyball library that coaches can watch and learn a lot about how to teach blocking. Skill of the week: Blocking Scenario of the week: What can coaches do to when the energy of their team at practice slowly wanes Resource of the week: Facebook's Volleyball Coaches and Trainers Page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/volleycoaches/ AOC Volleyball drills mentioned in this episode: - Mike Sealy’s hand position for blocking: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/blocking-hand-position/ - Joe Sagula’s blocking footwork drill: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/blocking-fundamentals-footwork/ - Terry Liskevych's timing and reading drill: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/drill-to-teach-blocking-timing/ - Kevin Hambly’s blocking tips: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/blocking-with-kevin-hambly/
29:01
June 23, 2022
Episode 9: Overhand digging, when you only have one hitter and The Athletic Truth Group
In the first episode of Season 2 of The VolleyPod, Tod and Davis talk about overhand digging. They also discuss what can be done when a coach only has one player who can really score, and they share The Athletic Truth Group's online resource that rethinks the traditional workout and will even have athletes putting their knees over your toes! In addition, they share 3 helpful drills from The Art of Coaching Volleyball library that coaches can view to learn a ton about how to teach overhand digging. Skill of the week: Overhand Digging Scenario of the week: What can coaches do when they only have one player who can really score Resource of the week: The Athletic Truth Group, available at https://www.atgonlinecoaching.com/ AOC Volleyball drills mentioned in this episode: - Tod's Overhand Digging Basics: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/keys-to-overhead-digging/ - Dani Busboom Kelly's Alternative Overhand Digging Method: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/overhead-digging-drill/ - Ray Bechard's Fun Overhand Digging Game: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/hand-to-hand-combat-drill-to-train-overhead-hands-on-defense/
26:31
June 17, 2022
Episode 8: Serving, what to do when a player misses practice and Joe Trinsey's SmarterVolley
In the final episode of Season 1 of The VolleyPod, Tod and Davis talk about how they teach serving for early success. They also discuss what can be done when a player misses practice, and they share Joe Trinsey's deep dive resource, SmarterVolley. In addition, they share 3 helpful drills from The Art of Coaching Volleyball library that coaches can use to work on their players’ serving skills. Skill of the week: Serving Scenario of the week: What can be done when a player misses practice Resource of the week: Joe Trinsey's Smartervolley, available at https://smartervolley.substack.com/ AOC Volleyball drills mentioned in this episode: - Beginner serving basics: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/volleyball-serving-for-beginning-players/ - John Dunning's Stanford serving: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/stanford-serve-warm-ups/ - Russ Rose’s serving routines and mechanics: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/serving-routines-and-mechanics-with-russ-rose/
26:42
June 03, 2022
Episode 7: Reading, dealing with in-game serving nerves and a Hall of Fame coach's look at building championship groups
In this episode of The VolleyPod, Davis and Tod talk about teaching players how to “read” the play. They discuss how to incorporate reading into every aspect of training, especially with new athletes. Next they talk about what coaches can do when their team gets the all-too-common in-game serving nerves, and they share a book that offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Phil Jackson managed to become one of the most unique, winningest basketball coaches of all time. They also share three helpful drills from The Art of Coaching Volleyball library that coaches can use to work on their players’ reading skills. Skill of the week: Reading Scenario of the week: Handling in-game serving nerves Resource of the week: 11 Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson, available at https://www.amazon.com/Eleven-Rings-Success-Phil-Jackson/dp/0143125346 AOC Volleyball drills mentioned in this episode: - Newcombe, a great game for building reading skills and agility: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/newcomb-a-fun-game-for-volleyball-beginners/ - Ben Josephson's look, see, decide, reading concepts: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/training-players-to-read-look-see-decide/ - John Dunning's blind serving depth drill: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/blind-serving-depth-drill/ - Diane Flick William's back, bent, straight hitting reading drill: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/arm-swing-reading-drill-back-bent-straight/
37:28
May 27, 2022
Episode 6: Teaching diving safely, how to set up a system for a brand new youth team and a little book with immense wisdom
In this episode of The VolleyPod, Tod and Davis "dive" into how to dive safely, how to teach diving to young players, and why you should teach it to them. They discuss how to quickly set up an effective system that will get young teams playing volleyball right away, and point listeners towards Daniel Coyle's work and wisdom. They also share three helpful drills that you can watch in The Art of Coaching Volleyball's online library that will help you teach defensive moves to your young players. Have fun! Skill of the week: Diving safely Scenario of the week: A brand new team needs a system, quick! Resource of the week: The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle, available on https://danielcoyle.com/ AOC Volleyball drills mentioned in this episode: - Sock slide drill : https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/sock-slide-drill/ - Russ Rose's defense variations: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/individual-defense-emergency-moves/ - Jim Stone's advanced defense moves: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/the-side-slide-taught-by-jim-stone-and-kori-moster/
29:12
May 20, 2022
Episode 5: Attack arm swing, coaching a brand new team and Mark Burik's fun Youtube resource for beginners
In this episode of The VolleyPod, Tod and Davis go into teaching the attack arm swing to young players. They talk about how eye-opening it can be to coach a brand new volleyball team, and let listeners in on Mark Burik's fun, information-filled Youtube channel. They also share three helpful drills from The Art of Coaching Volleyball’s library that coaches can use to work on their players’ arm swings. Skill of the week: Attack armswing Scenario of the week: The joys and eye-opening challenges of coaching a brand new team Resource of the week: Mark Burik’s Better at Beach available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BetteratBeach AOC Volleyball drills mentioned in this episode: - Tod’s key phrases for attacking for beginners: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/teaching-spiking-to-beginnersintermediates/ - John Rodriguez’s self-toss hitting progression: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/youth-self-toss-hitting-progression/ - Tod's partner hitting drill: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/down-ball-hit-player-toss-drill/
29:54
May 13, 2022
Episode 4: Practice warm-up routine, starting the season with core values and a fascinating take on teaching
In this episode of The VolleyPod, Tod and Davis talk about why a great warm-up matters and how to create a better one. They discuss starting the season by intentionally working to instill your team's core values, and share an incredible resource from Doug Lemov that combines techniques from teaching and coaching that will help you make the most out of your time with the team. They also unlock two great drills from The Art of Coaching Volleyball's database that coaches can use for their players’ warm-ups. Skill of the week: Practice warm-up routine Scenario of the week: Identifying core values at the beginning of a season Resource of the week: Doug Lemov's The Coaches Guide to Teaching available on https://www.coachsguidetoteaching.com/ AOC Volleyball videos mentioned in this episode:  - Karch Kiraly's 6-person over-the-net pepper: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/6-person-over-the-net-pepper/ - Blocking warmup without ball: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/blocking-warm-up-without-ball/ 
31:15
May 06, 2022
Episode 3: Serve receive footwork, working with a big team and a foundational book for coaches
In this episode of The VolleyPod, Tod and Davis talk about why and how to teach serve receive footwork, discuss how to handle working with a big (in terms of numbers) team, and share a resource that compiles teachings from many of volleyball's top coaches ever into one amazing book. They also unlock three drills that coaches can use to help their athletes be better in serve receive by enhancing athletes' balance, consistency and posture. Skill of the week: Serve receive footwork Scenario of the week: Coaching a team with a large number of players Resource of the week: The Volleyball Coaching Bible (Volume 1), compiled by Cecile Reynaud and Don Shondell, available here: https://www.amazon.com/Volleyball-Coaching-Bible-Donald-Shondell/dp/0736039678 AOC Volleyball Drills mentioned in this episode:  - 1, 2, 3 footwork: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/improve-your-passing-footwork-by-saying-1-2-3/ - Jim Stone shuffle-through: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/keep-your-feet-moving-in-serve-receive/ - Christy Johnson-Lynch drop-step: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/passing-the-deep-ball-using-the-drop-step/
26:55
April 29, 2022
Episode 2: Teaching setting, the post-match talk time and learning from one of the greats
In this episode of The VolleyPod, Tod and Davis talk about teaching setting, discuss how to handle the time after the match (especially when the match did not go as planned), and explore some of the mistakes they’ve made over the years when it comes to meeting with the team after competition. They share two drills that can help young athletes to improve their setting quickly and let listeners know about an incredible resource for coaches who really want to get better at their craft. Skill of the week: Setting Scenario of the week: How to handle the time after a match Resource of the week: https://jimstoneconsulting.com/ AOC Volleyball drills mentioned in this episode:  - Wall setting: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/wall-set-drill/ - Split court doubles: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/split-court-doubles-drill/
30:29
April 21, 2022
Episode 1: Spiking footwork, when your best player "doesn't work hard" and a game-changing practice resource
In this episode of The VolleyPod, Tod and Davis talk about teaching the attack approach and discuss what to do when your best player has a poor work ethic, including some of the mistakes they’ve made over the years when attempting to motivate players who don’t appear to be giving their all. They share three drills that can help young athletes develop their attack approach and let listeners know about Davis’s favorite video delay tool to use in practice. Skill of the week: The spike approach Scenario of the week: How to handle (and how not to handle) when your best player doesn't work hard Resource of the week: The Bust-a-Move video delay tool can be found here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bam-video-delay/id517673842 AOC Volleyball drills discussed in this episode:  - Starting with flamingo: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/teaching-spiking-to-beginnersintermediates/  - Double arm lift: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/why-the-double-arm-lift-is-crucial-to-good-attacking/  - Prowl step: https://www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/attacking-footwork-prowl-step-close/
33:45
April 21, 2022