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Girls celebrating winUSA Volleyball Education is focused on improving developmental and educational opportunities across the sport of volleyball from grassroots to the national team level. Our goal is to provide the opportunity to access, complete and apply high-quality information and methods in the technical, tactical, physical and emotional aspects of the game for athletes and coaches while providing training, support and resources for other key stakeholders including officials, parents and clubs.


USA Volleyball Development Model

For years, the focus of volleyball in many areas and across various levels shifted to a mindset of winning at all costs.

What we now know is that the most successful teams in the world have developed a model of training and a culture that supports a holistic approach to athlete development which not only sets them up for competitive success on the court, but values and emphasizes the important of athlete health, well-being and long-term involvement in the sport.

The USA Volleyball Development Model was created based on the idea that volleyball in the U.S. could be taught differently, resulting in long-lasting positive outcomes across all measures of performance while keeping kids involved and loving the game longer.

USA Volleyball Development Model

Know Better, Do Better

The five pillars of the USA Volleyball Development model provide the basis for a holistic approach to the core elements that are vital to supporting development at every level and across age groups.

  • Craft: Mastering the skills and strategies of our game
  • Heart: Becoming your best self through connection, gratitude and emotional well-being
  • Mind: Training our minds to maximize performance
  • Body: Developing the physical capacity to train and compete at the highest level
  • Team: Building a culture of excellence that honors ourselves, our team, our game and our country

Role-Based Education

USA Volleyball Education is committed to providing support for the volleyball community with a role-based approach to education and training. Whether you’re planning practices, cheering from the stands or making the right call, we provide the tools and resources to help you succeed.

Coach Education

Athlete Education

Parent Education

Officials Education

Club Director Education

College Recruitment Timeline

The college recruiting process is an exciting time for all young athletes, but it can also be confusing. Understanding the deadlines for each division and discipline will give you the tools to make the most of it.

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March 7, 2022

Coach’s Mental Health: How to Set Healthy Boundaries as a Coach

Creating strong boundaries is an important and often overlooked piece of the coaching dynamic. A lack of boundaries can not only impact a team’s success, but also lead a coach to experience burnout and negative mental health effects.

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February 23, 2022

College Recruitment Timeline

The college recruiting process is an exciting time for all young athletes, but it can also be confusing. Understanding the deadlines for each division and discipline will give you the tools to make the most of it.

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February 23, 2022

College Recruiting and Club Tournaments

The college recruiting process is an exciting time for all young athletes, but it can also be confusing. Understanding the deadlines for each division and discipline will give you the tools to make the most of it.

January 20, 2022

Why Coaches Should Prioritize Their Own Mental Wellness Too

It is easy for coaches to put aside their wellness during a season, but they shouldn't. In fact, addressing their own mental health and wellness may make them a more successful coach and create a more cohesive team.

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January 18, 2022

Tasty and Healthy Granola Bar Recipe

January 21 is National Granola Bar Day, so why not take the time to make this healthy snack.

January 11, 2022

Three Easy and Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

Here are three easy, healthy recipes for meals that can be quickly prepped, placed into a pressure cooker and forgotten about.

January 10, 2022

How to Help Your Athlete Eat for Brain Health

Young athletes' brains are using food for fuel. Fuel it appropriately, and your young athlete will be able to think fast and stay sharp in school and on the field.

January 10, 2022

When Can Young Athletes Return to Sport After Illness?

Returning to sport from illness of any kind can be tricky, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s only gotten more difficult. But even a simple cold or stomach bug can leave an athlete sidelined without a clear idea of when it’s safe or advisable to return to sport.

November 24, 2021

Notes from the U.S. and Netherlands

I spent Memorial Day flying back from Amsterdam, 24 hours in en route, leaving a place where the Dutch Underground were battling in World War II three-quarters of a century before me.

November 19, 2021

Six Ways To Reduce Anxiety During Tough Transitions

Young athletes face tough transitions on a regular basis. Whether it's something big, like a move to a new school, or just the start of a season with a new coach, these transitions can be significant sources of anxiety. But, there are ways to navigate these challenging times.

November 17, 2021

Why Should I Run a 6-3 or 6-6?

For those with little time to read my blogs and ponderings, the short answer is “In a 6-3 you teach HALF your players on the court the leadership roles and key skill of setting/running an offense, and in a 6-6, every player learns that key skill.”

November 10, 2021

Motivational Interviewing – Still Learning

John Kessel's still in learning mode (he's always there), and now his quest for learning introduced him to Motivational Interviewing (MI), which is all about the communication techniques that help you draw wisdom and answers from your players.

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November 3, 2021

Eating for Brain Health

And it might come as a surprise, but the brain uses around 20 percent of the body's energy, making it the hungriest organ. Fuel it appropriately, and your young athlete will be able to think fast and stay sharp in school and on the field.

October 21, 2021

Nine Easy Ways to Prevent Cliques on Teams

When it comes to preventing cliques and bullying behaviors, it’s best to be proactive. Coaches who focus on building strong team-wide relationships from the first day of practice are less likely to run into the social problems, like cliques, that hurt teams and players.

October 21, 2021

Creating an Inclusive Volleyball Culture

Volleyball is a sport of acceptance. For LGBTQ youth, finding acceptance on a team can be life changing, if not lifesaving. These tips will help you create a culture of inclusion with your teammates and in your program.

October 20, 2021

Five Tips for Hosting a USAV Tournament

A well-run tournament is a work of art. Like a work of art, it takes months and months of planning for an event to shine. Here are five tips to make your tournaments run more smoothly and successfully.

October 13, 2021

Seven Tips for Meal Prep

Meal prepping doesn't have to mean a ton of extra time in the kitchen. Here are tips for successful, simple meal prepping that will allow your athlete to get a healthy meal.

October 13, 2021

How to Spot the Warning Signs of Hazing

Hazing is not uncommon as a way to "initiate" new players to a team. These acts are humiliating, intimidating, demeaning and dangerous. Here are signs of hazing that you should watch out for and ways you can help your athlete should they be hazed by teammates.

October 5, 2021

The Secret of SoCal: How the Weather Makes it Possible for Year-Round Beach Volleyball

Southern California has turned into a beach volleyball haven in part due to a climate that allows for year-round practice on deep-sand beaches. Here's what you can expect from the weather when you're hitting the SoCal beaches.

September 29, 2021

How to Support a Diverse and Multi-Cultural Team

What's the secret to supporting each member of a diverse and multi-cultural team? Love, authenticity, and a few other things...

September 27, 2021

Nutrition Myths: Do These Fueling Traditions Work?

While many fueling traditions that you’ve heard about are going to be okay for most athletes, there are some modern tweaks you can make to ensure that your athlete is properly fueled and getting the nutrition he or she needs.