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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.

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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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October 22, 2018

Pro Tips for Attacking, Middle Blockers and Beach

Jordan Larson, Karch Kiraly and Theo Brunner all offer tips for how you can be a better player.

October 21, 2018

Eleven Tips for Becoming a Pro Beach Player

Get the tips them watch Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb play Russia for the bronze medal in Las Vegas

October 4, 2018

Using Affirmations to Reach Your Goals

Coaches can help their athletes achieve goals by teaching them about positive self-talk and affirmations.

September 26, 2018

Help Your Teammates Set the Right Goals

At the beginning of every season, you and your teammates set goals for the year. But are they the right kind of goals?

September 25, 2018

Playing Time, Schmaying Time

Whether you’re the star of the team or the last player off the bench, you’ve probably spent some time thinking about – or maybe even stewing over – your minutes on the court. 

September 24, 2018

Five Tips For Better Backcourt Defense

U.S. Men's National Team libero is one of five experts giving you tips for better defense in this article.

September 21, 2018

How To Succeed As An Undersized Player

You don't need to be the tallest player on the court to be effective. Find out ways to make a difference.

August 21, 2018

Keep These Six Items in Your Gym Bag

Health and injury prevention takes dedication and commitment. It also requires planning.

August 18, 2018

Seven Mistakes I’ll Never Make Again

It's impossible to go through life without making mistakes, and that's OK! Mistakes are often a good thing, assuming you learn from them.

August 7, 2018

Guide To Being a Great Captain

Two-time Olympian Christa Dietzen shares advice for current or future team captains.

August 6, 2018

Deliberate Practice: The Path to Improvement

There's a difference between clocking in and clocking out, and engaging in purposeful practice.

July 23, 2018

Communicating With Your Coach

Five keys to better understanding and working with your coach

July 23, 2018

Five Keys to Better Passing

Learn from the best, with tips from Erik Shoji, Kayla Banwarth and more.

July 22, 2018

Tips for Tooling the Block

Coaches and players give tips for this important skill.

June 7, 2018

Becoming Good in Bad Situations (Part 2)

Ken Shibuya shares defensive tips he's learned from coaching athletes in across the world.

May 24, 2018

Finding the Right Pre-Match Routine

Much of our mental preparation comes just before a match starts.

May 23, 2018

How You Can Make a Huge Impact as a Libero

The libero's role is not limited to receiving serve, passing free balls and digging balls.

April 24, 2018

10 Ways To Become a Better Setter

2012 Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Berg shares important points on being the best you can be.

January 6, 2017

Five Keys to a Wicked Jump Float Serve

National team coaches and players weigh in on how to develop a tough, consistent jump float serve.

January 1, 2017

The Lost Art of Shot-Making: Giving Hitters Additional Tools for Terminating the Ball

The mindset of a shot-maker is one of great vision and control of both the ball and his or her body.

January 1, 2017

So You Want to be a Great Defender?! Learn to Read the Hitter!!

Anticipating and reading a situation to be a better defender