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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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Drills for Sports Imports Volleyball Trainer+ and The Vertec

USA Volleyball partner Sports Imports has provided USA Volleyball coaches with drills for use with their Trainer+ and The Vertec.

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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.

September 27, 2021

Picking a Club

Picking a club for your child can be a difficult process. There are a lot of possible clubs to play at, and it can seem daunting at first. If you keep an open mind, consider the most important elements of a club for your family and do some research, you are much more likely to find a good situation, writes the Badger Region's Josh Price.

September 13, 2021

Six Things To Do When Coaching Your Own Child

Coaching your own child can be a fun, rewarding experience for both of you, but it can also be a challenge. Here are six ways you can best keep everyone - your child, the rest of the team, and the rest of the team's parents - happy.

August 30, 2021

Differentiated Leadership: How to Figure Out What Each Athlete Needs

On a team, there are athletes who naturally gravitate towards leadership roles and require little support. But those athletes aren't the only ones who can be team leaders, and a dedicated coach can help athletes hone previously dormant leadership skills. Here's how to look at your team through a new lens: Seeing each athlete as capable of taking on leadership roles, and as individuals who may require different types of encouragement from you.

June 24, 2021

Develop Positive Body Image on Teams

For young athletes, maintaining a positive body image is difficult at the best of times, but when a competitive team atmosphere is added into the mix, that positivity can become even harder.

June 17, 2021

Sun Safety

With the summer sunshine out in full force, it's important to take care of your skin while enjoying the warm weather. Here are tips about sunblock, how to pick the right block for you, and other ways to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays.

June 16, 2021

Five Healthy and Easy Meals Made with Chicken

Finding it difficult to cook every night? Here's one way you can transform one night of meal prep into five separate meals.

May 18, 2021

Reducing Anxiety to Make Matchday as Good as Practice

Gameday anxiety is common among all athletes. It's important to help your team manage those worries. Here are a few tips to help your team treat matches like little more than practice.

Beach coaching

May 18, 2021

The Path to Being a Pro Volleyball Player

Few athletes are going to beat the odds and make it to collegiate or professional volleyball. John Kessel's son is one of those few. Here are tips from John about raising a potential professional athlete.

May 18, 2021

Obstacles to the Transformation

Long-time CAP III-certified coach Dennis Belaire of the Lakeshore Region takes inspiration from the business world as he creates 14 points and seven deadly sins for volleyball coaching.

May 17, 2021

Six Things I Learned as a New Coach

Being a first-time coach can be nerve-wracking, and coaches can often feel lost during their first season leading a team. Here are a few tips from USA Volleyball staffers who recently wrapped up their first season of coaching volleyball.

Kaizen Volleyball Club

April 29, 2021

Tips For a Fledgling Boys Club

Establishing school-based clubs and club leagues for boys is a great way to help your boys program grow. Hear more about this and other tips to grow your boys club inside.

April 6, 2021

Is Organic Worth It?

Organic food is thought to be healthier than non-organic counterparts. But is that true? Here are things to think about before buying organic.

April 5, 2021

Four Quick Meals to Make After Practice

After a hard practice, athletes need to nourish themselves to ensure proper health and healing. Here are four quick, easy post-practice meals.

March 11, 2021

Gearing Up For Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores, Alabama is a popular place for beach volleyball. Here's what you must know weather-wise when you visit for a tournament.

March 10, 2021

Why and How to Teach Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness has many benefits for athletes. It helps mental health and on-court performance. Here's why and how to teach mindfulness to your young athlete.

March 9, 2021

Don’t Bully the Passion Out of Greatness

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that just being you isn’t good enough. Don’t ever let them make you feel like you aren’t worth anything or that you aren’t important. You have a purpose.

March 8, 2021

Increasing Participation Across the Board

In an effort to get more touches in practice for his teams, CAP III coach Dennis Belaire has combined speedball and the Competitive Cauldron to form a new game-like drill: SpeeDron.