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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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November 14, 2016

Five Keys to Better Passing

Winning volleyball starts with reliable passing. Here's some advice from five experts on how you can deliver a better ball to your setter.

October 3, 2016

Don’t Skip Band Practice

Band exercises to strengthen shoulders, back and core are key ways to help prevent injury

September 15, 2016

Oracles of Volleyball: How Do You Bounce Back?

Bren Jensen and Lori Daniels talk about coming back from a big loss

September 11, 2016

Oracles of Volleyball: What Does it Take to be Great?

Kendra Lancaster, Brent Rasmussen and Allison Aldrich discuss greatness in sitting volleyball

August 9, 2016

The Oracles of Volleyball: Mental Toughness Key After a Loss

U.S. Olympic Volleyball greats share their advice on recovering after a disappointing Olympic loss

April 28, 2016

Smart Volleyball Versus Dumb Volleyball

Get tips on how to become a smarter player from some of the best players and coaches in the game

April 22, 2016

Top Five Yoga Moves for Volleyball Players

There are many benefits to incorporating yoga into your workout.

March 26, 2016

14 Things That Always Happen at Volleyball Tournaments

They always happen, and No. 10 is the worst!

February 28, 2016

7 tips to get back into the gym

Kick-start getting back into the gym with 7 of our tips

January 27, 2016

Four Tips to Improve Footwork and Speed in the Sand

Top USA beach athletes give tips to improving footwork and speed

December 15, 2015

Summer Volleyball Camp Selection

Many players would benefit from attending a summer volleyball camp. These are generally fun and a chance to learn a great deal in an intense, brief time.

December 12, 2015

Thoughts on Defense

Defense is plodding attention to duty, grit and determination and perseverance. It requires an act of will and risk. All you need is the decision to put out and give 100 percent.

December 12, 2015

Thoughts for Setters

Because of the nature of the sport and the number of contacts afforded the setter, they carry a dramatically over-weighted value.

December 12, 2015

Am I Too Short To Play Volleyball?

First things first, height is not a deciding factor in and of itself to ever prevent anyone in our sport from reaching the very highest level.

December 12, 2015

The Pathway To Being a Olympian

First and perhaps most important, is that Olympism is a process that begins when an athlete discovers an Olympic sport. From that point on, their love of the game is guided by what Olympism stands for.

December 12, 2015

Play One-on-One To Be Great

The short version of this article is simple: Have fun playing more one-on-one and you will be better because you learn most by contacting the ball over a net.

December 12, 2015

My Favorite Player

After 30-plus years of coaching in this great sport, I think it is time to tell you who my favorite player is. Every coach has one, you see, and I am no different.

December 12, 2015

Volleyball Fun for Youth

Great ideas to make volleyball fun for kids.

August 12, 2015

Seven Tips on How To Block The Middle Hitter

Women's National Team Foluke Akinradewo gave us her seven best tips on how to block the middle hitter.

July 12, 2015

Volleyball After High School

Many younger players might not know of the myriad ways to get even better at volleyball while also helping grow the game.

June 12, 2015

Suggested Volleyball Reading

A list of books to help you improve