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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.

Coach Education

Athlete Education

Parent Education

Officials Education

Club Director Education

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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December 11, 2019

Creating Strong Habits to Help Athletes Achieve Goals

Some athletes, when asked about their current goals, will simply list ‘winning.’ But ask how they intend to meet that goal and you’ll likely be met with confused silence. Not only does goal-setting often go overlooked, we also miss teaching students how to meet their goals by putting specific, long-term daily habits in place. Frank...

May 29, 2019

From Off-Court Activities to On-Court Success

Team chemistry is crucial to a successful season. Here are a few ideas on how to foster that team cohesion.

May 10, 2019

Helping Create Sportsmanship in the Stands

Club directors and coaches often have to deal with bad behavior in the stands. You can help defuse that behavior by sharing these tips with club parents.

May 2, 2019

Take a Lap: Alternatives to Exercise as Punishment in Youth Sports

Exercise has been used as punishment in the past, but there's ways to prove a point other than forced physical exertion.

April 24, 2019

How Youth Sports Can Lead to a Better Job Later in Life

Highlights from a 2014 study that examined how participation in high school sports correlated with a person's behaviors and accomplishments later in life.

March 14, 2019

What Makes a Good Coach?

Stephen F. Austin University head beach coach Alex Luna shares his thoughts on what makes a good coach in this BCAP II article

February 13, 2019

Boost Sportsmanship With These Pregame Activities

There is no better time to set the tone for good sportsmanship than in the minutes before first serve.

February 12, 2019

Managing Parent Expectations

Recognizing the consequences that come along with the overwhelming pressure parents put on coaches, here are practical ways coaches can manage expectations from team parents.

January 10, 2019

Get Back in the Game With a Stronger Team Mindset

One of a coach’s most important roles is teaching young athletes how to deal with setbacks and come back stronger.

January 9, 2019

Volleyball Should Be a Game Before It Becomes a Sport

Lessons learned from this year's USOC American Development Model Summit

January 1, 2019

How to Win Against Bullying

Coaches are one of the biggest influence in athletes' lives, and in many ways putting a stop to bullying behavior begins and ends with the coach.

Club V, winners of the Boys 14 Open

December 28, 2018

Starting a Boys Volleyball Program

Just think about it, 10 boys playing on a team. One team, one unit, all together, sweating, working hard, learning discipline, on the court, building muscles, the beginning of a passion.

December 28, 2018

How to Start a Junior Volleyball Program

Starting a junior volleyball program can be both a rewarding and a frustrating experience. The sources of the rewards are rather apparent – the opportunity to see those young people grow and develop, the excitement of athletic competition, and the joy of a job well done.

December 6, 2018

You are Not the Parent

Too often, coaches say “my kids,” and while I understand the wording, I think it’s crucial to remind yourself that you have only a few hours to impact, teach and care for your players.

November 25, 2018

The Coach-Parent Dynamic

Coaches and parents can work together for a great experience. It just takes communication and understanding.

October 22, 2018

Teaching Respect for Officials

Most people recognize that being an official is a difficult, and often thankless job. Why do we sometimes make the job harder for them?

August 20, 2018

Six Keys to Lowering Your Risk of a Knee Injury

If you don't take preventative measures, there are many injuries that can occur in your knees both acutely and over time.

July 21, 2018

Five Tips for Starting a Beach Program

There are now opportunities stateside and around the world for juniors and pros to compete on a regular basis at all age levels. You already know the sport's highlights; how can you join the party and start a beach program?

June 21, 2018

Arizona Region Purple Card

For one region within USA Volleyball, referees will now have a third colored card in their pocket for spectator issues. The Arizona Region Board of Directors approved the use of the purple card to curb parent and spectator bad behavior. This policy was adopted in August 2017.

June 19, 2018

Volleyball Players Show Off Their World Cup Moves

Check out 10 great kick saves!

June 5, 2018

Embrace Continuous Improvement as a Coach

To be a great coach, you need to put in hours of practice as well.