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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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Officials Education

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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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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.

November 4, 2015

Oh the Games We Can Play

IMPACT training provides a long list scrimmage scoring options. Some coaches mistakenly read this as “all you do is play games” with supposedly no focus on technical skills. The assumption is, since it is not a coach controlled training environment, it must not be technical.

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 29, 2015

Stay Quiet and Let Them Play

Sometimes as coaches, we need to stand back and see if we have taught them anything (the ducklings.) If you are simply quiet, and let them have a little independence, they’ll prove your worth as a coach.

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.

July 12, 2015

Youth Volleyball Tips for Success

After nearly 40 years of spending time coaching 12U, I though it might be of value to share some of the best ways to grow the game, which should start at this 6-12 year-old age group level.

June 12, 2015

Suggested Volleyball Reading

A list of books to help you improve

June 9, 2015

STOP Teaching Robots

Watching some 80 year old players at the US Open and seeing their joy for a sport of a lifetime has me wondering why any kid in the last few decades stops playing.

May 6, 2015

To Become A Skillful Spiker

Sharing the science and my thoughts based on motor learning as to it relates to most machines

April 16, 2015

Five Ways to Be a Better Teammate

Professionals give tips on how you can be a better teammate

March 10, 2015

10 Keys to Middle Blocking

Three-time Olympian Heather Bown gives tips on middle blocking.

January 3, 2015

Five Views on Video Training

Athletes and coaches talk the importance of game film

January 2, 2015

Staying square to the volleyball net while blocking: Five steps

Improve your blocking in five steps

December 31, 2014

The Ring of Truth: Limiting Errors is More Important Than Hitting it Big

The two things that correlate most directly with winning matches, limiting hitting and serving errors