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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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Athlete Education

Parent Education

Officials Education

Club Director Education

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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August 24, 2022

Five Things to Know About Sport Specialization

Research shows that early specialization is unnecessary and may hurt athletes and their performances. Here are five things to know about sport specialization in younger athletes.

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June 9, 2022

Five Things to Know About the June 15 Recruiting Date

June 15 is the initial contact date for volleyball college coaches at the NCAA Division I and Division II  levels to reach out to rising juniors. Once this date hits, more direct communication can begin between college coaches and the student-athletes. What does that mean? We’ll go through five things to know about June 15.

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April 29, 2022

The Ins and Outs of Camps, Combines and Other Summer Events

Every year, student-athletes participate in summer camps, combines, tournaments and showcases to sharpen their skills and gain exposure to college coaches. College coaches value the opportunity to evaluate a player multiple times on video as well as in person. Attending these types of events can be a crucial step in your recruiting process, but they can be costly and time consuming, so make them worth your while.

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February 23, 2022

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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February 23, 2022

College Recruiting and Club Tournaments

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.

November 19, 2021

Six Ways To Reduce Anxiety During Tough Transitions

Young athletes face tough transitions on a regular basis. Whether it's something big, like a move to a new school, or just the start of a season with a new coach, these transitions can be significant sources of anxiety. But, there are ways to navigate these challenging times.

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.

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 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.

February 23, 2021

When You Disagree

Respectful communication is a key tool for young athletes to learn in both sports and life.

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February 16, 2021

Your Top College Recruiting Questions Answered

If you’re in high school and serious about volleyball, you’re probably thinking about playing in college. We’ve provided answers to some of the most-often asked college recruiting questions to help you start your recruiting journey.

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February 16, 2021

Uncomfortable vs. Unsafe: How To Tell the Difference

Helping your young athlete understand the difference between an uncomfortable situation and an unsafe situation can be incredibly difficult.

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January 10, 2021

Ready to Go Pro?

Former U.S. National Team libero and current pro player Dustin Watten shares his thoughts on making it overseas.

December 12, 2020

Thoughts on Service

The serve is the only play completely in the control of one player, you. You are not responding to anything but the referee’s whistle; you can impose your will on your opponents.

December 12, 2020

How Can I Spike Harder?

First off, you should understand that to hit the ball harder, you just need to swing your arm faster. Stop working so hard on hitting the ball harder.

December 12, 2020

You Will Be a Better Player if You Coach

How our USA coaches might better implement this fact is the focus of this article, for it can also make a huge impact on the development of talent in both the youth levels, and disabled programming of our nation.

December 12, 2020

Training Without a Net or Friends

Volleyball is a game to play with friends, same gender or coed. It does not matter if those you train with are only 7 years old or your grandmother. As long as they can provide you with the unique angles of the game, you'll be learning fine.

December 9, 2020

Teach Off-Hand Hitting

It's important for volleyball players to be able to hit with their nondominant hand. It’s not rocket science or hard to achieve.

October 19, 2020

Learning is a Process That Never Ends

The process of learning should never stop, and that includes the time between the end of club season and school tryouts. No matter what, remember that the top of the pyramid, our national teams, seek players who are good at all six skills and great at one or two.

September 9, 2020

Qualifying and the National Beach Tour

Want to know how to become a beach national champion? There are three ways.

August 14, 2020

How to Enhance Your Mindset

Two-time Olympic Medalist Courtney Thompson shows us how to improve our mindsets and become more resilient.

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