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July 31, 2017

Volleyball: Creating competitive game-like drills

The best drill to teach passing is one where you pass-set-hit; the best drill to teach setting is one where you pass-set-hit; and the best drill teach hitting is to pass-set-hit. Those words, attributed to former national team coach Marv Dunphy, imp...


April 19, 2017

Ankle braces add comfort, confidence for athletes of all ages

{Sponsored} Anna Church started playing volleyball at 8 years old. By age 13, she recognized the need for ankle protection and turned to Active Ankle® braces for support. Over the course of a ten-year — and counting — volleyball career, Churc...


March 18, 2017

3 steps to becoming a better coach this season

Is your team always in the middle of the pack, never breaking through to the top of the conference? Do your practice plans look eerily similar to those you used years ago? Is your team getting better? I like to ask myself those kinds of questions ...


November 22, 2016

NFHS survey: High school football decline is slowing

The latest national participation survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations revealed that more kids are playing prep sports than ever before. That’s a fine achievement, but the focus continues to be on football and whether...


August 4, 2016

Making the case for cuts

How cutting kids from teams has long-term benefits One of the most difficult times for any coach are tryouts. Some schools have programs where the numbers dictate the need for making cuts. No coach enjoys this part of the job — not a single on...


April 29, 2016

How great coaches leave their mark

Leaving your mark. It’s something I talk to my teams about a lot. But what about for us coaches? How do we leave our mark on our teams? Here are three ways that we can inject our philosophy and personality into our programs. 1. Write down your ...


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July 9, 2015

Fight over pay for Louisiana officials jeopardizes fall sports

Louisiana high school sports officials are demanding more pay for their work, a fight that could jeopardize the fall sports season if a compromise is not reached. [caption id="attachment_9642" align="alignright" width="288"] Louisiana high school ...


June 29, 2015

Drills, exercises to help athletes across multiple sports

For many sports, it’s now time to plan your offseason development program. Your goal is to design a program that directs you toward your fall goals. When designing your offseason performance program, for example, basketball players want to inclu...


June 8, 2015

Conditioning for volleyball players

In volleyball, maintaining quickness and power during a rally or set and throughout an entire match is vital to maximize performance. The average rally in Division I NCAA women’s volleyball lasts 13 seconds, but rallies commonly last 30 seconds and...


March 30, 2015

Compiling the perfect highlight résumé for athletes

A student athlete’s highlight film is akin to a professional résumé and requires a similar amount of preparation and revision before submission. Comparing the relative few numbers of college scholarships available to the hundreds of thousands of ...