Volleyball Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

The Libero in Volleyball
A libero is a defensive specialist position in indoor volleyball. The position was added to foster rallies and to make the game more exciting overall.

The Beginner's Guide to Volleyball
Learn the basics of the sport of volleyball including its rules, history, fundamental skills and how you can get started.

About Volleyball: How to Play, News and Analysis
Learn about volleyball, including basic skills, rules, positions and how to play the game. Find news and analysis, playing and coaching tips and techniques.

5 Career Lessons from Volleybal
Over the course of my playing career, volleyball has taught me more lessons than I could ever count. But from time to time, I do get asked about what have been my biggest “life lessons” that I took away from the sport. Here are my top 5.

Volleyball Fun Facts
Interesting stats, facts and figures from the sport of volleyball.

Everything You Need to Know About Vol-B-Que
Vol-B-Que, one of volleyball’s premier fan events, is being held for its 5th consecutive year this June. Never heard of it, you say? Well read on to find out everything you need to know about the 2016 event.

The Jump Serve in Volleyball
In volleyball, the jump serve is a type of serve where the serving player increases power and serve height by jumping to hit the ball.

The Topspin Serve in Volleyball
In volleyball, a topspin serve does exactly what its name implies: spins rapidly forward from the top. A topspin serve can still be difficult to handle.

Lisa Rutledge-Fitzgerald’s Comeback Story
Lisa Rutledge-Fitzgerald made her beach volleyball debut in 2009 at a qualifier in Manhattan Beach with Angela McHenry. Coming into her first AVP season, Fitzgerald was a relative unknown but that would only be temporary. After a major injury sidelined her in 2013 Fitzgerald is now fighting her way back to become (yet again) a force on the AVP. Read on to hear more of her story.

News and Notes About the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour
When is the Pro Tour headed to your area? Which teams are leading the tour? Who will qualify for the Olympics? Check this page for information about pro beach volleyball including player profiles, national and international tournaments and upcoming events.

The Road to Rio: Josh Binstock
With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio quickly approaching, the competition is heating up on the men’s side. And one of those players who is in hot pursuit for an Olympic slot is Canada's Josh Binstock. Read on to find out more about his love of the sport and how he stays motived each day.

How to Improve Your Volleyball Skills
Now that you've got a grasp of the fundamentals, it is time to take your game to the next level. On this page you'll learn to improve your play through drills and cross training. You'll also find out how to avoid injury and find some good places to practice.

Best and Worst Sports to Use as Cross-Training for Volleyball Players
How do you get to be a better volleyball player? If you're thinking that you just need to play more volleyball, well you're only half right. What's the best (and worst) way to do that? Strength Coach Curtis Jackson shares his tips on which sports you should incorporate and avoid in your cross-training plans.

9 Podcasts for Volleyball Coaches
The popularity of podcasts is nothing short of explosive. Now more than ever, there’s compelling, quality content out there that you can access with just a smartphone. And for busy volleyball coaches, podcasts provide the opportunity to tap into a wealth of information or inspiration while you're traveling, driving or just between practices.

Volleyball Magazine's Top 35 Players Missing Notables
Volleyball Magazine published its list of the top 35 greatest players of all time. They seem to be missing few notable names. Who do you think should be on the list?

NCAA Volleyball Women's National Champions - All-Time NCAA Volleyball Women's Division I National Champions
A historical record of the women's volleyball national champions since 1981.

Volleyball Serves - Jump Serve, Topspin and Floater
There are three main types of volleyball serves. Try them all to find out which one suits you best. If you can master them all, it works to your benefit because you can easily change up on your opponent and give them a serve they're not expecting.

Volleyball Basics
The place to start to learn the basics of the sport of volleyball including instruction on the skills, positions, rules and history of the sport.

What Volleyball Position Should You Play?
If you're wondering what position you should play in volleyball, take stock of your skills, size and ability to determine where you will be the most help to your team. There are no hard and fast rules, but here are a few guidelines to consider.

Beach Volleyball New Sponsors Needed - AVP May Cancel Tournaments
The AVP announced that it needs new sponsors in order to finish out the season. If they can't raise the funds, the Long Beach event may have been the league's last.

AVP Conference Call on Need for New Sponsors
The AVP announced that it needs new sponsors in order to finish out the season. If they can't raise the funds, the Long Beach event may have been the league's last. Page 2.

AVP May Cancel Tournaments - How Did We Get Here?
The AVP announced that it needs new sponsors in order to finish out the season. If they can't raise the funds, the Long Beach event may have been the league's last. Page 3.

Beach Volleyball New Sponsors Needed - AVP 2012
The AVP announced that it needs new sponsors in order to finish out the season. If they can't raise the funds, the Long Beach event may have been the league's last. Page 4.

Keys to Learning How to Execute a Float Serve
The keys to a good float serve. How to serve a ball that floats.

Volleyball Positions and Responsibilities - Setter
Volleyball Positions give each person on the court a specific role and a job to do. If you're a setter, here is what you need to do.

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Let Serve in Volleyball
A let serve in volleyball occurs when the served ball hits the top of the net, but still makes it over the net and to the opponent’s side of the floor.

Maximizing Volleyball Nutrition - What to Eat and When
What should you eat and when should you eat it to be at your best when you play volleyball? The answer can vary depending on your own personal needs. But here are some basic guidelines to start with and then tweak to best suit your needs.

A Solid Pre-Game Meal
What should you eat and when should you eat it to be at your best when you play volleyball? The answer can vary depending on your own personal needs. But here are some basic guidelines to start with and then tweak to best suit your needs. Page 2.

Volleyball - Nutrition and Energy During the Game
What should you eat and when should you eat it to be at your best when you play volleyball? The answer can vary depending on your own personal needs. Page 3.

After a Match
What should you eat and when should you eat it to be at your best when you play volleyball? The answer can vary depending on your own personal needs. But here are some basic guidelines to start with and then tweak to best suit your needs. Page 4.

Hydration
What should you eat and when should you eat it to be at your best when you play volleyball? The answer can vary depending on your own personal needs. But here are some basic guidelines to start with and then tweak to best suit your needs. Page 5.

The Underhand Serve in Volleyball
An underhand serve is a type of serve where the player holds the ball in one hand and strikes the ball from the bottom with a fist to put it in play.

How to Get the Best Out of Your Players
Here's where you can find some tips on drills, strategies, how to lead your team and how to handle different types of players. Learn how to get the best out of your players and how to keep them motivated.

Glossary of Volleyball Terms
Just heard a word that is unfamiliar? Find the definitions of several common volleyball terms here.

USA Volleyball News and Notes
Need to know what's happening with USA Volleyball? This is the place to be to be to find out who's on the team, who is coaching, how they are progressing on the road to the 2012 Olympics and where you can see them play.

Top College Programs and How to Get Recruited
Do you want to play volleyball in college? This page will give you information on the nation's top programs, coaches, teams and schools and give you tips on how to get noticed by college coaches and how to find the school that fits you best.

Everything You Need to Play and Practice Volleyball
Find out how to pick out the best gear for your level of play. Check out this page for tips on clothes, shoes, kneepads, balls or the latest training aids.

How to Execute the Fundamental Skills of Volleyball
Wondering how to set a volleyball without getting called for a lift? Need to know the correct form for hitting and blocking? Want to learn how to control the ball before it controls you? Read on.

Volleyball Training: Hitting Drills
Hitting is extremely important in volleyball. To improve at hitting, coaches should place players in situations that are much tougher than in a match.

The Ready Position in Volleyball
The ready position in volleyball is a general positioning of the body that enables the player to be physically prepared to react to an upcoming play.

All About Blocking in Volleyball
Blocking is an extremely important skill in volleyball. Good blocking will help your team score points and give them an edge in a match or tournament.

A Back Row Attack in Volleyball
A back row attack in volleyball occurs when one of the three back row player attacks the ball and contacts it at the top of the net.

AVP Beach Volleyball Men's Career Win Leaders
The all-time winningest male player in the Association of Volleyball Professionals is Karch Kiraly.

A Down Ball in Volleyball
In volleyball, a down ball occurs when an attacker hits the ball overhand while standing on the ground, usually off of the net.

A Joust in Volleyball
A joust in volleyball is when two blockers from opposing teams reach a ball on the net at the same time and both try to hit it over to the other side.

A Decoy in Volleyball
A decoy in volleyball is an offensive play set up to disguise the actual receiving hitter.

Rally Scoring in Volleyball
Rally scoring is a scoring system in volleyball in which a point is scored on every single rally, regardless of which team is serving the ball.

Side Out Scoring
Side Out Scoring - Definition of Volleyball Term

Using the Soft Block in Volleyball
A soft block is one in which the blocker's intent is to slow the attack down, not to stop it. It's a great way to use a block to your team's advantage.

Volleyball Tips:How to Win in the Playoffs
Every match matters in volleyball playoffs because it is win-or-go-home.It is important for players to be focused on the task at hand to succeed.

How to Become an All-Around Player in Volleyball
An all-around, versatile volleyball player can be very valuable to a team. It is important for players to work on improving all of their skills.

Taking the Fifth Set in Volleyball
The fifth set of volleyball is different from the others. Unlike the previous sets, the fifth is played only to 15, which leaves little room for error.

How to Read the Volleyball Setter
It is important for a blocker to read the setter by looking at body position and making an educated guess as to where they are going to send the ball.

Volleyball Tip: Cover the Hitter on Your Team
Every time a teammate jumps to take a swing at the ball, the job of the other five people on the court is to cover that hitter.

Volleyball Team Communication: Call the Ball in Volleyball
On-court communication is a very simple concept that has incredible importance at any level of volleyball. There are several ways to communicate well.

Making the Tough Play as a Hitter in Volleyball
The three toughest balls to hit in volleyball are the tight set, the off-the-net set and the over the shoulder set. Such sets require preparation.

Volleyball Tips: Harnessing Momentum in Volleyball
The game of volleyball is all about momentum. Keeping it is not easy, but there are a few ways you can harness, and keep it on your side of the net.

Using Visualization Techniques to Succeed at Volleyball
A large part of succeeding in volleyball is mental. Studies show that a practice called mental imagery can help athletes improve their skill.

What to Do When You Hate Your Volleyball Coach
Chances are that at some point in your career you will find yourself at odds with your coach. Here are some tips for dealing with a coach you hate.

Dealing With a Disruptive Volleyball Player
A disruptive player is one that brings negativity to your team in a way that makes it hard to progress. Such players must be dealt with appropriately.

Volleyball Coaching Tips: Know Your Players
One of the keys to great volleyball coaching is to know who you've got on your team and do what you can to bring out the best in each of your players.

How to Be Mentally Tough in Volleyball
State of mind is is as key to being good at volleyball as skill set. To be a great player you have to learn to be both mentally and physically tough.

Volleyball Cool Down
One of the most often ignored phases of exercise or playing any sport is the cool down. After every game or workout, you should cool down your body.

Know Your Role on Your Volleyball Team
Each of the six players on the volleyball court has a distinct and important role to play. Roles vary depending on skills and talents.

Volleyball Team Leadership: How to Lead Your Team
Every team needs a leader.There are three types of team leaders: tactical leaders, physical leaders and emotional leaders.

How To Be a Great Volleyball Substitute
It may not be the most glamorous job you can have on a volleyball court, but coming into the game off of the bench is an essential role nonetheless.

Volleyball Equipment Review: Semi-Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics can be used for the treatment and prevention of plantar fasciitis. They can also help to avoid other common volleyball injuries.

Cross-Training options for Volleyball Players
In volleyball as in any sport, it is important to vary your workouts to build your strength, help avoid injury and keep you motivated.

Do You Need Knee Pads to Play Indoor Volleyball?
Knee pads aren't necessary to play indoor volleyball, but they're useful. Two popular types of knee pads are bubble knee pads and skinny knee pads.

Volleyball Shoe Review: Asics Gel Sensei 2 vs. Asics Volleycross Shoe
Volleyball shoes can have a big impact on play.Two popular options are the Asics Volleycross and the Asics’s volleyball-specific, the Gel Sensei 2.

Volleyball Rules and Regulations
Volleyball rules are hard to keep up with because they often change, but here is a brief overview of the sport and how it is played and scored.

Volleyball Training: Ball Control Drills
Ball control is the most important skill in volleyball. Without it there is no offense and thus no point-scoring. Winning begins with ball control.

Kerri Walsh Biography and Player Profile
Kerri Walsh was born on August 15, 1978 in California. Walsh is a professional beach volleyball player, who is considered to be one of the sport's best.

Kim Oden on Being A Good Team Captain
Kim Oden was the captain of the 1988 and 1992 Olympic teams as well as her Stanford volleyball team. After winning a bronze medal in 1992 she went on to coach Division I volleyball and was a part of the national championship team's coaching staff at Stanford in 2001. She won two state championships as the head coach of the St. Francis volleyball team in Mountain View California where she is now the head of the Guidance Counselor Department. In this video, Kim talks about what it takes to be a good team captain.

Olympic Team Captain Kim Oden on Being a Good Captain
Kim Oden was the captain of the 1988 and 1992 Olympic teams as well as her Stanford volleyball team. After winning a bronze medal in 1992 she went on to coach Division I volleyball and was a part of the national championship team's coaching staff at Stanford in 2001. She won two state championships as the head coach of the St. Francis volleyball team in Mountain View California where she is now the head of the Guidance Counselor Department. In this video, Kim talks about what it takes to be a good team captain. Page 2.

2016 Pro Beach Volleyball Tours
The 2016 pro beach volleyball schedule is on the books and the AVP and NVL have chosen their tentative tournament dates. Though there are likely to be changes to the existing dates, below is the schedule as it stands and results will be posted as the tournaments take place.

Free Ball Passing Volleyball Drill
Good free ball passing is very important in volleyball and should not be overlooked. If an opponent gives your team a free ball, make sure you get the best possible pass so that you can run any play with your offense. A bad free ball pass is a missed opportunity for an almost guaranteed point.

Volleyball Warm-Up - Transition Volleyball Warm-Up Drill
A proper warm-up is imperative in volleyball. After you have jogged and stretched and before you introduce the ball, do some volleyball-specific warm-up drills. Here is a transition drill that not only warms up the body, but helps players get familiar with where they are supposed to be in transition.

Transition Volleyball Warm-Up Drill
A proper warm-up is imperative in volleyball. After you have jogged and stretched and before you introduce the ball, do some volleyball-specific warm-up drills. Here is a transition drill that not only warms up the body, but helps players get familiar with where they are supposed to be in transition.

Volleyball Warm-Up - Transition Volleyball Warm-Up Drill
A proper warm-up is imperative in volleyball. After you have jogged and stretched and before you introduce the ball, do some volleyball-specific warm-up drills. Here is a transition drill that not only warms up the body, but helps players get familiar with where they are supposed to be in transition.

Volleyball Warm-Up - Transition Volleyball Warm-Up Drill
A proper warm-up is imperative in volleyball. After you have jogged and stretched and before you introduce the ball, do some volleyball-specific warm-up drills. Here is a transition drill that not only warms up the body, but helps players get familiar with where they are supposed to be in transition.

Volleyball Warm-Up - Transition Volleyball Warm-Up Drill
A proper warm-up is imperative in volleyball. After you have jogged and stretched and before you introduce the ball, do some volleyball-specific warm-up drills. Here is a transition drill that not only warms up the body, but helps players get familiar with where they are supposed to be in transition.

Transition Volleyball Warm-Up Drill
A proper warm-up is imperative in volleyball. After you have jogged and stretched and before you introduce the ball, do some volleyball-specific warm-up drills. Here is a transition drill that not only warms up the body, but helps players get familiar with where they are supposed to be in transition.

Volleyball Warm-Up - Transition Volleyball Warm-Up Drill
A proper warm-up is imperative in volleyball. After you have jogged and stretched and before you introduce the ball, do some volleyball-specific warm-up drills. Here is a transition drill that not only warms up the body, but helps players get familiar with where they are supposed to be in transition.

Volleyball Warm-Up - Transition Volleyball Warm-Up Drill
A proper warm-up is imperative in volleyball. After you have jogged and stretched and before you introduce the ball, do some volleyball-specific warm-up drills. Here is a transition drill that not only warms up the body, but helps players get familiar with where they are supposed to be in transition.

Volleyball Warm-Up - Transition Volleyball Warm-Up Drill
A proper warm-up is imperative in volleyball. After you have jogged and stretched and before you introduce the ball, do some volleyball-specific warm-up drills. Here is a transition drill that not only warms up the body, but helps players get familiar with where they are supposed to be in transition.

How to Play Volleyball Pepper
A good warm-up is imperative in volleyball. One drill that is a mainstay at every level from beginners to pros is the game of pepper.

How to Play Pepper: The Toss and Pass
A good warm-up is imperative in volleyball. One drill that is a mainstay at every level from beginners to pros is the game of pepper.

How to Play Pepper: The Hit
A good warm-up is imperative in volleyball. One drill that is a mainstay at every level from beginners to pros is the game of pepper.

How to Play Pepper: The Dig
A good warm-up is imperative in volleyball. One drill that is a mainstay at every level from beginners to pros is the game of pepper.

How to Play Pepper: Three-Person Pepper
A good warm-up is imperative in volleyball. One drill that is a mainstay at every level from beginners to pros is the game of pepper.

How to Play Pepper: The Set
A good warm-up is imperative in volleyball. One drill that is a mainstay at every level from beginners to pros is the game of pepper.

Pancake Volleyball Definition
Pancake - Definition of Volleyball Term

5 Exercises to Improve Your Core Strength
No matter if you’re an indoor or beach player, having a solid core is essential for any volleyball player. It's not so much about being strong as it is about being stable. And the good news is that your core is also one the easiest areas of the body that you can target.

Highlights of the FIVB Maceio Open
With temps hovering around 100F and the humidity at 90%, the FIVB wrapped its fifth tournament of the 2016 season with the Macei Open. The tournament was held over February 23-28, 2016 and here are some of the notable highlights.

NCAA Men's Volleyball Mid-Year Update
Just reaching the mid-point of their 2016 season, the Men’s Volleyball season runs from January through April with the National Championship played during the first week in May. This year the finals will be held in University Park, PA on the campus of Penn State.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

2016 NCAA Beach Volleyball Preseason Rankings
In both the AVCA and DiG Magazine’s pre-season polls, USC is the unanimous No. 1 pick going to the 2016 NCAA Beach Volleyball season.

Libero Rules You Need to Know
The sport of volleyball can be extremely nuanced with specific rules applying only to specific positions. And the libero is arguably the most regulated role out of the six spots on the court. Let's take a closer look at some the unique components of the libero position.

Tri Bourne Road Rio
Tri Bourne is off to a hot start. After entering the beach volleyball scene just three years ago, few players have ever accrued as many accolades as Bourne. Going into the 2016 season, Bourne is in the running to represent the US in the 2016 Rio Olympics. So how is he making sure that he’s ready to go for the first tournament of the year?

Tri Bourne Road to Rio
More on Bourne's Olympic goals, offseason training regime and his advice for junior players.

Surviving February
Whether you are in the offseason of your high-school season or just getting going with your club team, February is notoriously known as one of the toughest months to stay motivated. Besides the freezing temps outside, most volleyballers are transitioning teams, coaches and practice schedules to accommodate the club season. So how can you make sure that your training routine doesn't slip either? Strength coach Curtis Jackson shares his advice for surviving February.

The Realities of Earning a Athletic Scholarship
The allure of playing sports in college is a dream of many athletes. The prestige of being recruited is as exciting as it is mind-boggling. And the actuality of receiving an athletic scholarship offer to college is the pinnacle of success. The reality, however, is quite less than one might imagine.

US Olympic Qualification
If you’re like most people, you probably assume that top volleyball players like Kerri Walsh Jennings or Phil Dalhausser would get an automatic spot on the US Olympic team. It would make sense, right? Everyone knows their names, they’re considered the best at their sport and everyone flocks to watch their matches. But that actually couldn’t be further from the truth.

The Best Warm-Up Exercises for Volleyball Players
Whether you’re preparing for a championship match or just getting ready for a weekday practice, a proper warm-up routine not only ensures your body is loose and flexible to go when you hit the court, but it also helps prevent injury and train at a more optimal level.

Emily Day Olypmic Offseason
If you haven’t heard of Emily Day yet, you soon will. At 28 years old, Day is a rising star in the beach volleyball world and one of the more accomplished women on the AVP tour today. Partnering with Jen Kessy for the upcoming 2016 season, Day shared a bit about her training schedule, how she stays motivated and her tips for other volleyballers.

Emily Day Off Season 2
More on Day's training schedule, how she stays motivated and her tips for other volleyballers.

FIVB 2016 Beach Calendar
Fans can expect an action packed line-up for this year's FIVB Indoor tournament. The 2016 season will include 22 men's tournaments and 19 women's tournaments. Of those, there will be a total of five Grand Slams hosted in Rio, Moscow, Hamburg, Olszytn and Long Beach.

All About NAIA Volleyball
For the last month or so a number of articles have focused on the NCAA tournament results within its three divisions. However, there is another confederation of colleges, which offers scholarship, financial aid and grants for athletes wanting to play at the collegiate level. Let's The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

The AVCA is a Top Resource for Players, Coaches and Refs Alike
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) website is a must bookmark for anyone interested in keeping updated with the happenings in the world of high school or collegiate volleyball. Whether you are a veteran coach, an active player, fanatical fan, fervent sponsor or a causal observer, their site is an invaluable resource for everyone.

USAV's 2015 Award Winners
USA Volleyball, the U.S.'s preeminent organization for the sport of volleyball, recently announced the award winners for 2015 season, which include the indoor, beach and sitting teams.

Around the World in 6 Volleyball Courts
Over the past six months I've had the opportunity to travel the world. More specifically, I've logged 51,842 miles, 18 countries and 32 cities... mostly throughout Europe, Australia and Asia. And while the places Ive been to vary drastically in terms of geography, economy on social norms, one of the things that never ceases to amaze me are the the number of volleyball courts I've seen around world.

All About the New "Spring GJNC"
This year marks a decided changed for USVA to move the 18-&-Under Girls’ Junior National Championships (GNJC) from its traditional slot in late June to a much earlier slot in late April/early May. This move has been seen by some as controversial, but lets dig in to see what’s driving the decision?

NCAA 2015 DI Championship Results
In front of 17, 561 screaming fans - a NCAA record for a volleyball match - The University of Nebraska won their fourth national title whipping The University of Texas at Austin in a three set sweep 25 - 23, 25 - 23, and 25 - 21. The Longhorns, the number 3 seed who came in to the match riding a 12-game winning streak, put up a spirited fight, but the Cornhusker’s timely runs and all around consistent play was too much to overcome.

2015 DI All-American Team
On Dec 18, 2105 the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced this year’s All-American Teams. While a number of notable athletes competed ferociously for their respective schools, this article will spotlight on the 14 women who earned first-team recognition at the DI level.

NCAA 2015 DII Championship Results
After two weeks of competitive and exciting volleyball the DII National Champion was crowned on Saturday, December 12 in Tampa Florida. Congratulations to the newly crowned National Champions of Wheeling Jesuit and runner-up Palm Beach Atlantic. In a tense and hard fought match the Cardinals out dueled the Sailfish in a masterpiece of the Championship Final.

Get to Know Australia's Cole Durant
During the month of November, I spent a few weeks traveling around Australia and had the opportunity to meet some of Oz's top beach volleyball players. One of those players was rising star Cole Durant, who took a few minutes to share bit more about his background with About.com.

How Parents Can Be A Volleyballer’s #1 Fan
Any Google search will show that there’s an endless amount of written about how to be the best volleyball player, teammate or coaches; however, there seems to be an information gap in information on how parents can also be their best. Here are some things that parents can do to make sure their player is set up for success.

NCAA 2015 DI Championship Preview
This week marks the start of the 35th NCAA DI Volleyball National Championship. As the U.S. top collegiate players battle it out over the next three weeks, who will reign supreme? Well that question will start to be answered on Thursday, Dec 3rd when the first round of teams take to court in the nation's most elite single-elimination tournament.

2015 NCAA DIII National Championship Recap
Unlike the two other divisions in women’s NCAA volleyball, the Division III schools complete their championship over a ten-day period November 12 - 21. Beginning the second weekend in November the 64 qualifying programs are sent to eight regional sites, with the regional winners traveling to Grand Rapids MI to play for the National Championship. So how did that pan out?

The Most Common Referee Calls in Volleyball
The rules of volleyball are simple, but they’re constantly changing and based on what happens during a play. To make sure that both teams play fair, there are generally two officials. Here are the most common mistakes that they see.

NCAA 2015 DII Championship Preview
Starting this Thursday, the 2015 DII National Women’s Volleyball tournament kicks off with each of the regional top seed hosting their respective regional tournament. If you're planning to watch the tournament, here are a few key things you should know.

April Ross' Off-Season Training Tips
Undeniably April Ross is one of the most elite volleyball players in the world at the moment. So what’s on April’s agenda for the off-season? She took a few minutes to share what she's planning to change up in the coming months, what tournaments she’s most looking forward to and how she got that gnarly jump serve.

24 Facts You Didn't Know About Volleyball
All sports have their own idiosyncrasies. Baseball, for example, is the only sport where the defensive not only has the ball, but also has more players on the field than the offense. Tennis and badminton are the only sports that expand the size of the court when more players are added. And of course, volleyball has it own set of unique attributes as well.

USA Volleyball Women's 2012 Team - Opposite, Middle and Setter
You think the college kids coming out into the American job market right now have it tough. Think about the women's volleyball players coming out of college and trying to find a spot on the ultra-talented women's team roster. Page 2.

USA Volleyball Women's 2012 Team - Outide and Libero
You think the college kids coming out into the American job market right now have it tough. Think about the women's volleyball players coming out of college and trying to find a spot on the ultra-talented women's team roster. Page 3.

USA Volleyball Women's 2012 Team Roster
You think the college kids coming out into the American job market right now have it tough. Think about the women's volleyball players coming out of college and trying to find a spot on the ultra-talented women's team roster.

2015 AVP Award Winners
The AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Pro Beach Volleyball Tour announced its year-end award winners today, recognizing the top performers from the 2015 season.

Top 10 Apps for Volleyballers
Technology is changing the way we play sports. And volleyball is no exception. Here are some of the best apps for making sure you bring your A-game to the court every time:

What HS Boy Volleyballers Can be Doing in the Offeason
As we hit mid-October the girls's volleyball season is winding down, but the boy's season is just on the horizon. While the fundamentals of the game remain the same for both genders, boy volleyballers have a different set of constraints when it comes to recruiting. How can you hit your off season stride? Read on for some key considerations.

7 Recruitment Tips for High School Volleyballers
As the high school volleyball season begins to wrap up and the club season starts, sophomore and junior volleyball players across the nation are asking “What will it take for me to get noticed by a college?

How "Coach Watson" Could Change the Game of Volleyball
In the last few years there's been a shift in athletes opting for

Essential Volleyball Jargon
For anyone sitting in the stands it can sometimes seem like like volleyballers are speaking an entirely different language. What's a

Fun in Volleyball - How to Enjoy Yourself and Not Have Burn Out
When it comes down to it, sports are supposed to be fun. But sometimes the drive to win can suck all of the fun out it for those who get too serious. Here are some tips for keeping things light and enjoying yourself so you can avoid burn out.

Volleyball Tips - Bring Back the Fun in Volleyball
When it comes down to it, sports are supposed to be fun. But sometimes the drive to win can suck all of the fun out it for those who get too serious. Here are some tips for keeping things light and enjoying yourself so you can avoid burn out. Page 2.

Do What You Like - Bring Back the Fun in Volleyball
When it comes down to it, sports are supposed to be fun. But sometimes the drive to win can suck all of the fun out it for those who get too serious. Here are some tips for keeping things light and enjoying yourself so you can avoid burn out. Page 3.

Avoid Volleyball Burnout with Cross Training
When it comes down to it, sports are supposed to be fun. But sometimes the drive to win can suck all of the fun out it for those who get too serious. Here are some tips for keeping things light and enjoying yourself so you can avoid burn out. Page 4.

Avoid Volleyball Burnout with a Change of Scenery
When it comes down to it, sports are supposed to be fun. But sometimes the drive to win can suck all of the fun out it for those who get too serious. Here are some tips for keeping things light and enjoying yourself so you can avoid burn out. Page 5.

How to Know When Your Injury Requires Rest
How do you know when you're too injured to play? Here are a few things to consider.

Too Injured to Play - How to Know When Your Injury Requires Rest
How do you know when you're too injured to play? Here are a few things to consider. Page 2.

How to Know if You're Too Injured to Play
How do you know when you're too injured to play? Here are a few things to consider. Page 3.

Should NCAA Volleyball Players Be Paid?
The pay for play debate in college athletics often centers around just the revenue producing sports of football and basketball. But if college athletes are to be legally paid, it would most likely include all athletes to be fair. So how does volleyball fit in to all this?

Pay for Play and Volleyball - Should NCAA Volleyball Players Be Paid?
The pay for play debate in college athletics often centers around just the revenue producing sports of football and basketball. But if college athletes are to be legally paid, it would most likely include all athletes to be fair. So how does volleyball fit in to all this? Page 2.

How to Move and Jump in Sand Volleyball
Learning to move and jump in the sand in order to play beach volleyball well takes time and patience. Here are a few tips to help you get your sand legs.

How to Jump in Sand Volleyball - Tips to Help You Jump and Move in Sand Volleyball
Learning to move and jump in the sand in order to play beach volleyball well takes time and patience. Here are a few tips to help you get your sand legs. Page 2.

Tips to Help You Jump and Move in Sand Volleyball
Learning to move and jump in the sand in order to play beach volleyball well takes time and patience. Here are a few tips to help you get your sand legs. Page 3.

Mastering Movement in Sand Volleyball
Learning to move and jump in the sand in order to play beach volleyball well takes time and patience. Here are a few tips to help you get your sand legs. Page 4.

Disruptive Volleyball Players - Stories from Coaches
At some point in your coaching career, you are likely to come into contact with a disruptive player. Here are some true stories from coaches regarding how they handled their difficult players and what transpired afterward. Page 2.

Disruptive Volleyball Players - Three Real Life Cases
At some point in your coaching career, you are likely to come into contact with a disruptive player. Here are some true stories from coaches regarding how they handled their difficult players and what transpired afterward.

Disruptive Volleyball Players - Stories from Coaches
At some point in your coaching career, you are likely to come into contact with a disruptive player. Here are some true stories from coaches regarding how they handled their difficult players and what transpired afterward. Page 3.

Who is Donald Sun, and Can He Save the AVP?
Donald Sun bought the AVP on April 2nd, 2012. He believes he can revive the perennially troubled tour and finally make it profitable. Being a tech executive has nothing to do with running a professional sports entity. But some of what he learned from his father, David Sun, the self-made billionaire and owner of Kingston Technology, could very well translate to his new solo venture. Page 3.

Who is Donald Sun? Getting to Know the New AVP Owner
Donald Sun bought the AVP on April 2nd, 2012. He believes he can revive the perennially troubled tour and finally make it profitable. Some of what he learned from his father, David Sun, the self-made billionaire and owner of Kingston Technology, could very well translate to his new solo venture.

Donald Sun - Getting to Know the New AVP Owner
Donald Sun bought the AVP on April 2nd, 2012. He believes he can revive the perennially troubled tour and finally make it profitable. Being a tech executive has nothing to do with running a professional sports entity. But some of what he learned from his father, David Sun, the self-made billionaire and owner of Kingston Technology, could very well translate to his new solo venture. Page 2.

Body Position Tips for Hitting Harder in Volleyball
There is much more to getting kills in volleyball than hitting the ball hard, but it sure is fun and it can make an authoritative statement to your opponent. If you want to hit the ball harder, make sure that you're doing these five things. Page 2.

Bringing the Heat - How to Hit a Volleyball Harder
There is much more to getting kills in volleyball than hitting the ball hard, but it sure is fun and it can make an authoritative statement to your opponent. If you want to hit the ball harder, make sure that you're doing these five things.

How to Hit a Volleyball Hard - Five Tips
There is much more to getting kills in volleyball than hitting the ball hard, but it sure is fun and it can make an authoritative statement to your opponent. If you want to hit the ball harder, make sure that you're doing these five things. Page 3.

How to Hit a Volleyball Harder - 5 Tips for Hitting Harder in Volleyball
There is much more to getting kills in volleyball than hitting the ball hard, but it sure is fun and it can make an authoritative statement to your opponent. If you want to hit the ball harder, make sure that you're doing these five things. Page 4.

Mid-Season Update on the 2015 NCAA Women's Volleyball
As the regular season is winding down and teams are looking towards their conference championships and bids for the NCAA tournament beginning the first week of December, let’s take a closer look at the D-I, D-II and D-III rankings to see which teams are priming themselves for a deep run in the tournament.

The Most Winning Coaches in Volleyball
While players come and go, it is usually the coach who is responsible for sustaining the traditions of a winning program. Many coaches have found this level of success; however, there are six coaches – three each at the collegiate and high school level – who have far out shined their peers.

Why Should We Use Team Building?
Each year as a team comes together to play a season of volleyball, the dynamic is different. When you have different types of players, different personalities, different work ethics and different goals, teams can be very disjointed. Team building is a technique used to put groups of people on the same page, whether in the work place or on the field of play.

Benefits of Using Team Building
Each year as a team comes together to play a season of volleyball, the dynamic is different. When you have different types of players, different personalities, different work ethics and different goals, teams can be very disjointed. Team building is a technique used to put groups of people on the same page, whether in the work place or on the field of play. Page 3.

What is Team Building - Why Use Team Building
Each year as a team comes together to play a season of volleyball, the dynamic is different. When you have different types of players, different personalities, different work ethics and different goals, teams can be very disjointed. Team building is a technique used to put groups of people on the same page, whether in the work place or on the field of play. Page 2.

Jump Higher With These Simple Exercises
It’s true you can’t teach height; however, you can absolutely learn the exercises that will help improve your vertical jump. For players who are not genetically gifted with an exception inseam, developing your vertical is probably one of the most important things you can do to elevate your volleyball game.

7 Ways to be a Better Teammate
Volleyball is a game that’s part skill and part strategy, but most of all it’s a team sport. If you want to be surrounded by good teammates with a winning attitude, make sure you’re a good teammate yourself. Here are a few golden rules you should always keep in mind.

6 Tips for A Better Serve
Serving is one of the most critical skills a volleyball player needs to master. Whether you play indoors or on the beach, during a match you will be asked to stand on the back line to serve on behalf of your team. And each time, points are on the line. So how can you become a better, more consistent server? Here are six tips to keep in mind.

Highlights of the AVP Championship and 2015 Season
The 2015 AVP season came to a close this month with the Kingston AVP Championships in Huntington Beach. In a year where many of the top players are in Olympic contention, this AVP season was filled with more injuries, partner swaps and tournament champions than any year in recent memory.

Highlights of the NVL 2015 Season
The National Volleyball League (NVL) wrapped its 2015 season at Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, Florida, with second seeds Skylar del Sol and Piotr Marciniak defeating back-to-back tournament winners and top seeds Dave Palm and Eric Zaun 21-19, 21-15. In women’s action, it was number two seed Vivian Cunha and Raquel Ferreira overpowering number five seed Chara Harris and Brittany Tiegs in straight sets, 21-15 and 21-18, earning the pair’s fourth NVL title in 2015.

Rule Changes for the 2015 High School Volleyball Season
In January 2015, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee approved a number of rule changes for the 2015 -16 volleyball season. The most notable new rule the committee approved includes a new and revised penalty system for an unnecessary delay in starting or resuming a match in high school volleyball.

Seven Things Every Indoor Volleyball Player Needs
For the aspiring or new player, there are a few things every seasoned athlete will tell you are the basic and most necessary items to procure before you can officially call yourself a true “volleyball player.” It is not just enough to know the rules or join the team, you need to make sure you are equipped to play the game too. Read on for the seven surefire items you should pick up before hitting the court.

3 Exercises to Hit Harder and Have Healthier Shoulders
Volleyball is a game of repetition. Perfecting the physical skills of the sport takes hundreds of hours in the gym and thousands of repetitions, many of which involve your shoulder muscles. In fact, volleyball players repetitively use their shoulders for overhead serving, spiking and blocking, which commonly leads to shoulder pain. So how can you keep your shoulder healthy, while also improving your game play? Strength coach Curtis Jackson shared one of his top exercises for shoulder health.

Who are the World's Tallest Volleyball Players?
There's an old adage that says, “You can’t teach height.” While volleyball is not a sport that’s exclusively reserved for those with exceptionally long inseams, it does seem to help to be on the taller end of the spectrum. So who are the biggest of the big dawgs? Read on for a bit more about the tallest men and women in the sport.

A Brief History of Collegiate Beach Volleyball
Beach Volleyball is the fastest growing sport in the history of the NCAA. Starting out as an exploratory

Winter Skin Care for Volleyball Players
For many beach volleyball players, Labor Day signifies the end of the summer season. However, in many of the regions across the U.S. the sand volleyball action continues late into the fall (and even winter!). It should come as no surprise skin care is just as important in the fall and winter as it is during the dog days of summer. During autumn and winter the sun may lack the heat it has in summer but those harmful UVA and UVB rays are still there. So what can you do to protect yourself?

How to Ace Your Volleyball Tryout
The new season for girl’s high school volleyball kicks off in the next few days. Whether you’re gunning for a spot on the Varsity, JV or freshman squad, how do you ace your tryout? Here are six tips to help any aspiring volleyball player make a great first impression.

NCAA DI Women's College Volleyball Pre-Season Preview
The 2015 NCAA Women's Volleyball season kicks-off in just a few days and the top teams in the first pre-season poll of the year have been released. Also new for this season will be the experimental instant replay rule in the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, which is sure to be game changing.

How to Become A Volleyball Referee
There are over 270,000 volleyball players, coaches and officials in the United States. This means there is a vast pool of individuals who have intricate knowledge of the sport of volleyball. Whether you're a former player or just an enthusiast, becoming an official is a great way to be involved in the sport. So how does someone get started on the process?

ASICS WORLD SERIES OF BEACH VOLLEYBALL
The FIVB is set to come back to the sands of the U.S. for their second appearance of the 2015 season. The ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball (AWSOBV) is set to make its highly-anticipated return to Long Beach, California, this August 18- 23 with more than 128 of the world's top beach volleyball players competing for $500,000 in prize money.

How to Squat for Knee Health
Whether you’re just starting out or are a full fledged pro, strength training is an important part of getting your body ready for the wear and tear of volleyball. Because the sport involves both jumping and diving on the ground to get the ball, the knees are always susceptible to a variety of injuries. So how can you strengthen your knees to ensure that the stress is minimal? Squats are a good place to start!

Seven Mega Facilities for Volleyball in the USA
Volleyball is becoming a booming business for entrepreneurs who cater to players, coaches and parents. Mega facilities are starting to pop up all over the country that are built specifically for volleyball - whether that be hosting regional and national tournaments, having resident club teams, or offering individualized strength and speed training. Lets take a look at some of the premiere gyms!

8 Questions Parents Should Be Asking Club Volleyball Teams
Deciding to let your son or daughter play for a club volleyball team is no small ask. Besides a huge time commitment, there’s also a significant monthly investment that’s needed from the family. So here are a few key questions you should be asking to ensure your child is becoming a better volleyball prospect, as well as a more desirable student athlete.

All About the Charlie Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament
The annual Charlie Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament is set to kickoff today on the south side of the pier in Manhattan Beach, CA. Part of the 2015 International Surf Festival, this year's tournament will be held on July 30 - 31. Interested in learning more? Read on!

2015 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals
The FIVB World Grand Prix Finals comes to Omaha, Neb this July 22-26, 2015. The World Grand Prix Finals is the premier annual international women’s indoor tournament. In its 23rd year, the tournament is also making its very first appearance in the United States

Adult Volleyball Leagues Near Me
Volleyball is one of the fastest growing sports in the US, but did you know that it’s also one of the most social? Whether you're looking to meet new people, find other skilled players or just want to get in a good workout, there's a volleyball league for you!

How a volleyball is made
Volleyball is practically a rite of passage for American middle schools students. But where did volleyball balls come from? And what are they made of? Let’s investigate!

New York City AVP Open To-Do List
With the AVP descending on The Big Apple this weekend, here's everything you need to know about what to see, do and eat around the tournament site in Lower Manhattan.

Best Summer Skin Protection Tip for Volleyball Players
The summer is finally here and for beach volleyball players that means more time in the sand and sun. So how can you protect your skin? Dr. Lawerence Moy has the answers.

How to Train Your Legs for Beach Volleyball
Women's sand volleyball is one of the fastest growing sports in the NCAA. How can indoor players begin to make the transition to the sand game? Coach David Fischer shares his thoughts.

Five Recruiting Questions College Coaches Ask Themselves
What's the best way to differentiate yourself from the crowd? A D-I college coach shares her perspective on what she looks for in the student athletes she recruits.

How to Interpert Beach Volleyball Finger Signals
Beach volleyball is a unique sport as players are constantly in communication, both verbally and non-verbally. Interested in learning more about the silent hand signals? Read on.

What You Need to Know for a NCAA Volleyball Scholarship
Are you a high school volleyball player? Are you about to go into your senior year? Are you interested in playing Division I volleyball? Then this article is for you.

Girls Junior Nationals Volleyball Cheatsheet 2015
From June 23 - July 2, 2015 over 15,000 junior volleyball players will descend on New Orleans for the 2015 USAV Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC). Here's your cheatsheet on all the action.

Packing Essentials for a Beach Volleyball Tournament
With the dog days of summer quickly approaching, how can you maximize your fun in the sun? By making sure you're stocked with all the beach essentials!

2015 Pro Beach Volleyball Tours
Summer is prime time to hit the beach, so maybe you should think about checking out one of the AVP, FIVB or NVL pro beach volleyball tournaments?

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College Volleyball News and Notes
Can't get enough college volleyball? Here's where you'll find the latest rankings, news about the best teams and players, upcoming matches and what's happening on the road to the Final Four.

The Outside Hitter Volleyball Position Explained
What is the role of the outside hitter? Here is a comprehensive, expert-written article concerning this position on a volleyball team.

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Volleyball Positions - The Opposite
Volleyball Positions give each person on the court a specific role and a job to do. If you're the Opposite, here is what you need to do.

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Volleyball Positions - Middle Blocker
Volleyball Positions give each person on the court a specific role and a job to do. If you're a middle blocker, here is what you need to do.

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Common Volleyball Mistakes When Hitting the One Set
The one set is the first quick set most new players learn. It can be very difficult to master as there are many moving parts that you have to assess in order to execute it correctly. After spending some time with a 15's junior team, here are some observations regarding the most common mistakes when running the one.

Common Volleyball Mistakes When Hitting the One Set - 5 Common Mistakes When Hitting the 1
The one set is the first quick set most new players learn. It can be very difficult to master as there are many moving parts that you have to assess in order to execute it correctly. After spedning some time with a 15's junior team, here are some observations regarding the most common mistakes when running the one. Page 2.

Comparing FIVB, NCAA and AVP Volleyball Rules
Find the differences in volleyball rules between indoor and beach, college and Olympic play, including scoring, players, and court size.

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Learn About Volleyball Positions and Roles
Information about each volleyball position and what they are expected to do on the court.

How to Master the Volleyball Block
The volleyball block is all about positioning. Learn the correct footwork to get yourself in front of the hitter and the appropriate arm and hand position to block the ball right back at your opponent.

How to Execute a Volleyball Pass
Volleyball Passing is the key to a good offense. Learn the keys to a good passing platform and body position so that you can pass the ball with accuracy.

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Where Does Volleyball History Begin?
Who invented volleyball? Where was volleyball invented? How did volleyball become the game we watch today? Learn about the history of volleyball.

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Five Ways to Get Better at Volleyball Hitting
Good volleyball hitting can be the difference between winning and losing. Use these simple tips to drastically improve your volleyball hitting.

How to Make a Volleyball Dig - Making the Pass
How to master the volleyball dig

Improve Your Volleyball Hitting
Volleyball hitting is the most exciting skill in the sport. It takes a good deal of hand-eye coordination, but once you master the approach and arm swing, you can begin to take on the task of timing your approach so that you contact the ball at the top of your reach and the top of your jump.

Volleyball Tips - Mastering the Volleyball Set
How to master the volleyball set to an attacker.

Volleyball Quick Tips
Check out these quick tips for improving your game. Increase your skill level, your mental preparation and your understanding of the game.

Game, Set or Match?
I admit it. I'm a purist. I want the old game of volleyball back. You know, the one where you could only earn points when you served, where you couldn't get the

2014 Pro Beach Volleyball Schedule
The 2014 pro beach volleyball schedule is on the books and the FIVB, AVP and NVL have chosen their tentative tournament dates. Though there are likely to be changes to the existing dates, here's the schedule as it stands and results will be posted as the tournaments take place. Also check out the win leaders in both men's and women's pro beach tours on the international and domestic fronts.

Volleyball Team Hazes And Gets Off Hook - SUNY Geneseo Volleyball Team Sentence
The SUNY Geneseo volleyball team has a lot to be thankful for this weekend. This year's hazing got out of control when the team hancuffed, blindfolded andd forced alcohol down the throats of their underage teammates. A judge last week reluctantly let them off with a slap on the wrist.

Pac 12 Network and Men's Volleyball - Pac-12 Network Broadcasts A Mixed Bag
The Pac-12 Network is broadcasting men's volleyball. Great news indeed. But scheduling and accessibility are issues in this first year of coverage.

Nebraska Misses Opportunity in Lauren Cook Case
Lauren Cook was allowed to play just 12 days after she was charged with a felony for leaving the scene of an injury accident. Nebraska missed a key opportunity here to show that winning isn't the only thing.

Rules Surrounding Inclusion of Transgender Athletes Continue to Evolve
As more and more transgender athletes fight for inclusion in competition at every level, organizations and states are attempting to make rules that work for everyone. But it may be impossible to make everyone happy with such a controversial issue.

The Ankle Injury that Ended Coley Kyman's Career - Do Ankle Braces Help or Hurt?
Coley Kyman believes that the ankle injury that he suffered while playing college football 20 years ago, would not have been as severe had he not been wearing an ankle brace at the time. A Texas woman is suing because she injured her ankle in much the same way. Read Coley's story and weigh in on the ankle brace debate. Do they help or hurt?

2013 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament
The NCAA Tournament in women's volleyball brought quite a bit of parity in 2013. Because of that, we saw lots of surprises in the tournament this year. In the end, the title went to a perennial powerhouse, but there were many surprises.

Volleyball Tips: Remember to Warm-Up
If you're not properly warming up to play volleyball, you are putting your body at high risk for injury. Take a few minutes to get nice and warm with a volleyball-specific warm up before you play.

How to Top a Coach's Volleyball Recruiting List
Volleyball recruiting is getting tougher and tougher. Competition is fierce for a spot on America's college volleyball teams. Here are five things you can do to get noticed.

Volleyball Tip: Penetrate on the Block
The difference between a block and a stuff block lies in the arm position. Make some slight adjustments and you can shut down your opponent and score points with your block.

Volleyball Tips - How to Read the Hitter
Once you understand how to set the block to increase your chances of getting the stuff block, you should begin to pay attention to the clues the hitter will give you regarding where he will hit the ball.

Better the Ball - Make the Second Contact Count
Each and every time you contact the volleyball, your goal should be to make it the best possible contact you can muster. Bettering the ball means to do your absolute best to put the ball in a good position for your teammate no matter how bad the previous contact.

Volleyball - A Boy on the Girl's Team Story
A boy in Yonkers, NY was denied the chance to play volleyball on the girl's team despite there being no boy's team at his school.

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Free Ball - Definition of Volleyball Term

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Molten Pro Touch vs.Tachikara SV5W Gold - Review
It's old school vs.new school in this classic battle of the volleyball equipment.

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Top 9 Women Volleyball Player Profiles
Player profiles for some of the top female athletes in the sport of volleyball

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2014 World League Round Up
The 2014 World League competition, running from May 23rd-July 20th will feature a different format than in years past. There are five pools of four teams that will battle it out in the Intercontinental Round and then the top six teams will move on to the Final Round in Florence, Italy. This year there are two additional pools of four that will include lower ranked teams. The top two teams in those pools will head to a completely separate final round in Sydney, Australia. The USA men will play six matches in the U.S. against Russia in Long Beach, against Serbia in Chicago and against Bulgaria in Hoffman Estates, IL. Here you will find the schedule of matches, results, standings and updates on the competition as it unfolds.

Matt Fuerbringer - Profile
Matt Fuerbinger's beach volleyball profile

Illustrated Volleyball Rotation Guide
The basics of volleyball rotation and how to avoid the overlap.

Volleyball Rotation - Understanding Volleyball Rotation
The basics of volleyball rotation and how to avoid the overlap.

Understanding Volleyball Rotation and Player Placement
In a six person volleyball game, each player must keep track of where they are in relation to the other players around them.

Understanding Volleyball Rotation and Line Up
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How to Serve a Volleyball Overhand
The overhand volleyball serve is a good place to start when learning to play volleyball. Learn to perfect your form with lots and lots of practice.

Serving Position
A good serve requires good form from the very start. Practice makes perfect.

The Toss
The toss can make or break a serve. Make sure you give yourself a great toss so you have the choice of exactly where you want to place your serve.

Serving Motion
The final step to serving is putting it all together.

Serving Areas
Now that you have your form down, you need to work on your placement. With practice, you will be able to serve any area of the court at will.

How to Play Read Defense
Playing defense is all about reading and reacting to whatever situation unfolds in front of you. In volleyball, the situation on the court is constantly changing. To play defense means taking all of those things into consideration and moving yourself into the position where you need to be. It is important for the defense to read what is happening and place themselves in position to dig the ball as best they can. Here are some tips to do that.

Volleyball Step-By-Step Articles
Here is a collection of the Step-By-Step guides to playing and coaching volleyball.

Volleyball Player Profiles - Men
Player profiles for some of the top male athletes in the sport of volleyball

Lloy Ball Unplugged
Lloy Ball is one of America's greatest setters of all time. He retired in 2012 after 16 years of Olympic and professional volleyball. He won a gold medal and 15 European Championships along the way. In this Q & A, Lloy talks candidly about his career on the USA Team, about what playing overseas was like, about life after sports and the future of volleyball.

Psychology of Volleyball
As is true with most sports, playing volleyball is mostly mental. Yes, you need to make sure that you learn your skills well and that you are confident about your ability to perform them when it counts. But you also make sure that you are mentally prepared for any situation. Here are a few tips about how to get your mental game in order.

Volleyball Crime and Punishment - Issues and Controversies
One thing that the sport of volleyball is not short on is controversy. Here are the recent controversies surrounding the sport as well as volleyball related crimes and punishments. Yes, there are volleyball crimes. Check it out.

USA Men's National Team Volleyball - 2013
The USA men are starting a new quad with tons of new faces just recently out of college. On this transition year after the London Olympics, some of the stars that have become fixtures in the starting line up take a break and give the young players a chance to gain experience as the team builds toward 2016. Here are the stories and competitions from the 2013 USA men's volleyball season.

FIVB Articles & News Archive
Following the news out of the FIVB - Volleyball's International Federation.

NCAA Sand Volleyball - News and History
NCAA Sand Volleyball officially debuted in 2012 and since then has grown so quickly that it has been difficult to keep track. But in 2014 the sport reached the 40-team threshold it needed to be included as an official NCAA championship sport. Here's the history of how the sport began and how it grew in record time as well as what it means for developing players and the sport as a whole.

Growth of the Sport of Volleyball
The sport of volleyball is in a constant state of change. From rule changes, to league changes, to new NCAA sports, volleyball advocates are trying whatever they can to increase the visibility and popularity of the sport. Check out what volleyball is doing to get noticed.

Tips for Volleyball Teams
If you play volleyball long enough, you will eventually find yourself in a tough situation. Whether that is on the court or off the court, with your teammates or with your coach, internal strife can be very difficult to handle. Here are a few tips on how to handle specific situations.

Kathy Gregory - Profile
Kathy Gregory is one of the best beach volleyball players in the history of the game. She enjoyed one of the longest careers ever, beginning her career in 1968 and ending it in the 90's. She has logged over 800 wins as the coach of the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team and she is a member of the Hall of Fame.

Volleyball Serving: It's All About the Toss
When coaching new young volleyball players, taking them from the underhand to the overhand serve can be a challenge. Especially with young girls who have little shoulder strength, it is very important that they utilize all the tools they have to get more power on the ball so that it has a chance to clear the net. Here are the top five things new players do wrong when tossing the ball for an overhand serve.

Coaching: What Constitutes Bullying?
What does it mean to be a bully in regards to youth coaching? Certainly coaches are expected to provide discipline for young players and to challenge them to make them better. But what happens when a coach crosses the line? How do we know where the line is? And can parents be objective when their own kids are involved?

Logan Tom - Outside Hitter
Logan Tom is a four-time Olympian at the Outside Hitter Position. She is a skilled all-around player who brings stability to the American serve receive and defense while also providing the team with a solid attack and block at the net. A graduate of Stanford University, Logan was a four-time All-America and NCAA National Champion.

Rita Crockett - Outside Hitter
Rita Crockett is known as one of the best all-around players in women's volleyball history. She played outside hitter and led the American team to its first Olympic gold medal. She went on to have a successful career on the beach and indoor playing professionally both in the U.S. and abroad. She is a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame.

Debbie Green - Volleyball Player Profile
Debbie Green is considered one of the best setters in the history of American volleyball. She led the U.S. women to their first medal at the 1984 Olympics. She is also a national champion and a member of several halls of fame.

Volleyball Player Profile - Karch Kiraly
Karch Kiraly is known as the best American volleyball player in U.S. history. He is known for his ball control skills and all-around game. He is the only player to win gold medals in both indoor and beach volleyball. Karch is a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame. Read more about Karch Kiraly.

Volleyball Player Profiles - Tara Cross-Battle
Tara Cross-Battle is one of the best outside hitters to play for the American team. She is one of only a few volleyball players to compete in four Olympic Games. She won a bronze medal in 1992 in Barcelona. Read more about Tara Cross-Battle.

Volleyball Player Profiles - Steve Timmons
Steve Timmons was best known for his powerful attacks from both the front and back row and his bright red flat-top haircut. He won two gold medals and a bronze for the USA men's Olympic team and was integral in putting USA Volleyball on the map. Read more about Steve's career here.

Nick Lucena - Profile
Nick Lucena - Player Profile. Volleyball.

Nina Matthies Athlete Profile - Nina Matthies
Nina Matthies is one of the winningest female beach volleyball players of all-time. She is also largely responsible for the start of the first women’s professional beach volleyball tour, the WPVA. For 30 years she has been the head coach of the women’s indoor team at Pepperdine University and she also coaches the women’s sand team there.

Men's Volleyball Play-In - New NCAA Playoff Format for 2014
Men's volleyball fans have been clamoring for growth for years. With the addition of Conference Carolinas to the NCAA field, they have finally got it. But due to NCAA restrictions, the process leaves something to be desired and may not cause some new problems.

Matt Anderson - Volleyball Player Profile
Information on 2012 Olympian Outside Hitter Matt Anderson

Olympic Volleyball - Changing of the Guard for 2016
After every Olympic Games there is a turnover led by retiring athletes and aspiring future Olympians. 2016 will bring a very significant changing of the guard for USA Volleyball. Let's take a look at which players may stick around for another quad and some of the new faces we may see coming up.

Destinee Hooker - Volleyball Player Profile
Information about USA Volleyball player and London Olympian Destinee Hooker.

Volleyball, Plantar Fasciitis and the Minimalist Shoe Movement
Plantar fasciitis is a common volleyball injury that can be treated with athletic tape or orthotics. But are those things compounding the problem of weak arches? Some say that minimalist shoes with very little arch support make the arch stronger and therefore less injury prone over time. Would that work for volleyball?

Volleyball Injuries - Plantar Fasciitis and Volleyball
Plantar Fasciitis is a common volleyball injury. Here is some information on what it is and what you can do to treat it.

Volleyball Team Psychology - 5 Tips for Making a Fresh Start
The team dynamic is one of the most important things to take care of well if you want to be successful. Any problems between teammates or coaches should be handled promptly in order to preserve the smooth operations of your team. Here are five quick tips to help you re-build your relationship with your teammates, coaches or players after something has gone wrong.