Q: Do you have any tips for controlling the ball and hitting it where you want to? When your bumping, serving and spiking?

Passing: Always, if you can help it, pass the ball in your center line (meaning get right in front of the ball, don’t reach to the side). This will give you much more control. Hold your platform for three seconds after passing the ball. If it was a weird pass, look down at your platform and see which way it’s facing. It’s all about angles. You always want to shift to get around the ball, taking it as head on as you possibly can. 

Serving: Keep your wrist locked. I see this all the time with my players, their wrist does this floppy-turn-to-the-side thing and it leaves them with no control. Serving is like giving a high five, if you don’t keep your wrist locked, you’re going to mess everything up. The same with your arm.. Wherever your arm/hand finishes is where the ball is going to go. Swing straight. Don’t throw your arm across your body. With a forward swing and a locked wrist, you should be fine. 

Hitting: This one’s difficult because you can place the ball by moving your wrist a certain way. If you cut your wrist to the side, the ball wiill go that way. Or you can cross your arm across your body and the ball will go that way. At a beginning level, work on snapping your wrist down straight (your middle finger going towards your forearm) and swinging straight, not across your body. For the most part, wherever your arm/wrist goes is where the ball is going to go. 

If you need anything else, let me know! Especially if some of this was unclear (which I’m sure it was).


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I’m a Coach 😁

So I’m coaching now and I love my team so much. I was so nervous because most of them have never played before and i didn’t wanna be too intense but they work so hard and they make me so happy 🙈 Like when theyre pro volleyball players, theyre gonna have to thank me for teaching them the fundamentals.

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Q: I usually play outside/right side. I hurt my leg the day before my JV tryouts and couldn't pass as well as I usually do. I was the only girl who didnt make the team. I'm currently doing private lessons once a week, but I don't want to try out for my school team next year because all the girls were rude and clique-y. Also the coaches choose players based on politics and who you know. Is it unsportsmanlike for me to not tryout again and only play club?

Not at all! I understand what you mean, I’ve always preferred club volleyball to school volleyball. It’s a much better environment. And honestly, you’re going to play better where you’re more comfortable. You don’t ever want to be afraid to make mistakes, so play where you want to. I’m glad you’re taking privates :)

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Q: I made my JV team! And im 100% sure your tips are a reason :)

Dude that’s awesome! I’m so happy for you, have a great season :)

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Q: You should change your theme because it's kinda confusing... I can fix that?

Come off anon?

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Q: Hi! Um kinda a weird question (as in wow how do i phrase this) but I was wondering if you thought it'd be worth trying out for the volleyball team even as a guy? Weird, right? Well, the thing is I don't have the money currently to pay for club but I've been engaged in the sport since my freshman year (I'm starting my junior year) through managing. I'm transferring schools too and I doubt I'd make the team but do you think it's worth a shot? Thanks! :)

I’m not completely sure what you’re asking here, but volleyball is for anyone who wants to play. If you want to try out, then tryout. The worst that can happen is you don’t make it. If you don’t try, then you’ll never know though :)

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Last high school volleyball tryout ever 😣

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Q: Hi! I leave for volleyball camp today and I was just wondering if you have any tips on how I can be put on a higher court this year. (There's 13 courts and last year I was a beginner and I was placed on court 4)

Based off of my experience with camps, they have very fast court placement evaluations. Usually they have a different skill on each court, and groups rotate until they’ve done each of the skills. The coaches really only have time to watch you do one or two reps of the drill, which means if you have a colossal mess up on your first contact, it’ll probably mess with your court placement. It’s a very difficult system and in regards to that, all I can really say is make every contact count.

Make yourself noticeable. Again, communication and effort are the biggest things. If you’re doing both of those and sucking vs doing neither of those and sucking, then you’ll get on a higher court.

If you think you should be placed on a higher court, after you’ve seen your court and the overall skill level, talk to the court coach and/or the camp director about maybe moving up a court.

I’ve seen people I’m better than get placed on higher courts. It might be bc of what position they play, or they just had a better tryout than me. It’s a tough situation and all I can really say is put everything you’ve got out there

Good luck!

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Q: I have tryouts on Monday the 4th so I don't know if you'll answer this before hand, but anyways. I played volleyball in middle school and fell in love with the game, but the high school I went to the last two years doesn't have sports and I can't afford club so I haven't played in 2 years. I'm transferring schools and trying out as a junior. Are there any tips you have for tryouts to help me out some? Thanks in advance.

I also have tryouts on the 4th. I wish the best of luck To you :)

Im telling you right now, you’re in a difficult situation. (Just so you know my perspective, I go to a school with a really good volleyball team so any advice/information I give is based on the assumption that the school has a really good program).

Juniors are typically on varsity although since you’re a newcomer I’d be willing to bet they’ll put you on JV if they want you for a team. You’re competing against girls who have been in the program for years and that’s difficult. What a lot of people might do is keep quiet and act nervous and just try to blend it, but if you do that you’re pretty much ensuring that you won’t make a team.

The coaches have never seen you play before. So you need to show them what you can do. That doesn’t mean you can’t make errors, EVERYONE makes errors, please remember that. Just try to limit the unforced errors and learn to bounce back when you make one. It’s soo easy to get frustrated when you’re making mistakes, but disciplined players know how to take their mistake, evaluate what they did wrong, move on, and fix it.

Any time you play volleyball, you should have high energy. But now even more so. You can’t just communicate, you have to be THE communicator. Even if literally no one else is talking, you need to. Same with effort. The two biggest things in volleyball are communication and effort. A ball does not hit the floor without a body hitting the floor. Even if there’s no way in hell you can save the ball, you haul ass like you can save it. Every time. Coaches and players will notice and they will respect the heck out of you for doing it.

It might be a good idea to introduce yourself to the coach, just so they know your name. The main thing, go out there and be the type of player they can’t play without.

Kick ass and let me know how it goes :)

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Q: I'm the worst on my team, even when we just practice they try to avoid picking me to serve just because I'm not the best at it. I really want to play, it's just difficult controlling the ball and serving it overhand. I feel like I'm not improving at all. I'm putting in 110% effort. Is volleyball just not for me?

See, I refuse to believe that ideology. If that were the case, then only natural born basketball players would play, or natural born painters would paint. I think it’s a cop out, “maybe it’s just not for me so I don’t have to try anymore”.

Now I’m not saying that’s what YOU’RE saying, that’s just my take on “not for me”.

First of all, your teammates suck. No offense. If they wanted you to actually get better, they would encourage you to serve. It’s so unbelievably cliche but it’s so undeniably true: practice makes perfect. Repetition is how you master a skill. The more times you go through the motions of serving CORRECTLY, the better at it you’ll be. Same with any skill (in volleyball and in life). 

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Q: what do white and red mean in volleyball? the hitters always call those and idk what it means! thanks :)

Where are they on the court when they’re calling it out? It’s just like the numbers I explained, so the setter knows the play to run.

I’d assume they’re for back row attacks. I’ve heard a lot of different things for back row. I’ll call D (right back), Pipe (middle back), and A (left back), but I’ve also heard colors be used. It just depends on where you are.

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Q: howdy, I recently went to a clinic and the coach assumed that we knew how to use numbers? like the setter and hitters call out numbers and I have no idea what they mean

I’m assuming you mean for hitting. When you run plays, the numbers are really important so the setters and hitters no where to be or where to put the ball. Some people will still just call “outside” or “middle” but numbers are used quite frequently.

Problem is, certain places call the same sets different things. I’m going to tell you what (I think) is the most commonly used.

4- typical high ball to the outside
2- high ball in the middle
5 or 9- high ball to the right side
1- quick set in the middle
3- high ball in between middle and outside
31- same placement as a 3 except it’s quick tempo, so the same height as a 1 (also just shortened to a 3)

There’s a butt ton more but those are the basics. If this isn’t what you were talking about, send me another message.

Ciara x

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Q: I am trying out for the 8th grade volleyball team in about 3 months. I already know majority of the girls who were on the team and who's trying out for the next year. The coach shows a lot of favoritism between students regardless of their skill. I also feel like i need to work on my overall skill level to be able to make the team. Do you have any suggestions on how I can vastly improve my skills to be ready for tryouts?

do you have any advice on try-out tips, practicing, and skill improvement? Im trying out for my eight grade girls team in August.

I’m answering both of these in one. First of all, also see here for anything that I might not have covered. 

There’s nothing you can do about the coach. You can’t change the fact that he plays favorites. If he wants to be stupid, that’s on him, and does it affect whether you’re on the team or not, yeah maybe, but it sure as heck doesn’t affect how you try out. 

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Q: how would you improve communication? the ball barely comes to me. i don't really know when to call mine cus it would literally be between me and the other person next to me. you can say I'm just not so aggressive :\

I would say you’re too passive, first of all. Granted, there are times that you should back off and let someone else pass (ex. On serve receive, let the libero take the ball if it’s in between you two). There’s actually a good solution to the passiveness (in regards to serve receive) that involves talking and communication.

I don’t know what level your at, but on serve receive there are lanes and the three passers (typically three) call their seams. “I have your short, you have my deep”. This makes the in between balls much easier bc you can criss cross behind each other to more efficiently play the ball. By communicating and calling your seams, you should get more touches on the ball, as well as improving with communicating itself.

That being said, you do not need to be touching the ball to communicate. You do not need to be on the court to communicate. That is a major problem I see with people who don’t have good communication. You don’t only talk when you’re calling for the ball. You talk before the serve, as they’re serving, as the ball is crossing the plane of the net, you call “mine” or the person’s name next to you, you say the setter’s name, you say “cover” so everyone knows to cover the hitters, you say “on” or “off” when the other team passes so you know of they’re in system or out of system, you call where the setter sets, you read the hitter and call tip or line or roll or push. You say what you see. You could be in the stands watching the game and still do this. There is so much that can be said in a volleyball game.

It’s hard (and awkward) to communicate if the rest of your team isn’t. But if you force it, they will follow, and it will become second nature to you.

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To the person who asked me to make a video about passing/setting form, I did see your message, I just have to find time to sit down and make the video.

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