Key resources for volleyball coaches

There’s a list of tools and resources posted up on the USA Volleyball blog. Some of the stuff is the sorts of tools we can use on the court and/or should have in case of emergency. Some of them I’m sure you’ll have in mind. You might already have them in your coaching bag. Some might not have occurred to you before. There’s also a list of computer programs and apps. Here’s the latter.

BAM Video Delay –  show “mirror like” on the face of the tablet whatever the lens is set to show, but by rubbing your finger on the face of the tablet, you can delay longer or shorter up to 2 minutes.  Player does whatever on the court, then before the 15 seconds, or whatever time set amount, goes over to the tablet to see their skill performance. Coach does not need to be present. http://www.orangeqube.com/bustamove/.

Dartfish Express – or Ubersense, or Coaches Eye – fast replay video options for in practice feedback, which includes the ability to draw lines/angles, and more to assist.

Scoreboard  – Simply turns your tablet into a “flip score” device  easy to read from across the court. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scoreboard-free-version/id496758984?mt=8

VBStatsHD – Does all the stats/video synching you want and more – not cheap – but not expensive at $30. For those who want a powerful app. – http://peranasports.com/?portfolio=vbstatshd-demonstration

ACE Stats/Tap Recorder – Low cost fast stat software.  http://www.ace4vb.com/smart-device-store.html

I’ve used a couple of these apps myself. I wrote about how I’ve used video delay, and also about TapRecorder. I’d love to hear your experience with any of the above, or whatever other applications you’ve used.

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John Forman
About the Author: John Forman
John currently coaches for an NCAA Division II women's team. This follows a stint as head coach for a women's professional team in Sweden. Prior to that he was the head coach for the University of Exeter Volleyball Club BUCS teams (roughly the UK version of the NCAA) while working toward a PhD. He previously coached in Division I of NCAA Women's Volleyball in the US, with additional experience at the Juniors club level, both coaching and managing, among numerous other volleyball adventures. Learn more on his bio page.

3 comments

  1. Skip Gilleland (@iVolleyBug) says:

    John, thanks for the resources! I am currently building an app that will encompass a lot of resources and would love any feedback and suggestions you might have. Currently it is in beta and we are adding more features weekly. Feel free to take a look at http://www.ivolleybug.com and follow us on twitter for updates @ivolleybug.

    Some features we currently have implemented:
    -Tryout evaluations, score each skill and rank order players and assign to teams
    -Track Skills by evaluation on a determined basis (Monthly), automatically graphs and rank orders players per team and/or per club/organization
    -Each practice can have a quick checkbox evaluation on Attitude, Effort, Hustle
    -Automatic Emails to parents and players on practice scores and or Rank order on skills
    -Ability to video and timestamp skills to show improvements.
    -Practice Itineraries
    -Drills
    -Practice Schedules
    -Create and track divisions, Teams and Players
    -Have Emergency contact for each player
    -Player Notes (per Skill)
    -Coach tracking and team assignment
    -Invoicing (Club or Organizations)

    My motivation for developing this was out of need, I am a coach and parent that wanted to be able to see my athletes progression and after many conversations with parents…..”why doesn’t my child get more playing time?”. The reports that are available to the parents should help alleviate some of this. In my years in business and coaching I have found that people can handle hard facts better than just an explanation.

Please share your own ideas and opinions.

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