A lot of us in the volleyball community thing the youth structure could be improved. Here are some ideas how that can happen.
A big change in the model of youth soccer development in Belgium provides a possible blueprint for youth volleyball, and should be given a serious look.
Small-sided games are great training tools. They can also be great for younger age groups as the main competitive structure as compared to 6v6.
In the US you don't often see youth volleyball players competing alongside adult players. Is that something we should be looking to change?
If you're working with young female athletes one of the things you should very seriously consider including in your work is teaching them how to throw.
Is it really worth it to have the younger age groups playing in regional and national level competition? Seems there are some good arguments against it.
While coaching at Svedala I got to see the Swedish version of 4 v 4 mini volleyball, which allows a bounce. I made some interesting observations.
In which I answer a question from a reader's email about line-ups, substitutions, and systems when coaching a 12-and-under team.