Part 2 Serving, Fundamentals Are Still Key!

Now let’s get talking about the fundamentals of serving. This is an area that can win or lose matches. Most often the best serving and passing team wins.

The first video is, Legendary USA Volleyball Coach Terry Liskevych coached the National Team for over a decade and won a Bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games. In this Coaching Tip series, he demonstrates various serves in Volleyball. Peter shows us the proper way to hit a “floater”, get the most “topspin”, and how to slam a “jumper.”. Watch this video for insider tips from a world-renown coach. Don’t miss this lesson.

And the second video is, Olympic Gold Medalist and Sportskool coach Misty May serving up the proper techniques for the jump, float, and jump float serves.

We hope this will help you with your serving!

Wanting to improve? Fundamentals are still key!

We will post over the next few weeks some at home training that you can do to perfect your game. Even if your a senior in high school and think you have it all down, continuing to practice fundamentals are the key to move to the next level!

Setting Part 1:

Setting Part 2:

Trusting Your Skills in a Volleyball Game!

The Mental side of the game is one not taught too often. But probably the most important. Listen to what the professionals say about trusting your skills in this short video. Learn why game situation is not the place to work on fixing new skills.

Mental Side of Playing Volleyball

“Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body.” – Lynn Jennings

Body Fuel for Tournament Day

One of the most important things for an athlete to perform at their highest potential and have a quick recovery is Body Fuel on Tournaments Days! The right foods and hydration could mean the difference between you outperforming your opponents or losing your match! Consuming the right foods and liquids at the right time can give you added energy, protect your body from injury and help you recover faster between matches and at the end of the day. Sure a hot dog, pizza or soda pop may be quick and to some even tastier but it will make you sluggish and could prevent you from your peak performance, which will hurt your team! Little things like this can make a big difference on those long days. The link is a great article on this topic at hand. Also, you can read other articles here on our website as well.

Great Article Example

2018 Youth Skills Camp

Get your child started early or give them a great opportunity to improve their volleyball skills. Putnam Volleyball Club is offering a Youth Volleyball Camp starting January 7th for Elementary and Middle School age children. This 12 week camp will be every Sunday will focus on all fundamental skills of volleyball, giving your young athlete the foundation that they need to have a successful volleyball career.

Youth Skill Camp



Load, Low Ball & Side Slide Breakdown for Passing

Three areas of passing to improve your court coverage. These are areas that can be worked on at home or in the offseason to make you a better defensive player.

Proper setup, or “loading,” promotes good passing. When working with her University of Wisconsin passers, Assistant Coach Brittany Dildine looks for the following “loading” elements in their setups.

Narrated by U.S. girls’ youth national team coach Jim Stone, this video covers defensive techniques that increase the court coverage for your players and also improve their ball control. Included is instruction on playing a ball that’s dropping low and in front of the defender.

Michigan State University AVCA All-American Libero Kori Moster breaks down her side slide by slowing down the video and analyzing each move. Kori starts breaking it down at the 2: 00-minute mark.

We hope this helps you improve your Defensive game.


8 Mistakes that Wreck Your Confidence

It’s hard to underestimate the importance of confidence.  Confidence in yourself is needed if you want to reach your goals and live up to your potential.  Without it, you might not go after all the things you want out of life. With enough self-confidence, you could begin that dream project.  You could let go of all your fears and start living life on your terms.  No fear or doubt could hold you back.

But self-confidence doesn’t come easy.  It’s built over a lifetime of experiences and risk-taking opportunities. Yet there are many things people do that undermine and hurt their confidence before they’ve even had a chance to build it up.  Tiny little mistakes can cause big problems unless corrected.

Any of these eight mistakes could be killing your confidence.

  1. Assuming you should feel as confident inside as others are outside

Everyone’s point of view takes place from the inside-out.  That is, we see everything from our own thoughts, feelings and fears. On the other hand, we can only see others from the outside-in.  We can only see their actions and outward appearance, but not their inner thoughts and fears.

So when we compare ourselves to other people, we have mismatched viewpoints.  Others may seem so self-confident that we think they have no doubts or fears.  That can make us feel bad about our own confidence and any doubt can be seen as a sign of weakness.

However, if we actually were able to look inside other people, you’d notice that more people have doubts and fears than we realize.  It’s just that we can’t dig into their minds to see it.

Don’t compare your insides to someone else’s outsides.

  1. Forgetting to watch your body language

Little shifts in body language can affect your self-esteem and level of confidence.

Are you slouching?  Are you in a closed posture and hanging your head low? If you’re doing these things, you’ll feel extremely unconfident.

Stand up straight.  Open your body language and lift your head up.  Model your body language on confident people.

Your thoughts will change as a result.  If you act confident, your mind will believe it.

  1. Worrying about the things you can’t control

What if the weather turns bad and I arrive late? What if I get sick?

It’s easy to get sucked into the land of “what if’s”.  In this place, you worry about all those things you don’t have control over.

If you want to build confidence, you have to let go of those things you can’t control.

Worrying about these things makes you feel helpless.  Instead of actively controlling the events going on around you, you’re passive.  Things happen to you instead. That’s not the sign of someone with confidence. Should you add to focus your energy on what you can control?

  1. Negative self-talk

Watch your inner dialogue.  What kind of thoughts do you have about yourself?

If you say a lot of mean things to yourself or come down hard on your mistakes, you’re only doing yourself a disservice.

You may think that being hard on yourself will push you to do better next time, but it could also be cutting your self-confidence down. Yeah, you might motivate yourself to do that thing, but it will hurt you later when you try to do something else.

If you make a mistake or don’t live up to expectations, learn from it.  Shake it off and move on.  Lingering on it with negative thoughts will not do you any good.

  1. Trying to fix it in your mind instead of the real world

So negative thinking can bring you down, but does positive thinking bring you up?  Yes, but only to a certain point. You can’t build confidence completely in your mind.  You can think positively and build inner confidence as much as you want, but eventually you have to bring it out into the real world.

The surest way to build confidence is to get real-word experience.  Go out and do what you want to do.  Learn from mistakes and keep building yourself up.

That’s how confidence is best built and maintained.

  1. Overestimating your abilities

It’s good to be confident in yourself, but bad to be over-confident.

Over-estimating your skills will hurt you even more once you face reality.  If you’ve built yourself up, you’ll have to deal with the fall. That can be devastating.

You definitely want to push yourself, but be realistic about your skills.  Don’t let a fantasy mindset crash against the wall of reality.

  1. Never taking accountability

Self-confidence is about belief.  You have to believe in what you’re doing and that your actions are exactly what you want to be doing.

That means taking accountability for those actions.  If they don’t turn out exactly the way you want, you have to accept that and take responsibility. Own up to your actions.  Be accountable for them.  

If you honestly made the best decision with the information you had, youcreed have nothing to be afraid of.  If you didn’t, it may be time to re-examine your decision-making.

In either case, own your decisions.  Only those without confidence to back up their choices would back away from them after the fact.

  1. Letting fear run your actions

It’s all right to be afraid – it’s part of being human.  In fact, I’d say that fear is a sign that you’re heading in the right direction – it means you’re pushing yourself past your comfort zone. But sometimes fear takes over.  It leads to procrastination.  We start avoiding things and push them off over and over again.

Instead of making conscious decisions to not do something, you let fear decide for you.  Letting fear make your life choices means you’ve consciously decided to stop determining your actions. You’ve let something else dictate what you’ll do.  

Self-confidence is all about believing in yourself and making the decisions you want to make.  If you let fear do that for you, you have no room left for confidence.

Writers Credit: April 15, 2014 by Steve Bloom