Posted on 30 July 2013 by Chuck Rey
Hopefully, John Kessel won’t read this post because then he’ll realize I missed his blog post of a year ago. Google Analytics is amazing in that I was able to track referrals to my blog from USA Volleyball’s website. It stems from a great interaction between John, Peter Vint (USA Olympic Committee Research Scientist) and myself. Ironically, Peter Vint was getting his PhD at Arizona State University while I was playing there. He performed a body fat % test (among actual volleyball tests) on me back in the day and who’d a thunk it that he would become a lead scientist for the USOC?
Anyway, here is a good exchange about the myth of the volleyball wrist snap and how we really don’t get on top of the ball. It’s actually where we contact the ball (over the center of mass) that creates topspin on a volleyball.
Posted on 26 March 2012 by Chuck Rey
|Dr Marion Alexander, Adrian Honish MSc – Sport Biomechanics Lab, University of Manitoba, Canada
Blocking in volleyball is a method of defending a spike attack in which the defensive team jumps up at the net and stops the spike from crossing the net by contacting it with the hands and arms. Blocking is the first line of defense against an attacking opponent. A successful block is accomplished when either the ball rebounds off the hands of the blocker and directly back in to the opponent’s court or deflects off the hands in such a way that the blocker’s team may play the ball (Hammon 2005b). A block has the further advantage for the defensive team that by placing the ball immediately back to the opponent’s court it forces them to put up another attack. Continue Reading
Posted on 21 September 2010 by Chuck Rey
Ever wonder what volleyball skills to work on in practice or where you should be focusing more of your time? The Journal of Quantitative Study released an in depth article, “Skill Importance in Volleyball” to determine the most important skills in women’s volleyball. A research team studied a 2006 Division I Women’s Volleyball program to come to their conclusion based on specific data collection and analysis. Coincidentally, the research was conducted at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah where Gold Medal Squared is also headquartered. In pieces I have read by Gold Medal Squared, this data is eerily similar. Continue Reading
Posted on 30 January 2010 by Chuck Rey
Giving Hitters Additional Tools for Terminating the Ball
By: Chris Larson
It’s tough to find that player who has mastered the lost art of “tooling” or “shot-making.” We see the big bombers at every tournament and in every warm-up, but when it comes to game time, these players are often the easiest Continue Reading
Posted on 08 January 2010 by Chuck Rey
I was looking through some of my old files from some of my old club teams and came across this piece on Blocking. Ironically, the premise of the piece was written by Bond Shymansky, who at the time was Head Coach at Georgia Tech (he’s now Head Coach at Marquette). The current Winthrop Head Coach, Sally Polhamus, was an Assistant under Bond at that time. Sally is now the Head Coach that I work under. The volleyball world is a small world.
Keys to Blocking Effectively
By Head Coach Bond Shymansky and coaching staff, Georgia Tech
November 16, 2005
• Blocking is 95% work, 5% natural ability
• Blocking can control and win matches through these methods Continue Reading
Posted on 16 August 2009 by Chuck Rey
Written by John Kessel, USA Volleyball Director, Grassroots, Disabled, Education & Beach Volleyball. January 26, 2005 He has volumes of great information.
First off, you should stop working so hard on hitting the ball harder, and instead focus on swinging your arm faster. When players go for hitting harder, they tighten up the muscles in the shoulder girdle and cannot unleash as fast as an armswing as they might have. Swing fast, swing faster. The dilemma is, when you first start to swing faster, or as fast as you can, you are not as accurate.
Speed first, accuracy second. Trying to be successful for a helpful parent, or for the fans of the match, can not only make a player tight, but they know the unwritten law of parents – I must do this right, while Continue Reading
Posted on 06 June 2009 by Chuck Rey
There is nothing natural about passing a volleyball. In fact, the sport of volleyball is very ‘un-natural’. We do not grow up bouncing a ball off our forearms or cocking our wrists in unison to set a ball. The closest childhood similarity is batting a balloon in the air. We grow up throwing, kicking, and shooting balls. Ever watch a group of football players get on a volleyball court and try to play? These talented athletes often look quite uncoordinated playing volleyball. Volleyball is an extremely technical game, it is the mastery of these un-natural technical movements that makes our sport so unique, so great.
Learning to pass a volleyball takes time. Through experience we learn the flight, the trajectory of a volleyball. Serve receive in particular is an art. It takes thousands upon thousands of repetitions to understand Continue Reading
Posted on 07 May 2009 by Chuck Rey
Big Jon Guida is making his way through the AVP Next Tour with partner Jake Elliot. They just won last weekend’s AVP Next, East End Volleyball’s stop in Hilton Head Island, SC (Jon’s home turf).
A few weeks back, Jon asked for a little guidance with his blocking. I put together a piece for him which I later shared here: Continue Reading
Posted on 22 April 2009 by Chuck Rey
Arie Selinger, Head Coach, 1984 USA Volleyball Women’s Olympic Team, wrote “Setting for the Setter”. He believes the setter is the most important player on the court who’s qualities include: play-maker, architect, decision maker, cooperative, an extension of the coach, perceptive, great mental stamina, leader, hard working, creative, disciplined, crafty, aware, well liked, and inspires trust and confidence. Continue Reading
Posted on 13 April 2009 by Chuck Rey
A friend of mine is about to break on to the AVP Tour. Big Jon as he’s known by the locals of South Carolina. A natural athlete that played professional basketball in Europe and picked up volleyball in his mid-twenties. A 6’7″ frame along with a 35″ vertical doesn’t hurt either. He’s unsure of his blocking game and came to me looking for a few pointers. Following is my advice.
There is so much about blocking. Here is some thought, perspective, and insight.
Compare your blocking game with the greats. Phil Dalhausser, in 2008 he led the AVP Tour with 2.12 blocks per game. Lambert, 2.04 blocks per game. Gibb 1.96. How many blocks per game are you getting? Two or three blocks a game is not a big number, so don’t put too much pressure
on yourself to HAVE to make blocks. In a game, you could get 30 block attempts (hits against you…this includes shots). Based on 2 blocks per game, that means 7% of all attacks against you will result in a
block (that means out of those 30 block attempts, 28 will be hit around
you). Make it a goal to get 3 blocks a game which correlates to 1 block for every 10 attempts (this would be phenomenal if you accomplished this goal). Continue Reading
Posted on 11 March 2009 by Chuck Rey
During the season at the U of MN, Mike Hebert received an email from a club coach of which he passed along to me. The club coach was concerned with devising an offense system for a team with very little height. The club coach was quick to point out that the team had three great liberos. Here is my reply with Mike’s blessing, it also gives some insight of things I learned at the U of MN:
I hope this email will help save some trees and save you some money from all the paper you are using trying to devise an offense. But let’s look at two things first: 1) Defense 2) Height, and then we can discuss offense. Continue Reading
Posted on 05 March 2009 by Chuck Rey
I found this article on the National Center for Biotechnical Information website about jump serving. The study was conducted by the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.
A comparative study between serve mode and speed and its effectiveness in a high-level volleyball tournament.
AIM: Continue Reading