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1. 101 Volleyball Drills
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20. Handbook for Beach Volleyball

1. 101 Volleyball Drills
by Peggy Martin
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Asin: 1585182230
Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
Publisher: Coaches Choice Books
Sales Rank: 43027
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This remarkable book includes over 100 drills covering all aspects of volleyball play, including: warm-up, setting, serve and serve-receive, passing and digging, attacking, blocking, combination and transition, six-on-six, and more. Nearly 100 diagrams make understanding and implementing these drills quick and easy. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Drills, drills, and more drills
Coach Martin is a hoot. I had the pleasure of sitting in a session in a coaches seminar where she was one of the featured speakers. She is energetic, smart, entertaining and knows a whole lot about volleyball. She is the head women's coach at Central Missouri Stat U and has been there since forever.

The problem is that it is really difficult to translate all that she embodies into a book. Don't get me wrong, the drills are awesome and they are presented nicely, but that is what you would expect from a drill book. But, the sense of fun, the way she conveys the knowledge, that is kind of lost in the translation. The main thing I like about this is that the skill level progresses with each drill. So if you are dying for some new drills, here is a bunch, but make sure that they suit your needs. Another good point is that these drills are easily adaptable, so it is easy for coaches to change them to fit their own needs.

I just wish they could package Coach Martin's dynamic personality and enthousiasm into a book. Oh well....

4-0 out of 5 stars You can never have enough drills!
Peggy Martin's book has been a valuable addition to my arsenal of drills, because I believe a coach can never have access to too many drills. It's important for players to get a feel for a skill by attacking it in a number of different ways, and using several drills in sequence allows players to continue working on the skill without getting bored, which is important to the learning process.

Adding Peggy Martin's "101 Volleyball Drills" to my library has helped keep my high school players on task without putting their minds to sleep. ... Read more

2. The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Volleyball
by Robert Price, Maryanne Haselow-Dulin, Robert G. Price
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Asin: 1932549285
Catlog: Book (2003-06)
Publisher: Price World Enterprises
Sales Rank: 217147
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Volleyball is the most comprehensive and up-to-date volleyball-specific training guide in the world today. It contains descriptions and photographs of over 80 of the most effective weight training, flexibility, and abdominal exercises used by athletes worldwide.This book features year-round volleyball-specific weight-training programs guaranteed to improve your performance and get you results.

No other volleyball book to date has been so well designed, so easy to use, and so committed to weight training.This book takes you from the off-season to the in-season, and is loaded with dozens of tips and pointers to help you maximize your training and improve your performance.

Both beginners and advanced athletes and weight trainers can follow this book and utilize its programs.From recreational to professional, thousands of athletes all over the world are already benefiting from this book and its techniques, and now you can too! ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
It does have a decent workout routine, but I could have written a better one. After it gives you the workout, it does not relate anything else to volleyball. However, the book "Complete Conditioning for Volleyball" is a much better book with a good workout and is written by people who know about volleyball. ... Read more

3. Complete Conditioning for Volleyball (Complete Conditioning, 9)
by Allen E. Scates, Mike Linn, Vince Kowalick, Al Scates
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Asin: 0736001360
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 15255
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Get in top volleyball shape by using the same training approach used by the powerhouse UCLA teams! Complete Conditioning for Volleyball—written by the Bruins’ legendary coach, Al Scates, and St. Louis University’s strength and conditioning coach, Mike Linn—will have you serving with more power and consistency, skying higher on every jump, and covering the court with increased quickness and agility.

Both a workout manual for players and a training guide for coaches, Complete Conditioning for Volleyball does more than tell you what you should do; it explains and shows you how to do it. Drills and exercises are presented in diagrams and photos and described in detail.In-season and off-season programs include a wide range of on-and off-court activities that prepare players to perform to their potential.

For the past four decades, Coach Scates has set the standard for success in collegiate volleyball, netting 18 NCAA Division I championships. In Complete Conditioning for Volleyball, he gives you the perfect set—now it’s up to you to score with it! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A good book for the off season
This book gives great sample strength and conditioning workouts. If your school doesn't have a off season schedule for volleyball then this book is for you. The workouts are broken down from beginners to more skilled players. It prepares the high school player for what college players do in the off season. It is geared strictly for volleyball.

4-0 out of 5 stars It fills a great need in the volleyball literature
Al Scates is a legend in the volleyball world. Anything with his name on it should grab any volleyball fanatic's attention, as the success of his previous book will attest. But the key component about this book is the contributions make by Mike Linn, the strength and conditioning coach at Saint Louis University.

The book itself follows the usual structure. There are chapters on volleyball drills and conditioning exercises and what not. The key here is the Mike lays out the kind of exercise regimen that will help you with your volleyball game. The pictures are good illustration of the drills but most importantly, the material covered complement each other very nicely. There is now a bonfide volleyball conditioning book that focuses on the volleyball athlete, rather than try to cover all sports and doing a poor job of it.

I know of Mike's work through some of the Saint Louis University athletes that have come under his guidance. the man knows his stuff and have doe great things to improve the team strength and conditioning of all the Saint Louis University athletic teams. ... Read more

4. The Volleyball Coaching Bible
by Donald S. Shondell, Cecile Reynaud
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Asin: 0736039678
Catlog: Book (2002-07-15)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 27311
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Never before has such an impressive group of successful volleyball coaches shared their insights, instruction, and strategies in a single book. The Volleyball Coaching Bible is your guide to championship-winning performances year after year.

The 24 contributors make up a "who’s who" list of volleyball experts, spanning five decades and covering every aspect of the game.

Doug Beal

Mary Wise

Russ Rose

John Cook

Paula Weishoff

Pete Waite

Jim Coleman

Bill Neville

Mary Jo Peppler

Mike Hebert

Al Scates

Terry Pettit

Steve Shondell

John Dunning

Tom Pingel

Rudy Suwara

Taras Liskevych

Teri Clemens

Peter Hanson

Jona Braden

Dave Shondell

Fred Sturm

Mark Pavlik

Jim Stone

Each time you open this book you’ll learn something new and useful for your next practice, game, or season, be it conditioning, teaching, motivating, or scouting. The Volleyball Coaching Bible provides the game plan for a winning program. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great fundamentals and motivational
I have just finished this book before my club season is starting and I highly recommend it. The book applies to many areas of volleyball from youth to college/national and from men to women.

If you are looking for a beginners coaching book that outlines the skills in detail with a bunch of drills, this is NOT the book for you.

The caliber of contributors is excellent and the chapters were put together flowed from front to back. I've played and coached for many years. I learned a few new things in this book, but I also felt like the book gave me a different perspective on areas I already knew. I will probably read/review this book prior to my club seasons.

There were a few graphics/demonstrations. There were great pics illustrating Conditioning and Stretching. There were a few sketches of attacking and digging. Jim Coleman did a nice job on Statistics. ... Read more

5. Coaching Volleyball: Building a Winning Team
by Carl McGown, Hilda A. Fronske, Launa Moser
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Asin: 0205309585
Catlog: Book (2000-11-10)
Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
Sales Rank: 75291
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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One of the most complete books on coaching volleyball ever printed — includes advice, tips, and cues that take the experienced coach years to accumulate.This comprehensive book covers every aspect of coaching volleyball — from the beginning basic skills to information on aiding the talented college-bound athlete. It guides the coach through the decision-making processes of tryouts, practice schedules, setting up the team's offense and defense, coaching a game, and dealing with parents and administrators. Here are the keys to creating a winning volleyball class or entire volleyball program from the elementary to collegiate level, based on the solid knowledge that comes with years of experience.Volleyball coaches and physical education teachers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
If you buy ONE book on how to coach volleyball, make it this one. Carl McGown is the "guru" of volleyball and if you read this book, implement what it says, your team will be better RIGHT NOW!

A book which goes beyond the x and o's to provide the coach with the correct skills and attitudes necessary to compete at a high level. ... Read more

6. Peak Performance Training for Volleyball
by Emma Thomas
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Asin: 158518862X
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Coaches Choice Books
Sales Rank: 154773
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Former Chicago Bull and strength & conditioning specialist Tom Emma presents a detailed recipe for peak volleyball strength and power training. Emma approaches training in four distinct segments. In part one of the book, you’ll learn strategies to help you maintain peak performance levels (flexibility, recuperation, sleep, overtraining, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and nutrition and supplements). Part two covers conditioning, and includes comprehensive aerobic and anaerobic training programs. In part three, Emma explains strength training as it relates to volleyball, with detailed information on basics and principles, core-training protocol, and illustrated upper-body, lower-body, and combination exercise guides. Part four addresses every aspect of movement training, including plyometrics, speed training, cross-training, and much more. Features dozens of illustrations, photos, and diagrams. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Excellent book!! As a trainer, I used the various techniques in this book to improve and perfect the fitness levels and sport specific abilities of my athletes. The step by step methods implored by author Tom Emma is unparalleled. I highly recommend this book not only to volleyball players but to those looking to improve their respective fitness levels.

5-0 out of 5 stars Peak Performance Training for Volleyball by Emma Thomas
Superb book!!Quintessential volleyball book for players and coaches..Following the programs and training strategies in the book has really helped my entire team to reach top notch physical condition..If you are a Volleyball player or coach, BUY IT!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Improving Your Game
This book gives you step-by-step instructions for getting into optimum volleyball shape. The chapters on plyometrics can really take your jumps to a new level. The year-round training program outlined in the book has six separate training cycles ranging from light to medium to heavy. Tom Emma writes the book so clearly that you feel he is standing next to you helping you train. ... Read more

7. Volleyball Centennial: The First 100 Years (Spalding Sports Library)
by Byron Shewman
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Asin: 1570280096
Catlog: Book (1996-01-01)
Publisher: Masters Pr
Sales Rank: 189966
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great historical chronology of volleyball
Byron Shewman was a great player, historian, writer, and proponent of the game of volleyball. This book traces the sport from its inception to the present day. A bit biased towards the sports development in the USA but that is expected because a lot of the growth came in this country. Although the growth all around the world should have been documented. The stories that Byron wriote about were fascinating. He writes with an interesting view because he knows and have played with most of the people he writes about. I wish he had more pictures from the early days on the beach and with the National team. This is THE book for a great volleyball history book, well the ONLY volleyball history book. I enjoy reading bits and pieces of the book picking through the chapters and picking what ever struck my fancy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great history of a truly American sport
If volleyball is your game this is a must read book. It chronicles the history of the game from its invention through the last olympics. The early pioneers are vividly brought to life, along with the characters, both indoor and from the beach who have given this sport such a unique American spin. ... Read more

8. Karch Kiraly's Championship Volleyball
by Karch Kiraly
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Asin: 0684814668
Catlog: Book (1996-06-13)
Publisher: Fireside
Sales Rank: 132773
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Play Your Best, On and Off the Beach.

In the volleyball world, the name Karch Kiraly is synonymous with excellence, whether it be in the U.S.A. or abroad, in the gym or on the beach. This revised edition of Karch Kiraly's Championship Volleyball provides a complete course in volleyball skills, including:

  • Serving

  • Bumping

  • Setting

  • Hitting

  • Blocking

  • Basic and Advanced Team Defense and Offense Strategies

Combine all of this with the expanded chapter on the beach game, and you have the most complete volleyball instructional available.

So, whether you're a beginner just learning the basics or an advanced player looking for the strategy that will blow your opponents off the court, Karch Kiraly's Championship Volleyball will give you the skills to do it. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A worthy companion to Kiraly's BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Like Joe Eszterhas, the author of SHOWGIRLS and FLASHDANCE, the parents of Karsh Kiraly emigrated to the US from Hungary, where a repressive regime had limited their rights to work and practice free thought. Kiraly shares with Joe Eszterhas some of the same beliefs in the goodness of America, a land where you can make as much money and accure as much cultural capital as you possibly can. And Kiraly has had it all. In CHAMPIONSHIP VOLLEYBALL it is like having a coach over your shoulder at all times, a coach who is going to teach you to block, bump, pass and spike step by step, with careful diagrams and a consistent "you can do it" attitude.

Funny to think that a childhood cartwheel, in which he injured his hand badly by thrusting it into a gopher hole, led to a general lengthening of one arm and corresponding flexibility, which saw him in good stead when he became a teen. Kiraly proves over and over that when life hands you (or your parents) a lemon, you can turn around and make the finest lemonade from it.

One handy chart included in both editions of KK's CV is the list of VOLLEYBALL MILESTONES at the end.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I've been coaching volleyball for 7 years now. This is the best book I've found on skills and strategies. It helped me go from the basics, which is all the farther high school volleyball got when I played, to the advanced game it is today. Easy to read and understand, also.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice. Not very thorough. Offers interesting concepts.
The book covers the basic techniques and tactics. It is mostly a description of the author's view of how to play, and less a complete description of the possibilities, implications, pros and cons of the various options.

If you want to know how Karch plays - there's some very interesting "inside information". This does not necessarily mean it suits your needs and abilities.

If you value your health, and want to make real progress, skip the chapter about conditioning and strength training - very unprofessional: For example, his gym leg training is knee extensions, rather than leg press / squats, and his view of rest is 24 hours off the gym (in his level he should retire for ~96 hours).

5-0 out of 5 stars Karch is King!
Volleyball's most decorated player in history [winner of 3 gold medals in the Olympics (2 indoor and 1 outdoor), over 130 career wins on the A.V.P. Tour, the #1 leader in career prize money,etc.], Karch Kiraly has yet another career ahead of him in writing. Karch teaches you to become a better volleyball player and the techiniques he uses to be 'numero uno.' I think it's well written and he's added more about the beach game. Everything that Karch does is 'golden!'

The best thing about my copy of Karch's book is I had him sign it for me! So, go out to the next A.V.P. event or if you see him practicing, and ask him to do the same. I can't wait to read some of his other books in the near future! ... Read more

9. Volleyball Skills & Drills
by Jim Bertoli
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Asin: 1930546661
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Wish Publishing
Sales Rank: 67374
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The book is a comprehensive tool for developing all of the skills of volleyball in addition to providing drills that help coaches handle specific situations that they will incur with their teams.The book has approximately 100 drills and touches upon defensive systems, conditioning and game strategies. The book provides over 80 diagrams, terminology and key phrases. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A very highly recommended manual
Jim Bertoli draws upon a highly successful and extensive volleyball coaching career to write Volleyball Skills & Drills, a comprehensive instruction manual for developing all of the skills of volleyball as a competitive sport. The drills provided will help other coaches handle specific situations that will inevitable occur with the teams. Showcasing some one hundred specific drills, Volleyball Skills & Drills also addresses the relevant issues of defensive systems, conditioning, and game strategies. A very highly recommended manual for anyone charged with the responsibility of coaching a volleyball team, Volleyball Skills & Drills is enhanced with definitions of terminology, key phrases, and more than eighty illustrative diagrams.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a helpful book!
I picked up this book because a friend told me it was great. And let me tell you if you want to become a professional vollyball coach like Jim Bertoli you had better buy this book. It has tons of helpful tips and skills for getting you team in tip top shape. It's a great buy. Five stars! ... Read more

10. Volleyball Drill Book: Individual Skills
by BobBertucci
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Asin: 0940279282
Catlog: Book (1992-11-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 89982
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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For players and coaches at all competitive levels, Volleyball Drill Book: Individual Skills presents over two hundred drills for the development and improvement of basic volleyball skills, including:

  • Passing
  • Serving
  • Setting
  • Blocking
  • Digging
  • Service Reception
  • Spiking
In his fifteen years of head coaching experience, Bob Bertucci has established a reputation as one of the nation's top volleyball coaches. As the head coach at Rutgers for the past five years, Bertucci's record has included being named the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Coach of the Year in 1988, 1990, and 1992, consistent appearances in the National Top 20 Poll, and an appearance in the NCAA Final Four in 1990.James A. Peterson, PhD, is the author of over thirty sports and fitness books. A former instructor at the United States Military Academy, he is currently Director of Sport Medicine at Stairmaster Sports/Medical Products, Inc. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars It's volleyball, not rocket science
I'm trying to help myself and my team improve so I bought this game action drills book. There are no pictures to demonstrate proper stances, only X's and O's. I felt like I was in a Pro Football locker room. The book is obviously aimed at the experienced coach who understands the jargon and the diagrams. I found my help at the local library in the kids volleyball section. [....]

5-0 out of 5 stars Volleyball Unbalanced
Introduction: The following article is about a high school physical education project that has impacted the Federation International de Volleyball to change its rule of play for volleyball. Before the invention of Rocball, a game developed by high school students in Saipan, volleyball had no significant rule changes from 1895 to almost 1995. The developement of Rocball in 1980, its 18 years as an organized sporting activity and its subsequent media coverages, is the game that has changed the way this kind of team net sport will forever be played. NEWS RELEASE: 6/16/01


AFFLICTION: (1:5) When the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) disemboweled volleyball of its side out scoring system, they eviscerated volleyball of some of its most prolific and unique competitive features. Now, what FIVB is presently promoting as volleyball, under the malefic influence of rally point scoring, is nothing more than the reanimated corpse of what W.G. Morgan created as a team net sport back in 1895.

SYMPTOM: (2:5) The fact is, if the FIVB had any sense of balance, insight, intuitive perceptions, or integral rational when they attempted to remold volleyball's scoring system, they would have benefited far better, if they would have taken advantage of what potential volleyball had to offer, and should have put more mental effort into working with the intrinsic values of volleyball's side out scoring system's competitive nature. But, they didn't and in their attempt to develope an equitable offensive and defensive scoring system, they failed miserably. The FIVB, either by ignorance, by fault of thought, or suffering from acute vacuity, neglected to recognize the importance of the serve and the significance of the service team's position in this kind of team net sport, as the game's catylists.

DIAGNOSIS: (3:5) Under the rally point scoring system, the team in service is handicapped with the serve, and the receiving team is in the dilemna of having the scoring advantage for the disadvantage of the serve. The team in service has one hit to send a ball over the net on the serve to score points. The receiving team has the advantage of three hits to set up a counterattack and numerous different types of opportunities to score points off the serve. So, under the rally point scoring system, it would seem that the serve has become more of a sacrfice than a challenge.

What is the source of origin for rally point scoring? The following is a description of the rules of play for ping pong with inserts in parenthesis to highlight its rally point connection: "hitting the ball back and forth over the net until one player (team player) missess the ball, or hits it onto the net or off the table (court); in each of these cases, the opponent scores a point. When a serve touches the net (hits the net and slides down on the opponent's court) but otherwise a good serve, it is called a "let". Ping pong is a game where each player has a paddle and one hit to bounce the ball off the table, on serve or in play, to send it over the net in an attempt to score.

Under the influence of ping pong via the rally point scoring system, in a scenario where team "A" and "B" start a game with team "A" in service: If team "A" makes a bad serve like a line fault, team "B" will earn a point. Then team "B" earns the right to be disadvantaged with the serve: If team "B" serves the ball into the net for a bad serve, team "A" will earn a point and then they will be burden with the serve again. When team "A" makes their second serve, if they hit the ball over the net and scuccessfully score a point against team "B", team "A" will have to make a third serve. If team "A" then hits the ball over the net and out of bounds, team "B" will earn another point.

In the four serves just described, the ball was only served over the net once. Team "A" served the ball three times and was the only team that hit or served the ball over the net. Team "B" served the ball once and they never hit the ball over the net. Four points were scored and as incredible as it is, truth being stranger than fiction, team "A" and team "B" are tied at two points each. If that isn't an inflated and gross misrepresentation of the net value of competitive action in an offensive and defensive scoring system for a team net sport, it will have to do unless something worse comes along, if that's possible.

And if all of that isn't bad enough, if team "A" and team "B" have scored a game to set point 23 to 24, and team "A" is at service with 23 points and makes a bad serve, team "B" wins the set. The ball doesn't have to be served over the net and a team doesn't have to be challenged to hit the ball off the serve to win a set.

The rally point scoring system's anemic, self inflicting, unearned error point's system and its anticlimatic methods of winning a game, are not examples of how anomalies may be created when working to develope an equitable offensive and defensive scoring system for a team net sport. These are two different stages of how and when rigormortis sets into a team net sport that has been unbalanced, become redundantly repetitive, is suffering from stress, competitive convulsion, and shock. And, they are the direct results of the Fallacious Indolent Vertiginous Blounderers (FIVB) efforts to make a team sport out of ping pong and displace it onto a volleyball court.

THERAPY: (4:5) Under the side out scoring system, a served ball is a challenge and a threat because it can't be penalized error points to the advantage of the service team's opponent. However, It is also the responsibility of the team in service to provoke a competitive situation of cause and effect. When a team in service fails to fullfill the character of its role, a penalty situation would be defined and enforced. And, a service penalty where a point would be lost instead of awarded to a team by error would be more the proper judgement of an offensive and defensive scoring system's competitive nature for a team net sport.

In a game like volleyball, the service team's exclusive advantage to maintain earned points off the serve should remain inviolate. If the service team fails in its responsibility to successfully challenge its opponents off the serve, it should be penalized a point. The service team would lose one point off its score. From this method, a service team's opponents would benefit by either increasing its lead, reducing the service teams lead, or gaining the lead if both teams are tied. But, most important of all, there would be no unearned points awarded, non competitive action would be devalued, and each team would have to gain set/game point off the net value of its own competitive scoring strategies and skills.

However, in order for the serve to be valuable enough to compete for in a offensive and defensive side out scoring system, the receiving team would be limited with two hits off any serve. When the receiving team is then able to successfully hit and send the ball back over the net in two hits, the service team would be the first team to have the three hit advantage of setting up an attack to score. The receiving team could earn the service off their two hit defense of the serve, but they would not be allowed to score unless they successfully defended against the service team's three hit attack. The third time the ball is hit over the net, is after the service team has had first opportunity to set up an attack off three hits. The third time the ball crosses over the net, is also when the receiving team would have its three hits to set up a counter attack and score points. Then both teams would be under equitable competive circumstances and whichever team scored first, would win the advantages of the serve.

And, only the first serve of the person occuppying or rotating into the service position would be subject to penalty. Otherwise, all that would have been created, would be an inversion of what has degenerated the game of volleyball under the rally point scoring system; where every non-competitive action off any serve, is an unearned error point for the service team's opponent. It is enough that a team loses a point and the scoring advantages of the serve, off the first serve. Making a bad serve on any subsequent serves, would cost the service team its scoring advantage, but any further non-competitive serve would remain neutral.

The serve, in a team net sport, should create an atmosphere of anxiety not conditions of anticipation for the service team's opponents. The competitive environment in a situation where there is offensive and defensive scoring system, requires adjustments in order for the service team to maintain its scoring advantage. The service team would have the advantage of two point aces and an optional scoring technique to offset its own penalty in service. The two point ace occurs when, off the serve, a receiving team player hits a serve

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what it appears to be
Though this book seems to boast ideas for self-improvement, the title "Individual Skills" is misleading. I was looking forward to discovering some drills I could do on my own to improve my performance but when I got the book, I found nearly every drill listed requires full team. There are some good ideas for teams, but as far as individually, the book lacks in suggestions for self-improvement independent. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is playing recreational volleyball and looking to improve on his/her own time.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must have" in your coaching library.
Coaches are always looking for more drills, and if you've found yourself in a rut, there are two Bob Burtucci books that you should consider adding to your library: this one and his "Game Action Drills."

This book features drills designed to help players work on every individual skill in the game, and there are enough drills to allow variation, thus reducing the chance that players will get bored.

The diagrams are easy to understand, and I've found the drills to be very effective. Therefore, I recommend both of Bob's drill books highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book helped turn our program around.
It's one thing to run drills in practice based on individual skills, but it's also important to have the team work AS a team during practice, and Bob's book offers a huge number of drills to allow teams to work on team skills.

The drills duplicate gamelike situations and are explained in enough detail to make them easily understandable, and therefore, easily coachable.

I highly recommend this book to any coach trying to upgrade their team's overall performance. I credit the information I discovered in Bob's book with helping turn our high school's program around. ... Read more

11. Science of Coaching Volleyball (Science of Coaching)
by Carl McGown
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Asin: 0873225724
Catlog: Book (1994-01-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 995343
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A bit dense for beginning coaches.
This is a book that I looked forward to reading. After many years of trying, I finally got the jist of it.

Carl McGown is a very knowledgable coach. He will coach cirles around a lot of people. The information in the book however is a little too academic for the beginning coach, or even the intermediate coach. Lots of great ideas and information here, but it is really hard to make sense of it.

This book isn't for everybody. Least of all the beginner to the game.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the finest books ever written about volleball
Carl McGowen has compiled one of the best books written about the sport. The subject covered are wide ranging and not often covered in other how-to books. I recommend it to any coach. ... Read more

12. Pass, Set, Crush: Volleyball Illustrated
by Jeff Lucas, Stuart Moldrem
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Asin: 0961508868
Catlog: Book (1992-10-01)
Publisher: Euclid Northwest Publications
Sales Rank: 77683
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars incredible
First, a disclaimer, I'm a beginning volleyball player. This book is incredible. Covers all of the basic skills, common mistakes, and systems of play. Covers offensive and defensive play for total beginning levels (i.e. can't spike or pass too well) to advanced skills. Excellent drawings of all the basic skills. Basic skills section is 170 pages long! But great for advanced players too, since advanced offense and defense sections are 150 pages long! I was pleasantly surprised by gender neutral, yet still gramatically correct language-uses he, him, and her for singular person (correct) and doesn't fall into the trap of using "them" or "they" (incorrect). Book does not cover too much about drills or conditioning, so look elsewhere for those things. I only wish I had known about this book sooner.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great primer for coaches and player alike.
When I first began thinking about coaching high school ball, Jeff Lucas's book was one of many I devoured. Although I'd played the game for years, I wanted to gain a wider perspective, and Jeff's book was very helpful.

The illustrations are excellent, and every skill involved in the game of volleyball is examined and explained in detail. I recommend this book for anyone looking to improve their skills, either as a player or a coach.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Illustrations.
This is a book geared to the player. This will teach the average adult player about the game and expose them to some of the subtleties of the game.

The truely great thing about this book is the phenomenal illustrations. I believe each one is a charcoal drawing and they really illustrate what proper positioning should be. I used it to help my own game, such as it was, and it helped me with my coaching.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you're at all serious about volleyball you need this book
Excellent drawings, crystal clear explanations. If you want a definitive reference for a variety of offensive and defensive schemes, and drawings that break down all the basic skills in detail, this is the book to buy.

1-0 out of 5 stars don't waste your time and money
I agree with the last reviewer, this book is way out of date and not worth spending the time reading. And I didn't really like the writing style, either, it felt stilted and it was hard to read--didn't flow, if you know what I mean. If you want to really develop your skills, go for something by someone with real credentials who actually knows what they're talking about. ... Read more

13. Coaching Volleyball
by Kinda Asher, Kinda S. Asher, American Volleyball Coaches' Association
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Asin: 1570281246
Catlog: Book (1998-05-11)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 146821
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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The most complete and indispensable collection of volleyball writings available. Coaching Volleyball, a unique reference tool for coaches of one of the world's fastest growing sports, touches on every aspect of the game. Never before has so much information by so many renowned volleyball authorities been collected in one volume. Includes articles from Terry Liskevych, PhD, former head coach, U.S. women's national team; Marilyn Nolen, head coach, Saint Louis University and former U.S. women's national team member; Doug Beal, PhD, head coach, 1984 U.S. men's Olympic gold medal team and current head coach of the U.S. men's national team; and Geri Polvino, PhD, head coach, Eastern Kentucky, University and certified FIVB instructor. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great book
solid book on many aspects of coaching. Highly recommend

5-0 out of 5 stars Detailed instruction
Asher's approach of employing experts in each chapter to discuss their respective forte yields a thorough and insightful text. I have upwards of 12 coaching books and this one I think to be the most valuable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for reference
This book is a revamped version of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Handbook. Like the title of the review suggests, it is a great reference. I find myself going to it a lot in order to refresh my memory about some technical aspects of the game.

If you wanted just one book to help you with your coaching or with your own game. This is probably the book for you. If you have a deep burning desire to delve into other aspects of coaching and the game of volleyball, this is a great way station. One of the many books that you need to keep in your library, but a very dog eared book due to the many times you will need to look into the book.

Like the ptrevious reviewer said, an excellent book for beginning to intermediate players and coaches.

4-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
The book's material is useful for the beginning and intermediate volleyball coach. I have been feeling my way in coaching my team in small tournaments for some years now, but reading this book makes me feel like I've gone to a volleyball coaching clinic.

I especially like the way the book emphasizes the development of each of the skills and positions in a team. Also, therapy of the common injuries included at the end are a great plus.

On the whole it has a very well-rounded treatment of coaching, including not only the physical, but also psychological, medical and nutritional elements that have to be considered by a good volleyball coach. The book is overflowing with actual coaching experience of a number of people. I learned a lot from it. ... Read more

14. Volleyball Fundamentals (Sports Fundamentals Series)
by Joel Dearing
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Asin: 0736045082
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 64227
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Be a competitor on the court in no time at all! In Volleyball Fundamentals you learn by doing. Sequential instructions accompanying photographs will guide you to perform the essential skills and tactics of the game:

* Serving
* Receiving
* Setting
* Attacking
* Blocking
* Digging

In addition to mastering the basics, you’ll be challenged to expand your repertoire of skills and to use those newly acquired techniques and tactics for competitive advantage. More than XX gamelike activities and drills will speed your learning and improve your performance.

Volleyball Fundamentals gives you a better way to learn the basics in less time. With this book, you’ll be making a winning spike instead of just studying about it. ... Read more

15. Youth Volleyball
by TerryLiskevych
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Asin: 1570280282
Catlog: Book (1995-06-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 530994
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Finally, a concise yet informative youth volleyball book by experts. Terry Liskevych, head coach of the USA Women's Volleyball Team, and Don Patterson, associate editor of Volleyball magazine, have combined their knowledge of one of America's fastest growing sports to write Youth Volleyball. This thorough examination of the game includes chapters on moving, passing, setting, hitting, blocking, defense, and serving. It is also filled with photos of members of the USA Women's Volleyball Team demonstrating the techniques you need to know to become valuable asset to your team. Let the country's leading volleyball authorities teach you the skills the Olympians know. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars One of the best small books around
Its size may fool you, but it has great illustrations and clear text. But its high point is its use of "cue words" and "key phrases" to speed learning and cut down on information overload. Has some good drills too. A great book to give your player. ... Read more

16. Coaching Volleyball Successfully: The Usvba Coaching Accreditation Program and American Coaching Effectiveness Program Leader Level Volleyball Book
by William J. Neville
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Asin: 0880113626
Catlog: Book (1989-10-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 142596
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Coaching Volleyball Successfully concentrates on teaching the club, junior high, or high school coach how to explain, demonstrate, and direct the practice of fundamental skills and strategies of volleyball. This book is not limited to teaching coaches how to perform required volleyball skills, but rather focuses on how to teach these skills to young or inexperienced athletes. The book is also designed to help coaches with high-level sport skills tailor their instruction to meet the basic needs of beginning players.

Used as the text for Level 1 of USA Volleyball’s Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP), this book is full of proven techniques that make it ideal for home study and as a reference at team practices. Because coaching involves two distinct functions, teaching skills and organizing practices, Coaching Volleyball Successfully is divided into two sections.

The Volleyball Coaching Guide details how to perform and teach fundamental volleyball skills and includes over 40 drills and activities to help your players improve their skills quickly.

The Volleyball Planning Guide explains how to plan your season and conduct effective practices with ready-to-use practice plans that will help prepare your players for their first match. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good basic book, with good perspective
This book is used as the textbook for the first level of the Coaching Accreditation Program for USA Volleyball. It has a good broad perspective on the game, how to motivate and how to teach the skills. It also goes the through season and practice planning and breaks down the process in a very basic manner, which I found very useful.

A great beginning coach's book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Coaching Book Available
Bill Neville breaks a season/practice/match into simple parts which he then walks you through progressions. This book will help the starting coach up through experienced high school coaches. Get this book today if you want to improve your volleyball coaching. ... Read more

17. Get With It, Girls! Life Is Competition
by Teri Clemens, Tom Wheatley
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Asin: 1888698373
Catlog: Book (2001-03-19)
Publisher: Diamond Communications
Sales Rank: 31991
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Bold and sassy, blunt and funny, intelligent and heart-smart -- finally there is a book that talks to girls about how to succeed in life.

Teri Clemens, a record-setting coach and motivational expert, wrote Get with It, Girls! Life Is Competition as a down-to-earth guide to personal growth. She draws from her life as a multi-sport athlete and championship volleyball coach, but her message is for girls who want to be winners in anything they choose.

Coach Clemens, with award-winning sportswriter Tom Wheatley, presents a girl's playbook for life. Get with It, Girls! explains the importance of tools small and large, from a handshake to hard work to humor.

Let Teri Clemens help direct your daily life and you will learn to value and trust yourself. And when she is finished opening your eyes, you will clearly see that the sky is no longer a limit!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for Girls (both old and young)!!
This is a wonderful book for girls of all ages, but especially for pre-teen and teenage girls. I loved it! I would recommend it for anyone who has daughters!

4-0 out of 5 stars Get with is, Girls! Life is Competition
I play volleyball and softball and this book works for all kinds of sports. Somtimes I would wonder why I would play. This book really showed me what my drive in life is and how I need to light the fire. I enjoy competiting now and love all sorts of sports. This book made me think of how women today don't need to be the person putting the food on the table. Everyone is equal now. Women shouldn't be put down as a "tom-boy" in the 2000s. This book all in all showed me how sports have an impact on women today. And how women should become independent and not be scared to fail.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get With It Girls! Life Is Competition
As a former volleyball coach and a dad of a Division II volleyball player, I recommend that every volleyball coach read this book and make it mandatory reading for their team.

5-0 out of 5 stars On Target
What an inspirational book. The book is required reading for all coaches as well as student athletes in all levels of competition.
Teri Clemens tells "it like it is."
As a coach always looking for new ways to inspire and motivate my team, "Get With It Girls" will be our team read for pre-season.
I can't wait!
Brenda Clements
Head Volleyball Coach
Dickinson College

5-0 out of 5 stars An awesome book by an awesome lady and coach.
For those who have kept track of collegiate volleyball during the 1990's, the name Teri Clemens should bring a smile and a look of appreciation to your face. For those of us who are lucky enough to live in St. Louis in that period, it was a golden time for volleyball in this region. Coach Teri Clemens coached the Washington University Bears to seven NCAA Division III volleyball titles in her tenure as coach. She did this with non-scholarship atheletes attending one of the premier institution of higher learning and one of the most demanding liberal arts institution in the nation, and she did it with a myriad of very different groups of personalities. Her motivation skills are on a par with Pat Summitt and John Wooden, it is no wonder that she is considered to be on that same echelon of collegiate coaches.

Now, after reading her book, I know what gives her the edge over other coaches in Division III. The sense of fun, competition, and excitement that explodes into your mind as you read this book is contagious. I now know why every single one of Coach Clemens' players that I have ever met all have the same three attributes: a love of the game of volleyball, a take charge attitude about life, and an undying love and respect for Teri. You can feel her love for the game, her players, and competition coming through each page of this very short book. Her lessons are simple, almost obvious, but never obvious enough for the rest of us to understand by ourselves, because we if we did, we should be applying the things she elucidates in the book by ourselves. Her comments are always timeless and to the point. No time to pussyfoot around the point, just get to the lesson.

Every single Wash U team I have seen are well prepared, confident, fun loving, disciplined, and incredible to watch. I have seen better athletes and better volleyball in college volleyball, but rarely have I seen a TEAM that cared for each other so much AND win so much at the same time. Coach Clemens has laid out her philosophy and touchstone, now it is for each and every athelete to devour this book and come up with their own success story.

I have had the good fortune of attending one of Coach Clemens coaching seminars recently, I never laughed so hard in my life, and I learned a lot in the period of fun and exchange. This book is an extension of her philosophy and it is a great reference point for her way of motivating athletes. Each of the chapters contain one idea that she expounds on, she uses her player's experience as examples and she makes an excellent case for each one of her points. She is never preachy and always humorous. I will have this book with me all the time as I coach my junior select club team because everything she mentions is important for all ages. She has rejuvenated me and recharged my thought process this season.

I can not express how important this book is to the female athletes that are out there striving for excellence. This is one heck of a blueprint to help them get started. ... Read more

18. Sands of Time: The History of Beach Volleyball, Vol. 1: 1895-1969
by Arthur R. Couvillon, Art Couvillon
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 The book: "Sands of Time" The History of BEACH VOLLEYBALL, Volume #1: 1895-1969is the first book that has been devoted primarily to the history of BEACH VOLLEYBALL! There are 272 pages of beach volleyball stories and anecdotes, along with tournament results. The book includes nearly 500 photographs of the events, venues and players of BEACH VOLLEYBALL.

In the first chapter, pages 1-28, cover the first 50 years of volleyball. Most of this information relates to the indoor game. The indoor game was the "motivation" for the game of "BEACH VOLLEYBALL." In order to document the history of BEACH VOLLEYBALL, it was important to illustrate its original "roots."

The remaining 244 pages cover BEACH VOLLEYBALL, beginning with the second chapter, revealing the "Birth" of BEACH VOLLEYBALL and illustrating how the indoor game contributed to the "conception" ofthe beach game.

You are then guided up to and through beach volleyball's "Golden" years" of the 1950's in the third chapter. The fourth chapter covers the 1960's, referred to as the "Adolescent" years of BEACH VOLLEYBALL.

Some of the most amazing beach volleyball stories and events are described along with the nearly 500 PHOTOGRAPHS of the people and events involved. ... Read more

19. Volleyball (The Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science)
by Jonathan Reeser, Roald Bahr
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Asin: 0632059133
Catlog: Book (2003-03)
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Sales Rank: 245236
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20. Handbook for Beach Volleyball
by Stefan Homberg
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Asin: 3891243227
Catlog: Book (1994-12-01)
Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport
Sales Rank: 589644
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Manual
Awesome! It practically covers everything to know about beach volleyball. It is of great value to anyone interested in the sport.It gives a good account of how the sport developed in Europe and USA. A good structural analysis of the game covers a chapter. It is a treasury of techniques, tactics and forms of training. All aspects of training like strategy,skills,speed,strength and conditioning are covered. It is well written and well supplemented with illustrations and color photos. This book is most probably the ultimate Coaches,athlete's and enthusiast's manual. The quality of the book material and the photos are an added bonus.I highly recommend it. ... Read more

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