Volleyball Performance Training: The Other Skillz

Following the loose theme we’ve had this month of volleyball training (but really, let’s be honest, all of this can apply to most sports), I thought it would be beneficial to highlight a few other athletic skills/movements that are woefully under-trained in volleyball players. It’s all about the vertical! But not really. It drives me nutso that coaches and parents and the players focus singularly on improving the vertical jump. Yes, it’s important, but how does one get to the net to jump? How does one move fast enough to get behind the ball to pass it well? I’ve worked with dozens and dozens of volleyball players and I’ve seen terrible movement quality all the other planes of motion. Great […]

Teaching and Improving the Vertical Jump- Strength and Power

Last week’s post was all about the technique side of improving the vertical jump. Today will entail multiple videos (for those of you who don’t want to read on a Monday morning) of different drills and exercises that help improve strength and power for purpose of gettin’ dem ups. The following are SAPT’s go-to exercises for all of our volleyball and basketball players for improving their vertical. We have two goals: 1. Increase force output- that is, the amount of force applied to the ground. The greater the force, the greater the jump height (it’s physics). 2. Increase rate of force development- as we’ve discussed before, how fast can an athlete apply force to the ground. The faster she can […]

Teaching and Improving the Vertical Jump- Technique

Here at SAPT volleyball players abound. Volleyball players (and their coaches) often come to us with one goal: to increase their vertical jump height. Personally, I think there are several other skills that are just at important, i.e. upper body strength/power, ability to shuffle sideways- you’d be surprised how many girls I see who CANNOT do this- core strength and force transfer, and improving overall athleticism. But I digress. While there are whole books devoted to increasing vertical jump, I’m only going to focus the basic technique that will, honestly, improve the jump considerably. I think it should be obvious that to increase height, one must also increase their strength (ahem, lift heavy things) but that’s not today’s focus. Next […]