School of Volleyball
School of Volleyball is born from a need. A need to prepare better our young athletes to make the decision to play at the next level.
It is not our business to tell you to play in college or not, it is not our business to tell you where. It can be a D1 50 best programs or in the lower 300; it can be D2 or D3 or in a local community college. The decision is yours.
But we want to prepare you to be able to choose your college and not have to settle what you do because of a low level of preparation, technique and understanding of the game. So you don’t have to play in a place you prefer not to go or quit volleyball because you can’t fit in the institution VB program where you chose to continue your education.
Last few years I noticed a lot of players with talent, and/or conditions and/or being physically gifted arrive to the U16-U18 category’s with very low of footwork knowledge, technical inexperience and very low volleyball IQ.
Some are the best in their High Scholl’s now crashing with the reality of not being recruited and with the only choice of change their College or quit volleyball.
Some of the young athletes will say: “But I don’t want to be an elite volleyball player” and that’s okay! But at least you don’t have the curiosity to know how far you can go?!
We are here to prepare you to live under high standard principles, like:
And of course, to teach you:
Physical preparation, and
And for those that will want to only have some fun playing volleyball, I can assure you, “the better you play and the better you understand the game, the more fun you will have”
Dardo H Olivera
School of Volleyball
Originally published in VolleyballUSA, Spring 2016
I am a high school math teacher as my full-time profession, and I don’t think there has been a year when a student hasn’t said, “I understand this topic perfectly where we did it in class, but when I went home to try it on my own, I just didn’t know what I was doing.”
As a volleyball coach, I sometimes feel athletes think the same thing. They don’t feel confident if there isn’t a coach in their ear telling them the next step in the approach, which foot should be forward when passing or what zone to serve to. Shouldn’t we be preparing our athletes to think for themselves and understand the game, so they can be just as successful if a coach isn’t around? My thought is a resounding YES.
BY BROCK MITCHELL