Golden Oldies – FIVB Coaching Resources

The FIVB website is far from perfect: its current landing page is a portal with a visual interface inconsistent with the rest of its pages; the “store” link has always been a dead link (of course it’s a stupid idea for the FIVB to sell volleyball fans merchandise, books, DVDs, and stuff that will allow fans to materially create a sense of identification with their favourite sport).

But there are some GOLDEN coaching resources online. If you can find them. They’re badly parked in a section of the website, you can get to via “Development > FIVB Volleyball Cooperation Programme (VCP)”. I’m no nomenclature expert, but i would have thought “coaching resources” might have been a more apt name.

Anyway, i thought i’d share some of the useful/amusing things i have found there:

1) Technical Posters

Featuring the 1984 & 1988 USA men (Karch, Buck, Timmons etc). So vintage they’re a hoot. I seriously recommend enlarging the example pic below to see the action photos. The images are pretty big – big enough to print as posters.

2) Coaches Manual I

I’m guessing this is the content for the Level 1 coaching certificate. A level 1 volleyball course here is Australia takes a weekend to complete. Level 2, 4 days. An AFL level 1 takes 3 hours on an evening after business hours. Including supper. According to the FIVB site, their level 1 course takes 12 days! The manual is old – circa 1990. You can download the chapters as PDFs, but bear in mind since it’s so old, the PDFs are just scans and there’s no OCR.

Contributors to the book include Bill Neville (assistant to the USA men at the 84 and 88 olympics), Yuan Weimin (coach of Gold medal 84 Chinese Women’s team) and Hiroshi Toyoda (inventor of mini volleyball). Although the book predates rally-point scoring, the libero etc, there are still some profound insights:

…Statistics show that the ball in spiking flies at a speed of l8m/sec for a women’s team and 33m/sec for a men’s. Since they play on a court of the same size, there are more defensable shots in a women’ s game.

According to statistics of Chinese teams, a woman player’s raised hands reach an average of 5.77cm above the net, while a man’s can only reach 2.97cm above the net, which is 19 cm higher than that in women’ s volleyball. As a result of this difference of 2.80 cm in the reach above the net, the contention in service and service reception is more intense in a women’s game than in a men’s, and much time should be given to the training of related skills…

Service is done by a single player, without any obstruction by the opposite side. A good serve may win a point. Service has thus become increasingly aggressive. The women’s game stands more chances for service winners because of the player’s higher reach over the net. Every player should learn a few serving methods and know how to use them in different situations as a scoring means and a tactical weapon.

With more defensable attacks, a women’ s game usually has longer rallies than a men’s and more chances of launching counter-attacks. Blocking is the first line of defense. But the rate of effective blocking is only 20% even in highlevel matches…

As a matter of fact, the female backline players on topnotch teams are capable of receiving 60% of the unblocked attacks, as against 40% for the opposite sex. Consequently, the importance of defense training for female volleyballers can never be overestimated.

(Yuan Weimin, FIVB Level 1 Coaching Manual, Chapter 5: Characteristics in training women volleyball players)

Anyway, worth checking out

3) Volleyball at School

I’m not taking the piss out of this. They’re not even that old. These are the presented materials of the FIVB International Volleyball at School Symposium. Basically a symposium on how different federations deliver mini-volleyball. presentations come from different federations all over the world and include speakers like John Kessel and Hiroshi Toyoda. AVF Sport Development Manager Tim Shannahan attended the event and you can find his report here. But you can get all the powerpoint presentations and videos above.

One particular video of interest was Newton Santos Vianna Junior (BRA), who demonstrated a sample session of mini-volleyball. Quite often we’re used to teaching players who have reached an age (high-school) with  developed motor skills, but this stuff is really useful for kids under 10 who haven’t developed motor skills and coordination yet. I’m curious to try it out and it has made me want to try coaching mini-volleyball at some point. We’re getting increasing amounts of people getting involved in teaching mini-volleyball in holiday clinics and after-school programmes. I speak to some of them that aren’t sure what to do, since they are so different a group to work with than the high-school aged players they work with (and in earnest, a lot f players never started playing volleyball this young). These resources are perfect to that end.


2 Responses to “Golden Oldies – FIVB Coaching Resources”

  1. Newton Santos Vianna Junior Says:

    Greatings from Brazil
    I was upgrading my information about volleyball and mini-volleyball and was very surprised and happy to find this report about my presentation in the FIVB Volleyball at School Symposium in Saskatoon, Canada, 2007. I feel happy to see that what we did there was useful and applied in many places in the world volleyball.
    This international symposium was very important for the information we share, for the small things we learn and for the friends and volleyball fans we know around the world. We know that one week to discuss this subject and only one lecture and one training session is not enough to say everything we want and we think that is important to develop kids in different ages in volleyball, but at least it is a first step in the process.
    I work in Brazil with coach education in volleyball and team handball once I have some experience in these two sports, especially in the beginners’ level. The coach courses and speeches we give in both, but more in volleyball are information I’d like to share with anyone that is interested in contact me or my colleagues.
    Keep in touch and keep the ball flying…
    Prof. Newton Santos Vianna Junior, M. Sc.
    Belo Horizonte – Brazil

  2. northernplainhighschool2005el Says:

    where we could download the fivb coaches manual 2011?

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