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Lloy Ball: I would be a combination of all the coaches I played for

Lloy Ball in an exclusive interview for VolleyContry:  When my children are older, I may become a professional coach.  I would like to start my coaching career in a country where good young players need knowledge of the game and direction on how to compete and play at high levels – said one of the best setters ever. Lloy Ball spoke about his plans, volleyball memories and current events. Cezary Makarewicz: Can you tell something about your life after the ending of your volleyball career? What are you doing at the moment? Lloy Ball: I have been very busy...

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What Should You Eat to Be at Your Best for a Game?

Royalty free photo Unlike endurance sports, volleyball is stop and go, which is a good thing in terms of nutrition as you will have plenty of opportunities to stop for a drink or an energy bar during a match.  It’s important to remember that even the greatest volleyball players need to follow good nutrition to be on top of their game, and having enough energy to perform at your best is vital.  Keep reading to find out how to keep your body properly hydrated and nourished in the run up to a match. The Day of the Match On...

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Dominican Republic Reign Supreme in Cordoba

  Coach Jose Alvarez described the final as a match of World League intensity and lauded the hard work from his side in the seven months leading up to the Central America and Caribbean Games. After suffering a series of setbacks, including not qualifying for the World Championship, this was the stage for the Dominican Republic to show their potential. They didn’t disappoint either; winning their first-ever gold medal in Cordoba with an enthralling victory over three-times defending champions Puerto Rico. The 3-2 victory on Sunday was the result of an intensive training camp in Cuba, the home country...

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Volleyball Training: What We Should Pay Attention To?

In working out the ideal training regimen for volleyball – you need to give equal weight to the physical and mental sides of the game.     You could say pretty much the same thing for any sport of course – but other sports demand more mental prowess, like golf for example, whilst others are arguably more physical – like football. But volleyball demands equal measures of both. First, the physical stuff; a well-organized volleyball training program should be designed to increase your explosive power and vertical jumping height. It should also be able to enhance your stamina and...

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The curious case of England’s volleyball legacy

The British women’s volleyball team (pictured here in 2012) has gone from high to low, as they are now without funding going into Rio 2016. In 2012, Olympic fever had spread through the UK. The collective nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland had become one as Team GB and with the merge came a wave of confidence throughout Olympic events and competition that we had previously anticipated early exits from.       One of those particular sports was volleyball – in which both the men’s and the women’s team had qualified through being the host nation of the...

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