Author: Marc Bird

3 Crucial Exercises to Improve Your Vertical Jump

It’s clear. Volleyball players must have a big jump. Jumping high helps you deliver huge spikes and be a defensive force on the court.   And the best way to improve this skill is with plyometrics—but not everyone understands this type of exercise. Technically, a true plyometric exercise is one that promotes the stretch-shortening cycle, as when you lower before a jump, then explode up. Your muscles store elastic energy and then release it in a powerful and explosive manner. A plyo doesn’t have to be a jump, but it must include a stretch-shortening component. There are a plethora...

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INFOGRAPHIC: New FIVB Ranking 2015

FIVB published new FIVB ranking. Poland’s fifth place finish at the 2015 Men’s European Championship has seen them overtake rivals Russia in the FIVB Men’s World Ranking, whilst France and Canada’s gold medal performances at their respective continental championships have seen them enter the top 10.     The latest update takes into account the results from continental tournaments, with France’s maiden European title and Canada’s first ever triumph at the NORCECA Men’s Volleyball Championship helping them move up the table.   Brazil’s victory in the South American Men’s Championship meant they maintained their place at the top of...

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9 Strategic Goals for Volleyball Future

Where is volleyball aiming? FIVB President shared his vision and plans for the further development of volleyball in Sofia, Bulgaria.     FIVB president Dr Graça listed the 9 goals included in the FIVB strategic plan which he presented few weeks ago at the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale, USA, with the FIVB and his own ultimate aim being to make volleyball the no. 1 family sport entertainment in the world. These goals are:  To move volleyball from group 2 to group 1 in the IOC rankings by 2020 To reach 2 million users on FIVB...

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5 Keys of Successful Setters

A good setter can make a weak team decent and a good team exceptional. A poor setter can do the opposite.   If you analyze the most successful teams, they usually have one thing in common: a quality setter. While each team will develop its own personality (some offensive oriented, some defensive and scrappy), one common thread is obvious at any level: the setter is the glue that keeps the team’s parts together. Regardless of the team’s system (6-2, 5-1, 4-2), the successful teams will have at least one good setter. This article will focus on five key ingredients...

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  • France - Ligue Nationale de Volley 2017-18
    Website: http://www.lnv.fr/9/lam.html There are said to be replays of the matches available. Furthermore special matches will be streamed on the channel of "L'Equipe". We will see how this will play out in the end. Can't say much on favourite teams, as i haven't followed the league very closely so far. I will surely have an […]
  • 2017 Norceca
    Did I miss this thread? I did the search though and nothing came up. Why did no one talk about this tourney? I mean it’s not surprising, but a little share of spotlight woudn’t hurt just you know, for the sake of, being discussed because it’s on
  • Brazilian Superliga 2017-2018
    Since there's no official thread yet. I'll be posting here. Have to say Rio SESC is impressive during the Copa De Ciudad Moron something like that. They play rather drunk during the first set vs Bolivar but they gather themselves in time. Thiaguinho is good but damn his blocking is off. Renan is reliable but […]