Smarter Volleyball: Principles and Strategies for Winning Doubles



This book assumes you already know how to serve, pass, set, hit and block. The purpose of the book is to help the experienced player take his/her game to the next level. In order to do that, you are going to have to start thinking more and thinking differently.

Most people that play doubles are unaware of the higher principles of the game. This lack of understanding is largely due to the fact that those principles have never been established in writing for people to study, discuss, debate and apply. As a result, even experienced players continue to make the same mistakes.

Consider the following:

    *Are you bigger, stronger, quicker, and jump higher, yet seem to lose too much to less gifted athletes? Smarter Volleyball will show you why.

    *Do you sometimes feel as a behind-the-block defender that there is too much ground for you to possibly cover? Smarter Volleyball will go over how you can shorten the court.

    *When playing behind the block, do you find yourself in motion when the ball is struck? Did you know that is one of the biggest mistakes you can make as a defender?

    *Does your approach and arm swing look the same when you are shooting the ball as when you are hitting? It should.

    *Do you rarely block a ball? Smarter Volleyball will show you how you can be a successful blocker, and it doesn't even require that you block a lot of balls.

    *When you are serving with a strong wind at your back, do you feel that you are at a serving disadvantage? Smarter Volleyball will go over how you can turn this into a scoring advantage.

    *Do you know how to position your hands when anticipating a hard-driven ball? Probably not. Otherwise, you would be digging more balls.

    *Are you losing too many transition opportunities? There are a few basic principles effecting great transitioning that will increase your percentage.

    *As a behind-the-block defender, when you are in proper position to make a play, do you still find yourself being surprised by the ball when it is hit in your direction? Smarter Volleyball will help you eliminate the surprise factor so that you can make a play.

I have heard a lot of players say, "My game is what it is". That's only true if you want it to be true. Once you learn and begin to apply the higher principles to your game, you will improve. You will find yourself beating players that had become accustomed to beating you.

And won't that be fun!


    You probably are familiar with his brother Troy, of AVP fame and 1988 Olympic gold medalist. Mark is Troy's oldest brother.

    Mark started playing doubles volleyball at the age of 31. He earned his first AAA rating at the age of 35. He has maintained a AAA rating through the age of 45 (except for two years when he didn't play, due to injuries).

    Mark is a two-time winner of the Motherlode Tournament in Aspen, Colorado.

    Mark coached his son, Russell to become the youngest AAA rated player in history, beating the record set by the great Mike Dodd.

    "With every year that goes by, I lose inches on my jump and speed on my hits. Nevertheless, my game continues to improve, as does my winning percentage. My gift is analysis. I have had a lot of fun analyzing the doubles game over the last 15 years. During this time, I have learned totally through trial and error, that there are higher principles to the doubles game that most players are unfamiliar with. It is my pleasure to share this knowledge with you in hopes that it won't take you 15 years to figure it out."


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