goal-settingDid You Know?

  • Coaches should carry copies of the team roster and an Incident Report Form  with them to all events.
  • Coaches can print their own rosters just by logging into their member account.
  • Junior teams must have a certified R1 adult on their team roster (might have to be you).
  • An adult from the team roster must be present during the team’s officiating assignment.
  • A good coach improves the player’s game. A great coach improves their life!
  • All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them.


Growing the game through USA Volleyball takes on many avenues.

Many new ideas are posted to the Growing the Game Together Blog. There, recommendations on new books for coaches to learn from, clinic ideas, training tips and many other coaching secrets are shared. Let us know if you have an article to share in any of these areas by email us at This section hosts the key information and ideas to create successful programs for players and supporters of all ages. We will continue to add information to this section on a daily basis, so please check back for new content!

Drills are the drugs of coaching (from a recovering addict!) – This article is a must read for all coaches. Unopposed drills are the drugs of coaching…a lot of coaches are addicted to them…they are like alcoholics or maybe ‘drill-aholics’…they just can’t get away from the lure of the drill.  Ask yourself…do you spend a lot of time running drills in your practices? If so, PLEASE, read this article.

Player Information – Tips, ideas and links on how to be a better player

Coaches Information – Tips, ideas and links on how to be a better coach

Sports Parenting Information – Tips, ideas and links on how to be a better parent of an athlete

Best Practices Information – Ideas from regional and affiliated organizations that help grow the game

Posters– Motivational, educational and skill posters which you can download and print either in 9 panel form (and laminate) or on a large color plotter to have your own color poster.

Historical Volleyball Information – Knowing the history of our sport is an important part of being an all around player. Some of you can use this information to present a better article to a school class as well. Here is a collection of articles and facts that bring forward some of the history of our game. Get a leg up on your classmates here when writting that school paper on volleyball!

I am a New Coach   Welcome Coach, and thanks for giving to our sport by coaching, whether you have played the game or not. It is the ultimate team sport and with all the uniqueness therein (Click HERE to see those…) both coaching and playing the game will fill the rest of your life with the joy and adventures found in those unique aspects. This section also serves as a review area for more experienced coaches, as we share these core ideas on being the best teacher you can be. With hundreds of helpful resources, blogs (download John’s blog book Vol. I), webinars, videos, posters and more in the grassroots section you have discovered, we thought that making a list of the most important ones can get you started on the right foot. Remember however, that kids don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care….

The Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program supports volunteer youth sports coaches and parents who help our children succeed both on and off the field. Find valuable resources and information at

The Most Important Skill in Volleyball–amen, brother.

Video Tip (2 min) on Attacking & Armswing (AVCA) 

Video Tip-The 4-step Spike Approach

New Thoughts on ACL Knee Injuries (WSJ article)

Video Tip–Cross-over step in Blocking

Volleyball Skills Posters!



  • All coaches must be current members of the Delta Region of USA Volleyball prior to the first practice. Coaches for Youth, Junior and Adult play, must be registered members of the region in which they live.
  • Coach must be 18 years of age. A junior under 18 years of age is allowed to act as a manager during the club season. At no time may an individual under 18 be allowed to be a head coach.
  • USA Volleyball and the Delta Region are committed to being leaders in providing a safe and fun environment for our youth. The safety of its participants on and off the court is of paramount importance to USA Volleyball and the Delta Region. Therefore, all coaches must complete the mandated SafeSport training prior to working a tryout, practice or event. First year coaches will receive SafeSport training when they take Impact Course A.
  • Delta Region coaches are responsible for the officiating requirements of their team and MUST remain court-side (or have another certified rostered adult team member) during their team’s officiating duties at tournaments. To comply with these requirements and properly supervise their team, it is recommended that all Del ta Region coaches complete the minimum requirements as both an official and a scorer.
  • USA Volleyball currently has a minimum level coach education requirement in order to coach a USAV Junior Volleyball Program called Increased Mastery and Professional Application of Coaching Theory or IMPACT. The target audience is primarily beginning coaches and those with little to no prior coaching education foundation course work. Coaches have three options for taking Impact:

OPTION ONE: FULL IMPACT ONLINE COURSE FOR ALL COACHES: Coaches will be able to take the full Impact online course for certification as usual. Completion of the full online course will give the individual a full Impact and SafeSport certification. The full online, on-demand course takes about 7.5 hours and includes a test at the conclusion of the course. Course length is approximately 7.5 hours. Users should set aside 1 hour to take and correct the exam, depending on the time you choose to devote to it. The course is designed for you to stop and restart. The IMPACT OnDemand course WILL NOT WORK when taken on a mobile device. Right now the full Impact online course cost $40. This may change in the coming weeks. Full Impact/SafeSport certification is required for all coaches eventually. Those who plan to attend national events such as the Delta Region Qualifier, Lone Starr, MEQ, Show Me, or Big South (to name a few) must complete the full certification prior to being placed on the team roster. This can be accomplished online or as instructed in Option 2 below. To take the online Impact On-demand Course go to

OPTION TWO: IMPACT SPLIT IN TWO PARTS FOR COACHES: A full certification in Impact/SafeSport is required for coaches who will be attending national events such as the Delta Region Qualifier, Lone Starr, MEQ, Show Me, or Big South (to name a few). Since it is almost impossible to hold a 7.5 hour in-person clinic for coaches, the Delta Region will be offering a SPLIT Impact/SafeSport course this season. Impact part “A” online and then Impact part “B” in-person. ndividuals who wish to split their educational time will be required to complete Impact part “A” online, which will include SafeSport and Risk Management, BEFORE they can attend the in-person Impact course B clinic. Impact course A will take around 3 hours to complete. Impact course “A” is free. To take Impact Course A just log into your member account, , put in your username and password, then scroll down the left side of the page to Region (not USAV) Coaching Clinics, click on tab and then register to take the course. Once you register you will receive instructions how to proceed. After you complete Impact A then you can attend an in-person clinic to take Impact B. The Impact B course will take about 4 hrs; which makes more sense for those who have ‘real’ jobs. PLUS, you do not have to take a test when you are through! Yippie! I hate test! Impact Course “B” will cost $20.

OPTION THREE: REGIONAL IMPACT FOR COACHES WHO WILL ONLY COACH AT LOCAL EVENTS: Several clubs only play in the region and never plan to attend a national event. To lighten the load for first year coaches, we have developed an Impact A only certification for local coaches. Local coaches would take Impact A their first year of coaching and then attend an in-person clinic next season taking Impact B to complete their full certification. With the Impact A certification, coaches can be added to the team roster to coach regionally (their first year). Impact Part “A” will include SafeSport and Risk Management and can only be taken online. The course will be considerably shorter, around 3 hours. Impact Course “A” is free.