Volleyball’s Biggest Names Explain Why You Should Use Video to Develop Your Players

We caught up with Karch Kiraly, Kerri Walsh Jennings and John Speraw to learn how they view video as a tool to devel­op top talent.

Volleyball’s Biggest Names Explain Why You Should Use Video to Develop Your Players

We caught up with Karch Kiraly, Kerri Walsh Jennings and John Speraw to learn how they view video as a tool to devel­op top talent.

USA Volleyballs mis­sion is to lead, grow and serve all areas of vol­ley­ball. It’s the pin­na­cle of the sport in the United States, and the orga­ni­za­tion is com­mit­ted to devel­op­ing top talent.

I don’t think you can empha­size enough how [much] video devel­op­ment has impact­ed play­er per­for­mance,” said John Speraw, head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. The abil­i­ty to go back and reflect with play­ers on what actions they per­formed, the fun­da­men­tals of how they did it, the deci­sion mak­ing process of why they did it — the learn­ing curve is so much bet­ter when they have the abil­i­ty to do that.” 

When you’re look­ing at per­for­mance at the high­est lev­els of the sport, there’s no bet­ter exam­ple than Kerri Walsh Jennings. The beach vol­ley­ball cham­pi­on uti­lized video through­out her career, not only to make adjust­ments match-over-match, but to devel­op and improve her own tech­nique. The more involved I am with video… the bet­ter I per­form,” Walsh Jennings said. As an ath­lete, I don’t want to be think­ing, and when I watch video my brain is going through a prac­tice, and I’m get­ting to see my tendencies.

I don’t think you can empha­size enough how [much] video devel­op­ment has impact­ed play­er performance.” John Speraw

I think it’s real­ly amaz­ing that you have these young kids, from ear­ly on, plant­i­ng this seed of the impor­tance of watch­ing video.”

Former women’s nation­al team coach Terry Liskevych raves about video’s abil­i­ty to help you con­nect with play­ers, and how it empow­ers your feed­back process. The key to being a great ath­lete is to do it con­sis­tent­ly all the time. If you’ve done it once, you can always do it… Utilize video to catch them doing good, and to me, that’s as pow­er­ful a tool as anything.” 

And clubs are already mak­ing progress with video as a key tool for their play­ers’ devel­op­ment. During the club sea­son, the abil­i­ty to go through all the play­ers on my ros­ter and see their pass­es, attacks, blocks, is amaz­ing,” said Chris Leonard of Pilipa’a Volleyball Club in Hawaii. It allows me to see a much clos­er look at my players.

It has gone from being used pri­mar­i­ly as a recruit­ment tool to being a tremen­dous learn­ing mech­a­nism for our players.”

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