Learn how to teach the game to young athletes while keeping it fun!

Saturday, August 3, 2024
9:00am – 4:00pm PDT  •  Watch live or on demand!

Learn how to organize your season, teach the game
and make it FUN

Middle schoolers are an eclectic bunch; they’re excited, impressionable, insecure. Some have volleyball experience from a rec league or club, while others are just there because their friend wanted to try out. Coaching a group of them can be tough!

Whether you have some prior volleyball experience or were “asked” to coach the volleyball team without any knowledge of the sport, this 1-day virtual clinic will give you the tools you need to plan your season and teach the game, all while keeping kids engaged and sparking their love for the game. And that’s what it’s all about, right? Here’s what you can expect: 

A day with youth coaching experts

Discover the youth training secrets our coaches have discovered over their careers, like how to motivate players and keep it fun.

Your questions, answered

There are no stupid questions at this level! Live Q&As throughout the clinic allow you to ask about session topics or even about your team.

Clinic handbook

Take away a helpful handbook of notes and drills that will be discussed during to the clinic. Use it to jot down any ideas you pick up.

Bonus resources

Get exclusive access to bonus resources for getting up to speed prior to the clinic and improving mental performance in your players.

On-demand video access

The video from the entire clinic is available on the website immediately after the live event ends. You can watch it on demand for life!

Continuing education hours

Receive a certificate showing the amount of hours spent at the clinic that can be turned in to your school district for education hours.

Never ask yourself, “What the heck
should we do in practice today?!” again.

Learn from youth coaches who have been there, seen that

These coaches are just like you. They’ve coached at your level. They’ve worked through the same player struggles and team issues as you. They’ve learned how to make volleyball fun for young athletes, and they want to share that knowledge with you. We’re confident you’ll leave this clinic with dozens of new ideas on how to approach the upcoming season!

Lori Endicott-Vandersnick

Director & Head Coach of
CSDP Volleyball,

2-time USA Olympian

Jackie Gomez

La Jolla Knights VBC Director,
Bishop’s Middle School

Tod Mattox

The Bishop’s School,
COAST Volleyball Club

Rodrigo Suelotto

Francis Parker High School HC & Middle School Program Director,
Director of new NOVO VBC,
COAST Volleyball Club

What’s on the schedule?

All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time. The schedule is subject to change prior to the event.

Live Clinic:
Saturday, August 3, 2024
9:00am – 4:00pm PDT

9:00 AM     Introduction
9:05 AM      Using volleyball movements to warm up (Gomez)
9:35 AM     A passing progression for young players (Gomez)
10:05 AM   Break
10:10 AM   An attacking progression for young players (Gomez)
10:40 AM   Q&A
10:55 AM   Break
11:05 AM   How to train skills using small-sided games (Mattox)
11:35 AM   Q&A
11:50 PM   Lunch break

12:20 PM   Training the skill of overhand passing/setting (Suelotto)
12:50 PM   How to teach serving to young athletes (Suelotto)
1:20 PM     Break
1:25 PM     Planning your middle school season (Suelotto)
1:55 PM     Q&A
2:10 PM     Break
2:20 PM     Drill of 30 variations for ball control & skill work (Endicott)
2:50 PM     Tennis variations: Competitive reps with large numbers (Endicott)
3:20 PM     Q&A
4:00 PM     Clinic wrap-up

Bonus Sessions:
Available on demand after the clinic

You’ll get access to three impactful bonus videos from Amanda Jones (Certified Mental Performance Coach at Armor Mental Performance) that will give you practical tips for how to work healthy mental habits into your everyday training:

  • Forging bonds: The science and magic of team chemistry
  • Bounce back stronger: The psychology of overcoming errors in sports 
  • Performance fusion: Blending sports psychology into the fabric of your current plans  

Learn how to get kids to listen,
so you only have to repeat yourself 5 times instead of 25.

“Great clinic with valuable information pertaining to middle school and young athletes! Totally worth it!”

“The topics were extremely relevant to middle school volleyball. I work in central Texas and thought what Deborah presented was very relevant to the talent level that I have.”

“Fantastic job with showing so many drills. As a visual person, seeing them in addition to the workbook was perfect. The clinic overall was very informative for a MS coach. I loved Deborah’s positive reinforcements and cues for the players.”

Great job, especially dealing with a group of unknown players of different levels and understanding. Many new drill ideas were gleaned. I appreciated watching an experienced coach teach in real time. Thank you!

“I really liked the cues and language – using particular phrases to elaborate on “move your feet” etc. I expect that will be impactful right off the bat when implementing points from the clinic in my program.”

“I loved Deborah’s philosophy and ideas and her fun and instructive games for young ones. I loved how she was so very positive with the kids, even when they made mistakes.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the FAQs to find answers to commonly asked questions.
Can’t find your question answered here? Contact us!

Here’s what’s included when you purchase a virtual ticket:

  • Access to the live clinic stream
  • The opportunity to ask the presenting coaches questions in the live Q&As after each session and at the end of the clinic
  • A printable handbook PDF full of drills and notes
  • A certificate showing time spent at the clinic that can be submitted for continuing education hours
  • On-demand access to the virtual clinic recording for life
  • Additional bonus videos

YES! This clinic is a fantastic way to kick off your coaching journey. You’ll walk away with dozens of useful ideas, drills and strategies you can implement with you team, along with a network of fellow coaches you can tap into in the future.

Awesome! This clinic is a good opportunity for you to pick up some fresh ideas and learn different ways to approach youth training. 

Not if you don’t want to! You have the option to come and go as you please. You can choose the sessions that most interest you and take a break whenever you need, or participate from start to finish. You can even close your computer and exit the clinic, then rejoin at a later time. Whatever works best for you.

Absolutely! There will be breaks for bathroom trips, snacks and moving around worked in throughout the day, along with a longer break for lunch.

Coaches will be answering questions live every few sessions. There will be a 15-minute period dedicated to questions before moving on to the next session, along with longer periods for questions at the end of the clinic.

That’s okay! We know coaches have busy schedules and the clinic date might not be available for everyone. Immediately after the live clinic ends we’ll add all of the recorded sessions to the AOC website where you can watch them on demand. If you purchase a clinic ticket, we’ll send you an email as soon as they’re ready to watch!

All you need is a device that can connect to Zoom (computer, tablet, etc.). You can join from your smartphone, but the screen might not be big enough to give you the best clinic experience.

Definitely! Coaches all over the world have different methods of coaching, and this is a great format to learn new ideas. If you’d like to participate live, you just need to be able to be on your computer between 9am and 4pm Pacific Time on August 3, 2024.

No, Premium members will not be able to access the footage from the clinic unless they’ve purchased access. You can either purchase a clinic ticket now to watch live during the event (with perks like Q&As with the clinicians, clinic handbook and CEUs), or you can purchase access to the clinic recording. Clinic recordings are the same price as live clinic tickets. AOC Premium members receive a 10% discount on all clinic tickets.

The bonus videos will be available to watch online immediately after the clinic ends. We’ll send you an email showing you where to find them. You’ll be able to access them by going to Clinic Video from your account dashboard.

AOC Premium members receive a 10% discount on tickets. Just make sure you’re signed into your Premium account when purchasing. 

When you purchase a ticket, a receipt will be emailed to you stating the amount paid. You can also sign in to your account and go here to view all of your past store purchases. If you cannot access your receipt either of these ways, please reach out to volleyball@theartofcoaching.com for assistance.

Virtual ticket refund policy: You can receive a full refund of your virtual ticket up until 24 hours before the day of the clinic. Refund requests after the 24 hour mark will not be granted. For example, if the clinic begins on April 4, you can request a refund up until the end of the day on April 2.