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Aggressive Volleyball Paperback – May 20, 2009
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"Aggressive Volleyball is bursting with creative, challenging, and unique concepts and drills. This book is the perfect tool for anyone, coaches and players alike, wanting to take their team to the next level."
2007 All-American Volleyball Player
"In Aggressive Volleyball, Pete Waite—one of the best coaches in the sport today—shares skills, concepts, and techniques from his 20 years of experience in the game. This book is a must-read for both young and experienced coaches alike."
Editor of AVCA's Coaching Volleyball magazine
About the Author
Pete Waite has led his Wisconsin Badgers to a record of 228-67 (.773). Qualifying for the NCAA championship tournament in each of Waite's nine seasons, Wisconsin was national runner-up in 2000; finished in the top eight in 2004 and 2005; advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2001 and 2006; and saw second-round action in 1999, 2002, 2003, and 2007. In the Big Ten, the Badgers won league titles in 2000 and 2001 and were runners-up in 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2007.
At 494-169 (.745) in 20 years overall, including 11 years at Northern Illinois, Waite ranks 13th among active Division I head coaches in winning percentage. He has been conference coach of the year seven times in four different conferences, winning 10 conference championships. Statistically, Waite's teams consistently rank high nationally in the major categories (hitting percentage, assists, kills, and blocks), indicating not only a skilled team but also an aggressive style of play.
Pete lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Top Customer Reviews
I purchased this book as a way to help the coach and it worked! For instance, the section on using time-outs as a strategy, made a huge difference! The team went from giving up eight straight points to breaking a serve after only three points. The players attitudes and demeanor after time-outs changed as well. They went from a defeatist attitude after a time-out to one of jubilation and determination, all due to the teachings in this book.
The tips and strategies found in Agressive Volleyball are thorough in their teaching of not only the mechanics of volleyball but also the mental attitude needed to coach and play the sport. Just about every strategy is followed by graphics to help illustrate the concept presented, couple this with the book's 'Tip from the Top' insertions and you get a great resource for coaches, parents, and players.
I should say that the "aggressive" part of the title is more about being proactive and playing with purpose (as opposed being reactive) rather than being about hitting hard or serving for aces. To that end, there is at least as much philosophy as there is technical and tactical discussion in the text. This makes for some dense sections of the book, but ones which give the reader plenty to think about.
After the conceptual introduction, the book is broken into seven sections:
There are collections of drills at the end of most sections (and some mentioned in the text as well), They are of the "Here's how you can train the stuff I've just been talking about" variety. Where technical discussions are taking place there are also photos to provide visual support, and interspersed through the book are little stories from other coaches speaking to the importance of the particular subject being explored.
I honestly think this book has something for just about everyone. It is a great source of information and advice - maybe even inspiration - and reminds us of all the different facets there are to coaching volleyball successfully. It's easy to forget them sometimes in the heat of a season. I can honestly see myself referring back to it again from time to time.
In short, get your hands on a copy, read it, and keep it handy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good resource to get players and teams from the basics to more advanced play and mor aggressive play.Published 23 months ago by Richard V. Lux
Great book on new school volleyball. Good for club and high school ball. I highly recommend for all ages and skills.Published on December 22, 2013 by Marian Goff
This will inspire anyone who is coaching to help their team be a little more aggressive. There are some good drills and other things in it to help any team.Published on January 5, 2013 by K. Dickson
Read this from cover to cover. I enjoyed the tactical aspects of the book. Even if your play is more conservative, each coach should read it at least once. Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by Kay Tindell
In addition to the comments by other reviewers, I'd like to note that at the end of each section there are a few drills that tie in to the chapter's theme. Read morePublished on January 16, 2010 by Econ Student 4