Elite Attacking Performances

So I was thinking about elite performances today. Those nights where an attacker is just in the zone and everything slows down; where it's a woman competing against girls. This happen to tie in nicely with something Jimmy McCabe, our Illinois Men's Club Volley president (a tiresome and thankless job), happen to touch upon: how well [...]

Attacking Theory

Hey Kolby. So I've been throwing out the question to some friends about what kinds of stats they'd like to see but have never had access to. Attacking is naturally something that comes up as it's the most common way to score points and thus a deeper understanding would be beneficial. Above is my proposed progression [...]

Specialists or Generalists?

  Yes. I know this looks like some tutti-frutti clown vomit. Thanks. A college buddy of mine, Teddy Niemira, posed a question revolving around developing players' all around game or merely enhancing strengths as a better use of a coach's time. Do you want someone who is pretty good at everything or elite at one [...]

Service Error and Eff Change

*Check out the Eff Change posts if you haven't. Output, Input, Eff Change Returning to the very first question - How aggressively do we want to serve? Here is what team service error% looks like graphed against the average Eff Change per serve in each match. Again we see an inverse relationship between the two [...]

Service Error and FBSO

As a follow-up, here is a more advanced way to evaluate serving. FBSO is of course indicative of your opponent's ability to win the point on the opening possession - but what many overlook is losing on the opening possession. What you see graphed along the y-axis is "FBSO efficiency", meaning we subtract lost points on the 1st [...]

Service Error and Passer Ratings

How aggressively do we want to serve? Tough, but not too aggressive? Keep it in and make your opponent work? Screw it and let it rip? Probably somewhere in the middle...? Serve tough until enough parents in the audience complain?? (Side note, listen to Becks talk serving if you never have) The first step coaches usually take [...]