Volleyball tips: Improve your posture, Improve your level of play

January 31, 2011

From our friends at Crossover Symmetry, here’s a very quick primer on posture and the role it plays in athletic performance.

The things we do in our modern-day lifestyles — whether it’s hunching over our desks at work or slouching on the sofa in front of the TV — can lead to poor shoulder posture. We roll our shoulders forward, and that can lead to problems down the road in sports.

That’s true in volleyball, where shoulder and upper back strength are important.

Counterbalance forward posture
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Poor posture equals poor mechanics. For players in the front row, you’ll struggle to set and you won’t be able to get the most power possible out of your attacks. At worst, you can injure your shoulders.

So how do you avoid it?

Perform regular stretches and exercises to counterbalance your forward posture.

The primer includes a few examples to help. Those stretches and exercises keep the muscles in your shoulder girdle strong and tension-free, which will keep your shoulders in prime condition.

Related: Keep your shoulders in top condition with a pair of Crossover Symmetry Cross Cords.
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Volleyball tips: Different serves for different situations and players

December 6, 2010

Here’s a short video from New Mexico State University, featuring players explaining the different types of volleyball serves.

Related: Browse our selection of volleyball equipment and apparel.

We’re celebrating CYBER MONDAY at Volleyball America

November 29, 2010

Looking to get some volleyball gear for cheap this holiday season? You came to the right place, and at just the right time.

It’s Cyber Monday at Volleyball America.

We have marked down a massive selection of volleyball equipment — from balls to apparel — for today only. Check out some of the deals, available while supplies last, listed below or at Volleyball America.

Tachikara Full Grain Leather Volleyball
Was: $39.99. NOW: $26.99.

Tachikara Full Grain Leather Volleyball

A perfect practice ball available in many team colors, featuring Tachikara’s patented Loose Bladder Construction and full-grain leather. Was: $39.99. NOW: $26.99.

Alleson Women’s 827 Long Sleeve Volleyball Jersey
Was: $31.99. NOW: $19.99.

Alleson Women's 827 Long Sleeve Volleyball Jersey

This jersey is 90% extreme microknit cationic colorfast polyester and 10% spandex with a moisture management finish. Was: $31.99. NOW: $19.99.

Nike Women’s Assasin Capped Sleeve Jersey
Was: $24.99. NOW: $15.99.

Nike Women's Assasin Capped Sleeve Jersey

With a feminine-fit V-neck, the cap sleeves on this jersey provide free range of motion. Was: $24.99. NOW: $15.99.

Nike Women’s Performance Game Shorts
Was: $29.99. NOW: $18.99.

Nike Women's Performance Game Shorts

These are performance Dri-FIT fabric shorts with an elastic waist. Was: $29.99. NOW: $18.99.

Mikasa NFHS Competition Game Volleyball
Was: $39.99. NOW: $26.99.

Mikasa NFHS Competition Game Volleyball

The Mikasa VQ2000 NFHS Competition game ball has a Micro Cell composite cover and an Accu-Balance true shape retention center. Was: $39.99. NOW: $26.99.

High5 Women’s Fitted Power Volleyball Jersey
Was: $24.99. NOW: $16.99.

High5 Women's Fitted Power Volleyball Jersey

This jersey features a V-neck, color blocked shoulders with raglan insets and cap sleeves. 100% polyester. Was: $24.99. NOW: $16.99.

High5 Women’s Low Rise Volleyball Shorts
Was: $22.99. NOW: $14.99.

High5 Women's Low Rise Volleyball Shorts

These volleyball shorts are 88% polyester and 12% spandex. Was: $22.99. NOW: $14.99.

Remember: These deals are valid only on Monday, November 29!

Take a look at the BLACK FRIDAY deals at Volleyball America!

November 26, 2010

Looking to get some volleyball gear for cheap this holiday season? You came to the right place, and at just the right time.

Black Friday is in full effect at Volleyball America.

We have marked down a massive selection of volleyball equipment — from balls to apparel — for the biggest shopping day of the year. Check out some of the deals, available while supplies last, listed below or at Volleyball America.

Tachikara Full Grain Leather Volleyball
Was: $39.99. NOW: $26.99.

Tachikara Full Grain Leather Volleyball

A perfect practice ball available in many team colors, featuring Tachikara’s patented Loose Bladder Construction and full-grain leather. Was: $39.99. NOW: $26.99.

Alleson Women’s 825 Volleyball Shorts
Was: $17.99. NOW: $12.99.

Alleson Women's 825 Volleyball Shorts

Solid colored, low rise, 4-inch inseam shorts, featuring flat lock seams for durability and appearance. Was: $17.99. NOW: $12.99.

Alleson Women’s 825 Short Sleeve Volleyball Jersey
Was: $29.99. NOW: $19.99.

Alleson Women's 825 Short Sleeve Volleyball Jersey

This is a two color jersey, featuring contrast color inserts from the armhole gussets to shoulders, curved across the back of shoulder and in front of the crew neck. Was: $29.99. NOW: $19.99.

Tachikara SV5W Gold Official Volleyball
Was: $59.99. NOW: $44.99.

Tachikara SV5W Gold Official Volleyball

The premium leather cover provides durability, while the dual bladder adds superior control, response and truer shape recall in flight. Was: $59.99. NOW: $44.99.

Nike Women’s 20/20 Long Sleeve Court Jersey
Was: $54.99. NOW: $34.99.

Nike Women's 20/20 Long Sleeve Court Jersey

Lightweight design of Nike’s Women’s 20/20 Long Sleeve Court Jersey is engineered for long-lasting comfort. Was: $54.99. NOW: $34.99.

Nike Women’s Boycut Game Shorts
Was: $27.99. NOW: $16.99.

Nike Women's Boycut Game Shorts

Nike’s Women’s Boycut Game Shorts are 85% polyester/15% Spandex, featuring a 2 1/2″ inseam and side mesh panel for ventilation. Was: $27.99. NOW: $16.99.

Mikasa NFHS Competition Game Volleyball
Was: $39.99. NOW: $26.99.

Mikasa NFHS Competition Game Volleyball

The Mikasa VQ2000 NFHS Competition game ball has a Micro Cell composite cover and an Accu-Balance true shape retention center. Was: $39.99. NOW: $26.99.

High5 Women’s Surge Volleyball Jersey
Was: $14.99. NOW: $9.99.

High5 Women's Surge Volleyball Jersey

The High5 Women’s Surge Volleyball Jersey features a two-color rib knit with self-fabric combination. Was: $14.99. NOW: $9.99.

High5 Women’s Reflex Volleyball Shorts
Was: $13.99. NOW: $8.99.

High5 Women's Reflex Volleyball Shorts

Women’s cut volleyball shorts with 4″ inseam. Lined and gusseted for comfort. Was: $13.99. NOW: $8.99.

Related: Check back on Monday to see our CYBER MONDAY deals!

We just couldn’t wait… BLACK FRIDAY starts today at Volleyball America!

November 24, 2010

No, your calendar isn’t wrong. It’s still Wednesday.

But it’s already Black Friday at Volleyball America.

We’re celebrating Black Friday all week long. We have marked down a massive selection of volleyball equipment — from balls to apparel — through Sunday. Check out some of the deals, available while supplies last, listed below or at Volleyball America.

Tachikara Full Grain Leather Volleyball
Was: $39.99. NOW: $26.99.

Tachikara Full Grain Leather Volleyball

A perfect practice ball available in many team colors, featuring Tachikara’s patented Loose Bladder Construction and full-grain leather. Was: $39.99. NOW: $26.99.

Alleson Women’s 825 Volleyball Shorts
Was: $17.99. NOW: $12.99.

Alleson Women's 825 Volleyball Shorts

Solid colored, low rise, 4-inch inseam shorts, featuring flat lock seams for durability and appearance. Was: $17.99. NOW: $12.99.

Alleson Women’s 825 Short Sleeve Volleyball Jersey
Was: $29.99. NOW: $19.99.

Alleson Women's 825 Short Sleeve Volleyball Jersey

This is a two color jersey, featuring contrast color inserts from the armhole gussets to shoulders, curved across the back of shoulder and in front of the crew neck. Was: $29.99. NOW: $19.99.

Tachikara SV5W Gold Official Volleyball
Was: $59.99. NOW: $44.99.

Tachikara SV5W Gold Official Volleyball

The premium leather cover provides durability, while the dual bladder adds superior control, response and truer shape recall in flight. Was: $59.99. NOW: $44.99.

Nike Women’s 20/20 Long Sleeve Court Jersey
Was: $54.99. NOW: $34.99.

Nike Women's 20/20 Long Sleeve Court Jersey

Lightweight design of Nike’s Women’s 20/20 Long Sleeve Court Jersey is engineered for long-lasting comfort. Was: $54.99. NOW: $34.99.

Nike Women’s Boycut Game Shorts
Was: $27.99. NOW: $16.99.

Nike Women's Boycut Game Shorts

Nike’s Women’s Boycut Game Shorts are 85% polyester/15% Spandex, featuring a 2 1/2″ inseam and side mesh panel for ventilation. Was: $27.99. NOW: $16.99.

Mikasa NFHS Competition Game Volleyball
Was: $39.99. NOW: $26.99.

Mikasa NFHS Competition Game Volleyball

The Mikasa VQ2000 NFHS Competition game ball has a Micro Cell composite cover and an Accu-Balance true shape retention center. Was: $39.99. NOW: $26.99.

High5 Women’s Surge Volleyball Jersey
Was: $14.99. NOW: $9.99.

High5 Women's Surge Volleyball Jersey

The High5 Women’s Surge Volleyball Jersey features a two-color rib knit with self-fabric combination. Was: $14.99. NOW: $9.99.

High5 Women’s Reflex Volleyball Shorts
Was: $13.99. NOW: $8.99.

High5 Women's Reflex Volleyball Shorts

Women’s cut volleyball shorts with 4″ inseam. Lined and gusseted for comfort. Was: $13.99. NOW: $8.99.

Related: Check back on Monday to see our CYBER MONDAY deals!

Volleyball tips: The team at Bellevue University explains how to serve a volleyball

November 22, 2010

From Bellevue University (Neb.), here’s a short video explaining the fundamentals of serving a volleyball.

It’s as easy as Ready, Aim, Fire!


Volleyball tips: How to jump serve

November 15, 2010

The jump serve is a great one to have in your arsenal at the line.

It’s a powerful serve, designed to work against defenses that are playing soft. Use it to set up an aggressive offensive play.

Related: Practice your serve with a brand new volleyball.