Overview of Goals

The Desoto Legacy Volleyball Program helps you develop as an athlete, including your basic hand/eye coordination, your level of accuracy, consistency, and control of the ball. 

As an Athlete, you will also be working on critical team-building skills such as communication, positive feedback, listening skills, and retention in regards to volleyball gameplay. 

Volleyball is a valuable crucible for learning life skills. We are teaching the fundamentals of teamwork, excellence, and dedication that you can use throughout the rest of your life. Embrace it!

Team Philosophy

To provide its team members with a competitive and enjoyable environment that stresses cooperation, values and performing your best at all times that is worthy of the Gospel of Christ. Success will be stressed, with the definition of success being:

The development of the character of Christ in you, the athlete, and doing our best to reach our personal level of athletic excellence.

The results: wins, losses, awards, and acknowledgments, are all by-products of success. Your faith and preparation is where your success is truly found. The game of volleyball will be taught along with the necessary skills needed to be an effective person off the volleyball court.

We either Win or We Learn
 Working, Training, Sweating is Guaranteed… Playing Time is Not


    1. Athletes will be asked to keep a log of the following:
      • Jump Program
      • Resistance Training
      • Nutritional Notes
      • Notes about what you have learned
      • Aches, pains, and injuries
      • Goals (Minimum of 1 Team Goal and 2 Individual Goals – Short/Long term)
      • What you need to work on individually including: physically, mentally, & attitude
      • Ideas for the team that you want to bring to the coaches attention.
      • Anything that aspires them
      Note: This is for the player’s own personal use and development. This is not a report for the coaches.
    2. Athletes will be asked to keep a log of the following:


  • Never cut in front or behind an athlete during active play or drills.
  • Do not chase a loose ball into another group and interfere with play.
  • Always pay attention at all times to avoid driven balls.
  • Return stray balls on your court respectfully (roll it back) — do not hit or kick the balls back.
  • Do not hang on the volleyball nets or run under the nets.

General Expectations:

  • Show Respect (for teammates, coaches, parents, officials, and opponents)
  • Work hard in practices. Keep your focus, especially in highly repetitive drills
  • Have fun and let yourself fly. Practice is not the time to be quiet and reserved in your play.

Specific Expectations:

  • Arrive on time for all practices, matches, and tournaments. Tardiness is unacceptable.
  • Athletes must be ready to go at scheduled times for practices and matches. Allow appropriate time before scheduled times to prepare.
  • All athletes will be expected to attend all practices and matches.
  • If an absence cannot be avoided, Notice of missing a practice must be given at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Athletes will be allowed to retrieve a ball from the storage bin and pepper, based upon instruction.
  • Athletes will hold the volleyballs each time the instructor blows his/her whistle and listen for the next instructions.
  • Athletes will retrieve all balls and return to the basket at the end of each segment.

Methods of Communication:

  • Players may communicate with coaches immediately following practice without scheduling an official meeting. Discussions can be either individually or in a group.
  • An athlete attending a scheduled meeting with the coaches may bring along a supportive teammate if need be.
  • A scheduled meeting is required for parents. Athletes MUST be in attendance with your parents during the scheduled meeting.
  • It is important to have a face to face meeting rather than emailing or calling the coaches with any concerns, thoughts, emotions or feelings about the program and/or your daughter.
  • It is possible that the coaches may meet with an individual player, a group of players, or a player and her parent(s). It should be understood that as a coach’s duty, we may take a player aside during or after practice to give coaching tactics or to advise.

Channels of Communication:

  • First should be Athlete and Coaches…It is vital to develop the coach-player relationship.
  • Second should be Athlete, Coaches, and Parent(s).
  • If additional help is needed, then we will proceed to meet with the Club Director.

Topics of Discussion:

  • Appropriate: role, suggestions for improvement, recruiting, college, management of injuries and behavior.
  • Inappropriate: the athlete’s length or frequency of playing time, other player’s role on the team or team strategies.


  • Discussing issues with coaches during practice or tournaments, either at the start or end of an event is inappropriate. Remember, we are focused on the event and should not be strayed from our duty to coach.
  • Follow the chain of communication in relation to team/athlete issues.
  • Contact the coaches to schedule meetings either by email or phone call.

Foundational Scripture: Philippians 1:27-28

“Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponents–which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.”

Philippians 1:27-28

Foundational Principles


Athletics is a crucible for Christ being formed in us. Desoto Legacy volleyball is designed to build the character of Christ in each student-athlete. Embrace the process of personal transformation that can take place through the volleyball experience.


Through volleyball, the athlete will develop disciplines which lead to inner confidence and greater vistas of personal achievement. This confidence will enable the athlete to “stand firm” through the tough times, overcome distractions and focus on those things she controls. You can’t do anything about yesterday or tomorrow, however tomorrow is determined by what you do today. Make today your masterpiece because you have control over that.


Through Desoto Legacy Volleyball, our athletes will experience firsthand how teamwork can exponentially increase achievement. Cohesion is the “act, process and state of sticking together” and since volleyball is the ultimate team game, it is a great place to learn about cohesion. Each contact is dependent on the previous contact and each team member is dependent on the team for success. In fact, our team success is directly dependent on each individual athlete’s willingness to lose herself for the sake of the group/team— what Paul described as “with one mind striving together” for the greater goal. Within the principle of Cohesion:

A.    Accept your role on the team. No one player or person is bigger than the team. Everyone’s role is important and needs to be fulfilled to reach the teams potential. Remember that your role can change, but it’s necessary to strive to be the very best at your role all the time. If you desire to have a more effective role on the team, you must work for it and earn it. You don’t have to be satisfied with your role, but you must accept it.

B.    Build cohesion with Coaches: You are expected to discuss all issues relating to volleyball with the coaches, given that we deal with the situations first hand. Your teammates also deserve our attention at all times.


Through Desoto Legacy Volleyball, the athlete will cultivate the art and life habit of fearlessly “running to win” while entrusting results to the Lord. Desoto Legacy athletes compete to their fullest with the utmost respect for their opponents while “in no way alarmed” or intimidated by the competition. Within the principle of competition:

A. Hard Work:  The opportunity to prove you are the best will not be available to you unless you’re willing to work hard. We expect practice to be treated very seriously with the understanding that practice is the place to improve your skills and therefore your position on the team. There is NO substitute for hard work. Worthwhile things come from working hard. “Practice does NOT make perfect…PERFECT practice makes perfect”.

B. Love and Respect:  This does not mean you have to “like” each other. People who love each other are willing to be honest and hold each other accountable. Respect must be earned through hard work and commitment. We don’t want everyone to be the same, but we do want your passion for the game to be the same.

C. Understanding our role as Ambassadors: Our athletes are front-line representatives of Desoto Legacy Volleyball Club, so conduct yourselves appropriately and be respectful of those around you.


  • All Desoto Legacy players support all other Desoto Legacy teams at matches & tournaments.
  • There is NO mobile phone use during practices or matches. Players can call parents after we finish a practice/match as long as it does not interfere with a work assignment.
  • If water is going to be needed, please notice this before the drill or game is to start.
  • Any rules and policies that are broken will be dealt with on an individual basis and handled as the coaching staff sees fit.
  • When you are at practice or a match, be at practice or the match/tournament. Do bring outside distractions that will affect your focus, attitude, and abilities on the court.


Training Level 1A:  Motor skill development, Conditioning, and basic knowledge of Physiology

Training Level 1B: Basic Volleyball skills and advance previously acquired skills

Training Level 1C:  Court Communication

Training Levels 2 & 3: Offense and Defense systems

Training Level 4: Plays/Strategies

Personal Standard 1: Safety/Risk management and decision making

Personal Standard 2: Sportsmanship, Leadership, and Personal Responsibility

Definitions of Training Levels

Complexity Increases with Age Level

Training Level 1A:

Develop physical attributes

  • Hand/Eye & Foot Coordination
  • Increased Vertical
  • Strength/Power Development
  • Speed Development
  • Muscle awareness
  • Warm-up/Active Stretching
  • Proper Nutrition for Athletes

Training Level 1B:

Demonstrate competence (basic skills, strategies, and rules) in the sport of Volleyball.

  • Rules of Play, Scoring, the court
  • Footwork
  • Overhand Serve
  • Forearm Pass
  • Digging
  • Overhead Pass
  • Setting
  • Attacking
  • Blocking
  • Reading (Play unfolding, attacker, ball rotation)

Training Level 1C:

Effective Communication

  • Passing Communication
  • Communicating with your Setter(s) (verbal and visual)
  • Communication between player and coach while on the floor (verbal and visual)
  • Communication from Defensive Specialist and Attacker (Attack Cues)

Training Levels 2 & 3:

Learn Offensive and Defensive Systems

  • 4-2 International/American Offense
  • 6-3 Offense
  • 6-2 Offense
  • 5-1 Offense
  • 9 Positions on the Net/Play Calling
  • Back Row Attack – Red, White, and Blue (A, B, C)
  • 4-2 Defense
  • Perimeter Defense
  • Rotational Defense
  • Understanding the Defense/Blockers relationship
  • Crashing the hitter/block

Training Level 4:


  • Serving to zone, Tempo, Jump, Float, etc.
  • “Seeing” your opponent/open floor
  • Hitting Cross/Line vs. Tipping, Rolls, Off-Speed, etc.
  • Calling Plays
  • Tempo Attacks, Tandems, X-Plays, Slides, Z Plays, etc.

Personal Standard 1:

Anticipate potential safety hazards associated with volleyball and are able to prevent and respond to accidents.

  • Proximity of Adjacent Players – chasing stray shots / loose balls
  • Proper equipment
  • Proper Diving/Roll techniques
  • Joint/Muscle fatigue awareness
  • Cuts and Abrasions

Personal Standard 2:

Demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior while playing.

  • Courtesies Shown on/off the Court
  • Sportsmanship During Play
  • Encouragements and positive criticism of your fellow teammates
  • Understanding your role to the team

DLV Meets Players Where They Are

DLV approaches coaching with the understanding that our athletes might very well be with us for up to nine years. Our strategy is different than most clubs. DLV’s coaching and training methodology include “working from the same playbook.”

From the moment your athlete joins us, until they graduate to the collegiate level of play, they benefit from a shared mindset and training regime that remains coherent throughout their time with us. 

DLV’s organized approach with focused objectives makes for better coaching, more fun, and winning more games!

DLV coaches love the game as much as they love supporting young athletes. Our Club’s mission is to grow the game of volleyball while impacting our athletes in a positive way. We carefully cultivate a healthy coach /athlete relationship following the wisdom of the USAV in a way that helps to grow our athletes’ skills and confidence as they mature into great players.

Our goal is to help players become a “Complete Player.”

DLV Coaches are dedicated to a growth mindset, we are always trying to improve. Most of our staff Coach year-round. DLV has a unique mix of training and experience, DLV has trained over 1200 Athletes in the past 12 months, this is our passion