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The Most Comprehensive Volleyball Education Experience We’ve Ever Created


How do you learn to coach like a pro? You get trained by a pro. With the Jim Stone Academy, we’ve lined up one of the best.

Jim is the “coach of coaches.” For 30 years, he’s developed the best players at the collegiate and national levels, and has enjoyed successes that most coaches only dream about. And now you can get direct access to him and his expertise through the Jim Stone Academy – Head Coach Certification: Level 1.

When you enroll, you’ll get instant access to one of the most comprehensive and in-depth explorations of the game today. You’ll hear Jim’s coaching insights and success secrets . . . and learn about everything from coaching philosophy, team chemistry and skills development to match management, talent scouting and injury prevention.

After taking this certification course, you’ll be able to:


Plus, you’ll be able to learn in the comfort of your home or office, working at your own pace, without spending hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of dollars to travel to a coaching clinic across the country.

Everything you need is right here at your fingertips.

If you want to become a better coach, run a successful program and win more games, enroll in the Jim Stone Academy, Head Coach Level One Certification Course today . . . and unlock the coaching secrets waiting inside!

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Level 1 Certification: Key Benefits

Jim’s Personal Toolbox

Take a peek inside Jim’s personal coaching toolbox. Each of his 50+ lessons contains proven strategies and techniques designed to help you master the sport and win more games.

Jim Stone Office Hours

Talk with Jim and fellow coaches as you work through this course. With exclusive 24/7 access, you can ask questions, share ideas and connect with peers anytime you want.

Bonus Content

Look for links to bonus videos and reference materials found on The Art of Coaching Volleyball site as you move from lesson to lesson. They’re meant to further enhance your education.

The Total Package


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Level 1 Certification: Topics Covered

Coach Education

Skill Education

Strategies & Systems

Full curriculum – OVER 50 VIDEOS!

Program Structure and Philosophy 

  • Developing a core philosophy
  • Developing a season practice plan
  • Developing a daily practice plan
  • Tryout administration
  • Developing team chemistry
  • Injury prevention

Attacking Mechanics and Strategies

  • Analysis of correct movement skills
  • Analysis of armswing biomechanics
  • Outside hitter approach footwork
  • Middle hitter approach footwork
  • Keys for developing correct armswing when attacking
  • Developing the quick attack
  • Mechanics of running the slide attack

Setter Training

  • Setter posture and footwork
  • Setting hand position and release
  • The front/back set
  • Jump setting
  • The setter attack
  • Setting strategies
  • Selecting the setter

Coaching Individual Defense

  • Defensive posture and movement
  • Defensively directing the ball
  • Emergency skills (extending, rolling)
  • Reading keys on defense

Serving & Serve Reception

  • Serving strategies
  • Mechanics of the standing float serve
  • Mechanics of the jump float serve
  • Mechanics of the jump spin serve
  • Keys to the forearm pass
  • Serve receive patterns

Blocking Systems and Teaching Points

  • Footwork for middle blockers
  • Footwork for outside blockers
  • Teaching athletes to shape the block
  • Blocking systems

Offensive Systems

  • The 6-6, the 4-2 / International 4-2
  • The 5-1
  • The 6-2
  • Factors for system selection
  • Developing an offensive tempo
  • Executing combination plays
  • Out of system offense

Defensive Systems

  • Base positions
  • Using parallel lines in defense
  • Free ball defense
  • Perimeter defense
  • Slide defense
  • Player up defense
  • Rotation defense

Match Management & Strategies

  • Match strategy
  • Scouting
  • Time-out strategy
  • Post match strategy
  • Performance evaluation
  • Statistics

Level 1 Certification: Pricing

Head Coach Certification: Level 1


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Head Coach Certification: Level 1

for AOC Premium Members


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About Your Instructor: Jim Stone

 When it comes to coaching volleyball, few know more about the game than Jim Stone. For more than 30 years, this Ohio State Hall of Fame coach has trained some of the best players at the collegiate and national levels. He has also been recognized as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable coaches of all time.

Collegiate Career:


National Career:




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Q: Who should get certified?

A: The Jim Stone Academy Head Coach Level One Course is for anyone who wants to establish credibility as a coach. This includes: parents who want to understand the game better, players making the transition to coaching, assistant coaches advancing to head coaching roles, athletic directors who want to educate their coaches, and avid enthusiasts who want in-depth insight about the game from one of the most respected coaches in volleyball.

Q: Why should I get certified?

A: While there are currently no certification requirements for volleyball coaches, having this badge will set you apart from other coaches. You’ll get access to unique drills that allow you to develop your players’ skills quicker and more effectively. You’ll learn the latest tactics for winning matches along with systems and strategies other coaches simply don’t know. You’ll also get invaluable insights about match management, coaching philosophy and season organization that will make you a more effective coach. All taught by one of the most experienced and knowledgeable coaches on the planet. Plus, you’ll get a badge and certificate when you complete the program as proof of your coaching prowess. It all adds up to making you a better and more successful volleyball coach.

Q: How do I get the premium price?

A: Get 50% off the course fee when you enroll as a premium member at The Art of Coaching Volleyball. Click here to learn how.

Q: I’m pretty busy. How long will it take me to get through the course?

A: That’s entirely up to you. We designed the Jim Stone Academy Head Coach Level One Course to be self-paced, so you can decide when, where and how quickly to work through it. It’s possible to complete the program in a few days if you’re working at it full-time. Or it might take a week, a month or longer, depending on how much time you’re able to devote to it. Important: To receive your certification, you must complete the course within 6 months of enrollment.

Q: Do I have lifetime access to the content?

A: Absolutely! You’ll be able to view the course as many times as you like for as long as you like. That includes all updates and any bonus materials we may add at a later date. Again, just remember that you must complete the course within 6 months from your date of enrollment. You’ll still have access to the content if you miss the deadline, but you won’t be able to receive the certification.

Q: Where can I use my certification?

A: Upon course completion, you’ll receive a badge to use in your marketing. This includes your website, LinkedIn profile, email signature, and any other communication vehicles you use to display your credentials. You’ll also get a digital certificate that you can print, frame and display in your home or office.

Q: Will I be able to view the videos in any order?

A: With the Jim Stone Academy Head Coach Level One Course, each lesson builds upon the previous one. As such, it’s important to follow the course in the order it’s presented. Once you complete it, however, you’ll be able to jump around to any section or lesson you choose.

Q: I don’t do well on tests. What happens if I fail one?

A: Don’t worry! You’ll be able to take each test as many times as you need to. They’re simply meant to reinforce what you’ve learned, not prevent you from earning your certification.


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