If you number yourself amongst the growing legions of volleyball players, then here are three great volleyball technique books that can help you to improve your competitive performance in the game. They cover every aspect of the game and teach the latest techniques used by college and professional players today. And they all include simple illustrations to help you to understand how to apply these techniques in game situations.
"Volleyball Skills and Drills," by Kinda Lenberg, was developed by the American Volleyball Coaches Association to help both beginner and advanced players to learn and perfect the sport's basic techniques. It covers all the fundamentals and then brings the player along to more advanced techniques as they are applied in competitive volleyball. It goes through 90 of volleyball's most important drills so that athletes and coaches can maximize the results of practice sessions. Ten of the sport's top coaches write chapters covering the areas for which they are best known. Paul Arrington writes on practicing for competitions. Sean Byron covers setting up your teammates. Don Hardin covers the art of blocking. Jim McLaughlin shows you how to attack. Marilyn Nolen discusses the techniques involved in returning serves. Russ Rose teaches defense. Tom Peterson shows you the art of the serve. Joan Powell writes on digging. Joe Sagula gives you a general approach to playing offense. And Stephanie Schleuder covers transitioning. This book is the closest thing to attending a volleyball clinic that is available.
Another excellent choice is the new eBook, "Winning Volleyball Skills for Players and Coaches" by Hayley D. Merrett, who is a coach herself. This book was written as an answer to all of the questions that Hayley has been asked over the years about the finer points of the sport. For example, the book covers the most common reason for bad passing and how to cure it, the proper exercise techniques to build the muscles that are most important to volleyball, proper use of your wrists in the various types of shots, how to set, specific playing strategies to defeat the opposition, how to serve in various different game situations, how to block and the biggest mistake made by players when they try to block shots, how to anticipate the other team's strategies, and much, much more. And the book addresses not only how to execute these tips, but how to coach them to maximize team performance as well.
The third choice for volleyball aficionados is "An Understanding of the Fundamental Techniques of Volleyball" by Robert E. Howard. Here you will learn about the fundamental skills of the sport that will make you a more proficient player. Each skill and technique is described in great detail and is analyzed in the context of the entire game and the other techniques that are required to be a successful volleyball player. The book emphasizes a developmental approach, teaching these skill sets in a logical progression that can help you to achieve a mastery over the game. The book is a complete and easy to understand approach to the sport.