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Get The Pancake: A Podcast For Volleyball Coaches

Author: Whitney Bartiuk

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Let's talk volleyball! Topics range from coaching philosophy to interviews with former Olympians. Perfect for your drive to work, volleyball practice, or to binge listen to on the way to a tournament!

If you're a new volleyball coach and you want to learn more about how to coach volleyball, this podcast is sure to keep you entertained! I know that not everyone has a volleyball background, so I keep it as beginner friendly as possible!
65 Episodes
This episode is packed with actions that volleyball coaches can take to step up their game. I learned so much in this episode and think you will, too! Be sure to check out “The Sideline” podcast by Annie DeLoid and Matt Stolz to hear exciting stories from college volleyball coaches. SHOW NOTES: --- Send in a voice message:
Power volleyball is great... but finesse can be a secret weapon when used appropriately! Watch and listen to this podcast for volleyball coaches to learn more about how to improve your offense, get in the heads of your opponents, and increase the number of situations your players are prepared for.  SHOW NOTES: --- Send in a voice message:
Why cue words + hand signals are important while coaching volleyball:  1. Allow you to coach volleyball with a mask on.  2. Help quiet coaches communicate better in loud gyms with their teams.  3. Teach players the basics of volleyball in an easy-to-understand manner.  4. Replace long technical descriptions of techniques and coaching philosophy into just a few words. SEE MORE IN THE SHOW NOTES: --- Send in a voice message:
I love aggressive volleyball! And I bet you do, too! Teach your team to be more aggressive and competitive with this quick but fun volleyball drill that teaches players as young as 5th grade to hit downballs and back row attacks. I guarantee your cheering section will go crazy once your team hits one of these aggressive shots in a match! SHOW NOTES: --- Send in a voice message:
Aim for the "Goldilocks Zone" with your volleyball drills in practice! We're going for drills that aren't too difficult, aren't too easy, but are just right. Pushing your players at the right level of difficulty will result in a steady increase in performance while keeping players engaged. SHOW NOTES:  --- Send in a voice message:
Club coaches and Directors, I can guarantee you will finish this podcast feeling inspired and motivated! Listen in as a family out of Corpus Christi shares how they’ve come together to build a volleyball program that is elevating the level of play in South Texas. ------------------ TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE ------------------ + The road to starting a volleyball club. + The type of athletes coaches love to work with. + What Club Directors at top programs look for in volleyball coaches. + Areas of focus to take your club to the next level. + The key to a successful social media strategy for volleyball clubs and businesses. + Club program add-ons: Fast 4’s, Mini-Leagues, Camps, and Performance Training. + Running a volleyball club during a pandemic. ------------------ SHOW NOTES: ------------------ --- Send in a voice message:
Have you ever thought to yourself, "Taylor could be such a great setter, she just needs a little fine-tuning and she could be the best in her league. If only I had more time to work with her." If so, you could probably run a great private lesson! Many coaches haven't considered running private volleyball lessons before... despite the fact that they'd make a huge impact on their players! Listen as I discuss why I love running private lessons, plus I share tips to help you get started by next weekend! SHOW NOTES: --- Send in a voice message:
Alright Coaches, let's practice a little self-care this week! You spend so much time giving to others, it's important to take make some time for yourself, too! This week, I want to introduce you briefly to a "personality test" known as the Enneagram. This tool will help volleyball coaches better understand what motivates them (both positively and negatively) and can help you relate better with your fellow coaches and administrators. Learning about yourself is a great way to recharge so you can tackle another week! Give yourself 15-20 minutes to take the test and learn more about yourself, and I guarantee it'll shift your perspective on how you approach coaching. Go to for links to take a free test, and learn more about your type! --- Send in a voice message:
*As a head’s up, some parents may be uncomfortable listening to this episode with their children at first since we cover some sensitive topics. To respect every parent’s decision on how they address these topics with their kids, I encourage you to listen to this podcast first before listening with your child or talking to them about the topics in today’s episode. While the sport of volleyball is growing to include more participants than ever, many players are being left out. The high cost of club and limited access to equipment,  dedicated coaches, and issues with the standard uniform prevents many children from ever stepping foot on the volleyball court. I am THRILLED to address the topics of equity, inclusion, and discrimination in volleyball with the one and only, Koko Volley. Coach Koko has built a tremendous library of videos for volleyball players, all free to watch on her YouTube channel: Koko Volley. SHOW NOTES: --- Send in a voice message:
Have you been put in charge of the social media accounts for your volleyball program? Are you hoping to grow your volleyball club or reach new fans for your high school and college programs? Listen in this week as Amy Jo Opsal from Sports Marketing Coach shares a TON of tips for coaches and administrators looking to grow their Facebook and Instagram accounts for their programs. SHOW NOTES: --- Send in a voice message:
Contrary to popular belief, coaching volleyball is about more than just running good drills. In fact, a lot of your success as a coach is based on what happens OFF the court. Team bonding activities, being organized, and communicating well with parents… these are the things that truly make a difference. And this podcast is all about advice for volleyball coaches, sharing new ideas, and bringing on guests who offer new perspectives. I hope you enjoy the podcast and want to be the first to say, “welcome” to the Get The Pancake community. Learn more about how to coach volleyball and find valuable coaching tools at --- Send in a voice message:
We often think that athletes have the perfect life. They’re looked up to and seem to have it all together. But as you’ll learn in this episode, that’s not the case! Taylor Treacy, creator of The Virago Project, talks to us about mindset shifts she made as a player, her goal-setting routine, and advice she has for athletes hoping to play in college. Show Notes: --- Send in a voice message:
Man, are we going through some stressful times or what!? Since about mid-April after things started shutting down, I've been feeling a lot of stress and anxiety related to the future of our sport. And I know I’m not alone! Even though times are tough right now, we WILL get through this! In this week’s episode, I share different strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety as a coach. Because even after we’re all back on the court and our seasons go back to normal, there are still a lot of stressful situations that arise while coaching… And I want you to be prepared! SHOW NOTES: --- Send in a voice message:
We all know that developing the athletes in our volleyball programs is important... but when it comes to deciding HOW to do that best, we can be left scratching our heads. That's why I am SO excited to share this week's episode of the podcast with you!  Brett Lewis, Technical Director and 17/18U Head Coach for the Moncton Chargers, shares the steps he's taken to not only help grow the club he coaches for, but to also help the new coaches in his program understand the goals of the organization. Show notes can be found at --- Send in a voice message:
What’s the best way to get your child to listen to your feedback when it comes to her mindset? What should you say to your athlete on the ride home from a tough match? Listen in as Paige Tonz, Girls Athlete Mindset Mentor walks us through the best way to handle these situations and more! SHOW NOTES AND GIVEAWAY DETAILS: --- Send in a voice message:
I can't believe it! Today marks 50 episodes for the Get The Pancake podcast! In order to celebrate, today will cover our top 5 episodes (plus a key takeaway from each) AND we're doing a giveaway! For more information about the giveaway and the links mentioned in this episode, head to  —————— GIVEAWAY OVERVIEW —————— Asics shoe giveaway runs May 24th, 2020 12:01 AM PST - May 31st, 2020 11:59 PM PST. Winner to be announced one (1) week later. See the Official Rules of the giveaway here: How to enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online: One (1) entry: Leave a rating of the Get The Pancake podcast in a podcasting app (must provide a screenshot as proof through Instagram direct messages to @getthepancake). One (1) entry: Subscribe or Follow the Get The Pancake podcast in a podcasting app (must provide a screenshot as proof through Instagram direct messages to @getthepancake). Two (2) entries: Leave a written review of the Get The Pancake podcast in a podcasting app (must provide a screenshot as proof through Instagram direct messages to @getthepancake). One (1) entry up to six (6) total entries: Tag a friend on the May 24th, 2020 Instagram post by @getthepancake announcing the giveaway. Entry is for the account making the comment only. Entrant must also follow @getthepancake on Instagram to be eligible for the prize. Failure to follow @getthepancake on Instagram will result in Entrant ineligibility. Limit of ten (10) entries per individual. --- Send in a voice message:
Looking for a little guidance on how to structure your volleyball practices? This week I share how I spend the first 10 minutes of practice with every team I coach... no exceptions! Not only will you increase your odds of starting on time (always a challenge), you'll also learn how to incorporate team bonding into every practice. Click here for the Show Notes from today's episode! --- Send in a voice message:
Are you coaching your own child this season? You can have a HUGE impact on the lessons they learn through sport based on how you approach your coaching role. Listen in as I chat with my own father who coached me when I was younger. I'm positive you'll finish the episode with a few epiphanies that spark some great discussions with your kids. Looking for the show notes? Visit for links and resources mentioned in this episode! --- Send in a voice message:
What warm-ups are best for volleyball? Should you stretch before practice? Is there a best workout for volleyball players? You don't have to wonder anymore! David Hardy, volleyball trainer, makes these complex topics easy to understand for even beginner coaches! —————— GET IN TOUCH WITH DAVID —————— Instagram: @davidhardytrainer & @trademarkperformance (the company David works for) Facebook: David Hardy - Trainer Work with David in person: or call (219) 256-3832 —————— TRAINING ARTICLES BY DAVID HARDY ON WWW.GETTHEPANCAKE.COM —————— "Warming Up Before Playing Volleyball": "Training Differences Between Middle School and High School Volleyball Players": "ACL/MCL Injury Prevention": "ACL Injuries and Female Athletes": —————— HELPFUL RESOURCES —————— ✅ "Essentials Packet" with all the basic printable new coaches need to get started: ⭐️ "Ultimate Packet" with EVERY printable from Get The Pancake (at 20% off!): 📖 “Coaching Volleyball: A Survival Guide for Your First Season": 🏆 Volleyball Goal Setting Packet: —————— LET’S GET SOCIAL! —————— Website: Instagram: Facebook: Pinterest: YouTube: --- Send in a voice message:
Do you only become successful after hard work and growth? Or does success lead to growth? Listen to this quick episode that breaks down how to strategically use "success" in order to help your athletes gain confidence on the court and get better in their sport. —————— DRILLS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE —————— Shuttle Passing: Team Serving Challenge: Hitting Lines vs. Defense: —————— HELPFUL RESOURCES —————— 📖 “Coaching Volleyball: A Survival Guide for Your First Season": 🏆 Volleyball Goal Setting Packet: 📋 Coaching beginner volleyball players? Read “The Ultimate Guide to Coaching 5th and 6th Grade Volleyball Players”: 🎧 Podcast for Volleyball Coaches: —————— LET’S GET SOCIAL! —————— Website: Instagram: Facebook: Pinterest: --- Send in a voice message:
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