Pre-Convention Seminar

Pre-Convention Seminar: Attacking with Defense – Creating Efficient Transition Attack with Effective Defensive Systems (MCC Level One Auditorium Room 1)
Wednesday, December 12, 1 – 4 p.m.
Featured Speaker:
Luka Slabe, USA Volleyball Women’s Team Assistant Coach

Good teams have the ability to run a sound defensive system that can transition into scoring points. Championship level teams use their defensive system as a weapon to coordinate player movement on the court and put their players in the best position to score points in transition. Join Luka Slabe, USAV Women’s Team Assistant Coach, for a three-hour in-depth look at how using effective defensive systems will improve your team’s transition attack. Luka will explore how applying appropriate motor learning principles will allow your team to develop the correct habits and create precise training methods. Using these training techniques, coaches can teach their players to maximize transfer from the training environment to competition. Luka will teach coaches the blocking and defensive systems used by the USAV Women’s National Team. With the necessary foundation built, Luka will then discuss what he has learned to be the best way to coach the transition attack including using the correct footwork and the standards and expectations to which players are held accountable. Coaches from every level will leave this presentation with a better understanding of defensive systems and strategies on how to implement those systems to score more points in transition attack.

Luka Slabe Bio

Luka Slabe, USAV Women’s National Team Assistant Coach, is originally from Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Slabe received a degree in sports medicine from Brigham Young University in 2003 where he played men’s volleyball. During his time as a Cougar, Slabe won a national championship in 2001 and earned a runner-up finish in 2003. Following his college playing career, Slabe played professionally through 2009 and then turned his focus to coaching. He served as the head coach to four professional teams in Europe and led his teams to six national and international championship titles. In 2013 Slabe was named the Slovenia Men’s National Team Head Coach and stayed in that role through 2015. Following his time in Slovenia, he returned to his alma mater and helped lead the BYU Cougars to three NCAA Final Four appearances. In 2018 Slabe joined Head Coach Karch Kiraly on the USAV Women’s National Team staff and helped secure a Volleyball Nations League Gold Medal.


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