We recently came across the story of Pulaski Academy, AR football coach Kevin Kelley, who never (or almost never) punts. And he always goes for the on-sides kick. We saw it on FiveThirtyEight.com, which featured the story as part of a joint series (with ESPN Films) of short-documentaries. That video, which you can access by Clicking Here, follows Kelley’s 2015 team as it prepares for a big game against rival Highland Park, TX, which had won 84 games in a row at home. We have an earlier YouTube video, from 2014, below.
The concept intrigued us. Is there any aspect of volleyball where conventional thinking dictates strategy, but where a different approach might be more effective? Maybe, maybe not. To weigh in, go to the DigNittanyVolleyball Forum thread.