Shuttle passing is great for teams of all ages, and can be altered to change the level of difficulty for your team in particular! I’ve run this drill with 2nd and 3rd graders, and with high school teams as well.
Have you thought about offering private lessons, but you’re not sure where to start? The first time I ran private lessons, I really really REALLY over-prepared, because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. My club had plugged me into some timeslots and I was supposed to create lessons after a quick consult with the player (most of whom I did not know) and if you know me at all, you know I’m a planner. So this was WAY outside of my comfort zone! Continue reading “How to Run a Private Lesson for Volleyball (Plus Free Plan!)”
One element of game time that we often struggle to replicate in practice is PRESSURE. The pressure to get the first serve of the game in, the pressure to make the serve after a teammate has missed, and especially the pressure of serving accurately and aggressively on game point!
Few “punishments” can mimic the feeling of having all eyes on you and the pressure you feel to get the ball in. Likewise, few punishments actually feel as bad as missing during a critical time in the match.
This is where we harness the power of peer pressure.
Sure, we’re all taught that peer pressure is bad, and it seems wrong to “manipulate” our team so that they are pressuring one another to make their serves in. But let me tell you, there are only a few ways to recreate how it feels to serve in a game, and this is one of them! Continue reading “Team Serving Challenge | Serving Under Pressure”
Do you need a quick game to run at your next volleyball practice? This easy serving game will challenge your players to serve to zones without them even realizing that they’re learning!
Just print out this drill and save it for your next practice. Keep it in your binder as a reminder when you need inspiration! Continue reading “Serving Around the World Drill Diagram”
Hey coaches! I’ve been advertising this drill a ton because not ONLY did I make a video describing the different ways to set it up, I also made a printable version for you! This drill, Hitting Lines vs. Defense, is one of the most versatile drills I’ve covered for you so far. The setup is easy and the concepts are pretty basic, but it’s SO useful! Just because it’s not complicated doesn’t mean it’s not for high-level teams either. Teams at all skill levels can use this drill and it will benefit them. Continue reading “Hitting Lines vs. Defense | Drill Print-Out and Video Description!”
One of the toughest skills I have a hard time creating drills for is setting. When you cover passing and hitting, these are skills that all players on your team will need to use. But setting? Yes, everyone needs to know HOW to set… But they will rarely set from the setting position and would therefore not benefit as much from constant setting drills.
There is something to be learned from practicing this skill occasionally. I’m a big fan of training my players to play every position so that their understanding of the game is pushed beyond the confines of their position (wow, that was deep lol). This drill gives players a good understanding of what it take to be a setter, and will help them see the court from a new perspective. Continue reading “Swing Set Drill – Team Setting Drill”
Busy coaches often find themselves heading to the gym without a practice plan. Yes, some of us can get by without a plan, but is that all you want? Just to get by? Take 15 minutes on your lunch break or just before you leave and come up with a plan!
Heading to practice with a plan will give you confidence in the skills you’re teaching your players. Not only will you run an organized practice, the parents will see that you’ve shown up prepared and they will place more trust in your coaching abilities. Continue reading “2 Hour Practice Plan Template”
Passing is arguably the most important skill in volleyball. Young players cannot get a rally going unless they receive training, and older teams will struggle to compete against a tough serve or offense without lots of reps and game-like drills. This is why it is so important to teach your team the basics! Give them a good foundation to build from when you teach them how to pass a volleyball.
Check out this short video and get started! Continue reading “Passing Fundamentals: Teach Your Team the Basics”
Does your team need to work on moving their feet, communication, and teamwork? Want to add a competition to practice early on? Run the Passing Ladder Challenge at practice tonight!
The Passing Ladder Challenge works best in groups of three but can be altered depending on the number of players you have and the group size you’d prefer. In this example, let’s use 3 groups of 3.
This drill is best for players who are beginner-intermediate skill level from 1st grade to 8th grade and can be changed by using the variations listed at the end of the article. Continue reading “Volleyball Passing Drill – Passing Ladder Challenge”