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”
When you are training a group of players to be elite athletes it can seem like spending time playing games at practice is a waste of time. What we sometimes forget as coaches is that fun is a major component of the learning process.
Thinking back on my time as a player I first remember running around laughing with my teammates and playing fun games. Yes, I remember playing hard, training, and running through drills, but the most vivid memories are from when I was playing “deadfish,” “the downball game,” and more.
What this tells me is that I was the most present while we were having fun and playing games together. But there are more benefits than just having fun at practice. I’ve listed a number of benefits which come along with structuring a practice which includes small games that reinforce skills. Continue reading “The Power of Games”
Summer is officially underway and I’ve just finished up the second week of my volleyball club’s camps! This last week we had a pretty young group (3rd through 6th grade) and I saw a LOT of hitting errors over and over again. There are a few simple solutions to some of the most common errors, and I wanted to share them with you! Continue reading “Common Hitting Errors Young Volleyball Players Make (And How to Correct Them)”
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”
We’ve all been there. “Why am I sitting out?” “Why does Sarah start but I have to sub in?” “Why do I never get to serve?” These are all thoughts we probably had as players on one team or another. We usually chalked it up to Sarah being the favorite, or the coach not paying attention to us, or not knowing what they’re doing… Continue reading “7 Ways a Volleyball Coach Decides Playing Time”
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”