Run this high-energy setting drill with your volleyball team to encourage proper form and communication. This drill has a job for everyone on your team, and will help all players understand what it takes to be a good setter.

Swing Set Drill – Team Setting Drill

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.

HOWEVER!

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”

Plan a 2 hour volleyball practice In 15 minutes

2 Hour Practice Plan Template

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”

Throw an awesome end of season volleyball party!

End of Season Party Ideas

Wait… it’s over already!?

It is amazing how quickly a volleyball season ends! One minute, you’re scratching your head trying to figure out how you could POSSIBLY have 2 more months left (or the 2-3 week range for high school) and the next minute, you’re giving your final “good game” and facing a group of parents wanting details on the end of season party. What do you do? Continue reading “End of Season Party Ideas”

Learn how to teach volleyball passing in no time!

Passing Fundamentals: Teach Your Team the Basics

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!

Volleyball Passing Drill – Passing Ladder Challenge

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”

Volleyball Freeball Transitioning Drill

Freeball Transitioning Drill

One of the most exciting parts of being a coach is when you finally see a concept “click” for your players. Younger teams who are used to just rotating around the court and playing the position they are standing in always seem to take FOREVER to understand the concept of playing defense at the net in the front row, and then transitioning off to play defense for a freeball. Setters, too, will often hang out in backrow for too long before they realize that they should be moving up into the setter position in order to set at the first hint of a freeball.

Although the concept seems simple to the experienced coach, this is one area that teams need to practice in a game-like drill in order to comprehend what is actually being asked of them. Continue reading “Freeball Transitioning Drill”

Your first tournament is already stressful enough! Pack your bag with these items and you can rest a little easier.

Volleyball Tournament Essentials

Tournament days can be looooong days. Whether you’ll be in the gym from 7:00am to 7:00pm, or if you’re only going to half-day tournaments, the time spent under the florescent lighting found in big warehouse gyms can take its toll on you. As a coach, there are a few volleyball tournament essentials that, if forgotten, will definitely ruin your day. And even though it seems like a no-brainer to pack a water bottle, I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to pay for overpriced water because I left my personal one at home (usually on the coffee table right next to the front door, of course).

To help you avoid long uncomfortable days surrounded by Fox 40’s and cheering teenagers, I’ve created a comprehensive “Volleyball Tournament Essentials” list. I’m sure there are many more things you could pack, but these items are sort of like an entry-level package for your DIY tournament survival kit. Continue reading “Volleyball Tournament Essentials”

Get the competitive juices flowing by modifying a childhood favorite for practice.

Fun Volleyball Drill for Ball Control: Musical Volleyball


Do you remember playing musical chairs as a kid? How everyone was nice and getting along walking around a circle of chairs until someone cut the music and you raced to grab a seat? It was fun, right? Got your competitive juices flowing? Well that was the inspiration for the most recent drill I created for my team’s practice to work on ball control as well as their competitive nature. Continue reading “Fun Volleyball Drill for Ball Control: Musical Volleyball”

Setter Development Drills for 7th and 8th Graders

Setter Development Drills for 7th and 8th Graders

3 Easy Drills to Run at Your Next Practice

Teaching middle school players how to set a volleyball can be challenging. Often times, there are only one or two players who show a natural inclination towards setting, and the rest are, more or less, hopeless. Or at least that’s how you feel at tryouts!

Training setters can be very time consuming, and when you are coaching by yourself it can be hard to justify spending practice time running a drill which is designed for only one or two players. But setters make or break a team! Spending time during practice working on their skills will only help you in the long run. Even better, you will likely see dramatic improvements right away. Continue reading “Setter Development Drills for 7th and 8th Graders”

Volleyball Outside Hitter Description

Volleyball Position Characteristics

Sometimes players have a hard time understanding their role on the team and what separates their position from the others. I wanted to highlight these volleyball position characteristics so players who were feeling a little lost would have an idea of what makes their role on the team so important! Check out the bonus at the end 😉 Continue reading “Volleyball Position Characteristics”