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”

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”

Team Rules: A Free Printable for Your Club Team

Team rules can make or break a season. There are two important factors in whether or not team rules make an impact on your team: 1) Everyone has to know the rules, and 2) You have to enforce them.

While I can only encourage you to hold your players accountable and cheer you on for sticking to your guns, I CAN provide you with a list of broadly applicable team rules which any coach can implement. Continue reading “Team Rules: A Free Printable for Your Club Team”

Fix a Volleyball Serve in 4 Steps

Fix a Volleyball Serve in 4 Steps

This weekend I was working with young players (7th graders) during club volleyball tryouts. At this age, there are going to be a few players who stand out that have played club before or are just naturally athletic. There are also going to be a few people who have never played before and are just mimicking what they see others doing, even though they’ve had no formal training.

My court was no different, and there were plenty of times I saw the opportunity to tweak a player’s movements or form to improve their performance. While this takes some one on one time with a player, it is definitely worth it to step aside for a minute or two and help them (read more at the bottom on why this can work to your benefit, even during tryouts). Continue reading “Fix a Volleyball Serve in 4 Steps”

Not teaching your team a skill because they're "not ready" is a disservice

Not Teaching Your Team a Skill Because They’re “Not Ready” Is a Disservice

“You’re not ready for that yet.” Have you caught yourself saying this to your team when they ask about more advanced skills? Plays, jump serving, swing blocking, etc? I heard myself say this exact phrase, and then had a small meltdown that I was not looking out for my girls.