Team Serving Challenge | Serving Under Pressure

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”

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Easy volleyball game to play at your next practice!

Serving Around the World Drill Diagram

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”

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One of the most versatile volleyball drills there is! Perfect for lineup work, offense, defense, and everything in between. Great for young teams and advanced volleyball teams.

Hitting Lines vs. Defense | Drill Print-Out and Video Description!

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!”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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Volleyball Scrimmage Alternative: Vegas

Volleyball Scrimmage Alternative: Vegas

While I love creating my own drills, sometimes you just need to peruse the internet and find some new inspiration. Two weeks ago I was looking for high-intensity drills and found “Vegas.” While the title was intriguing, it didn’t really explain what the drill focused on. Strictly out of curiosity, I watched.

My initial reaction was that it looked fun, but was nothing too special. It had competitive elements to it that was something I felt my girls needed a big dose of, so I added it to our practice plan with 20 minutes dedicated to learning and finishing the drill. Continue reading “Volleyball Scrimmage Alternative: Vegas”

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The 3 C's Drill: Communication, Coverage, and Celebration

The 3 C’s Drill: Communication, Coverage, and Celebration

Is your team struggling to communicate, cover, or celebrate? Read how I run the 3 C’s Drill (presented by Judy Green, video in article) and try it out for yourself! It seriously impacted my girls and we have been a different team ever since!

Teach Your Volleyball Team to "Get The Pancake"

Teach Your Volleyball Team to “Get the Pancake”

A pancake is one of the greatest game-changing moves which can be found in the sport of volleyball. Teach your players to pancake a volleyball using my tips and progression drill!