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”

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 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”

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!

Teaching Young Players How to Pass a Volleyball

Teaching Young Players How to Pass a Volleyball

HOW you teach passing is just as important as the mechanics! This post addresses both, so you know your young players are learning how to pass correctly and to appreciate the foundation of the sport.

3 Reasons to Encourage Failure

3 Reasons to Encourage Failure

If a player knows you will support them through the learning process and their failures, they will reward your trust by exceeding expectations. All volleyball coaches should read this! It will help you develop your coaching philosophy.

Competitive and Fun Volleyball Setting Drill for 8th Graders: Popcorn

Competitive and Fun Setting Drill for 8th Graders: Popcorn

Teach your players game-like skills while having fun and competing against one another with this fun and easy volleyball drill! Competitive and Fun Setting Drill for 8th Graders: Popcorn

Advanced Hitting Lines

Advanced Hitting Lines

This volleyball drill gets your players moving and warmed up, going all out, and practicing actual game-like movements.