TRAINING YOUR TEAM TO PLAY MORE SPONTANEOUSLY. How You Structure Practice. Tutoring – Small groups . Skill Warm-up. 1 or 2 Main Drills. Distribute Serve and Pass. Post Practice Tutoring. Make Practice Competitive.
Tutoring – Small groups
1 or 2 Main Drills
Distribute Serve and Pass
Post Practice Tutoring
Make Practice Competitive
A. Ball (what type of pass/dig is it…perfect, off the net, tight, etc…)B.SETTER – What are they telling you (dump??)C. Ball – What type of set, Leftside, Rightside, Quick etc…D. HITTER – Early eyes on the hitter and their hitting hand. Hitter has to go to the ball, which will tell you the quality of the set. “Hitters tend to hit what the set gives them”Players should verbalize what they see…this will help them see/react to it faster.Set is “inside, wide, tight or off” If they see tip or free ball, say it.
EYESVERY important aspect of playing spontaneously. What do they see and how early do they “see” it.
COMMON PHRASES SAID IN OUR GYM “Stay Ahead of The Play” “See What Is About Ready to Happen” “See the “Quality” of the pass or set and say it” “Look at the HITTER” “If you don’t say it, we don’t know if you see it”
But here are a few ideas to think about…
Blocked vs. Random – Players not performing the same skill back to back
Mass vs. Distributed – Distributing skill work throughout practice.
* 30 min of passing all at a time or (3) 10 min sessions)
Part vs. Whole – Players performing the whole skill
How you structure practice? - Tutoring, Warm-up, main drill
How you structure drills? – Multiple ball, how you put in the ball etc…
Non-Setters “Leaving” the ball for hitters
Playing the ball out of the net
Blockers playing the ball that comes down on top of them
Have a system in place for when your setter digs the ball
Making a play on a ball deflected off the block
“Lightening Bolt Proofing Your Team”
Running of out subs
Putting in the wrong lineup
Injury to your star player
A defensive specialist having to play front row
The key is to put your players in those “unlikely and unpredictable” situations before they happen so that if/when they occur in a match your team can be better prepared.
Multiple Ball Drills allow you to play more volleyball in a shorter period of time and allow you some flexibility in “creating” situations to respond to.
Don’t always train your team in a “perfect” environment. Plan for and create opportunities that are random in nature.
How you score the drill i.e. in a row, wash scoring, golf scoring
How you enter the ball i.e. downball, last ball, bounce, scramble, virus, out of net, joust
- Don’t always enter the ball the same way
Rotation of players within the drill. i.e. MB’s rotate every 2 serves, OH’s rotate Every 3 serves etc… This gets players used to playing with and against different people
ConclusionBy being “creative” with the way you do things in practices, emphasizing the visual part of the game with your players, they can learn to respond better to the firstname.lastname@example.org@kstatesports.com