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The February Coaching Tip of the Month Winner

Jen Ebright, Volborg, MT.

Serving: I put old jersey's on the other side of the court to represent the other teams serve receive. I tell my players to NOT hit the jerseys. Aim for the seams.

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Coach Speasl's February Coaching Tip

Coaching to Learning Styles:

To improve your coaching make an effort to learn your players learning style. Pay close attention to their speaking patterns and you will pick up on clues that will help you understand them.

For instance, if your player is talking to a friend and says something like "I see what you're saying", she is probably a visual learner and as a coach you will need to show her the way you want things done.

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The January Coaching Tip of the Month Winner

Jean Lojko, Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC.

Point of Emphasis:To have athletes learn to focus on bending their knees while approaching and use their speed and arms to help them have an explosive jump.

Drill:Have a Coach or manager stand approximately eight to ten feet off the net holding a swimming noodle parallel to the ground. The height of the noodle and how far from the net you stand will depend on each individual player. You want the athlete to approach the noodle. Using a four step approach, the athlete would step right, then left (going under the noodle) then the right/left plant steps would put them in the optimal position to jump explosively.

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