All Cover Drill
To simulate block recovery and coverage, we run the following drill:
We will set up normal offense on 1 side of the floor. I will place 3 girls directly in front of each hitter, with a ball in their hand, on the opposite side of the net. I will have a cart in the middle, with 2 extra girls to supply the 3 on the front. I will also add 1 girl with a ball in a short back position.
Players that get hit in the face:
It never fails someone is going to get hit in the face with a ball during practice. There is nothing like getting hit in the face, whether by a ball or person or something else, that will automatically change your attitude (to being bummed) instantly. The face is different than being hit anywhere else on your body.
Julie Filippo, Warren Township HS in Gurnee, IL.
Teaching the float serve to young players:
When teaching the float serve, I have my players stand about 1 foot away from the curtain that divides the gyms. I have them toss the ball up and contact through the ball, with the goal to trap the ball with their hand on the curtain.