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July Coaching Tip

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Tip by Karan Price, Altoona Area, PA. To help players who struggle serving right after a timeout in a match, we have now started randomly picking players to go to the service line after a drink break at practice. We put a "consequence" on the line for the entire team if they error. In our recent winter junior high league playoffs, we had two players go to the line after timeouts and serve with confidence because they had already felt the pressure and been successful in practice.

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June Big Cart Coaching Tip

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Tip by Thom Frock, Carroll County, Maryland.

We love playing SEVEN. It emphasizes finishing, reading, and our "nothing-hits-the-floor" mindset. The game is best played 5v5 without a MH on either side...

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April Go Cart Winning Tip

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Tip by Richard Moyers, BelAir, MD. Hosting a Parent's Clinic Early in the season, but after the team has started actually performing with one another, dedicate a practice to hosting a parent clinic. At the clinic, coaching staff will teach the basic mechanics but the athletes will take over coaching their parents. After a while, open a couple of nets up to actually play some games. Parents will now learn about how much work their kids have gone through as well as have a better understanding of rules before barking at officials during matches...kids will have to sharpen up their...

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March Go Cart Winning Tip

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Howard Wallace, Kerrville, Texas. Out of System Attacking Game.This is a 2 on 2 or 3 on 3, back row attack game. The coach initiates play by tossing in a free ball (or hitting in a controlled down ball) to one side. Each side is only allowed 2 hits to get the ball over. The idea is that a player must dig/pass the ball with the intent of making it "hitable" for a teammate. Winner of the rally gets a point. Coach enters the next ball to the losing side. You determine how you want to score it. It can...

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February Go Cart Winning Tip

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Jessie Uribe from Vancouver,  WA.

When giving a losing team a consequence for games in practice, use the difference in score to dictate the penalty. For instance, if the final score is 25-20, then a consequence can be 5 tuck jumps. If the final score is 25-10, then 15 pushups. This teaches players to fight to the end.

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