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July 2020 Coaching Tip

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Tip by Shelley Jones, Commerce, Texas. Game: Smorgasbord This is a game we play with Middle School age through the Varsity level. The girls love it, and it forces them to work on different scoring techniques, while defense has to be prepared for anything. You can change the difficulty of the game by setting different goals or "tasks" for the teams to complete to win the game. Two teams compete, each must complete the different tasks set up by the coach. It's a Smorgasbord of skills. For instance: with the varsity I will set 2 even teams of 5 or...

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June 2020 Coaching Tip

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"5 on 5 Dig or Die" Tip by Sue Bavone in Cheshire, CT.   My team absolutely loves this drill, and it brings out their competitive sides (and actually can get heated at times)! It also forces them to communicate because they are short a player, and the pace is fast.-Make teams of 5 and let the kids determine how they want to set up their positions. Also, let them pick a team name (they love this)!-Use a whiteboard to record each team's scores.-Each round consists of 20 balls alternated by a coach on each side. They should be entered...

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May 2020 Coaching Tip

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Tip by George Mon, Allegro Volleyball Club in New Jersey. Preface: I read all the time about coaches that dread coaching the younger players 12-13's. I will be honest, it does take some research in how to coach 13's at the beginner level. And so this drill is part of a series of new drills in re-thinking a game plan, factoring in positive goals, building success and skills with limited time. I got started with a Carl Mcgown camp 25 years ago and he impressed on me to not waste time. This is designed as a warm-up drill - super...

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April 2020 Coaching Tip

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Tip by Kris Maglunog in Phoenix, AZ.   Serve Receive ActivatorFocus on Side out, 6v6 Drill Rules: Teams must be "Activated" to score. How a team becomes activated, the team must score in serve receive. Once a team is activated, they will get unlimited freeballs until they lose the point. Teams play to 15 points. You can modify the drill based on your needs for the practice!- Middle Kill in Serve Receive Activator- First Ball Side Out Bonus Points- Must win the serve ball to be activatedetc.Team A serves to Team B. If Team B scores, they become "activated" and...

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March 2020 Coaching Tip

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Tip by Patrick Helmas, Babson College in Wellesley, MA.   Circle of Life Warmup Drill.Minimum of 3 players, best if done with 4-6 players. For more than 6 players, add a blocker, or a second passer, or more people waiting in each line.To get one point:Team must successfully Serve>Pass>Set>Controlled Hit to a target>Dig to self, and the digger must Catch that dig.NOTE: on each play, the Server also Digs, and the Passer also Hits.After each attempt, rotate to the next spot:Server/Digger>Passer/Hitter>Setter>back in line to Serve.We normally spend 1 minute warming up and getting used to the drill, then do a...

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