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October 2021 Coaching Tip

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Tip by Alicia Dawn Stewart, Carthage HS in Carthage, TX. Reverse 6s This game can be used as a fun warmup. It's called Reverse 6s because your backrow DS/L are playing front row, and your Front Line is playing back row. Coaches determine who plays what positions at the beginning Ex ( Liberos are middles, Middles are setters, OH are Defensive Specialists, Setters are Liberos) Coach initiates the rally with a freeball and the teams play it out. If you happen to end up with a hitter on the front row, then they are not allowed to jump to attack....

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September 2021 Coaching Tip

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Tip by Amanda Mullen, Pitt United Volleyball. 2 Minutes to Win It - Terminating Free Down BallsIn this 6 vs 6 drill, one team receives as many free and down balls as the time allows. The responsibility of the “receiving team” is to terminate the ball entirely to receive a point. Sequence from coach is ALWAYS - free, free, down. It’s nice to change up the pace from the coach and add some topspin to your receiving team. We incorporate a few rules into this towards point scoring to ensure the team stays focused and goes hard which includes the...

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August 2021 Coaching Tip

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Tip is by Coach Esther Witte in Mitchell, SD. Hi! I always need fun names for volleyball drills so I can remember them. This one is called Meatloaf. (Meatloaf has really mixed up ingredients). This is a great warm up drill. Split your practice squad into two groups with one setter for each team. The setter always stays at the net. Two players start in the back row for each side. The other teammates are in two lines on the end line. The coach enters a ball to one side with a down ball, free ball, chase, tip, or dig...

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July 2021 Coaching Tip

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Tip by Erin Maynard

Trivial Pursuit Serving Game

This serving game brings a competitive edge to serving, but it also focuses on serving to zones under pressure.

Each player (or they can be in groups of 2) must successfully serve to all six zones in order to fill their circle, like the trivial pursuit game piece...

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June 2021 Coaching Tip

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Walk-Off Quads Tip by Callie Phillips, JWU in Charlotte, North Carolina.    This is a 4-on-4 game that I use to open practice from time to time.The players are grouped in teams of 4, and each player on a team is assigned a number from 1-4.The teams then play out a point with a free ball, down ball, or whatever the coach would like to use.At any time, the coach can blow the whistle and call out a number, signaling that each team will be losing a player.When that player's number is called, she must vacate the court immediately, leaving...

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