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February 2019 Coaching Tip

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Tip by Daniel Hart, Pulse Athletics VBC in Yorba Linda, CA. When coaching athletes on passing I use 3 basic questions to get them to understand what they are doing! Questions 1: Did the ball hit your "sweet spot"? The "sweet spot" is when the ball hits both of your arms evenly at the proper place. Most athletes tend to have the ball only hit one arm, hit their thumbs, or the ball hits the arm to high. We encourage the athletes to track the ball to their platform and this will help with having the ball consistently hitting the...

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January 2019 Coaching Tip

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Tip by Lori Aleshire from Waynesboro, VA.  Serve-Serve Receive Drill * Team Play- Score starts at 18-15. Team with 15 is on Serve Receive (SR) all the time. Serving team can rotate every 3 serves. Receiving team does not rotate since they are working on a particular SR rotation. Game to 25, -1 for any unforced error (UE). Winning team gets a Big Point. Once the game is over the recieving team will now serve in the new game. When the team recieves for a second time they should move to a new rotation. 1st team to get 6 Big...

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December 2018 Coaching Tip

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Tip by Susan Kentner, Bismarck Henning HS, Bismarck, IL This is a super fun competitive drill and the girls love it! Blanket Drill: Put a tarp or several blankets over the net so neither team can see the other court, play 6 on 6 and coaches take turns throwing any kind of ball across the net at one of the 6-member teams, they play it out and we keep score....when that rally is finished another coach throws the ball to the other side and we continue to play. The girls have to really watch the ball to see where it...

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November 2018 Coaching Tip

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Tip by: Kristina Gafford, Midland College in Midland, TX. One drill we use on a daily basis is "The Perfection Drill". It is a great warm-up drill that works on all aspects of volleyball: passing, setting, hitting, control, communication, pressure, etc.  Rules... Groups of 3-4 players (typically have 3 groups). Each group needs one passer/hitter and one setter on each side of the net (If there are only 3 players in a group, the setter will set on both sides). Within the group, initiate play by serve or toss. Passer/hitter passes to setter and transitions out to hit, setter sets...

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October 2018 Coaching Tip

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Tip by Jean Hagler, from Savage, MT.  A fun serving drill is called Serving Bunco (after the dice game popular in our area - pronounced "bonko" - don't ask me why) Two teams are scrimmaging - live ball.  If the server, serves an ace - they wear the Bunco hat (you can use any hat you like) until another server gets an ace - then they get to wear the hat and so on.  This continues as long as you set the game - first to 25 etc.  At the end of the game, the player wearing the hat gets...

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