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January 2020 Coaching Winning Tip

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Tip by Brandon Lichtie in Amarillo, TX. We call this the Modified Butterfly Drill. This drill was designed for two purposes; first, to make our OHs learn to hit different spots, and second, to teach back row coverage against an attacking OH.Setup:1.Line of tossers in right back at about 15 ft.(We start with 3)2. Line of diggers in left back on the same side as the tossers. (First person should be in base.)3. A line at target on the same side of the net as the tossers and diggers.4. On the opposite side of the net, the setter, or setters...

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December 2019 Coaching Tip

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Tip by Anita Burns, McAlester, OK. My team's current favorite drill is "Rotating Buffs"Split your team evenly and place on opposite sides of the net. (This drill does not work well for small teams of 10 or less.) For large teams, place 6 on floor and remainder waiting to rotate into the front left position. Each side has one designated setter who remains in that position (either front or back row. I start with setter stationery on the front row then put her into back row after a few rounds. This helps her learn the difference in coming from back row...

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November 2019 Coaching Tip

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Zig Zag Shuttle Passing Tip by Morgan Johnson from Idaho.Split the team into 2 groups.Group A will stand on either side of the net facing the back line. Each holding a ball they will be the tossers.Group B will stand on the back line facing someone from Group A. They will be the passers.Setting the timer for 2-3 minutes. Group B will run from the back line to the 10ft line to pass the ball. Once passed, they will shuffle back and to the left (clockwise), touch the back line and repeat for the next tosser. As the player reaches...

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October 2019 Coaching Tip

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7 minutes of Terror Tip by Brent Reeves from Van Buren, AR. We divide into 3 teams and play. Your goal is to win a game to 5. If you lose, you are exercising. It is different each time but the exercise must be hard. We put 7 minutes on the clock and begin play. We always use a down ball to start the rally and if you win you get the free ball. 1st team to 5 stays and the other team will go directly to the exercise station and stay until one of the 2 teams loses and then they...

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September 2019 Coaching Tip

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Tip by Jacqueline Twing, Rock Island, IL. Everything Drill. Divide the team into 3 groups. Setters will be on Side B. Group 1: Serving from Side A to Side B. After serve, player sprints to the base and receives a down ball from a coach on Side A. After digging, replace target and hand the ball to the coach. Coach goes through the line of servers 3x attacking from LF and 3x attacking from RF. Group 2: Serve Receive. Group of defensive specialists, outside hitters, and liberos. Receive ball from Side A. If aced, or server misses serve, the coach tosses a ball to...

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