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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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May 2021 Coaching Tip

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Tip by McKenna Skaggs from Scottsdale, Arizona. Hello! I have created my own game that is a combination of Candyland and Monopoly, but for volleyball. It is called Vollopoly! I have created on a poster board a game board like Candyland with different colored squares and some squares contain a picture of a volleyball. The game is set up by teams splitting into 2 sides of 6, playing regular volleyball rules. With every point scored, the side moves their game piece one space forward and the game continues. *IF the game piece lands on a square containing a volleyball, then a player...

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April 2021 Coaching Tip

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Tip by Trica Adkinson, Gooding, Idaho. Drill is called "Rally Drill" You have 6 on the court in their defensive positions. One coach on a box across the net to hit at them and 2 players or coaches to toss balls across the net. This drill works on the long rally and stamina and getting back to base. Coach starts by hitting a ball at the 6 from the box across the net. The six play it out and send the ball over, immediately one of the tossers throws a ball over, and the 6 have to play it out...

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