Take a front-row seat at series of pre-season, USC Women's Volleyball practices. For the first time ever, Mick Haley shares his practice structure with you, letting you in on the drills, techniques and coaching tips that has positioned the Ladies of Troy as one of the top programs in the nation.
Day one delivers various station work including passing, setting, middle hitting, defense, and 6-on-6 play. Listen in as Coach Haley corrects, instructs and teaches his athletes how to "Load" and "Balance." You'll also learn why USC has added 45 minutes of daily "pre-hab" exercises to their practices!
As the series unfolds skills are added and put together, and the speed of practice increases. Focus turns to the middle blockers, passers, and setters as Coach Haley shares many important tips such how to pick up the trajectory of served balls, the importance of "being responsible", and making sure footwork is faster than the ball. Focus continues on balance, and Haley reiterates "push and re-balance" on defense.
You'll also get to sit in on a team film session. Coach Haley and his assistants break down video coverage of a prior team scrimmage. This session gives valuable insight into defensive positioning and philosophy, as well as offensive strategy.
Following the film session, the team hits the court for drills. Starting with a serve and chase warm-up drill, this practice follows with an out of system setting drill that will help your offense get quality swings when out of system for all players and a fast-paced digging drill that will get your players many quality defensive touches in a short amount of time.
Haley breaks down player placement and responsibilities in attacker coverage. The team then breaks into station drills, as servers and passers work together while setters work on set location. The practice concludes with a servers vs. passers competition to simulate competitive situations and to create a fun, challenging atmosphere.
An evening practice features a team-building session in the classroom, led by a sports psychologist. This session covers team rules and team support. The players help to define the qualities that they strive to incorporate into their culture, and discuss team bonding and motivational traditions.
The final practice features small-group stations on multiple courts, which are skill-focused. The team then comes together for a full team "goal-based" scrimmage that helps train player focus and intensity. The remainder of practice includes three fast-paced digging drills, individual serving repetitions and 6 vs 6 drills that emphasize out of system transition to attack.
805 minutes (6 DVDs). 2012.
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