Courtney Thompson, of the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team, discusses the things that make her a better setter and leader. She shares her thoughts on how to create practice sessions that enhance player performance, and explains four ways to better coach drills. Her in-depth explanations cover everything from drills that measure improvement to drills that are uncomfortable to ways coaches can explain the focus and goals of drills while providing feedback.
Thompson shares several key points for player improvement, including:
Thompson demonstrates some of the drills used by top coaches to improve her own performance. Although these drills focus primarily on setters, they very game-like and include other aspects of the game as well. As the drills are performed Thompson gives feedback that helps players make changes during the drill. She explains how the use video during practices and drills to give players instant feedback that, in turn, helps them make adjustments during the drill.
After walking players through setting drill demos, Thompson fields questions from coaches and players about how to become a top-notch setter. Using personal anecdotes, she tells how her experiences have helped her become a top athlete and how she continues to develop as a leader and grow her craft as a setter. She encourages setters to learn to read their passers in order to best adjust no matter how the ball comes off their arms. Thompson also explains how to use feedback during games to create consistency and clear understanding.
Do not miss out on this rare opportunity to learn from one of the top volleyball athletes in the country!
Produced at the 2013 AVCA Annual Convention in Seattle, WA.
47 minutes. 2014.
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