University of Texas-Dallas head coach, Marci Sanders, runs her players through the “Two Touch Drill” to improve their skills for a variety of volleyball hits. It’s much easier to control the tempo in the game if your athletes are able to control the ball via passing, setting, tipping and high hands.
Drill Summary: In the narrow court, players get in groups of four with two players on each side of the net. The coach shouts out specific tempos that they want the players to use. Tempos used in the clip include: 4-4, first touch 4 set across 3, first touch 4 down ball 3, first touch 4 jump and tip 2, first touch 4 jump and roll 3. Work on listening and communicating with your partner!
In this drill that pits servers versus passers, both groups battle to be the first to hit their target point total. Abbey Sutherland, UW-Stevens Point head coach, gives players advice on which hits are ideal as they complete the drill with the goal of developing team finishing skills.
Drill Summary: This drill pits passers against servers. Passers start at 10 points and their goal is to get to 20. They gain points by hitting 3 passes. The servers want passers to get to 0 points… Any time the passers make a mistake, it’s -1 point. The point of the drill is to work on FINISHING a game. Coaches are also free to add hitters and blockers for an added dimension. As players are completing the drill, coaches should be instructing them on any good or bad decisions they make.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Finishing Drills for Simulating Game-Like Pressure.” View other world class Volleyball videos!
Karen Paxton, head coach at Katy High School in Texas, improves her players’ ability to chase down and defend balls by using tennis balls. This drill will not only improve footwork and reaction time, but also develop the hand-eye coordination of your athletes.
Drill Summary: Players partner up with a player of similar height, and each pairing needs a tennis ball. Have one partner stand on the end line and have the other partner stand about five yards away with the tennis ball. The player with the ball holds their arm out at shoulder height with the ball in their hand, while the other player assumes a defensive stance. The player with the ball drops it, and their partner must rush forward and grab it after only one bounce. As players get better at this, increase the distance between both partners and allow the ball to bounce twice before grabbing it.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Partners should be the same size.
2) Wear tube socks on your hands to make the drill more challenging.
3) Step forward on the first step, not backward.
4) Run through the ball.
Founder and coach of Legacy Volleyball Club, Walt Ker, often encounters athletes who struggle to judge the depth of serves off the hand of the server. The “Getting Out of the Box” drill is a recognition exercise that will train players to read and react to short and long serves.
Drill Summary: For the first drill, the player stands on the 22 foot line on the opposite side of the court as the coach, who has a cart of balls. The coach serves balls directly at the player, but either 25 feet or more or 15 feet or less. It’s the player’s job to run up or back, plant their feet, and pass the ball. No side passing is allowed. Another aspect of the drill to add is to have the athlete call out “short” and “deep” just before each serve is hit by the coach. If they struggle with this part of the drill, have them move closer to the coach and take out the passing part of the drill.
Keys to the Drill:
1) No side passing.
2) Beat the ball to the spot.
3) Call out “short” or “deep.”
4) Only run straight forward or straight backward.
Mike Lingenfelter, Munciana Samurai head coach and four time national champion, runs the “Fab 50” drill to train players how to communicate with each other and dig balls on defense. This is a great drill for any athlete or team that struggles with balls hit between players.
Drill Summary: On one side of the net, set up with three back row players, a setter at the front of the net, and players ready to rotate in. On the other side, set up two platforms and a coach or player on top of both, ready to hit balls at the players in the drill. After the coach blows the whistle, alternate hitting a ball to each side of the court. If the player successfully passes the ball to the setter in a spot that is playable, the person that passed sprints to the left side of the court where the attack line meets the sideline, and smacks the floor. Rotate in players to assume vacant spots, and change up setters occasionally.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Hand the “hot ball.”
3) Get feet set & develop your platform.
4) The less movement, the better.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Volleyball Practice with Mike Lingenfelter.” View other world class Volleyball videos!