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Improve Your Footwork to Enhance Your Hitting!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

University of Iowa Head Coach, Bond Shymansky, shares a drill that helps build the slide hitter from the ground up. Coach Shymansky takes a closer look at the one foot take off and how to improve a hitters footwork. He explains how important the last two steps are when practicing the drill. Coach Shymansky shows how to train all hitters from any zone at the net to run a slide or one foot take-off type of attack.

One Foot Takeoffs

Setup: The coach tosses the ball up to the athlete and clears out so the hitter has room to land. The athlete is focusing on the last two steps before the one foot take-off. The approach is irrelevant, it can be a three or five step approach to the ball. The hitter finishes the hit with the elbow over the wrist.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video Developing the Slide Hitter.  To view more volleyball videos from America’s top coaches, click here.




Become Mentally Tough with the 1-2-1 Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Friday, August 1, 2014

The University of Iowa Head Volleyball Coach, Bond Shymansky, presents a 1-2-1 Drill. This is a sideout drill with a serve for the final point to mimic the stress of serving and scoring after a rally.

1-2-1 Drill

The drill begins with the “scoring” team receiving a serve. If they sideout, they receive a small point. This team then receives two free balls, receiving a small point for each sideout. If the team scores three small points, the team serves. If they lose any of the three prior points, the team returns to the start of the drill and receives a serve. If the team scores all four points, they receive one big point and rotate.

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Work on Your Players’ Aim to Hit the Open Spots on the Court!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Sunday, June 1, 2014

Bond Shymansky, the University of Iowa Head Volleyball Coach, examines how players have to become comfortable in hitting to zones where they can take advantage of their opponent’s weaknesses. This simple drill gets hitters to aim to specific zones on the court.

Directional Hitting

Once your players master this drill they can then progress to more advanced drills.

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Simulate Game-Like Situations with this Warm Up!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Bond Shymansky is the former Marquette University Volleyball Head Coach and he provides clear instruction on the performance, strategy and purpose behind this drill. Coach Shymansky explains why traditional pepper creates several problems and how this drill addresses these issues.

Triangle Pepper

In this drill involving three players, players have to work together against the hitter and the warm up evolves into a much more random, game-like fashion than traditional pepper, which tends to be more linear.

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High Energy Warm Up Drills to Improve Fitness and Form!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, December 10, 2012

Learn fast pace drills from Bond Shymansky, Marquette University Head Coach. Also, he is the 2011 Big East Coach of the Year. Developing young volleyball players requires quality reps and touches in a practice. On top of that, Coach Shymansky delivers the when, the why, and the strategy behind each drill. These drills will create a practice atmosphere that will increase your players’ volleyball IQ, tempo, ball touches and the competitiveness of your team.  

Above, you will see a great warm up drill called the Butterfly Drill Continuous. Make sure players communicate with one another and don’t get consumed with the difficulty of play in the drill. Always practice with a purpose and you will see excellent results!

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