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Improve Catching and Passing with These Fast Pace Drills!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

These high tempo drills from 2013 National Championship coach, Jenny Levy, will help players improve their passing and catching skills while being challenged by full speed running and multiple types of passes. These are great drills for players to complete many repetitions in a short amount of time. It helps players improve their muscle memory for catching, cradling and passing while moving at full speed. 

Perfect Passing

Drill Setup: These passing line drills require 2 cones spaced 20 to 25 yards apart. The players are divided evenly among the cones so there are at least 5 players per passing line. One player will be at cone #1 while another player from that group will be at cone #2 forming a line.

Athlete Movements:

The first drill is a “give and go” pass where a player will begin running to receive a pass from cone #1. That player will then come to a slow down, pass the ball back to cone #1 and return to the end of the line. Each player will complete a repetition of the pass until the drill is ended.

The second passing line drill contains more passes. With the same setup of cones and players, the goal of this drill is to get the players completing passes at different distances. To begin the drill, a player from cone #2 will run full speed to the player at cone #1, go around the player and run back to cone #2. While running to the player at cone #1, a long, then short, and then close quarter pass must be completed. As the athlete returns to cone #2, they will receive an over the shoulder pass, which will then be passed to the next person in line and the next repetition begins.

Teaching Points:

  • Spread the cones based on your team’s athletic ability.
  • Faster tempo adds pressure on the players.
  • Set a controlled yet challenging pace.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Championship Practice Drills for Women’s Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Women’s Lacrosse.






Encourage Better Passing and Communication in Youth Players!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, November 8, 2013

Long time youth volleyball coach and president of the Eastside Volleyball Club, Tim Vande Schraaf, helps young athletes with passing techniques and encourages them to call for the ball. Parents can get involved in this drill which develops their understanding of the game too.

Bump Machine

Because the players are young, expectations are not high based on their developing abilities so methods of moving the drill along are discussed. The drill should be run in both directions so players get accustomed to moving both ways. A variation on the drill can use overhead passing.

View an additional clip from the video: Tips, Techniques & Drills for Teaching Young Kids Volleyball.  Also, view other Youth Volleyball Coaching videos from our massive Volleyball collection!




Convert Your Opponent’s Serve into First Ball Side Outs!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, October 4, 2013

University of Georgia Head Volleyball Coach, Lizzy Stemke, focuses on techniques that work on First Ball Side Out principles. The Passer on the Box will develop the proper use of the arm swing in order to push the ball toward the target with greater accuracy.

Vary the speed of the toss depending on the ability/age level of your athletes.

View an additional clip from the DVD: Training the Keys to a First Ball Side Out.  Also, view other Passing videos from our massive Volleyball DVD collection!




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