By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016
UW-Stevens Point head women’s coach, Abbey Sutherland, has led her team to back-to-back NCAA D-III Final Four appearances. In the “Butterfly” drill from Coach Sutherland, your players will practice their serving and passing from different angles on the court.
Drill Summary: There are four rounds of this drill. Left side serving with left side passers, right side serving with left side passers, left side serving with right side passers and right side serving with right side passers. The goal is to get either 16 serves in one minute or 40 in two minutes, depending on the talent level of your team. Players rotate from server to passer, passer to receiver, and receiver back to server.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Servers hit zones.
2) Accurate passes.
3) Make adjustments on the ball.
4) Find a way to get the job done!
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
St. Louis University head women’s volleyball coach, Kent Miller, explains the necessary steps for executing a jump float serve. Among the most important aspects of the jump float serve are the toss, footwork, jump, body position and rhythm when hitting the ball.
Jump Float Serve
Drill Summary: To execute a jump float serve, use a left-right-left run-up (if you’re right handed) while keeping your body position upright. Make sure the ball gets tossed both up and forward so you can run up and hit it. From there, make solid contact to float the ball onto the opponent’s side of the court. Developing a rhythm is important for this serve, so taking lots of reps during practice is recommended by Coach Miller.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Thursday, October 1, 2015
An easy way that a coach can help their team win more games is by putting their players in position to win. Shelton Collier, head coach at Wingate University, explains why developing serving strategies during a game is crucial for winning volleyball.
Video Summary: There are four main topics discussed in this video: signaling specific areas for players to hit to, serving at the opponent’s weakest player, serving at the opponent’s best player (to try to break them down) and adjusting serving strategy from match to match.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015
A cornerstone in Stanford University head coach John Dunning’s practice plans over the years has been the “Serving & Passing Drill.” In the drill, athletes work on their serves as well as making perfect passes to setters at the front of the net.
Serving & Passing Drill
Drill Summary: On each side of the court, there should be two servers and two passers ready at all times, along with a receiver in the middle at the front of the net. Receivers can be coaches or setters, depending on how many players you have available. Servers take turns serving balls and the passers must focus on passing a ball that the receiver would be able to set to either pole. After 10 good passes, players rotate.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Accurate passes.
2) Quality serves.
3) Good platform when playing a serve.
4) Call out every point.