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.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, May 1, 2015
St. Louis University head coach Kent Miller uses these drills to teach his players the characteristics of serving that make it hard for the opponents to return the ball. Key strategies players will learn include: serving flat and hard, serving deep and serving accurately.
Drill Summary: The three drills included in this clip are: serving through elastic, serving deep and lines and diagonals. For the serving through elastic drill, you’ll need to string a band of elastic to the top of both antennas prior to serving. The goal is to serve above the net, but below the elastic to promote a low ball with high pace. For the serving deep drill, players focus on serving to the last five feet of the court to make it harder for the opponent to return. Finally, in the lines and diagonals drill, players begin by serving directly across the court, then transition to serving diagonally.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Ever wondered how to hit a float serve? How about a serve with topspin? In this clip, University of Central florida head coach Todd Dagenais teaches you how to hit a float serve, standing topspin serve, jump float serve and jump topspin serve.
Types of Serves
Drill Summary: The first kind of serve is the float serve. For the float serve, the player stands and contacts the ball at the midline with a very firm hand. Ideally, the float serve is about 35 mph. For the standing topspin serve, the ball should travel at about 40-45 mph. To create topspin, use a very loose hand, hit underneath the ball and roll over and through. For both jump serves, hit the ball the same as you would on the ground, but step left-right-left and jump into it.