Getting your players to talk to each other is very important and not always easy to accomplish. In the video clip below Kamehameha Schools (HI) Head Girls’ Volleyball Coach, Bala Spencer, provides you with the Back Row Attack that not only gets your players reps that will improve your team’s back row attack, but will also force them to communicate and move in order to complete the drill.
Practicing your back row attack should be a part of your plan. Whether it is a necessary because of a bad pass, or a planned attack because you have a good player that you would like to utilize from that position, the back row attack can be a effective tool for you.
This clip is from a DVD that includes a set of drills designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of you teams warm-ups while stressing communication. For more information about the DVD that this clip came from click the link High-Energy Warm-Up Drills
The YouTube video below has sound, so please make sure that your sound is turned on and that you have access to the site. (Some schools block access to YouTube)
The back row set drill is initiated by a coaching serving a ball into to one of three back row players. The back row player that receives the ball must pass the ball to the setter and then make a call communicating to the setter where she would like the ball in order to attack. The only rule is she can not hit from the same position that she passes from.
The other two back row players must each communicate and move to new spots. The coach will now serve a ball into one of the other two players. The receiving player will once again pass to the setter and then call for a ball in a different area. The other two must move to new positions. The drill continues until all three have had an opportunity attack from the back row. After each player has hit simply rotate in three new back row players.