Ball Control Game

The following ball control game is a great variation to your normal practice routine. I am sure that all of you have your favorite ball control drills that you utilize on a daily basis. Ball control is so important and plays a huge role in your team’ success. Because it is so important ball control must be practiced continually. If you are looking for some variation to your daily routines while still getting ball control drills in, you might consider the ball control game demonstrated in the video below.

The ball control game is presented by Kirsten Bernthal-Booth, head coach at Creighton University. She calls the game “Golf” and is not only great for practicing ball control, but may also be use as a fun team activity and great to use in a camp game or contest.

Golf is just one ball control game or drill that you will find presented in the dvd Skill Development Drills: Ball Control. For more information about the DVD that this ball control game came from click the link above.

The YouTube video 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 premise of the ball control game called “Golf” is for players, working in pairs, to execute a predetermined sequence of ball control drills that culminate in hitting the ball in to the antenna. In this game the antenna is like the pin on a golf hole.

Typically this ball control game consists of four holes. The coach will design four different holes for the players to play with each hole requiring a different sequence of ball control drills. Each pair of players must complete the sequence of ball controls drills for a hole and then strike the pin. If they miss the pin they must repeat the hole until they are successful.

The beauty of this ball control game is that the coach can design a wide variety of holes to challenge the players and at the same time adding variation to the normal practice routine.


6 Comments

  • Jackie says:

    What are the other 2 holes? I love this idea!

    • volleyballtb says:

      Jackie,

      This drill is from a Championship Productions video clip. Kirsten Bernthal-Booth, head coach at Creighton University, presents this drill in a DVD that is for sale. I do not own the DVD or I would certainly share her other examples of “holes”. Personally, I have never used the drill. I came across it and thought I would share with everyone.

      Obviously there are many creative options to try. Off the top of my head I was thinking that you could do a two ball drill. One player passes to the other while at the same time your partner is rolling you a ball. One ball is rolling while the other is in the air. This is a good focus and concentration drill by itself. You could then simply have the last player either pass or hit the ball into the antenna.

      Really you could incorporate any of your ball control, or pepper like drills, into this game.

      Another thought, I might actually ask my players to design some holes. I think they would get a kick out of it. They are probably more creative than me anyways. I think it is good to give players some say in practice. For example I typically let seniors design whole practices a few times each season.

      Sorry that’s all I got right now. If I purchase the DVD I will certainly share her other ideas.

      Thanks

  • Howard Wallace says:

    “Please share what other “holes” you have designed. Thank you.

    • volleyballtb says:

      Howard,

      This drill is from a Championship Productions video clip. Kirsten Bernthal-Booth, head coach at Creighton University, presents this drill in a DVD that is for sale. I do not own the DVD or I would certainly share her other examples of “holes”. Personally, I have never used the drill. I came across it and thought I would share with everyone.

      Obviously there are many creative options to try. Off the top of my head I was thinking that you could do a two ball drill. One player passes to the other while at the same time your partner is rolling you a ball. One ball is rolling while the other is in the air. This is a good focus and concentration drill by itself. You could then simply have the last player either pass or hit the ball into the antenna.

      Really you could incorporate any of your ball control, or pepper like drills, into this game.

      Another thought, I might actually ask my players to design some holes. I think they would get a kick out of it. They are probably more creative than me anyways. I think it is good to give players some say in practice. For example I typically let seniors design whole practices a few times each season.

      Sorry that’s all I got right now. If I purchase the DVD I will certainly share her other ideas.

      Thanks

  • Denise says:

    Fun drill that really gets you working on skills.

  • Howard Wallace says:

    Thank you!

    Howard

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