There are three basic components to effective transition: How you move well, how you see well and how you communicate well.
In the video below University of Washington head coach Keegan Cook demonstrates his 3 Ball Game designed to enhance your understanding of the transition game and to improve your offense’s success during rally play.
Coach Cook has had a successful career as evident by the following:
- 2x Pac-12 Champions (2015 & 2016);
- 2x NCAA Elite Eight appearances (2015 & 2016);
- 2018 U.S. Junior Women’s National Team Head Coach;
- 2016 U.S. Collegiate Women’s National Team Head Coach
The 3 Ball Game is just taken from his instructional DVD in which he teaches:
- Teach your players the fundamentals needed to transition off the net to attack
- Implement an emphasis on footwork into your team drills for smoother play with fewer errors
- Train your athletes to make the most of out-of-system play scenarios
Defense is a skill that every coach and team can take pride in. A great defensive team can counter a height differential if one exists with your opponent.
In this video from Iowa State University head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch shares how she teaches her players to stay on their feet and pursue the ball.
She does not want her players to create the habit of taking one step and falling down.
Coach Johnson-Lynch states that she wants to train her players to extend their range and cover more ground defensively and in order to do that she believes that you train them to run to the ball and accelerate through the ball. By not slowing down as they approach the ball the player will necessarily cover more ground and thus extend their range.
To train her players to accelerate through the ball she utilizes a simple drill that she illustrates in the video below.
In her complete DVD you’ll get a slew of practice drills that work on training defenders to be their very best. Coach Johnson-Lynch not only includes pursuit drills, like the one below, designed to train players to never give up on any ball, no matter how difficult it may seem to track down. In addition she also includes:
- The Wong’s Walk Drill – An upbeat, intense passing drill
- The Coach on 3 Drill – Perfect for producing more gritty defenders
- 6 on 6 Pepper – A great way to get athletes moving actively on the court
- Neville’s Pepper – Forces defenders to try to keep the ball alive to score points
- 5 on 5 concepts
- Ways to add defensive read and communication skills into drills
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Here is a High Tempo & minute warm-up that you can use with your team prior to your workouts.
This warm-up was provided by my friends at ONEighty Athletics
Time and situations are crucial in coaching and for implementing a high quality warm-up.
1.) EFFORT is contagious! Meaning if you the coach demands effort you better make sure you are giving 110% and bringing the energy!
2.) Set CLEAR and HIGH Standards. If they don’t meet those standards. DO IT AGAIN, & AGAIN & AGAIN until its RIGHT!
3.) Meet with your team leaders before hand. Let them know your expectations and how you’ll be using them to Fuel the fire and inspire greatness from their team.
4.) The reason I’m able to push these kids very hard is the relationship that has been built. They know I care about them and my intent is to make them the best versions of themselves!
YOU CAN NOT FAKE THE WORK!
Here’s the full Warm Up:
1. Burst 5 yards :High Knees:Sprint 15 yards
2. Knee Hug to Lunge + Sprint 10 yards
3 .Walking Hamstring + Sprint 10 yards
4. Hamstring Toe Touch + Sprint 10 yards
5. Lateral Lunge Strength + Sprint 10 yards
6. Shuffle 10 (COD)+ Shuffle 10
*Left Knee on Ground- Right Leg in Lunge Position:
1. Hamstring Stretch x10 secs
2. World’s Greatest x10 secs
3. Hamstring Crawl outs x5 ea
C.)2 Cone Agilities:
4 total reps
2.Sprint- Back Pedal
=on left side of cone=
3.Back Pedal- Sprint
Check out the video below to see each warm-up exercise.
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Getting your middle’s involved is critical to producing a versatile and effective attack.
But how can you emphasize this so that it occurs more often in match play?
In the video below Bobbi Petersen, University of Northern Iowa Head Coach; 2018 AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year; 2006 AVCA National Coach of the Year; demonstrates a drill that she calls Hit the Deck.
This drill is designed to help her team focus on setting a zero tempo ball to the middle for a quick attack.
The drill is conducted 5 v 5 with no left front.
The Hit the Deck drills begins with the coach entering the ball. The point is played out normally. However, if any strategy is used other than a zero tempo ball to the middle, every play must “hit the deck”. This means they are required to get to the floor on their belly and then get back to defend.
In other words, you can set the middle a higher ball, you can set the back row, use can pass the ball over, or use a setter dump but every player will have to ‘hit the deck” before they play the next ball.
They only restriction is that they cannot tip inside the 10-foot line.
This forces the middle to up and ready to be an option. It also forces the other players to concentrate and utilize the middle attack.
This is just one of many drills that Coach Peterson uses to score practice drills to hold players accountable for executing specific skills within the drill.
To learn more about the Hit Drill and other “Accountability Drills” check out Coach Peterson’s instructional DVD entitled Creative Drills for Training Accountability.
The YouTube video below has audio, so please make sure that your speakers are turned on and the volume is up. Note that some schools may block access to YouTube.
This article is republished with permission. The original article appears at Coaching Volleyball.
By John Forman – Founder of Coaching Volleyball. Coach Forman is the Technical Director for Charleston Academy. He has served as DI college coach as well as a professional coach in Sweden
Pepper is a volleyball drill or exercise you can see in just about every pre-match routine and training session warm-up. In its most basic form, it comprises a 3-touch sequence executed by two players which replicates the three contacts used in competitive volleyball – dig/pass, set, hit. It goes as follows.
- One player hits the ball at their partner.
- That player digs the ball back to the first partner
- The first player sets the ball back to the second
- The second hits the ball to the first
- The cycle repeats
This is a great little volleyball exercise featuring all the primary game skills in a way where they can get many contacts. Because it also replicates so many of the game movements, it is also good for warming up ahead of training or competition.
There are many, many variations on the basic pepper structure. They include adding players, having the ball go over the net, requiring specific contact sequences, and incorporating jumping, among other things. Here is a collection of those variations (look for more added over time).
Overhand: All digs must be made with hands, requiring hitters to execute a higher attack than usual.
Rotating: This is for when the whole team is doing partner pepper. At intervals you have one side of the gym rotate so players are spending time peppering with different partners. This is good for getting players introduced to each other during the team formation process, breaking them out of persistent patterns later in the season, and generally for them to better know how each other plays.
Speed: Players stand quite close together and try to do the pass-set-hit sequence as quickly as possible. Obviously, they aren’t hitting the ball very hard at each other. (Saw this used by USC)
Tempo Change: This is a 3-player variation. The digging player intentionally digs either low or high. The setting player is then required to set at proper tempo. So, if the dig is high, the set will be lower while if the dig is low, the set will be higher. (Saw this used by Long Beach State)
- 4-person Diagonal Pepper
- 3-Person Pepper (In-Line)
- 3-Person Pepper (Over the Net)
- 1-Way Pepper
- Hard Drill
- Cooperative Cross-Court Hitting
- 4-Player Pair Pepper
- 2-and-1 Pepper with Movement
- 6+ Player Diagonal Over-the-Net Pepper
I should note that it makes sense to go over the net as much as you possibly can. That, obviously, makes things a lot more game-like.