In this post Stanford coach Kevin Hambly demonstrates a Libero Training Drill that he utilizes to help train his liberos to effectively cover more ground and increase their coverage area.
In the clip below Coach Hambly shows you how he trains his libero to move to the ball from the left back position. He discusses the importance of the “Go” position and always facing the action by keeping your hips, knees, shoulders and toes pointed at the action. This libero training drill is just a portion of his teaching progression
He begins his libero training drill by positioning the libero in the left back position. The coach is at the net with a ball. the coach will either simulate a tip, setter dump or a set. The libero will then move accordingly. The coach will toss the ball to the center to simulate the dump or tip. The libero will move forward to cover. If the coach bounces the ball, thus simulating a set, the libero will move into position to dig. The coach will then hit a ball to the libero.
Coach Hambly then progresses to having the players face the coach in the middle. A second coach is placed outside and when he bounces the ball to simulate a set outside, the libero must turn and face the action and retreat into position to dig the ball.
This libero training drill is just a short sample from Coach Hambly’s libero training dvd. For more information about that DVD click the link AAU Volleyball Skill Progressions: Libero. In that DVD Coach Hambly talks about coverage, the role of the libero on a team, and how to identify the best player for the libero position. He covers every aspect of being a libero in easy to understand segments that are easy to understand and master.
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