1. Design Volleyball Drills for Appropriate Time of Season
Coaches should create an outline for their practices before the season starts. It’s important to have created a practice plan several months before the season that has guidelines for what the team needs to accomplish.
These guidelines include everything from conditioning to skills
and drills. As the off-season, pre-season, and in-season are
going on, details of what exactly to be doing in practices
should be determined.
The volleyball coach should make an effort to plan each practice
or each practice week considering what needs to be improved upon
the specific time of season. This is called personalization.
2. Design Volleyball Drills for Appropriate Time of Practice
What and when you do volleyball drills in practice is important
for having a successful practice. Technical skill volleyball drills, or
individual player volleyball drills are usually best done near the
beginning of practice. Team volleyball drills or fun volleyball drills
should be done near the end of practice.
Technical volleyball drills are drills that need players to focus for
perfect skill execution.
When performing technical drills, it’s common to rotate players
quickly during the drill. For example, when players are trying to execute a perfect forearm pass using perfect passing form, players can rotate quickly and only have
to focus on skill execution at a time.
With technical drills, each repetition is important. Players
shouldn’t be forced to pass so many balls in a series that will
make it harder to focus.
3. Keep Players Active
Limit each players part in each drill to just 1-3 minutes
because any longer than that players will start losing focus.
Volleyball drills that involve players rotating quickly are good because
they can get a break in focusing on the task then come back and
do the same thing several times again after each rotation during
the volleyball drill. So they are able to get repetition without having to
work several minutes at once repeating the same thing. This is
really important in executing technical volleyball drills.
Also, drills should be designed that keep players
actively participating in the drill. You don’t want to run
drills where many players are standing around watching. The more
players are able to stay involved, the
more they will stay focused and improve.
4. Design Volleyball Drills Specific to Player’s Playing Level
Not all players are for same. Coaches shouldn’t
design volleyball drills that are so advanced that players won’t get
anything out of doing them. Also, players shouldn’t be doing volleyball
drills that they’ve already mastered.
Coaches should look at individual players and determine what the
weakest link is. For example, if a player’s weakest skill is
passing, they need to spend time working on passing.
On the other hand, if a player’s strongest skill is hitting,
they shouldn’t be working on hitting all the time. Often, what
skills player’s like to work on are ones they are already really
good at doing.
5. Be Aware of What Current Events are Affecting Your Volleyball
A volleyball player’s mood, stress level, and lifestyle have a major impact on their volleyball playing ability.They should be design with current events in mind.For example, if a team just experienced a long weekend from an emotionally draining tournament, volleyball drills for the next practice should be adjusted accordingly.