The 3 C’s Drill: Communication, Coverage, and Celebration

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Do you have a quiet team? Or a team that forgets to cover their hitter? Do you need some team bonding activities to help them support and encourage each other?

This is the perfect drill for you!

The 3 C's Drill: Communication, Coverage, and Celebration

Seriously, my team changed after running this drill, which I found on YouTube one day:

In the video, it is explained that a team of 6 will play to 25. They can earn up to three points from each freeball by:

  1. Communicating;
  2. Covering; and
  3. Celebrating

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Not Teaching Your Team a Skill Because They’re “Not Ready” Is a Disservice

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I came to a realization last week that upset me. My team that I am currently coaching has been struggling this year to master foundational skills. They are an older team who should have stronger passing skills, and the group’s weakness in this area has led to weaknesses in all areas. If you can’t pass, you have a hard time setting, and with off sets, it’s hard to work on hitting. Struggling hitters do not challenge blockers or defensive systems, and you can see the snowball effect the weakness in passing has had on my team.

Not Teaching Your Team a Skill Because They're "Not Ready" is a Disservice

So when my team asked if we could start running plays (only the club players had experience with plays at this point) I’m going to guess that you know what my answer was. It was a firm, strong, “No.” Not only did I tell them no, I told them, “You’re not ready for that.” Continue reading

Teaching Young Players How to Pass a Volleyball

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Passing. The very first thing we all have to learn in order to advance to any other skill. As much as every young player wants to spend entire practice sessions running through hitting lines, it is important to instill a love of passing in your team.

Teaching Young Players How to Pass a Volleyball

We’ve all heard the saying, “it starts with a pass,” and we’ve probably heard ourselves repeating this little nugget of wisdom once we get into the role of coaching. But think back to when you were a player. Did that quote inspire you? Motivate you? Even matter to you? Probably not.

Telling players that passing is important is not the way to inspire them to work harder at the skill. The way that I have found to encourage players to work harder on their passing is to spend individual time with each of them correcting their skill, and showing them that they can succeed. Little victories are the key to development. Continue reading