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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Pre-Made Volleyball Practice Plan: Learning Setting and Attacking

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The season has started! This means two things. 1) We’re all scrambling to figure out what our teams’ strengths and weaknesses are, and 2) I will have a lot of practice plans that I share with you!

The beginning of the year is the best time to review basics with your team (although they should constantly be enforced throughout the season). I recommend ALWAYS beginning with passing and serving, as these are the two most fundamental skills one needs to play volleyball. This plan is for our second practice of the year, so we’ve progressed to setting and attacking.

Pre-Made Volleyball Practice Plan: Learning Setting and Attacking


Time: 2-hour practice

Age levels: Any skill level. Adjustments can be made to increase or decrease difficulty

Skills targeted: Setting, attacking, offense.

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Competitive and Fun Setting Drill for 8th Graders: Popcorn

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Setting can be a difficult task to teach to your entire team. I know when I played, if we were all going to learn to set, we just all found a spot on the wall and did wall sets for 15 minutes, or until we complained too much about our arms hurting. Wall sets are not fun. I’m sure you know this as well as I do.

Competitive and fun drill for 8th graders: Popcorn

Keeping drills fun, especially when you are coaching younger teams, is very important. But the drills also need to be game-like and incorporate skills they will actually use in a match. Sometimes combining these two elements can be a challenge, especially with a skill that very few people are naturally gifted at.

I am going to call this drill “Popcorn” because when I see it in my mind, I also envision a popcorn machine heating up the kernels and popcorn flying around through the air.

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Pre-Made Practice Plan: Introducing Plays

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Hey everyone, I decided I’m going to feature regular practice plans for you all, so if you ever need to get to the gym ASAP but didn’t have time to sit down and plan out your practice, I’ve got your back! I’ll be adding more regularly, so make sure to check out Get The Pancake often!

Run out of time before volleyball practice to plan drills? Check out some of our pre-made practice plan! New plans added regularly.

This practice plan will focus on introducing quick sets to your team, and defending against quick attacks.

Time: 2-hour practice

Age levels: Advanced 7th and 8th grade teams, advanced freshman teams, junior varsity and varsity teams.

Skills targeted: Running offensive plays, defense.

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Advanced Hitting Lines

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Hate to see your team standing around while you’re warming up? Think your team hits great in practice but isn’t able to execute during a match? Try using this drill!

Traditional hitting lines just don’t cut it. If you’re using this drill, you are practicing how to hit from a perfect toss. How often does that happen during a game? Well, zero. Your setter never gets a nice high toss, and they can NEVER complain about a toss and refuse to set it.

This drill advances your team much quicker than traditional hitting lines for two reasons.

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Volleyball Drills to do at Home – Video Examples

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Volleyball is a tough sport to practice by yourself, but there are ways to make it work. One of these ways is to make best friends with a wall.

Make sure this wall:

  1. Is not next to a room that needs to be quiet (baby’s room, office, etc…)
  2. Doesn’t have shelves on it or the other side. Breaking things is bad.
  3. No windows either…
  4. Has a higher ceiling. Low could work, but high would be better.
  5. The room shouldn’t have many breakable things in it either. TVs, lights, Grandma’s favorite vase…

Basically, make sure you’re not going to break anything. If you break something, it’s your own fault. Ask your parents if it’s OK before you do any of these.

APPROACH DRILL: OK, now that you’re all set, one of the drills I like to do is practice my approach. Give yourself some space, and just go over your footwork and arm-swing. A jump is fine, but not necessary. If you hit with your right hand, your three-step-approach should go “left, right left.” This video shows how to do your approach if you’re not sure. Step with the opposite feet if you’re hitting with your left hand.

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