Pre-Made Practice Plan: Jousting and Tip Coverage

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Often times, the motivation for a practice plan will come from major weaknesses witnessed during a match or even over the course of a tournament. This practice plan, practicing jousting and tip coverage, came after a particularly frustrating match during which my team lost to a team who lacked the power to send us fast-paced hits, yet bested our defenses via wimpy tips. The entire match.

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Now, if you read more of my articles and practice plans, you’ll see that I am actually a fan of a well-placed and well-timed tip. And if that has to be your main offense to defeat a team, then so be it. However, when you know the opponent is not doing this on purpose, it can be infuriating to watch ball after ball drop in the middle of the court.

After this match? You can bet jousting and tip coverage were my main focus at our very next practice. My advice? Use this practice plan BEFORE you realize you need it!

Time: 2-hour practice

Age levels: Advanced 8th grade, 9th – 12th grade

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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 Warm-Up Drill: Tip and Chip

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Some of the greatest overlooked skills in volleyball are the tip and the chip shot. After a beautiful pass and a perfect set, a crowd will go nuts to see the ball smashed to the floor. But a well-placed tip which still results in a kill? It will get applause, but not the crazy jumping up and down from the masses.

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Teach your volleyball players the tip and chip game and you will have more attack options during your matches!

And that’s too bad. There have been countless matches where my front row will get blocked, dug, and just plain hit the ball out of bounds trying to avoid a rock-solid defense. The trick here, is to realize that a great defense for these attacks often has a weak spot, right around the blockers or in the middle of the court. The only way to get to these places efficiently? A tip or chip.  Continue reading