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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Teach Your Volleyball Team to “Get the Pancake”

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I realized something this weekend… I have not written a post which discusses my blog’s namesake! So without further ado, here is how to teach your players to pancake a volleyball!

Teach Your Volleyball Team to "Get the Pancake"

A pancake is one of the greatest game-changing moves which can be found in the sport of volleyball. When a team is able to execute this skill properly, a great deal of excitement is usually generated. Especially if you are able to sideout or win the point, your team’s energy will spike, guaranteed! Continue reading

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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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

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 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

Volleyball Practice Planning

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Practice is in one hour, and you still haven’t gotten off work. You’re exhausted, but it’s only Tuesday. Too many things came up throughout the day, which meant you couldn’t take the time during lunch to plan out volleyball practice for tonight.

You make it to practice on time, but you’re scrambling to write down a few drills in order to just LOOK prepared. All of the drills are drills you’ve done before, and there’s no real rhyme or reason to any of your plan other than you know you at least need to work on serving for a while, and some passing would be good too. Continue reading

The Downball Game

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The Downball Game! This is my absolute favorite drill. I use it every practice. Yes, EVERY practice! While some coaches might think using the same drill for every practice would be too repetitive and get boring, my girls are always excited to play this game.

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The Downball Game – Get The Pancake

I use this as a warm up drill. It allows players to slowly warm up their arms on their swing, and their reaction time doesn’t have to be as quick as it would from an actual front row attack. Continue reading