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How to Create Drills for Out-of-System Training

with Kevin Hambly,
Stanford University Head Coach;
2018 NCAA National Champions; 2017 Final Four;
2018 Pac-12 Volleyball Coach of the Year, 2018 AVCA Pacific North Region Coach of the Year;
former University of Illinois Head Coach;
2011 NCAA Runners-up; 5x Sweet Sixteen appearances;
2011 Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year

Most teams find themselves out-of-system more than 60% of the time during a typical match. Rather than have your practice time filled with drills that are controlled, Stanford's Kevin Hambly suggests that you spend 60% of your practice with out-of-system drills, which is comparable to the amount of time you'll spend out-of-system in a match. It's philosophies like these that helped Hambly lead his teams at Illinois and Stanford to 5 Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and 2 National Championship contests including the 2018 NCAA National Championship title.

In this video, you will learn how to help your team score even when they're playing out-of-system. Coach Hambly also covers ways you can gain an advantage during a rally by keeping your hitters in rhythm even though they're in an out-of-system situation. You'll get methods to ensure your hitters can still score in a variety of uncomfortable situations.

Staying In Rhythm

Coach Hambly first explains the importance of spending enough time practicing how to respond to out-of-system balls, the difference between being "in rhythm" vs. "out of rhythm" for attacking, and how to produce sets that keep hitters "in rhythm" despite an out-of-system pass or dig. This includes evaluating your setter's capabilities and range to generate an "in rhythm" set, alternative setting approaches, and where to target the set location for an out-of-system ball to promote a successful attack.

Gaining an Advantage

Next, Hambly shares insights on how a team can gain advantages in rallies that involve out-of-system balls. This includes teaching hitters what parts of the court to attack when hitting an "out of rhythm" set and the specific court location not to hit to, tips for how to attack the blockers' hands and use the seam to your advantage as a hitter, and, approaches to recycle the ball off the blocker to generate a better attack.


Finally, you'll get six team drills that will prepare your team to score more points off out-of-system balls by replicating game-like scenarios. For example, in Coach Hambly's "5+5" drill, he shows how you can efficiently train your players on different out-of-system situations through a progression of:

    Serve receive - serve receiveServe receive - free ball Serve receive - setter digServe receive - covering a tipServe receive - bounced ball

In all of the drills, your whole team will stay involved on both sides of the net while getting additional benefits through time spent serving and serve receive, digging, and transitioning from defense to offense.

Coach Hambly states that his 2018 NCAA Championship team was out-of-system 65% of the time! Because of this, he believes it's important that you spend the equivalent amount of time during practice running out-of-system drills. This video provides a plethora of ideas for out-of-system play that have been valuable for Hambly and will be of equal importance to your own program!

51 minutes. 2019.

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Creative Drills for Training Accountability

with Bobbi Petersen,
University of Northern Iowa Head Coach;
2018 AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year;
2006 AVCA National Coach of the Year;
2018 MVC regular season and tournament champions;
3x AVCA Regional Coach of the Year (2001, 2002, 2018);
5x MVC Coach of the Year

As a coach, you should want your players to be accountable for their practice and game performances. In this video, Northern Iowa's Bobbi Petersen shares different ways to score practice drills to hold players accountable for executing specific skills within the drill.

Using a variety of exercises, Petersen demonstrates how emphasis can be put on any skill that your team needs to focus on. She encourages coaches to not only emphasize the result of a drill, but to also put focus on the result of the skill.

How to Demand Player Accountability in Drills

You will learn how drills can be modified depending on the specific improvement you need to see from your players.

Petersen covers:

  • How players can be held accountable for the end result of contact.
  • How drills can be broken down for a more specific focus on a skill.
  • How drills can be adapted to add more pressure on players.
  • How the speed of a drill can be over-trained or under-trained to meet the skill-emphasis needs of your team.

Drill Progressions

Coach Petersen demonstrates a vast array of drills ranging from simple over-the-net progression drills to more difficult 6-on-6 drills with game-like variables. She suggests that coaches should hold players accountable in a drill by how that drill is scored. Specific skill accountability ranges from platform and passing skills to your team's ability to stop a run from the opposing team. In all of the drills that Petersen demonstrates, she reiterates the emphasis should be on the specific skill(s) in which you want to see improvement.

This video covers why it is important, as a coach, to measure success within a drill as opposed to only measuring success from the result of the drill. Petersen does an outstanding job of explaining the progressions within her featured drills. The exercises in this video can be implemented in your gym immediately for near-instant impact!

52 minutes. 2019.

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Teaching the Fast Offense

featuring Mick Haley,
former USC Head Women's Volleyball Coach;
2x National Champions (2002 and 2003);
6x Final Four appearances (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011);
2011 Pac-12 Coach of the Year; 2003 AVCA National Coach of the Year;
2000 US Women's Olympic Volleyball Coach;
6x NJCAA Champion; over 1,150 career wins;
Distinguished member of the AVCA Hall of Fame (2006)

The fast offense has been used in the game of volleyball for decades. In this video, veteran coach Mick Haley simplifies the approach of teaching the fast offense and breaks it down in easy-to-understand segments for coaches of every caliber.

Coach Haley stresses that the idea of the fast offense is to train your players to "keep it simple." Training the rhythm and timing of the offense will enable your team to execute the offense effectively. Haley breaks down the offense for each position and provides explanations for the different options.

Trust the Technique

You'll learn how hitters and setters must work together for a smooth flow in the offense. Haley encourages players to avoid over-thinking their volleyball instincts and to trust their training in order to execute the offense. Focus and preparation are key elements stressed by Haley in order to reap the bountiful results of the fast offense.

Fast Offense Training Progressions

Coach Haley breaks down each of the necessary elements of the fast offense. He describes the variety of swing options a team can utilize to score. Additionally, Haley demonstrates different pass locations and the options that the setter has to maximize their quick offense.

Coach Haley does an exemplary job of breaking down the fast offense and keeping it in simple terms that make it easy to teach to your own players. The instruction progression in this video can be used in your gym today!

56 minutes. 2019.

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Best of Club Volleyball: Setting

with Nabil Mardini,
Director of Operations with Los Angeles Volleyball Academy (LAVA);
former Pierce College Head Coach; 3x CCCAA California State Champions and Back-to-Back Runners-Up;
2x AVCA National Two-Year College Coach of the Year

Developing a strong setter is critical to the success of any volleyball program. While it would be convenient for coaches to consistently find and recruit leaders who are already setters, it's definitely not a routine you can rely on. This video from Los Angeles Volleyball Academy's Nabil Mardini will guide you through the most essential setting skills for all age groups.

Principles and Fundamentals

Coach Mardini has an engineering background that allows him to incorporate quality control methodology into his practice regimen. Most coaches understand the X's and O's, but what Coach Mardini focuses on is the `why'. He spells out each important setting feature and walks through why the setter should follow the methodical approach.

You'll see Mardini demonstrate how important it is for your setter to shape their hands like a volleyball, keeping the wrists firm and driving the elbows instead of the wrists. Additionally, you'll learn why an upright posture will help setters improve the versatility of your team. Once setters have their hand position and body posture mastered, they can begin learning how to face the ball and open up to where it's coming from. You will learn the visual cues that setters should look for in order to see the direction, speed, and height of the ball.

Next, Coach Mardini presents how to have setters move off the net with a right or left foot spin depending on the angle of the pass. The spinning movement will allow your setter to create enough energy to move the ball to the pins if needed. Additionally, Mardini touches on how to set quickly, create hittable sets, understand which hitters are hot and which ones are off on a given night, and utilizing left/right footwork patterns to maintain balance.

Practice Segments

Mardini brings a refreshing perspective to the setting philosophy. He spends a lot of time working with setters in rotations 1, 3 and 4, which are the most challenging starts for a setter. You'll see how to help your setters:

  • Use a spin and kick with the jump when moving off the net to set the pins.
  • Understand the concept of jump setting, not jumping to set.
  • Set against the flow to take advantage of teams that may want to follow the pass.

Setting can either make or break your team's offensive execution, which is why it's so important to train setters who are fundamentally sound and can take charge as a leader. This video from Coach Mardini details exactly how to train setters who are more than capable of commanding your squad in the heat of battle.

63 minutes. 2019.

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Considerations for Establishing Your Team Defense

with Cliff Hastings,
Parkland College Head Coach;
Back-to-Back NJCAA DII National Champions (2015-16) - finished a perfect 57-0 in 2015;
Back-to-Back NJCAA DII National Champion Runner-up (2013-14); 8x Mid-West Athletic Conference Champions (2009-16);
Director of the Prime Time Volleyball Club (IL)

Cliff Hastings has amassed an impressive .905 winning percentage in nearly a decade as the head coach at Parkland College. His efforts led to back-to-back NJCAA D-II National Championships in 2015 & 2016 (following back-to-back NJCAA D-II National Championship runner-ups in 2013 & 2014) and it's clear that Hastings knows what it takes to build a winning program.

In this video, you'll see Coach Hastings cover his essentials for team defense. He focuses on back row play, collaborative drills, and improving control to help you boost the effectiveness of your team in the defensive portion of the game.

Back Row Position Qualities

Each back-row position is unique such that the outside positions move forward and backward most frequently while the middle-back defender performs more side-to-side movements. We should put our players in the back-row position that they are most likely to succeed in. You'll see Coach Hastings cover a number of topics, including:

  • Why it's important for coaches to know their players and to understand the best way to use them effectively in the back row.
  • Warm-ups that include segments where players pass the ball while moving forward and backward. Alternatively, they can focus on the side-to-side skill that is needed from the middle-back position.
  • The Shuffle Passing drill, which is used to focus on footwork and maintaining good body control.
  • Having players self-evaluate the skills being taught and putting them into practical game-like situations to improve performance and skill level.
  • The Knee-pad drill, which is used to make sure players pass with the chest up, hips forward and in a neutral position at impact.

6-on-6 Collaborative Drills

With this video, you will learn how to incorporate collaborative drills into your team practices to gain a clear picture of what you should cover the most with your defense. Too often, coaches lose sight of the simple things when they go into attack mode and miss out on making the little changes needed to be successful in defending every aspect of an offense. You will see:

  • The Backpedal drill, which is used to force the passer to exit the court after a good pass by backpedaling.
  • The 6-on-6 Setter Dump drill, in which points are scored only when the setter dumps the ball untouched to the other side of the net. This is a great way to observe how well a defense moves to the ball on setter dumps.
  • Ways to decide which defense to run and who does what on defense in a variety of conditions.
  • The 6-on-6 Overpass drill that allows teams to focus on where they should position themselves in the event of an overpass.

Control Drills

Control drills will allow you to see and coach a ton of defense. Coach Hastings guides you through how to build a high-caliber defense and shows:

  • How a coach or manager can fill the 6-person role to run the collaborative drills when your team is short on players.
  • Why blocking middle hitters isn't a 'cookie cutter' approach. Coaches need to understand which offensive players are most effective and how to play defense with the percentages. For instance, if an offense has a good weakside hitter, you may want to cheat the double-block in that direction.

When coaching volleyball, it's important to understand the considerations for establishing a team defense. This video from Coach Hastings will guide you through a systematic approach to incorporating collaborative drills and skills into your practice regimen.

60 minutes. 2019.

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