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Best of Club Volleyball: Team-Oriented Ball Control Drills

with Tanya Jarvis,
Orlando/Tampa Volleyball Academy Coach;
Bishop Moore Catholic (FL) Head Coach;
2015 Florida 5A High School State Champions and Florida 5A High School Coach of the Year;
2012 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year

Volleyball success is based on the foundation of quality ball control in all phases of the game. Through a progression of individual, partner, 3-person and team drills, Tanya Jarvis demonstrates how to guide your team to improve its ball control by implementing strategies for encouraging proper form and court position for passing and setting. Your team will also improve conditioning, team communication, and learn to react to different game-like scenarios.

Throughout this video, Coach Jarvis provides tips for teaching players to quickly acquire better ball control skills, for keeping players engaged, and for using these drills to get the most out of your limited practice time. The video includes 27 drills (including variations) that can be adjusted to player skill level.

Individual Movement Series - Three Phases of Ball Control

When developing ball control, Jarvis takes her players through three phases of training. These phases feature drills involving getting to balls more quickly and learning to track balls that go over the head. In each phase, players practice passing a controlled pass to themselves while emphasizing proper ready position, body balance, and acceleration to the ball.

Partner Series

This series of four drills teaches players how to work together in tossing, passing, setting and digging balls in a controlled fashion through progressively more difficult actions. Jarvis shows how to use this series to reinforce the right form and continuous communication between teammates, along with improving the ability to transition between different skills.

3-Person Passing Series

The third part of this video shows how to develop a player's ability to shuffle short and long distances at a fast pace and then pass balls using good form throughout the drills. Coach Jarvis uses the last part in this series to incorporate dives or rolls with proper passing and ball control techniques through a fun, competitive drill.

Net Series

In this series, Jarvis uses three- to four-person drills to help players get "comfortable with the uncomfortable" by practicing how to play balls successfully out of the net, along with developing more precision in their different platform angles by controlled passing over and under the net.

Shuffle Series

Next, Jarvis moves to three drills that incorporate training in shuffle movement, body positioning to pass in the center line, and adjustment to pass short balls. In the first drill, a coach tosses a ball over the net to have players shuffle to the left or right to pass it to a setter target; in the second, players move to have the tossed ball bounce between their legs; and in the third, players perform knee drives to slide into position to properly pass short balls.

Butterfly Series

This series incorporates a progression of drills to train players to hone their skills in passing, setting and hitting under control using a butterfly configuration and emphasizing continuous ball movement during each drill. This approach engages players to transition smoothly between skills as the drills progress to reflect game play.

Out-of-System Series

Coach Jarvis uses this series to teach players how to adjust to set out-of-systems balls using their hands or platform and also hitting to specific zones during out-of-system plays. Throughout this series, Jarvis gives specific tips on passing and setting location for out-of-system balls as well as pointers for hitters.

Cross-Court Pepper

The video ends with a cross-court pepper drill that focuses on controlling digs from a cross-court spike and transitioning to counter-attack. This drill helps all players become more adept at each core ball control skil

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Best of Club Volleyball: Passing & Serving

with Nabil Mardini,
Director of Operations with Los Angeles Volleyball Academy;
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

This video takes you to an off-season workout with Coach Nabil Mardini and will show you how to allow many passing opportunities for your athletes in a 4v4 game. Coach Mardini sets up a handful of drills along with a wide variety of variations that you can use to adapt the core drill to fill the needs of your team.

Coach Mardini shares the core values, concepts, and methods he uses in the gym to train serving and passing. By understanding the "why" along with the "how" to perform the techniques, Coach Mardini explains how to get your players to understand what they are doing.

Key Techniques for Better Serves

You'll get insights from Coach Mardini on three common types of serves: the stand float, the jump float, and the jump serve. While each serve has its own method, Coach Mardini explains how there are shared techniques between all three, including maintaining high elbows, location of the toss, and using a consistent rhythm on every repetition. When you put all of the instruction together, your athletes will be able to become less sporadic and serve with more power and movement on the ball.

Core Techniques Used by All Passers

Coach Mardini breaks out the key elements of the pass and uses his players to demonstrate arm position, body posture, and footwork to be an effective passer. He explains why the various elements work so you can explain them to players that need adjustment in their passing technique, along with core techniques and strategies that apply to the whole team.

Learn the Value of VOLLEYSAL

Need a passing drill that can morph into a game with endless ways to focus on different skills, court placement and position work, and allow your athletes to get several touches? VOLLEYSAL is that game!

Coach Mardini has adopted the concept of indoor soccer training, called FUTSAL, to develop VOLLEYSAL. He demonstrates a variety of drill variations you can use to train serving and passing within a 4v4 or even 3v3 environment, which works well with smaller club or recreation teams. Coach Mardini explains how the smaller court presence can improve the number of touches per player and increase court awareness.

Coach Mardini completes the video by demonstrating specific drills using the VOLLEYSAL concept to work on specific elements of passing while creating competition with the smaller teams. His drills allow you to create drills that challenge players of any skill level and push athletes to challenge each other to become better servers and passers.

104 minutes. 2018.

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Cliff Hastings Coaching Volleyball 2-Pack

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

In this video, Coach Hastings shares drills and coaching techniques as he explains the drills, corrects his players, and provides many different variations to the drills.

Hastings does a good job of showing a clear cut, step-ladder way of building a practice session with high expectations. He separates practice into three areas of focus:

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Position Training - Where he breaks down the learning process to build consistency across the board.
  • Team Training - Where he allows players to gain a better understanding of his expectations through game-like situations.

Strength & Conditioning Workouts

Coach Hastings shares his teams' exercises and how they are designed to prepare players for the upcoming season. You'll learn:

  • The one arm bench press to allow your players to work on both arms equally.
  • How the medicine ball toss can be a great way to work on abs and body rotation.
  • How Bosu ball squats will help your players develop balance and strength in their squat.
  • Rowing exercises that can be used to simulate body mechanics during a swing.

Position-Specific Training

Learn to use a variety of drills that simulate game-like situations. Coach Hastings divides players into different stations to help with individual skills to allocate practice time for individual player development. Position-specific training is incorporated into the team drills.

You'll see how Hastings creates consistency in the gym so that all players are on the same page. Peer to peer leadership and feedback is encouraged and seen and reinforces a legacy of learned experience and wisdom passed on from the upper classmen to the newer players. Additional skills taught include:

  • Achieve correct footwork by isolating players in a series of drills to imitate moves that will happen during a match
  • Isolation footwork
  • Using team statistics
  • Blocking as a unit
  • Setting accuracy and aggression

It's critical for teams to have an understanding that during a match, not everything will run perfectly as practiced, so, in anticipation of that, Hastings spends specific practice time working on things that could go different - such as playing a bad pass, your setter taking the first ball, and other unplanned/likely to occur scenarios that lead to out of system play in a match.

Team Training

Coach Hastings takes everything learned in the position-specific training and incorporates it into the team drill segment. In this session, he uses game-like settings to work on areas that present themselves during a match. The control drill allows your team to work on various skills in a controlled environment. Hastings also shares his insights on why he uses the different drills based on statistics gathered from the season's matches.

Finally, one of the gems of this video is to see, firsthand, some of the on-court 'verbal coaching cues' Hastings uses - giving you terrific insight into his coaching while at the same time seeing how attuned he is in keeping players engaged and focused on getting better.

Need some structure and ideas for your practice time? This video from Coach Hastings is the answer!

54 minutes. 2018.


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

Cliff Hastings and his team are known for implementing the short serve into their volleyball arsenal, which has helped the Parkland College

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Controlling Opponents with the Short Serve

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

Cliff Hastings and his team are known for implementing the short serve into their volleyball arsenal, which has helped the Parkland College Cobras win back-to-back national championships. The approach to strategically using the short serve will lead to your opponent spending more time hitting out of system, which will help your team's defensive effectiveness and ability to control the opponent.

Hastings walks through the purposes of using the short serve, specific technical approaches to performing a short serve effectively, and how to defend against the short serve. Throughout this video, he provides tips for helping players disguise their short serve, recognize situations where a short serve will be most effective, and maneuvers to pass a short serve to target in game situations.

Executing the Short Serve and Alternating Between Short to Deep Serves

Coach Hastings uses a series of seven drills to teach the technical aspects of serving short in zones 2 and 4 while emphasizing the importance of a higher trajectory for the ball and proper follow through for the serving arm. These include engaging and competitive drills to serve in targeted locations to hit flat targets, to knock a ball off a cone, and others that have teammates work together to serve to each other in rotating short serve zones.

Hastings then migrates to drills that help players find control to be able to serve deep immediately after completing a short serve and vice versa to keep teams off balance. He also shares an effective technique of serving high and deep when you face a team that can pass short serves well. One drill focuses on players learning to approach short and deep serves with the same speed and body position while finishing with a solid contact for a punishing float serve.

Short Serve Strategy

You'll get rotation-specific strategies for short-serve options that will put the most pressure on the other team's passers. The strategies will also try to force the other team's setter to backtrack to find the pass and/or be forced to set to the outside, where your team can more easily defend.

Defending the Short Serve

Hastings shows how to implement a partner drill that teaches sliding forward on two knee pads to be able to pass the short serve more effectively, followed by a full game-like drill that integrates this passing technique with execution of an attack. He ends the video describing a strategy to break another team out of short serving by pushing the serve into a deep corner location.

Take advantage of this video to systematically teach your team how to serve short consistently, implement a strong short-deep serving strategy, know the best game situations and zones for the short serve, and defend against the short serve!

55 minutes. 2018.

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Creating a Good Volleyball Culture in the Gym

with Kilee Goetz,
Founder/CEO of Spotlight Athletics;
Director of Volleyball at the Legacy Center of Michigan (Legends Volleyball)

We often drill, and drill, and wonder "why" aren't players getting it or "what" is it that they don't understand? This can be due to many things, but a primary cause is how people learn. Some are good at verbal comprehension, and those kids can visualize what you say. Then, there are visual learners who oftentimes need an animated picture of what's being instructed.

Once you gain a better understanding of this, and the varying learning styles, your teaching methods will be better and your athletes will be more receptive to you!

Kilee Goetz has considerable knowledge in the skill of behavior medication. She is methodical about teaching other coaches how to capture kids' hearts at volleyball practice.

Teaching Players to be Successful on the Court

Coach Goetz has great passion for teaching the sport of volleyball using positive reinforcement and allowing players to be more active in practice drills. In this video, she shares some tools to show you "quick fixes" that can become lasting staples to your program and will positively impact your athletes:

  • Positive reinforcement in a constructive, yet competitive setting.
  • How to get more out of what you say without saying anything differently.
  • How do develop team chemistry immediately.
  • Communication - Simple, quick tools to teach your athletes how to find comfort in "what to say."
  • One drill to teach everything you need in the game of volleyball, beginner to college. It's probably something you already do ... with a spin!
  • FUN! Your athletes will have high expectations and hard work, while enjoying and embracing the process!

This is a great motivation session training you how to communicate more clearly with your players. The content in this video opens a gateway for coaches to learn better ways to improve their team and teach players to achieve more.

Produced at the 2016 AVCA Annual Convention in Columbus, OH.

56 minutes. 2017.

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