All Access Volleyball Practice with Kirsten Bernthal Booth
with Kirsten Bernthal Booth,
Creighton University Head Coach;
2016 VolleyballMag.com National Coach of the Year - 3x National Coach of the Year;
Back-to-Back-to-Back Big East Regular Season and Tournament Champions (2014-16);
all-time wins leader at Creighton
This all-access video features the Creighton women's volleyball team, which has built itself into a successful program on the national stage thanks to head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth. The video takes place early in the volleyball season, which means you'll see Creighton work methodically to refine their mechanics and technique in order for players to success master various skills.
During the morning sessions, you'll see the team spend more time on ball control while limiting the amount of jumping that athletes do. Meanwhile, the afternoon sessions have a tendency to ramp up the intensity!
Day 1 Morning Practice
The focus of this practice is passing and serving, which are key ingredients to being able to run a successful offense. Tremendous attention is devoted to using techniques that will save the shoulders and keep athletes healthy during a long volleyball season.
The first part of practice focuses on passing and using different angles from both sides of the body, as well as high and low shots. Meanwhile, the middle hitters work on resistance footwork using bands and a partner to practice blocking footwork.
The coaches emphasize defense by teaching players how to get their hips around the ball, and then by hitting balls off of a pad to imitate a ball hitting the block. After a few minutes of 6v6 play with only tipping or rolling allowed, the coaches shift their attention to serving. The last half of the practice shows more drills with the focus on passing and blocking.
Day 1 Afternoon Practice
The afternoon practice features some split work focusing on individual positions, but the majority of practice focuses on serve receive as Creighton gears up for their season.
In the first half of the practice, Bernthal Booth demonstrates creative ball control drills, with middle hitters working on right side attacks and outside hitters working on back row attacks. From there, the coaches push serving and passing drills to better prepare the team for going through rotations.
During the second half of the practice, the coaches start off by playing short games through each rotation, focusing on what the players' strengths and weaknesses are. The First Swing Game allows both sides to get points up until the first swing is completed.
The intensity level increases by the end of the practice, where the pace of play is very game-like. The coaching staff does a fine job gradually increasing the load and intensity. Players begin at about 70% effort level and build up to full speed at the end.
Day 2 Morning Practice
Winning the serve and pass game is critical at every level. In this morning practice session, Coach Bernthal Booth presents multiple drills that focus on passing from different types of serves. The drills highlighted for individual passing can easily be adjusted for passing with a partner or multiple partners.
Specific focus is placed on platform readiness, locking in angles, and encouraging players to keep their feet active in order to produce quality passes. When players understand that they must play the ball before it plays them, they will make a more conscious effort to be assertive with their pass contact.
The practice ends with a game called 10 before 0, where passers compete in teams to make more 2 or 3 point passes, then 0 or 1 point passes.
Day 2 Afternoon Practice
The highest level of the game of volleyball is played out-of-system. In this practice session, Bernthal Booth emphasizes the importance of players being able to handle out-of-system play confidently and aggressively. This segment features multiple drills that focus on an out-of-system scenario. Early and assertive communication when making a
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All Access Volleyball Practice with Dan Fisher
with Dan Fisher,
University of Pittsburgh Head Coach;
2017 ACC Coach of the Year;
2017 ACC Champions;
former Concordia -Irvine University Head Coach,
2012 NAIA National Championship (perfect 38-0 record), National Runner-Up finish in 2011;
NAIA/AVCA National Coach of the Year (2011);
Head Coach for the US Women's National Team/Pan Am Games- in 2015 (Gold Medal) & 2016 (Bronze)
University of Pittsburgh head coach, Dan Fisher, invites you into his gym for a series of preseason practices. These two-a-day practices feature morning practices consisting of teaching technique with a lot of reps, and afternoon sessions that focus on game play.
Throughout the video, Fisher makes drills as game-like as possible to keep the intensity level high and the effort and energy level similar to that of a game or match point. He engages players by first describing each drill and the goal of the drill. He then allows his team to execute the drill and providing timely feedback.
Day 1 - Morning Practice
Basic fundamentals are the core to a successful program, and that's exactly where Coach Fisher starts this practice. He begins with setting and serving drills to get his players lots of touches. The video continues with some out-of-system hitting, as well as reps for setters and middles.
You'll also see how Fisher uses hitting lines to train his attackers. This allows you to isolate outside, middle, and right side attackers to teach and correct technique both in-system and out-of-system. Ladder serving drills allow for service progressions to escalate with speed and intensity for each successful attempt.
Day 1 - Afternoon Practice
The afternoon practice focuses on blocking and running a faster tempo attack better. Blockers need to be in sync with each other to slow down the opposing offense. Fisher emphasizes the key components for successful blocking. You'll see short wash games that encourage competition and focused intensity.
Coach Fisher divides the court into three areas. In the first court, he's specifically working with setters on setting a faster tempo when out-of-system. On the next two courts, players work on out-of-system setting. During this sequence, the assistant coach teaches the fundamentals of read defense. The third court is also a dig/set court, with the hitters digging with control and the off hitters attempting to fake a back-row attack and jump set from behind the 10-foot line.
Day 2 - Morning Practice
The focus shifts to defense and the science behind what makes a great defender. The majority of practice is done in stations to maximize the amount of reps. Each station had a different drill or a different way of teaching the skills of digging and blocking.
Your players will learn how the hitter's arm movements dictate how they are swinging and where to prepare for the return.
Coach Fisher shows how he trains a step block. You will see the technical side of using hands correctly along with proper footwork. He also shows you how to train the triple block. He teaches players how to work together to form a closed block and creates few hitting options for an opponent. The last segment of the morning session focuses on serving using the Flean Ladder Drill and then finishes with game situation serving while trying to add pressure to the servers.
Day 2 - Afternoon Practice
Fisher and his staff focus on defensive transition, defending the middle of the court, and the science behind great defensive strategies. A middle has 180 degrees of hitting options. Coach Fisher gives great tips on learning how to read the block, read the hitter's arm, and move with purpose. You'll also see how to focus your defense to play line shots and angle shots off the hitter.
The team warms up with the butterfly drill, some floor routine drills and, after spending a little bit of time on hitting lines, they jump right into 6-on-6 game play. One of the games they play is Virus, where the coac
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Planning Practice & Drills to Achieve Success
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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