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Best of Club Volleyball: Attack Training Progressions

with Silvia Johnson,
Metro Volleyball Club - Director (Washington, D.C., VA, MD),
2015 Girl's Junior 18 National Champions; all of Johnson's players have gone on to play volleyball in college and beyond.
Served as Assistant Coach at American University (where she played); also played for Long Beach State on the undefeated 1998 NCAA Championship team.

Having the ability to break down the art of hitting will help your players become better all-around hitters. You'll be able to teach hitting with this video's step-by-step guide, which works from the arm swing all the way down to footwork.

Silvia Johnson demonstrates how to break down and teach the three main concepts of hitting. She uses progressive drills to train the arm swing, footwork, and the ability to hit in system and out of system balls.

Teaching the Arm Swing

Learn how to use your warm-up time more effectively and put a greater emphasis on improving your arm swing. With the use of some tennis balls and a box, Johnson explains the teaching points involved in successful arm swing movements, from shoulder to wrist snap, and how to teach each segment of the arm swing. Players are prompted to focus on hips, loading, whipping and snapping to generate more power on their attack.


Through the use of self-tossing progression drills, you will learn how to train your players to use footwork to generate speed and power. Johnson talks about the importance of a slow to explosive three-step approach and how to get into a loaded position to become even more powerful.

In System and Out of System Balls

Johnson demonstrates how to transition from the net to becoming a hitter. She runs her players through two competitive drills to work on transition and hitting balls off of both good and poor passes. The 5 Kills Drill is an adaptable, yet challenging drill that forces players to meet a goal while driving them to maintain speed, power and accuracy. Balls have to be hit hard and kept away from certain spots on the court.

Coach Johnson explains everything you need to know about becoming a better attacker. This video will teach you to break down hitting and also how to institute fun and competitive drills in your practices!

52 minutes. 2017.

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Drills to Simulate Pressure & Increase Training Efficiency Using Time as a Tool

with Jodi Schramm,
founder of Premier Volleyball Academy; 18-Onituka Head Coach;
2016 Club Coach of the Year nominee;
has led her teams to four AAU/USA Indoor and Beach National Championships and 36 AAU/USA Indoor and Beach top 5 National Championship finishes.

The more your team can practice game-like conditions and making decisions under pressure, the better prepared they will be to cope with the stresses of real competition. Successful teams have the ability to anticipate offensive and defensive transitions while under game conditions to make the best decisions available.

Adding a time clock to your training can add a level of pressure and accountability to replicate the feelings teams have in match situations. In this video, Jodi Schramm shows you how using time as a tool in practice can help give your team the ability to execute technical skills and demonstrate tactical thinking under pressure, even while fatigued, and ultimately perform in a consistent manner.

While it's important to work on skills and drills to develop players in practice, it's hard to recreate the feeling of being in an actual game. Coach Schramm has come up with great suggestions to help create a game-like feel in the gym by adding time clocks into practice and incorporating them into every drill. She explains a drill, tells each player their goal, then gives them a certain time frame to get it done. All drills are five minutes or less and allow your team to repeat them to try to beat previous scores.

Schramm shows five drills and explains how she times and scores them. She highlights the Free Ball Frenzy drill as her team's favorite drill. It's a 6-on-6 drill focusing on first ball side out. The receiving team must side out on the first ball by killing it anywhere on the court except zone 6. They must earn six kills before the time runs out.

Adding time clocks and scoring to each drill has saved Schramm's teams between 15 and 20 minutes per practice. She's found players get more done and waste less time in between drills using this method. Schramm even goes into the gym an hour before practice to start the countdown to practice and times every water break for 1 minute. This way, every player knows when everything will start and how long each segment will go. This focus on efficiency can lead to more intense practices.

Coach Schramm gives you some great ideas to use with your current drills to create a game-like atmosphere in your practice. She knows coaches are "taxed with the task of having to come up with game-like competitive drills" and she shares her expertise of how she has gotten that done with her own team.

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

52 minutes. 2017.

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Learning from the International Game: Brazilian Transition Drills
with Dega Da Gama,
Boston College Assistant Coach;
former assistant coach for the Rexona Volleyball Club, a professional women's team in Brazil; also worked with the Brazilian National Team ('98-'00)

Transition play is an element that should be trained at an early stage in the game and with many, many repetitions.

The main idea within this video from Dega Da Gama is to design a full progression of a transition drill. You'll learn basic drill design to develop transition skills and quality offense. Coach Da Gama combines high volume and high intensity drills that can be used at intermediate and advanced levels of competition. He takes the time to explain the purpose of each drill and gives tips to improve transitional offense. You'll also get a great guide for setter decisions and an easy way to teach your own transition attacking style.

Transition Play

Da Gama starts with a back row transition play, then moves towards a coach controlled progression where you can modify to a faster temp build up with a live ball, and adjust to various two-middle systems or second tempo combinations with the OH and MB. The block transition can be from OH block transition to middle block transition and then you can run your tempo variations from there.

You'll see how to make transition play "coach controlled" to help your athletes be successful before you go live to help establish a rapport with the hitters and improve communication. A featured drill includes libero setting for hitters to transition to attack, an important element that's not often considered in the training aspect.

Transition Drills

Da Gama provides drills that apply transition techniques to both the offensive and defensive sides of the net. The high reps help to assess most situations that need to be addressed as often as possible. The volume and intensity of these drills will help create better chemistry between setters and hitters.

The 3-on-3 coach controlled drill gives you opportunities to train better set choices for your setter, better connection with your hitters, and improve communication overall.

Use Coach Da Gama's drills to take your team's transition abilities to the next level!

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

51 minutes. 2017.

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Best of Club Volleyball: Transition Training Drills

with Max Miller,
Club Director and Owner of Mintonette Sports;
Back-to-Back 2013 and 2014 USAV National Champions (2013-14);
University of Northwestern Ohio Head Coach;
former Bishop Hartley (OH) High School Head Coach, 2011 Ohio State Champions

Looking for drills emphasizing transition that cover all phases of the game? Look no further!

Max Miller shares his expertise in creating a variety of transition drills, beginning with warm-up all the way through highly-competitive work. Miller emphasizes working all athletes in all positions and challenging them to work in positions outside their comfort zones. The drills create situations in which some positions aren't available, forcing other positions to rise to the challenge of terminating points.

Transition Drills

Defensive specialists, outside hitters, middles and back row can all be the center of focus for improving transition skills. Miller shows you how to use different transition drills to focus on specific positions. Drills start with 1v1 and develop into 6v6 play, with several variations of each. Scoring options to provide additional competitiveness are presented with regard to the needs of your team. Drills include:

  • 2v2 drill - Blocker transitions to attack, second passer passes and sets the second ball. Encourages communication and also introduces another player into the drill.
  • 5v5 middle focus drill - Focuses on middle blocker transition off the net to make them available for an attack.
  • 6 vs 3 back row - The focus for this drill is for blockers to get their block-kills from a triple-block and then transition to score.
  • 10 before 6, 6 vs 3 - A competitive team game focusing on terminating and catching balls.

All drills can be adjusted to accommodate different skill levels. Drills can also work cooperatively to encourage consistent continuation of the drill, or they can be worked competitively for more advanced levels of play.

Transition means working harder than the other team, according to Coach Miller. This video provides drills to achieve that relentless work ethic!

64 minutes. 2017.

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Sophisticated Coaching: Empowering Team Performance in Practice & Matches

with Shelton Collier,
Wingate University Head Coach; over 900 career wins;
2013 AVCA National Coach of the Year;
9x South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year;
2016 AVCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year (6x AVCA Region Coach of the Year);
Wingate has claimed the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship for 11 consecutive years (2006-16) and won 10 of the Tournament crowns during that time span; qualified for 12 straight NCAA Tournaments (2005-16)

Good intentions can get in the way of accomplishing what you want with your team.

Shelton Collier has tremendous knowledge about the sport of volleyball as a player, youth coach, assistant coach and head coach. In this video, he discusses his observations, analysis and evaluation of effective and ineffective coaching behaviors in a practice session as well as in a match environment. Key points include effective coach-player communication in training drills, influential coaching behaviors in matches, methods to improve coach-player interaction, and more.

Effective Coaching Skills

Coach Collier spends a great deal of time talking about effective coaching skills. He demonstrates how "not" to be a good coach and what some of those characteristics are. He then goes into detail about what traits a good coach has. Collier shares methods for:

  • Staying out of the way to help your team progress faster.
  • Connecting with players.
  • Encouraging players to give maximum effort.
  • Calling out individual players in practice to gain a better team effort.
  • Letting players run drills so the coach can coach.
  • Getting your players comfortable running plays out of system.
  • Not chasing errors, but reaffirming the positives.
  • Complimenting players on effort or intent.
  • Not over-coaching, but creating a comfortable training environment.
  • vBuilding a learning environment.
  • Building trust with your team.

Build a Bridge between Training and Competition

It should be your goal to create an environment where you reward players for growing their talent and skills. You'll learn to use drills that simulate game-like situations. Collier discusses how to bridge, or morph, the drills towards your team-oriented drills.

  • Work on libero passes being out of system - force the setter to set the ball from off the net.
  • "Around the World" hitting drills that require all positions to put up a good set with the setter being the passer.
  • Learn fun practice drills that create opportunities for your players to learn, such as the net drill and dog pile.

This session will help you teach your players to raise their level of confidence. It also teaches the coach to not have to address everything - in return, the athletes naturally performs better, faster, and become more comfortable together in the drills.

Collier also includes some team building ideas for situational play that give opportunities to players that have been working hard, but not getting on the court as much. This creates a culture where you can naturally create the support needed for everyone on the team.

A great self-evaluation tool for any coach, this video will make you take a look at your coaching style and think about the verbal feedback you give your players.

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

56 minutes. 2017.

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