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Week 1 is obviously going to be different than Week 10, and successful coaches understand how to build a foundation in the early part of the season that will lead to a positive evolution as a team gets into the meat of its schedule. To help give you ideas on what's important to emphasize early on, we turned to Bishop's High School coach Tod Mattox, who has 30 years experience teaching the game at the high school and college levels and also for Starlings Volleyball Clubs.
To provide you with a thorough understanding of Tod's methodology, we visited his practice on a recent afternoon in La Jolla, Calif. Our first question for Tod, who is also an English teacher at Bishop's, was: Why do you like coaching volleyball? Here's what he said:. This means the passer has to swing both arms to the left or right to pass a ball that isn't directly in front of them. To change that, Bishop's coaches regularly have players pair off with a partner and practice moving their arms independently.
One arm extends to one side or the other, the other arm swings up to meet it. Here's what it looks like:. Here, the players work on core strength. In short, his view is that coaches shouldn't get bogged down worrying if the team is struggling in a certain rotation. Attitude and effort, as he explains here, are much more important. Mattox and the Bishop's coaches prefer a four-on-four game they call Kamikaze because it involves blockers - two players up front, two behind the foot line - and is more true to what the team will face in a match.
Kamikaze gives the attacking team critical game-like practice of tooling and covering, and the defense gets reps in blocking, defending deflections and digging around the block. As the ball is tossed, look across the net at your coach to see if he is making a rock, paper or scissors shape with his hand. The unique shape he makes forces you to focus on his hand and identify a shape by saying it out loud before setting the ball.
Once you have identified the shape of his hand, focus back on the ball and set it. This drill works on lateral movement while doing a forearm pass. Place two dotted lines on the courts about 10 feet apart. Stand at the center of one line while your partner faces you from the other line. Pass the ball to your partner and shuffle to your right until you touch the sideline.
Shuffle back to your original position quickly enough to receive a pass from your partner. Once your partner executes a pass, she must shuffle in the same fashion, returning to her spot in time to receive your pass. Repeat 10 times before shuffling to the opposite side. Video of the Day. Fun Basketball Dribbling Drills. The Best Agility Drills. A 2-inch line borders the court to serve as the out-of-bounds line.
In volleyball, there are six people on the court at one time for each team. Usually three people are in the front row, and three are in the back row. One thing that stays constant despite rule changes, though, is that during each possession on one side of the net, a team can only have three contacts with the ball.
These skills were traditionally called bump, set and spike. No player can ever make contact with the ball twice in succession, and the ball cannot be caught or carried over the net. Each play starts off with a serve. The server steps behind the line at the very back of the court, called the end line, and has freedom to serve from wherever he or she pleases as long as the foot does not touch or cross the line. The server must make the ball go over the net on the serve.
Balls that hit the net on serves and still go over and stay in the court used to be illegal, but now they are allowed.