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AVCA/DELTA REGION: COACHING TIPS OF THE WEEK

GRASSROOTS VOLLEYBALL

Welcome Coach, and thanks for giving to our sport by coaching, whether you have played the game or not. It is the ultimate team sport and with all the uniqueness therein . Both coaching and playing the game will fill the rest of your life with the joy and adventures found in those unique aspects. 

Check out the GRASSROOTS section on the USA Volleyball website. Information on this site can help the New Coach and the more Experienced Coach, as you will find shared core ideas on being the best teacher you can be. 

Remember, kids don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care...Drills are the drugs of coaching (read this article from a recovering addict)--this is a must read for all coaches. Unopposed drills are the drugs of coaching...a lot of coaches are addicted to them...they are like alcoholics or maybe 'drill-aholics'...they just can't get away from the lure of the drill. 

 

DELTA REGION & AVCA TEAM UP

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has teamed up with the Delta Region of USA Volleyball in order to provide our members with educational tips to better the game. 

About the AVCA
The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development. With a membership of almost 7,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers.

COACHING TIPS FROM THE AVCA & THE DELTA REGION

AVCA TIP OF THE WEEK: Passing the deep ball: Using the drop step

When a ball is served high and over the player's shoulder, they must learn to utilize the drop-step to reach the ball and control it back to the setter. If the serve goes past the player's left shoulder, the player drops her left foot and angles her platform to the setter by bringing it up to shoulder height. Try and keep the arms straight, rather than allowing the ball to get too close to the body and crowd the platform. Practice these difficult reps every practice so players are prepared to comfortably receive balls served behind and above her.

AVCA VIDEO TIP OF THE WEEK: Concussion-prevention drill: READING THE HITTER

Purpose: To work on reading whether the hitter is hitting a hard ball at your platform, a floater at your head, or is tipping the ball short.

AVCA Video Tip of the Week: Youth Hitting Drill

An important part of most volleyball skills is hand contact as it determines where the ball goes and what path it takes. Work on your players' hand contact when hitting with the Shot Maker Drill.

AVCA TIP OF THE WEEK: Individual defense: Capture space and have more range

How to capture more space and range: Train players to take steps towards the ball before moving. Be able to move laterally and forward and back by keeping a low, neutral position with a slight forward lean.

AVCA TIP OF THE WEEK: Helping players have a big hitting window

Karch Kiraly of USA Volleyball explains that hitters are most valuable when they are "easy to set," or are adaptable to the set, even if it's imprecise.

AVCA TIP OF THE WEEK: Adding the tempo system to all skills

Most teams follow a basic system of tempo passing, with a "4th tempo" ball being high above the net, a "3rd tempo" ball being slightly lower, and a "0" ball being anything under the net. Coach Allison expanded this tempo system to passing free balls, digging balls, tipped balls, setting and even serves. Have a consistent system throughout skills can simplify skills for players and give them a better sense of the accuracy of their skills and tendencies.

Kerri Walsh Jennings on Being A Great Teammate

Kerri Walsh Jennings (@KerriLeeWalsh) is a professional beach volleyball player on Team USA. Walsh Jennings attended Stanford on a volleyball scholarship before playing professionally, and is now a five time Olympian, entering her first Games on the USA indoor volleyball team, and four time Olympic champion. She talks about the importance of being a good teammate by being empathetic and positive.

AVCA TIP OF THE WEEK: Shoestring drill for wider blocking hands

Purpose: Teach blockers to keep their hands wide and cover space along the net. How it Works: Tie shoestrings around the blocker's wrists so they are connected. As the blocker moves throughout her blocking drill, make her objective that the shoestring stays as tight as possible (with as little slack as possible). This will encourage her to keep her hands wide, rather than letting her hands narrow closer together and then lessen the area covered by the blocker's hands. Requirements: One blocker, one shoestring and a net.

AVCA TIP OF THE WEEK: Training your libero: Second ball setting

Who do you have take the ball when your setter digs? Having your libero step-in and take the second ball frees up your hitters though this skill is very under developed. Use this drill to train not only your liberos, but all your players to be able to set a hittable second ball.

AVCA TIP OF THE WEEK: Where to block: Lining up with the hitter

How it Works: George explains how a right side blocker should line up against an outside hitter.

10 SIGNS of a GOOD YOUTH SPORTS COACH

While youth sports coaches come in all shapes and sizes, with different types of personalities, here are the ten things a parent should look for as signs of a good youth sports coach:

Kerri Walsh Jennings on Calming Nerves

Walsh Jennings talks about the various ways she copes with stress and anxiety before competitions and matches. She shares three strategies she uses.

HOW TO USE DRILLS IN PRACTICE TO DEVELOP CHARACTER IN ATHLETES

Danielle Slaton (@DanielleVSlaton) is a Positive Coaching Alliance Trainer (workshop leader), who played soccer for the U.S. Women's National Team from 2000-2005, earning a silver medal in the Olympics and a bronze in the Women's World Cup. She explains how to tie a character-education theme for youth together with specific drills in a practice.

TEACHING THE BOYS BRAIN

Learn the finer points of preparing a volleyball practice for adolescent male players Learn how to motivate male players, critique performances, use consequences properly and more Discover drills that will motivate male athletes, maximize competition and improve volleyball skills with Abby Hasebroock; www.ChampionshipProductions.com TO PURCHASE THE VIDEO.

If you have interest in showing this video to your club coaches in practice just please email  reg@deltavolleyball.net.