This is an entry in my volleyball coaching log.
The last training before Final 8s was one I wanted to use to send the team off on a positive note. By that I mean good intensity mixed in with some of the drills/games the team seemed to enjoy.
Following dynamic warm-up I had the team moved to into serving. Once they’d warmed up I had the play the Amoeba game. I put a twist on things, though. I told the teams they had to only serve into deep or short zones, meaning the team had to select either the last 2 meters of the court or in front of the 3 meter line and could only have player targets inside those areas. The teams opted for deep zones the first couple rounds, but I made them go short for the last one. Energy was good and they seemed to have fun.
From there I went on to Continuous Cross-Court digging. This was a chance to have the players digging higher velocity balls than they might do during scrimmaging, helping to prep for the higher level play to come. It’s also a good intensity drill.
To prepare for the 6 v 6 play to come, I then moved on to Winners 4s with fixed setters and back row attacking only. It gave the team a chance to work on good attacking swings and general defense, with serve receive mixed in.
I then moved on to 22 v 22. Big points were awarded for kills, blocks, and aces. We ran through all six rotations before finishing up with a couple rotations of Scramble for maximum speed and intensity.
It was a good training session overall, one which achieved exactly what I’d intended. Next stop, Edinburgh!