Game: 18 before 12

Volleyball Game

Synopsis: This game features 6-v-6 play with a focus on closing an early gap, or conversely closing out a set when in the lead.

Age/Skill Level: This game is suitable for all levels.

Requirements: Two teams, full court

Execution: This starts with the score at 13-7 with the game played to 25 under standard rules.

Variations:

  • You can change the starting point and spread to adapt to your team.
  • If you want to do more focused work on serve receive offense and/or transition attack, you can have one team serve every ball.
  • This could be used just as easily for small-sided games.

Additional Comments:

  • This is one I saw USC use, though I might not have it totally right.
  • If you do have only one team serve you’ll want to allow for miss serves (but not two in a row) to encourage aggressive serving.
John Forman
About the Author: John Forman
John is currently the head coach for the University of Exeter Volleyball Club BUCS teams, having also coached the Devon Ladies through the second half of the 2012-13 NVL1 season and to the South West Championship. He previously coached in Division I of NCAA Women's Volleyball in the US, with additional experience at the Juniors club level. He founded and ran what is now one of the biggest clubs in New England. John worked with a fellow coach to create and publish the book Inside College Volleyball, and patented the Precision Passer volleyball training aide. (bio page)

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