After taking up coaching duties for the Exeter University Volleyball Club in 2012, I realized the need to put together a sort of playing guide. I was dealing with a lot of relatively inexperienced players. I was also working with players from an array of different countries (something like 25 all together). The guide was something to give everyone the basic structure in which we’d be playing. With only a couple of training sessions each week, and not much time between the conclusion of tryouts and the start of competition to get things done, it was a way to speed up the process of developing team play.
The guide goes over a few primary areas of focus:
- Rotation-by-rotation set up for a 5-1 system.
- Rotation-by-rotation primary serve reception formation (with notes and observations)
- Rotation-by-rotation secondary serve reception formation (with notes and additional ideas)
- Additional points of emphasis for serve reception.
- Diagrams for base defense and notes
- Diagrams for perimeter (middle back) defense against for attacks through zones 4, 3, and 2
- Notes and thoughts on defense implementation
- Free ball and down ball defense
Overall the guide is 9 pages long. Depending on the your team and players, you might find it useful in helping introducing the 5-1 offense and/or the basic ideas of the perimeter defensive system. I think it’s a pretty comprehensive look at things, but because it was written for a specific situation there may be things which are more or less applicable for you and your own team/program.
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