This is an entry in my volleyball coaching log.

For the last proper training session of the term we had 11 players. I had them do rotating pepper as a way for them to mix up working together given that three of those there last night will not be back for the second term (exchange students). After doing a bit of target serving, I then had them do hitting lines working on 2 balls (meter or 2nd tempo sets), with an eye toward adding some complexity to the offense next term. I extended that into Winners 3s with the requirement that the non-digging/passing player run the 2 while the other player was the high ball outlet. It wasn’t pretty, but I didn’t expect it to be right away. From there I moved it along to 6 vs 6, first going with 22 v 22, and then finishing with a standard scrimmage.

I wasn’t pleased with the coverage in the 6s play, particularly from the team’s new setter. She needs to develop the habit of following her sets. There was quite a bit of positional discussion, as well. Part of that was because of the new player who joined on Monday, but some of it wasn’t, which is frustrating.

Monday the team will have a mixed session with the guys squad as their last bit of court time before we get back into training in January.

There are some matches going on with other teams in the league happening this weekend. I’ll post another log entry after those results come out with thoughts on how we’re positioned for our goal of reaching Final 8s – and by extension the new premier league starting next season.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

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