This is an entry in my volleyball coaching log.

We’re in wait-and-see mode now after last week’s action. We should find out next week who we’ll face in the round of 16 of the Championships. We ended the regular league season tied at the top of the table, but technically come in 2nd on a tiebreak.

The absence for various reasons of 4 players from training limited the options for the sort of things I could do with practice. I hadn’t intended on doing a lot of 6 v 6 in any case, so it wasn’t a major issue. The focus was a bit more on individual skills, which works well in the 90 minute slot.

After dynamic warm-up and a minute of tardiness punishment, I had the players go through rotating pepper, since I had even numbers and a lower body count to allow for better movement. I transitioned from there into a serving warm-up, followed by target work. Next up was the Get-2 serve receive drill. The team target was 30, with an overpass a -1 and a insufficient ever ball sending them back to 0. Only one of the latter happened. The team handled the drill relatively efficiently, especially considering we generally have a solid serving group.

From there I had them do hitting lines. First they did back row swings to get them working on reach and topspin. I then had them swing on the net. After that, we did a bit more target serving and ended with the Belly Drill, which featured teams of 3, 3, and 4. Working with three groups makes for a good drill since there’s limited time for any group on the sideline.

Overall, not the highest intensity practice, though that’s to be expected given the sorts of things we worked on. I’ll expect more next training when I should have more like the full squad – including the team captain.

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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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