Synopsis: This is a nice 3-person pepper variation which could be used as a warm-up drill and/or to work on ball control in general terms.
Age/Skill Level: This is suitable for all levels
Requirements: 3 players, 1 ball
Execution: Have two players off the net and one at it (or otherwise put the players somewhere on the court with a bit of space). The player at the net attacks the ball at one of the pair off the net. The non-digger takes the second ball and sets it back to the hitter. The two diggers then switch positions before the next attack. Continue for time or a given number of successful dig-set reps.
- For lower skill levels the player at the net can substitute a passed or set ball for a hit.
- The hitter can either hit to the same spot each time (meaning players alternate digging) or can randomly pick which direction to hit.
- A potential coaching focus point is the footwork used in the position change.
- Players should be able to problem-solve preparing for the set and giving themselves time for transition before having another hit come their way, but less experienced players may require a bit of nudging in the right direction.
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