There’s a good post on Jim Stone’s blog where he talks about what needs to go into planning a practice. It features five key points.

  1. Front-load the Practice Content to the Players – Basically, let the players know what’s going to be happening in advance
  2. Use Practice Tools to Assist in Time Management – Use a whiteboard to lay out the plan, name games/drills for easy reference, etc.
  3. Spend Substantial Time in Pre-Practice Planning Logistics – This is the bulk of the work and where you’ll spend the most time.
  4. Feedback on the Fly – Use video replay and pull individuals aside rather than stopping the whole activity.
  5. Post Practice Evaluation and Debrief – Don’t forget to evaluate things after the fact.

Definitely give Jim’s post a read.

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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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