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. I also humbly recommend checking out my practice planning course. It focuses primarily on #2 and #3, but those link with the other three.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Men's & Women's Head Volleyball Coach at Medaille College, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy (formerly Charleston Academy). His previous experience includes the college and university level in the US and UK, professional coaching in Sweden, and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. Learn more on his bio page.

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