The idea of stations is a pretty straight-forward one. Players are divided up into groups and assigned to separate areas at which they do something. We see these sorts of arrangement used most often to cycle players through a series of exercises. For example, there can be stations set up to do strength & conditioning exercises, or where players work on the different volleyball skills.

Of course the schools and clubs I’m talking about here had multiple courts on which to work. Not everyone has the sort of space available – including me with the university teams I coached in England!

Good for larger groups

Small space doesn’t rule out station work, though. In fact, sometimes stations is a good way to manage large numbers of players on a single court.

For example, one session I split the team into 4 groups. One group was the setters, who worked at the net on one side of the court. One group was defenders digging coach attacked balls on the court behind the setters. The other two groups were in a free ball passing drill on the other half of the court with a coach sending the ball over the net from near the setting group. We rotated the 3 non-setter groups between the digging and passing stations. This allowed us to efficiently use the space and work on key skills.

Obviously, what you do with stations in your training facility depends on your space and resources. Be creative about how you put all that stuff to use, though, and keep in mind that you need not be as rigidly constrained as you’d think.

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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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