Charles County Juniors: My Site News

Tuesday, March 28
Hitting Drill
Here's a drill for improving hitting:

This first drill is common for improving where the ball is contacted, along with understanding the cocking of the arm and the wrist snapping. It's a great drill you can practice on your own – all you need is a ball and a wall!
•Stand about 15 feet away from a flat concrete wall

•Raise the ball with your non-hitting hand in front of you. This is about where you should contact the ball in distance away from your shoulders.

•Practice cocking your arm back, getting your hand to your ear and bringing your elbow back behind your head.

•Contact the ball just above the equator and snap your wrist toward the floor. Make sure you follow through.

The ball will ricochet off the floor and the wall and you should be prepared to hit it again.

Tuesday, March 28
Passing No-no
This is the most basic skill in volleyball. It is the most often executed action offensively and defensively during the game. It is used nearly every time a serve is received or a hit is fielded.

...I'm talking about “passing”

Despite it being the most basic skill, it can be the most important. A good pass is imperative if a team is going to set a good attack. A good bump to the setter makes it easier for the setter to get into good position to place a good set.

Far too often, I see players who do the number one no-no even at the high school level. Don't swing your arms! This is probably the number one reason for bad passing, other than being out of position.

Tuesday, March 28
Setter Pointers
Here's an interesting tidbit for you...

Did you know that The game of volleyball is only 110 years old and in that short
time it has built itself into the second ranked sport by participation in the
world – only behind soccer.

It wasn't until the year 1900 that a ball was made specifically for the new game,
and the rules were not how we know them today. It took until 1916 for the skill
and power of the set and spike to be introduced, and four years later a ‘three
hits' rule and back row hitting guidelines were established.


Here are a few things setters should avoid when they are making their play:

•Don't let the ball hit your palms. If you are slapping at it with your hands,
you are not setting the ball properly.

•Don't play the ball when you are off-balance. Anticipate where the ball is
going to be off the pass and get into the proper position to accept the pass. An
off-balance pass is going to be off target.

Coaches – Make sure that your setters are getting under the ball early. They
should not be rushing to the ball at the last moment to execute their set. Watch
to see that they are facing their target, not where the pass came from.

Wednesday, March 29
“Serving is important”

I cannot underscore this more. Even up to the college level, too many serves end up as side outs, without anyone even playing the ball. Every level of volleyball should make sure serves are an integral part of practices.

Players should be able to serve 9 out of 10 over the net. Even better, they should be able to serve it to a certain area of the floor to take advantage of a weaker player on the floor.

Serving is where each play begins. The service can be one of the best weapons your team has. It can immediately put an opposing team back on its heels and force them to make poor passes to their setter.

Practice, practice and practice your serving.

Sunday, April 2
High Tens
Do you want a top tip from coaches on how you can polish your game and get a chance at making a collegiate, national or professional team?
Here's one on blocking I call “high tens”...

Players should pair up and face each other on either side of the net. They need to raise their arms in the ready position and then jump up and touch hands. They have to do this without touching the net. They must jump in the same spot and not drift into the net.

This drill will not only help the players develop a bit of net perception, but it is a good conditioning drill that will help them develop their legs muscles to prepare them to possibly jump several times in a row to set up the block.