Olathe Volleyball Club: Tips and Drills

Here is a good tip/drill from "Y-Coach.com"

Volleyball - Coverage Drill

Teach the team to cover hitters.

Line-up 6 players in their normal set on one side (receiving side). Line-up two blockers in each of the three blocking zones on the other side. The coach tosses a ball to the receiving side who plays on the ball. With so many blockers chances are the return will be blocked, forcing the receiving side to cover the hitter.

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Learning the Basics

Set Me a 3!

Setting is more than just putting a ball up in the air.  In order for your team to have an effective offense you have to learn to place the ball exactly where your hitters expect it.

To do this, teams employ various methods of hand signals.  I have played on many different teams and each used their own setting signals.  Every time I join a new team I have to relearn a system.  Normally, teams will number the location along the net that the ball will be placed.  The numbers I use in this articles are what I find to be the most common among all the teams I have played.  However, it seems each country and/or region numbers them differently.  Although the numbering is different the theory is the same.

Set the 5

In this article I am going to talk only about the basic sets.  From these many different possibilities can be tailored to your individual teams.  The first is the Five.  This is a set that is high and outside, allowing plenty of time for the outside hitter to move to the ball, and then hit a cross court shot back into the opposite court. This set is the easiest set for the opponent's blocker's to block.  The length of time the ball is in the air allows for the other team to put up two blockers against the hitter.  Also, because the hitter is to the outside, it is very difficult to hit any angle other than a cross court shot. Similar to this is the back 5.  With skill the setter is able to set the ball backward with little fore warning.


Set the 3
The 3, my personal favorite, is delivered with a lower arc.  It puts more pressure on the setter to place the set in the correct spot as the hitter has less time to adjust his approach. back threeOf course the opponent also has less time to put up the block.  Also the hitters can easily adjust to both a line angle or cross court angle depending on what kind of opposition he/she is facing.  Once again, another effective variant to this is the back three.

The 2The 2, another one of my favorites, calls for accurate timing on the part of both the hitter and the setter.  The set is delivered in such a manner that the hitter jumps about the same time that the setter sets the ball.  That way both the setter and the hitter reach their apex at the same time.  This is very effective against good blockers as they have very little time to react to the hit.  It is also set very close to the net allowing the hitter to pound the ball downward.

The 1, a crowd pleaser,  is very similar to the 2 except that the hitter is already airborne when the setter sets the ball.  The setter attempts to feed the hitter the ball so that the hitter is actually starting his/her descent.  When done correctly, with precise timing and set close to the net, the hitter is able to use not only his/her strength but also the pull of gravity to smash the ball down, often in front of the ten foot line.

Another crowd pleaser is the shooter.  Again, it calls for precise timing on the part of the setter and hitter.  The setter feeds the ball across the court to the airborne hitter.  The pass is extremely quick allowing for little forewarning to the attack.  This is a difficult but effective tool in a team's arsenal.

One other set, is the 10.  It is called the 10 because it refers to the ten foot line.  Basically the setter sets a 5 but instead of a front line hitter, it is set to a back court hitter who then spikes from behind the 10 foot line.  The resulting spike is often a top-spin spike that can fly over the hands of the blockers and smash down in the backcourt.

These are just a few basic sets and set plays.  There are dozens of plays to choose from but all of them have their roots in these.  The key is to develop a signaling system and practice with your team.

Any questions and / or comments?  Please email me .

So now you know.

Which Summer Camp is Best For My Daughter?
Thomas Houser

Even as I've been planning 
my own camps, I keep on asking myself, “How can I help my daughter pick
a camp where she will derive the most benefit?”   If I'm having
trouble with this question, then I'm sure that you are struggling also! 
I've taken teams to 10 different camp locations in Maryland, Virginia,
Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Kentucky.  I've run nearly 30 camps
myself.  As I wrote this article, I asked myself, “Would I send MY
child to that camp, or that one, or that one?” 

I feel very strongly about one thing: 
please don't pick a camp because of the cost.  Yeah, I'm irritated
also when I know that coaches are trying to line their pockets with parent's
money.   However, some expensive camps are AWESOME.  Yet,
some inexpensive camps are INCREDIBLE also.   When you find a
camp that you're comfortable with, then make your choice, regardless of
the camp's cost. 

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