Clinician: Ray Bechard, head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Kansas
Purpose: To help passers learn to consistently communicate and perform
How it works: The primary passers in a specified rotation line up on one side of the net along with a target. Remaining players serve from the opposite end line. The passers must score five perfect passes. The catch? Perfect passes are only tallied while the passers are activated. To activate, they must all communicate during the serve and then pass the ball to target. Once activated, they can add to their score. After each imperfect pass, they deactivate and must re-activate before adding to their score. Higher-level teams should attempt to complete all six rotations, while less-polished teams should attempt one rotation each practice before moving on to other skills.
Variations: If a team has six primary passers, run the drill on two courts to maximize practice time
Requirements: at least five players, a cart of balls and a full court