Clinician: Leisa Rosen, associate head women’s volleyball coach at University of Michigan
Purpose: To train young campers proper attacking methods by breaking down the skill into parts and using catchphrases to reinforce the instruction
How it works: Before the drill begins, lower the net to its lowest setting. When working on attacking, the first step is to teach proper arm swing. Coaches demonstrate the motion using the words, “draw, whip and snap.” As campers spread across the court practicing the motion, coaches walk around encouraging proper form. Next, the campers break into groups by age. The youngest stand on a box at the lowered net and hit a coach-tossed ball while they practice the “draw, whip and snap” technique. The older campers stand at the low net to hit a coach-tossed ball. The second step: work on footwork using the words: “left, right left.” Camp coaches clapping as they say each word will help instill the rhythm for the proper footwork. To start practicing with the ball, coaches toss at the net and the camper starts at the 10-foot line, executing proper left-right-left footwork before jumping off two feet and catching the ball. To end the first day, combine arm swing and footwork as coaches toss balls and campers go through hitting lines. On day two, campers must describe arm swing mechanics and footwork using day one phrases. Of course, coaches should always mix in praise for accomplishments and encouragement to any underperforming camper.
Variations: Once the campers have learned the arm swing a competition can be set up between the two groups. The rules are to hit with an open hand, step off the box without jumping, and run and shag your own ball.
Requirements: A cart of balls, a box, a full court with a net set to the lowest setting and several coaches