Clinician: Bond Shymansky, head women’s volleyball coach at University of Iowa
Purpose: To make players focus on and communicate about what is next to train for the long rally in a game
How it works: Line up three players on each side of the net with three players waiting to enter the court on each endline. Each side has a setter, as well as a right and left back. Two balls are on the court at one time throughout the drill. Play is initiated when each right back tosses a ball to herself to hit straight across the net to the waiting left back defender. Both sides of the net run the drill simultaneously. The left back passes the ball to the target who is waiting near the 10-foot line. The target sets it to the waiting right back and the pattern continues. Repeat for a certain number of contacts in a row or a set time between 30 seconds and two minutes. Encourage players to communicate during the drill during the chaos involved with keeping both balls alive. To rotate, the right back player who has just overhand-hit the ball over the net runs under and waits behind the left back passer spot. The passer passes the ball then moves and waits to be the next target/setter. Once the set leaves the setter's hands, she runs to the line that is waiting behind the right back player.
Variations: The clock can be stopped when one ball is dead or the coach can choose to stop the clock only if the second ball dies before the players can get the first ball going again.
Requirements: 12 players, a cart of balls and a full court