Clinician: Diane Flick-Williams, head women’s volleyball coach at Western Washington University
Purpose: To work on ball control, communication between players, and managing complexity
How it Works: Four players set up for short court with two players on each side of the net. Each pair is given a “golden egg” ball which they cannot let touch the ground. What makes this so hard? The “golden eggs” aren’t the only balls in the drill. The third ball introduced is the ball which is used for rallying. One team initiates the rally by “serving” the playing ball over the net with a set. Whoever passes the ball on the other side cannot be holding their team’s golden egg, and must toss it to their partner so they can pass the rally volleyball but not drop the golden egg. The rally continues until someone wins the point with the rally volleyball, or until one team drops their “golden egg.” One point is rewarded for a point made with the rally volleyball, and two points are rewarded for a “golden egg” dropped ball.
Requirements: 4 players, 3 balls and at least half of a court