Clinician: Kirsten Bernthal Booth, head coach at Creighton
Purpose: Use a pepper series to warm up ball control, communication and leadership.
How it works: Perform the following pepper drills:
- Alternate high and low swings, making the digger pass and dig with their hands.
- Follow the standard pepper sequence, but replace the “hit” with a tip, so the digger must stay low and move forward quickly.
- Set up 3-person pepper so the player in the middle works as both the setter and the blocker. When the ball is attacked, the player puts up hands to simulate a block and the other 2 players must adapt to wherever the ball falls.
- Set up 3-person pepper where the middle player is the sole digger. The digger must hustle back and forth between the other 2 players in order to dig attacks from both ends of the pepper sequence.
- Use the net for the final pepper sequence. A setter and tipper will be on one side of the net and a defender will be on the other. After the ball has been set and tipped, the defender must dig the ball and then sprint to the opposite side of the net to dig again. After the digger has dug the tip, the setter and tipper will also hustle under the net to set up the dug ball. Repeat until the ball drops.
Requirements: At least 3 players, several balls, a full court and a net