Clinician: Christy Johnson-Lynch, head women’s volleyball coach at Iowa State University
Purpose: To execute a specific play or skill in a game-like setting
How it works: Teams line up in six-on-six format, and play begins with a serve. The winner of that rally and each subsequent rally receives a coach-initiated downball. Play continues until one team reaches five points. Teams receive two points for a middle kill and one point for any other kill. When a team reaches four points, they must strategize how to win the final point.
Variations: A coach should indicate a two-point play that highlights specific training needs (think scoring out-of-system or tooling the outside block). For younger teams, any scoring pass-set-hit combo could be the two-point play.
Requirements: 12 players, a cart of balls, a full court and a coach