Emphasizing competition in practice is a great way to motivate players to go after each point with a match-like intensity. This 3 vs. 6 drill, explained here by Oregon State coach Terry Liskevych, stacks the odds heavily against the 3-person team and forces them to figure out creative ways to win.
A point won by the 3-person team earns them a trip to the back line on the other side of the net. There, they'll wait until the 3-person team that replaced them wins a point and then they'll become the 3 back-row players on the 6-person side.
When the next 3-person team wins a point, the original 3-person group goes from back row to front row on the 6-person side. The final progression for the original 3-person team is to return to the other side of the net and try again to win a point against the 6-player side.
Coaches can increase or decrease the difficulty for the 3-person team by either tossing them the ball to initiate play or tossing to the 6 players. As the competition unfolds, you'll see which players on your team are innovative enough to figure out how to do things like cover the hitter when they're outnumbered 2 to 1.
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