Clinician: Bond Shymansky, head women’s volleyball coach at University of Iowa
Purpose: To work on ball control as a collective unit in a more game-like situation where the chaos forces communication
How it works: This drill involves three players and one ball. It is still a hit-pass-set-hit-pass-set progression. The player who starts with the ball tosses to herself and hits towards her two partners who have drawn close to each other as they read the hit. The digging player passes it to the partner who was digging with her. That player must then hit at one of her two partners who have drawn close to each other as they read the hitter’s arm. The pattern continues. There is constant motion as the two non-hitting players draw close to each other to read the hit. The passer is instructed to stop before the ball needs to be passed even if she has not reached the spot where she is close to her passing partner. It is more important to square up to the hitter and be stopped before the hit occurs.
Requirements: Three players, one ball and floor space.