Clinician: Jesse Mahoney, head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Colorado
Purpose: To develop good defensive posture
How it works:
These posture drills use half the court with two to three players in defensive position, facing the net.
“China” drill: Two players set up in the short court, facing the net. A coach tosses a ball that must be played by both players consecutively before it’s returned. The drill runs for 30 seconds, during which the players must stay in defensive position. If the ball hits the floor or flies above the antenna, however, 10 seconds are added for each infraction.
“3-man” drill: In this perimeter-based drill, three players in defensive position form a triangle. The coach tosses a ball, and the closest player passes it back. If the front right player handles the ball, all three players rotate one position clockwise. If the left front player handles the ball, the players rotate in a counterclockwise direction. If the back player handles the ball, she must switch positions with one of the front players. This encourages movement and makes for a great warmup drill.
“China” – The increase the difficulty, the coach may toss the ball lower or further away from players.
“3-man” – The coach may progress from tossing to hitting the ball.
“China” – 2 players, 1 ball feeder, 1 cart of balls, a half court and a coach
“3-man” – 3 players, 1 ball feeder, 1 cart of balls, a half court and a coach