[Volleyball Drills] Use this Drill to Speed Up Your Reaction Time
This is one of those volleyball drills that reminds of one thing imparticular, because I don’t know about you, but one of the things I find myself always saying to my younger players is
‘Move Your Feet!!’
As serves get harder and the attacks from the other side of the court seem to come faster players sometimes get caught off guard by the faster pace of the game… Volleyball drills will help improve reaction time , and there are also great volley balls drills that help when players decide to let their arms go flying to either site and for some reason players find it easier to stick their bottoms out and lunge forward rather than taking two simple steps forward…
I’ve found a couple of volleyball drills to be effective for reducing reaction time and getting players to the ball faster, here’s one of them:
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This drill is mainly for reaction time and if you have assistant coaches, get them to help you out on this one. It’s basically a one-on-one drill to help accuracy when passing off of the attack…
Get the player to stand in the middle back position. You stand at the net on the same side of the court facing the player. The goal is for the passer to get 10 good passes to the target area (where the setter would usually set from in a game) out of 20 balls.
Hit the ball at the player hard, just like a hit would be coming at them during a game. If your arm gets tired, let your assistants take turns – this keeps the ball coming at the players hard every time.
Vary the hits a little to the left, right or a little short so they get used to reading hits, and also have to move to adjust to the ball.
As a motivator, you can come up with some sort of ‘discipline’ for them to do for each ball out of 20 that didn’t make it to the target. For example..
Run one length of the court for every ball missed.
As a side note; I certainly don’t recommend motivations like this to be as a form of ‘punishment’ to a player. Delivered in the right environment these activities can form part of a fun practice session. Tough work, yes, but still fun.
As always, I’d love to hear your own volleyball drills and tips you use to better your game…
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