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Clinic by Johan Leenders and Angelique Willems for the NVVO

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On the 11th of January 2015, Johan Leenders and Angelique Willems gave a volleyball clinic for the Dutch organisation for volleyball coaches (NVVO). Among other things, Johan is the head coach of Peelpush's women's team that plays in the highest league in the Netherlands and head coach of the Summa volleyball school. Angelique Willems is an experienced volleyball coach that coached many CMV teams (a form of volleyball for small children developed in the Netherlands) and other youth teams. Together, Angelique and Johan are the face of the Summa volleyball school.

The practise session was performed by girls playing on the A, B, and C levels for youth teams. All of the girls train at the Summa volleyball school.

13x Section: Core I 11x Drill type: Cooperating group without net 7x Attacking: Spike 7x Basics: Forearm pass/bump 5x Attacking: Off-speed shot ...

1. Warming up

1.1. Judging the path of the ball

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Judging the path of the ball'

The coach (T) serves balls to the right and to the left. The players on these positions move such that the ball bounces between their legs. The catchers (A) catch the balls and return them to the coach. De first spare players (R) take the positions of the players on the court. The players on the court take the place of the catchers.

2. Core I

2.1. Forearm passing for two

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Forearm passing for two'

The players forearm pass the ball to each other.

Variations:

  • Before playing the ball, the players move two steps forwards and shuffle two steps backwards. They have to end with another foot in front each time.
  • After playing the ball, the players move two steps forward. When the other player plays the ball, they move backwards to ensure that they end up below the ball when it's their turn to play the ball.
  • The ball has to be passed next to the body instead of in front of the body.

2.2. Overhand passing for two

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Overhand passing for two'

The players overhand pass the ball to each other.

Variations:

  • Before playing the ball, the players move two steps forward and two steps back.
  • After playing the ball, the players move two steps forward. When the other player returns the ball, they move backwards to position themselves below the ball at the moment they have to pass it.

2.3. Square for two

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Square for two'

The players overhand pass the ball to each other. The player at the net plays the ball straight ahead and the player on the three-meter line plays the ball diagonally. Both players move sideways after playing the ball.

Variations:

  • The player run and turn instead of moving sideways.
  • The player at the net overhand passes the ball and the player on the three-meter line forearm passes the ball.

2.4. Forearm passing for pairs of three

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Forearm passing for pairs of three'

The players forearm pass the ball to each other and move to the other side after playing the ball.

Variation:
Halfway through moving to the other side, the player make a turn and continue with a backwards shuffle.

2.5. Square for three

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Square for three'

The players at the net overhand pass the ball straight ahead. The players by the three-meter line forearm pass the ball diagonally. After playing the ball, each player moves to the vacant position.

Variations:

  • The players at the net forearm pass the ball diagonally. The players by the three-meter line forearm pass the ball straight ahead.
  • The players at the net move to the vacant position around the other player on the three-meter line.

2.6. One player, three balls

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'One player, three balls'

A holds two balls and B holds one. A throws the first ball to C, after which C forearm passes this ball back.

When C plays the first ball, A throws the second ball to C. This ball is also forearm passed back to A.

When C plays the second ball, B throws his ball to C. C forearm passes this ball back to B.

The exercise continues like this. A and B throw their balls to C in turns when C is returning the ball of the other player.

2.7. Digging and moving sideways

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Digging and moving sideways'

A spikes his ball towards C. C digs the ball back to A and moves sideways. B spikes his ball to C. C digs the ball back to B and moves sideways.

Variations:

  • C digs each ball.
  • C overhead digs each ball.
  • C decides which technique to use.

2.8. Short ball, spiked ball

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Short ball, spiked ball'

A overhand passes the ball to C. C forearm passes the ball back and moves backwards diagonally. B spikes the ball to C. C defends this ball back to B and moves forward diagonally to his starting position.

2.9. Long step in approach after an action

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Long step in approach after an action'

A overhand passes the ball to C. C forearm passes the ball back to A and performs an approach for an attack over the mat. The mat forces the player to make the step before the last step big.

B takes the position of A, A takes the position of C, and C takes the position of B.

Variation:
The mat can be rotated 90 degrees to force players to make an even longer step during their approach.

2.10. Pepper for three

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Pepper for three'

The exercise starts with the ball on the side with the spare player. A starts the exercise by overhand passing the ball to B. B sets the bal to A, after which A hits the ball back to B and moves behind B.

B defends A's hit to C. C sets the ball to B, after which B hits the ball back to C en moves behind C.

C defends B's hit to A. A sets to C, after which C hits the ball back to A and moves behind A. The exercise is back at its starting point and continuous as described.

2.11. Pepper for three with two diggers

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Pepper for three with two diggers'

In this variant of the pepper, two players dig the hit. A starts by setting to B. B can choose to hit the ball in the direction of A or C. In the example, the ball is hit towards C. C digs the ball back towards B, after which B sets the ball to C.

A moves next to B. A and B defend the ball hit by C. The player who digs, plays the ball towards C, and gets a set from C. The exercise continues like this.

2.12. Pepper for five

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Pepper for five'

The players by the three-meter line defend and set. The players at the net attack.

The defence player without a spare player behind him starts by throwing the ball in the middle of the rectangle formed by the players. The other defender moves beneath the ball and sets the hitter across from him. The hitter hits the ball straight ahead to the spare defence player. The defence player digs the ball into the middle of the rectangle, after which the other defence player moves beneath the ball and the sets the other hitter. The exercise continues in the same way.

The defence player who set the ball takes the place of the hitter. The hitter takes the place of the defence player who will set the next ball.

3. Core II

3.1. Hitting twice on position 4

Diagram for the volleyball drill 'Hitting twice on position 4'

Part 1 of the exercise is depicted on the right-hand side of the diagram. The first player with a ball on position 1 (S) serves to A. During the serve, the setter (SV) penetrates. A passes the ball to SV and hits the set that he gets afterwards straight down the line.

Part 2 of the exercise is depicted on the left-hand side of the diagram. The (assistant) coach throws the ball to the defence player (V). V plays the ball to the setter, the setter sets the ball to A again, and A hits the ball straight down the line again.

The setters stay on the same position. A joins the line of serving players. V takes the position of A. S takes the position of V.

4. Conclusion

4.1. 6x6 with an additional rally

Diagram for the volleyball drill '6x6 with an additional rally'

Team A plays against team B. The first rally starts with a serve. After this rally ends, the coach throws a ball onto the court. After this second rally ends, one of the teams serves again.