Volleyball Practice Planning
Techniques and Tips for Planning Highly Productive Practices
Run the most effective and productive practices possible
If you want to run the most effective and engaging practices and training session possible, this course is for you! Through a series of mini-lectures (about 5 minutes on average), this course covers just about every aspect of practice planning you can think of. It probably even covers some you haven't!
What you will get from this course:
- An easy to follow planning structure so you can create practices focused on exactly what you want to work on.
- Guidelines for picking the best drills and games to use in your practice.
- Tips for designing your own drills and games that accomplish exactly what you want.
- Suggestions for how to use spare players and how to do player rotations and substitutions.
- Advice on dealing with common planning challenges.
- Recommendations on planning for some specific situations.
You can find the full curriculum outlined below.
Along with giving you useful tips and tools on how you can plan good practice, a big focus of the course is getting you to think in new ways. Here's an example of that from a comment by one of the course students.
"Never before had thought to tailor warm up to practice. Did the same old, same old."
- Shane H.
John Forman is the Head Coach of the Men's & Women's Volleyball teams at Medaille College and authors the highly respected Coaching Volleyball blog at CoachingVB.com. His coaching experience covers many different ages and levels. John has coached in all the NCAA Divisions, and has coached and run a Juniors program, after getting his start at the high school level. He was a very successful coach at both the university and club level in the U.K., and also coached professionally in Sweden, as well as having worked with pro teams in Germany and Hungary. As the developer of Volleyball Coaching Wizards, John has been involved in interviewing dozens of the world's great coaches.
Along with his blogging, John has authored articles for the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) magazine Coaching Volleyball and the digital edition, Coaching Volleyball 2.0. He also published the book Inside College Volleyball, which focuses on college recruiting.
John holds the CAP III certification from USA Volleyball and is a Level 3 coach for Volleyball England.
StartTeaching Basic Concepts (2:50)
StartKey factors for drill or game selection (5:50)
StartServing & Passing exercises (7:02)
StartHitting & Blocking activities (3:27)
StartSetting & Defense (4:48)
StartTeam Offense (5:00)
StartTeam Defense (4:23)
StartUsing Small-Sided Games (7:03)
StartUsing Scoring Alternviatves (6:02)
StartControlling Tempo & Intensity (4:58)
StartKeeping Them Focused & Engaged (2:57)
StartImportant Drill/Game Considerations (4:24)
StartBall Initiation & Circulation (5:16)
StartSubstitution Patterns (7:12)
StartUsing Spare Players (2:24)
Frequently Asked Questions
You might have noticed the Sample Practice Plans sections in the curriculum above. That is where I am posting practice plans I design based on student requests. As a course student you will be able to submit a practice plan request to me and I will design something based on your specifications.
Think of this as my way of showing you the concepts from the course in actual practice. As comments from one student indicates, this can be helpful on multiple levels.
Thanks so much, John. I just went through your
plan. I can follow that one today and it gave me a lot of ideas for next
week. I really appreciate it.
" - Dado S.