9 Coaching Tips for Making Volleyball Practice Fun

Part of the Coaching Volleyball For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To help your young volleyball squad develop skills and learn key techniques of the game, you need to craft practices that the kids want to be a part of. Your practices — if they're fun and productive — are the launching pad for a truly rewarding season.

Consider these tips to run practice sessions that challenge, entertain, and motivate players to reach their full potential.

  • Always plan your practices in advance so you don't waste valuable time on the court.

  • Give each child plenty of repetitions in a variety of different areas of the game.

  • Keep the kids active throughout the session; don't force them to stand in lines.

  • Periodically involve the parents in drills to rev up the excitement and boost the energy levels of the kids.

  • Sprinkle your practices with new drills throughout the season to maintain the kids' interest and to keep pace with their progress.

  • If drills turn out to be boring or ineffective, discard them and switch to new ones.

  • Solicit feedback and ideas from the older kids on drills you should use.

  • Applaud the slightest improvements to maintain your kids' interest.

  • Conclude practice with a popular drill to end the session on a high note.

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