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.