With these 4 high school volleyball tips I explain how to improve volleyball skills on your own without the help of your coach in practice and in games.
In high school volleyball when learning the game every player should know they're going to make mistakes. Its a part of the learning process.
The trick is to learn how to be the player that makes the least amount of errors.
But dont be afraid of making mistakes because that's how you learn. Be fearless about trying new things and go for it.
The whole idea of supporting or not supporting your teammates comes in many forms...from showing up late to practices, complaining about playing time, to the effort you give in all practices, to not being in shape which becomes obvious when your team plays more than 3 sets or has long practices, to never giving up in tight games.
Always bring your best self to practices and to show up in support of your teammates.
If you're willing to take risks in practice then you'll be preparing yourself to be confident enough to take risks during match point and during tight moments in games.
Learning to be the top scorer on your team means you need to be willing to call for the ball, want the ball, or demand the ball from your setter, especially in moments where everyone else may be afraid to do so.
In practice ask for balls and keep asking for balls from your setter, repeatedly. This will help you face your fear of hitting for points for your team when it really really counts.
As a high school varsity or JV volleyball player there are many things you can do on the court in a game without touching the ball.
By doing these things you help increase the possibility of your team's success in winning against your opponent.
Do you cover your hitters?
Hitter coverage means if you're a defender in the backrow, a setter, or a hitter who hasn't been set the ball... you go to "cover your hitter" who has been set the ball so that when they hit the ball, if they get blocked, you and the other five players who are not actually hitting the ball...are positioned in a semicircle around the player who is hitting, so one of you five can get the ball up again in the air so its replayed before the ball hits the floor.
This way by "covering your hitter" you give yourself another chance to run your offense and replay the ball again.
One of my pet peeves is when a setter sets the ball and just watches their set to see what happens next instead of following the path of the ball towards their hitter and going immediately into covering their hitter so if the ball gets blocked they are in position to replay it up again.
Who are you and what do you do on the bench?
Do you yell, scream and cheer to support your teammates on the court or are you quiet and thinking about complaining to the coach about playing time?
College coaches come to watch potential recruits when they are off the court and not playing just as much as they do when they are on the court...so they know more about who the player is ..when they are not in the game.
What do all these things have in common?
These are small things you can do to help support your team and to help influence what happens in a match even when you actually don't have your hands on the ball but they help make a huge contribution to your team's success.
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Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.
If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list.
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