Teams who are attending Nationals in June have the month of May and much of June to prep for a Championship. However, the girls’ indoor season can take a toll on the mind and the body, so May is a great time to give your teams a week or two of down time. Try building in some fun opportunities such as training in the sand or a low key team bonding activity. The end of April to middle May or early June is filled with school activities such as prom, end of the year parties, school awards ceremonies, and extracurricular concerts and performances, so it’s a good time to build in a couple weeks of relaxed mindset and low physicality before getting ready to peak at nationals.
The second part of the boys’ season has started, or continued for those who never took a break. Both the girls and the boys will compete in a couple of tournaments or scrimmages before ending their season at AAU or USAV Nationals at the end of June/early July.
Here is a club training model that shares what concepts to focus on during the end of the season, along with some drills to train those concepts, and a sample practice plan.
- Serve and pass is still important to build into the training plan consistently at each practice.
- Fine tune offensive systems and setter/hitter connections.
- Focus on specific defensive concepts and strategy against certain teams you could potentially face at nationals. Utilize video from earlier in the season or on YouTube to scout opponents and work on how to beat your team’s top competition.
- Train specific scenarios such as running out of subs, running a 5-1 if you usually run a 6-2, etc. all designed around competitive drills.
- Compete a lot. To see some different competition across the net, set up scrimmages with nearby clubs or bring in college players that are home for the summer to come scrimmage your team.
- Keep players engaged and keep things fresh by flipping setters from teams or switching coaches for part of practice to bring a different dynamic.
- Probably the most important thing is to keep your players healthy. Limit their jumps to avoid burnout and be fresh before nationals. Incorporate yoga and injury preventative strength training.
What to Train and How Much Time to Allocate to Each Practice
Ball Control Warm-Up – 5%. Integrate collaborative drills and competition.
Serve/Pass – 10-15% of practice. Have your primary passers receiving ample reps in the serve receive rotations you need to improve the most.
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