Tuesday, 21 March 2023

International Volleyball

Club Training Model: Mid-Season | Junior Volleyball Association

Club Training Model: Mid-Season | Junior Volleyball Association

Presidents’ Day Weekend has passed and your girls teams have 2-3 tournaments under their belts. Coaches have been able to evaluate what line-ups and offensive combinations have been successful, along with some areas of weakness to improve upon heading into mid-season. For teams heading to Qualifiers, you have four to six weeks to prepare your team to peak and earn a bid to Nationals.

On the other hand, the boys’ season for 15-18’s has either ended or will be taking a break or ending after this weekend due to High School spring sports conflicts. Some high school federations have a rule where boys have to be done with club volleyball at least two weeks before High School tryouts, so Presidents day is almost always last weekend teams try to play. However, many 14 and under teams can and do continue their season through June. Some teams have a split season where they break through April/early May and then start back up in preparation for the National Championships in early July.

Here is a club training model that shares what concepts to focus on during the middle of the season, along with some drills to train those concepts, and a sample practice plan.

  • Technical training is still a focus however there is now a greater emphasis on team training revolving around line-up adjustments, serve receive rotations, offensive efficiency, and setter/hitter connections.
  • Teams are playing a lot of matches during tournaments, so although there can be more time spent on competition in practice, the drills do not need to include long rallies. If two teams are sharing a court, one team will focus on the serve and block and defensive strategy, while the other team is working on serve receive and offensive systems. If one team is training on a court, this can be emphasized in the same way.
  • There are heightened expectations in the gym during Qualifier season. It is difficult to follow the model to peak twice during the season without injury (Qualifies and Nationals). It is important for coaches to be consistent with expectations, setting the bar, and challenging the athletes to be work hard and stay focused.
  • As your teams face your top competition in your respective age division and region, the older teams can start to scout opponents, watch video and hold practices centered around strategies to beat the competition. This can involve offensive and defensive strategy, and adjustments that can be made against those teams.
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