All Players Should be Good at Peppering

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The most important skill to have in volleyball is being able to pepper. The reason that it is so important because you can practice the three most vital parts of the volleyball game: setting, hitting, and digging. I always say to my players that I have never met a good volleyball player that is bad at peppering. The best volleyball players in the world are really good at it. It is essential that players understand that they must become great at peppeing. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen players just not care much about it or just really are not good at it. Though not a real volleyball rule, I believe that knowing how to pepper is definitely one of the unwritten volleyball rules.

Use your time wisely and invest much of it into peppering. Have them do variations and different types of act ivies to get them better at it. In this article, I am going to point a few things that players can do to become better at peppering.

Pepper with Tips Only
Start off the players with tipping instead of actually spiking the ball. This way they will start with some control in the pepper. In my experience, most girls cannot control the ball because the spike is usually out of control or one player is consistently hitting the ball too hard. Have them start off with easy tips then work to aggressive tips. They should always be sure that they control the tip and allow the other player to dog the ball.

Quick Pepper
This is how I warm-up my liberos before volleyball matches. Have the players stand very close to each other and pepper as fast as they can. By this I mean quick set, quick hit, and quick dig. If done correctly and under control, this warm up gets them much better at peppering and also gets them ready for the game. Have players do this in practice to help with their reaction time.

Long Court Pepper

This is by far the hardest version of peppering. Each partner should stand, facing each other, on opposite sidelines. Have them pepper. See if they can long pass, long set, and long spike. This drill is outstanding for getting players to control their spikes. This is obviously very important.

What to Look For
When peppering there are few things that you should be conscious of. To begin with, make sure that you are always in the athletic position. A player should never be standing stright up and not ready, especially in practice. Be very careful to stay on the toes, not flat footed. A key point here is that players should never be standing still, rather always in motion. Once they stop moving, they will get stuck and will not be able to play a ball correctly.

Volleyball Drills for Beginners

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 Volleyball Drills for BeginnersCoaching kids that are just beginning to play volleyball can be, and is, very challenging.  There may be different volleyball rules they must follow and it is obviously important to come up with good drills, but the problem is knowing what drills they are capable of actually doing.  I am probably talking about third, fourth, and fifth graders.  As they get older, they naturally get a little stronger, which helps in volleyball.  I am going to list a few really good volleyball drills for beginners, and I am going to start with strength building.

Get Them Stronger

The very best way that I have found to increase strength is to do push-ups.  For the really weak, have them lean against a wall and do a set of ten.  Encourage them to get their feet as far away from the wall as possible, to make it a little more difficult.  The others can either go from their knees or do a real push-up.  So before practice, have the kids take a few laps, stretch, and add some push-ups and sit-ups.  I promise that this will help.

Use Your Head

Setting is not an easy thing to do.  It takes a lot of variables, like feet position, hand position, follow through, and so on.  Therefore, you have to start basic.  In this drill, you are having the players use their head to set the ball.  Why?  Because they are going to learn how to get their feet to the ball and get under the ball.  Two basic, but very important skills.  So have them line up, toss a high ball for the player to get under and “head”, have them shag the ball.  Look for good foot position and that they are getting to the ball.  They should not be learning forward to head the ball.  The volleyball should land on their forehead with them standing erect.

Bean Bag Passing

So this will help to get them into the habit of good form while passing.  Here is how it works.  Players should stand on the sideline and baseline of one court.  Review the basics of passing with them, explaining foot position and so on.  Have players get into the ready position, and be sure to check their passing form. Before starting, walk the line and check every player’s form. Give each player a bean bag and have them hold the bean bag using the right hand position and form.  Here is the fun part.  Have them try to toss the bean bag to a target area in front of them.  If it helps, make some sort of contest of this drill.  Continue to do this until you are satisfied.

Well, these are just a few things that you can do to work with young children.  It is definitely a challenge, but no doubt a fun challenge.