Coaching 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.