Episode 2 features a variety of activities that you can do at home. In speaking with many coaches over the summer and various camps and clinics, and what I have personally seen... our young athletes are having great difficulty in the concept of "moving their feet"...
In every "field-played" sport, from soccer to badminton to basketball to tennis, the primary movement is with the feet.
Volleyball is no different!!... even though we play the balls with our arms and hands and jump in the air... without moving our feet to the ball first, it makes anything after that more difficult.
There are many varieties of footwork and passing drills out there.. I am showing a few in the following video...
the key is to PRACTICE THIS AT HOME... the coaches do not have time in practice time to work on improving your own footwork.. You need to take your own responsibility to do exercises that will improve your quickness, agility and contacts.
Please let me a comment on what your favourite at home drills our... I will add to the "library"...
Enjoy and Dream Big
and how we convert them to volleyball skills!!
For the past month, I have been working summer camps with young volleyball athletes of all ages. The common factor I see with all of these kids is that in general they are pretty good with their volleyball development however somewhat lacking in their footwork and conditioning.
I am working on a series of videos aimed at the young athlete (and for those older athletes who still need to work on faster feet and coordination). In fact I did a lot of these "fun" games at the national team level. As I repeat over and over again in my inspirational messages to kids, volleyball is the same game at every level, it is just the execution that is different.
These are games that I did endlessly as we "played outside"... a concept we need to reintroduce to our youngsters... that I wholeheartedly believe made me an overall highly coordinated athlete.
Please click here for the first episode on "Juggling" (my fav!!).. found on the Youth Skill Development Page
*please note that the first part of the video you can't really here me talk over the dubbing (I think done on my purpose by my young athlete ;) ... I basically explain the above concept..
I would be interested in hearing your comments on this...
As many thoughts of volleyball & my many days of playing come up for me these days, I thought I would share some insights with young & old players, coaches alike!!