Volleyball coaches need to keep players motivated during practices as well as games. In order to improve players' skills, practice is essential. Keep players excited about working on their bumps, sets and spikes by adding a variety of fun, challenging games to practice sessions.
Have players focus on enhancing their teamwork by draping sheets over the net to prevent teams from seeing each other. Hang sheets from the top of the net to the floor to completely block other players' bodies from sight. Change the rules so overhand serves and spikes slow things down and make reaction times more realistic. Once the ball comes over the net and into sight, players will focus on where their teammates are, how to get the ball to them, how to get into position to receive balls, what possible problems could arise and how to back teammates up.
Work on players' ability to control ball projection by dividing the court with a line down the middle then requiring players to play alternating points crosscourt. Because players don't have the luxury of keeping the ball in a large court, they will have to slow down and focus on ball placement skills. Even though the other team knows where the ball is going, they, too, will have to slow things down because they will have to control the ball back to a limited playing area. Depending on the skill level of the players involved, the coach can handicap the rules by requiring underhand serves and prohibiting spikes.
Three players create a triangle, facing each other about 12 feet apart. The first player bumps the ball to herself, then sets to herself, then hits to the next player, who repeats the sequence. For a cooperative drill, players can pass, using an upward pass, to the same teammate after each sequence. No scoring is kept. For a competitive drill, players can pass the ball to any teammate without warning, and they can use a soft downward "spike" to create more difficulty. Keep score to create pressure.
Two players partner with one ball on opposite sides of the net. If no net is available, players can use a floor line, starting about 10 feet apart. One player faces his teammate while the other teammate turns around with his back to his teammate. The first player sends a soft, high pass to his teammate, yelling "Go" as he passes the ball. The second teammate must now quickly turn around, locate the incoming ball, and then bump, set and pass to his teammate, who already turned around and is waiting for his chance to "Go." Keep score, making sure each player earns one point for a successful bump, set and pass.