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How to Increase Your Speed in Volleyball

Volleyball is a game which requires a lot of skill and good reaction time. The extra second it takes for you to get on the ground and bump the ball up could be the difference between losing a set or winning it. In many situations, Volleyball games are extremely close, meaning the sets are played almost point for point. Make an error that could have been easily avoided and you will regret it! There are many ways in which you can improve your speed in Volleyball, and I’d like to share them below.

The first, and most obvious thing to do is practise. The more balls you have hit at you the faster you will be able to react. If you are finding you still take too long to decide whether to bump or set the ball, you need more practice. It’s just a matter of dedicating that time to practice, and you will increase in leaps and bounds.

One of the biggest problems I see regularly is the position that players stand in. In Volleyball, they often call it the ‘ready’ position, because you have the best posture for moving at the blink of an eye. Try this little experiment – stand up straight and put the weight on the rear of your feet, and have someone yell go when you aren’t expecting it. Time how long it takes you to move to a set position, whether that be forward, to the side or backwards.

Next, try the same experiment but instead of putting the weight on the rear of your feet, stand on your toes and lean forward. You will notice that you can move much quicker. Even better than this, you should be standing crouched down a little bit, with your feet spread apart and the majority of your body weight on the front of your feet. Have a look at the professionals – they all stand with the weight forward so that they can react within the shortest time.

You will find that the more time you spend leaning forward the better your posture is, and the more comfortable you become. I guarantee with practice and the correct ‘ready’ position you will be able to move considerably faster than any other technique. Most of all, don’t give up. Everyone can react quickly with the right training, and its just a matter of getting to the stage where it is second nature!

Ways to Tell You Are Serving Correctly in Volleyball

Consistent, accurate serving is the objective of every volleyball player – from youth to Olympic team member. To reach that point, however, it’s important to know if you are serving correctly. Here are some ways to do that.

The first way to tell whether you are serving correctly is whether the ball is going where you want it to go. I know that sounds very simplistic, but the reality of things is that proper mechanics tends to result in high levels of accuracy. If you are consistently hitting your target then chances are pretty good you’ve got things right. That said, chances are you’re reading this article because you aren’t as accurate or powerful a server as you’d like, so let me provide you with some checkpoints you can use to get yourself on track.

Are you finishing your serve balanced? If not, there’s something wrong. Usually, it comes down to your toss. If you toss the ball too far to the left or right you’ll end up leaning in that direction to try to make proper ball contact. Either that or you’ll be serving the ball in that direction when you didn’t intend to do so. If you find your weight well onto your front toes, then you’ve tossed the ball too far forward, while having to arch your back and lean backwards means a toss behind your ideal contact point. All of this can be fixed by improving your toss.

Is the ball spinning when you want it to float, or floating when you want it to spin? That is a function of your ball contact. You need to make sure you’re stricking the right part of the ball in the correct way to get the desired effect.

Is the ball coming landing short or going too far? Distance in serving is all about the speed of your hand at contact. Swing your arm faster to hit the ball farther (notice I didn’t say swing harder). Swing your arm slower to hit the ball shorter. Make sure to keep your ball contact firm, though. No floppy wrist or mushy hand!

Does your shoulder hurt when you serve? If so, it probably means your arm swing is off in some fashion – assuming you don’t simply have an injury from something else, of course. This again could be related to ball toss, but it could also be a function of your mechanics. This might be hard to judge by yourself, though. You’ll likely want the help of a coach in evaluating your arm swing – or at least the use of video.

Which brings up perhaps the best way to gauge whether you are serving properly. Video yourself serving and compare it to video of someone who serves properly. There are many tools out there these days that allow for side-by-side analysis. This will let you see how your technique stacks up against the good server in the areas of body posture, arm preparation, toss, footwork, and follow-through.

Hopefully you have a coach who is keeping an eye on your serving technique and helping you correct things as needed. If not, though, the tips here should help you identify problems and put you on a path toward more effective serving.

Volleyball Drills for Positions

Volleyball drills consist mainly of various ways to hit a ball. The classic formula of pass, set, spike is the main theme of these drills. Volleyball has a lot more finesse than just knowing HOW to hit the ball correctly. Knowing when to hit it, where to hit it, and where to be to hit it correctly are probably the most important fundamental skills that all players must possess. Devising volleyball drills that will help instill these facts into your players’ mind becomes of utmost importance.

When looking at the design of realistic volleyball drills, it is essential to get your team to understand the difference between their rotational positions and their playing positions. After each volley, the team all rotates one position clockwise. This gives each team member several chances to play at each rotational position, including server. It is important for your players to know where they are playing in the rotation, as that is the spot they have to return to after each play. After the team rotates, this is the position that the players will stand at until the ball is served. Having your players scatter on the court, then quickly return to their positions is one of the basic volleyball drills that will help instill this into your players.

After the ball is served, the players will then change to their played positions. Volleyball drills that stress the importance of being mobile are the key to getting these movements down. As you coach your team, you will invariably find a few players that are better at setting than the rest, while you will find strong spikers and passers from other players. Obviously you want your strongest players with each skillset to play in to their respective strengths. You may find that your strongest setters have been rotated to an outside blocker position. Since you want those players to be able to quickly get to the center of the court, you can run volleyball drills that will teach the players how to quickly move from any position in the rotation to their respective played positions. This will help your team members know how to get to their played positions quickly.

One for the best volleyball drills that will work on player position control would involve going through he standard rotation, then holding it for a bit while waiting for the ball to be served. You can start out fairly small and have a single player run through all positions in a rotation, then running to be in position to cover their played positions, then quickly returning to their rotation place. As your team members become more confident in their movements, you can begin to have more of your team join in on these volleyball drills until you have your whole team in on the rotations. At this point, you can even start throwing the ball over the net to simulate an actual play set in a real game.

Each player on your team needs to work hard on your volleyball drills while you are showing them how to play their rotational and played positions. This will help keep their mind focused on where they should be at pretty much any given moment in the game. The purpose of all volleyball drills si to instill a sense of automatic movement in your players. The same holds true in these movement drills. You want your team to be able to move and cover either of their two simultaneous positions at a moment’s notice. The less your players have to think about these things, the smoother their play will become.

How to Improve Your Volleyball Skills

If you are looking for the magic bullet to take your Volleyball Skills up a notch, I am sorry to disappoint you. There simply isn’t a ‘get pro fast method’ in Volleyball. Talk to the professionals, and they will all tell you that it takes the right technique combined with hours and hours of solid training. Of course, there are longer ways to go about getting good at playing Volleyball. If you are learning the wrong technique then you will certainly take longer to get good than those that have the right technique from the beginning.

You wouldn’t believe how much the attitude and mental side of sports plays in learning, improving and performing at your best. There are coaches that focus entirely on this side of sport, and its worth looking into. Above and beyond that though, it comes down to your attitude to putting the hours in, and ensuring that you are learning the right technique.

I will suggest that placing a video camera on a tripod during every game (well away from anyone that could run into it) and recording each game is the fastest way to improve. You can watch the whole game, and if you do it soon after then you will remember the individual moments. Its easy to see on camera silly mistakes that were made, and you can easily correct these majority of the time. Even better, if you watch it with your team then you will be able to constructively criticize their performance, and they can do the same to you. Of course, you have to be careful this doesn’t get too serious that people are put down, but creative and intuitive suggestions are usually welcome amongst team mates.

The other thing to remember is that if you really want to get good you just copy someone else. Go to as many top level Volleyball games and watch what the players do. You will very quickly see how the best of the best play, and they have done the hard work. There’s nothing wrong with copying them either, its the fastest way to learn and you will even surprise yourself!

Above all though, have a positive attitude, be willing to listen to others and spend a lot of your time implementing good suggestions. If you have a good coach, then you will have no problem in taking huge steps forward with the right attitude. I’d also recommend combining the Volleyball Skills with weight training to ensure you are fit and perform at the highest level possible.