|Improving Your FBSO|
|By: Matt Huskey - Assistant Coach, Saint Louis University
Originally Published in: Coaching Volleyball
Copyright and Provided by: AVCA
That said, here is a drill that we will use to help us focus on FBSO in each of our rotations ... FBSO Blitz.
• Side A is always receiving serve and Side B is always serving
• Side A gets two points for FBSO, and one point for winning the rally
• Side A needs to get 60 points (rotating every 10 points) in a specific amount of time (we typically like to use 6-8 minutes to keep the drill moving and to make sure we are challenging Side A to be as efficient as possible)
Some Possible Adjustments
• If you have a small roster and are not able to play 6-on-6, place cones in areas of the court that you would like your team to get better at attacking in First Ball situations and award two points for balls attacked into those areas and one point for clean kills in the court.
• Play this drill every day for a week or two. Stat each rotation to help you figure out your strongest rotation and your weakest rotation. You may gain some insight into which rotations you should be starting the match.
• Use this drill to evaluate players during preseason. Players that help you side out more often should win spots in the starting line-up
• Add a -1 point scoring system (Examples: Side A gets -1 if they give up a service ace, -1 for attacking a ball into the net or hitting the tape if they are not playing against a full block/ defense, etc.)
• Use a +1 point scoring system to reward good decisions by the setter. Perhaps you are about to play a team that struggles defending the slide attack. Reward the team with an additional point for every FBSO from the slide attack. As a coach, you can sneak some scouting report material into this drill pretty easily.
The possibilities are endless. Have fun with it, be creative, and I hope your team can use this drill to get better at FBSO.