By: Teri Clemens and Jenny McDowell
Originally Published in: The Volleyball Drill Book
Provided by: Human Kinetics
To encourage an understanding of positive communication, both verbal and nonverbal, when dealing with those in a position of authority.
The coach divides the team into two groups. Each group sits in a line facing the other. Each person in group A assumes the role of a person in an authoritative position, such as a parent, principal, policeman, coach, or teacher. The coach can assign the roles, players can provide suggestions, or each member of the group can choose a position of authority. Each person in group B assumes the role of someone who is expected to take direction from the person across from her or him. For example, if the first person in group A assumes the role of a teacher, the first person group B assumes the role of a student.
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"He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail." - Anonymous
To help players understand the need to touch the volleyball during practice and in matches by discussing and emphasizing the need for repetition.
The coach reads the following selection to the team before a day of repetition skills or simply to help the team understand the need for repetition.
When someone in the sport of volleyball hits the ball hard, we often refer to that person as a hammer. When that hammer gets better and better, she or he wants the ball, wants to hit, and will hit any ball. The hammer doesn't care if the set is a bit off, doesn't care if the lights are dim, doesn't find fault with others. The hammer just wants the ball set to her or him and to swing hard at it. It is like the quote. The hammer just wants to hit everything. The ball is the nail! Hit it hard.
We have to think like this in volleyball. Good players want to be the hammer. They want the ball. They want the ball when the game is on the line.
A hammer doesn't have to really be a hitter. A setter can want the ball more than anyone else. A passer can want it more. A libero can want to dig more than a hitter wants to hit.
The team needs players who want the ball! Do you? Do you want it repeatedly so that you can continue to improve and to achieve?
This is why repetitions are so important. The more you set, the better you set. The better you set, the more you are challenged with tougher sets. This means more repetitions. Nothing in volleyball is more important than repetitions.
The more you repeat, the more comfortable you are with the skill. Then in games you are relaxed. You may fall into the zone - the place where you seem to play flawlessly, where it looks easy even when it is hard. This is where you want to be. You can't get there unless skills seem natural to you.
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During practice and games, remind players of this discussion by telling them to be the hammer! That simple phrase will bring the key points of this activity back to them and keep them motivated.