By: Nate Thompson, Assistant Coach - Bradley University
Originally Published in: Coaching Volleyball
Copyright and Provided by: American Volleyball Coaches Association
This past spring, our program had a great opportunity to train and compete against the University of Minnesota. During the training segment, Coach McCutcheon and his staff set up an intriguing 10-Ball Wash Drill that I wanted to share. We all have our own variations of wash drills that we prefer, but they can become monotonous at times and our athletes can sometimes plateau their level of execution within them. I loved that in each segment of the wash drill there is a serve/serve receive component. We always want to improve our side-out offense!
The drill works best in a 6 v. 6 format. It can be great for shared court times at the club level or in your high school gym where your roster tends to be a little bit larger. While explaining the drill, I'll reference Side A and Side B. Set your team up in whichever rotation/personnel you would like to evaluate.
Side A will initiate a 10-ball series (five two-ball segments) to Side B in the order listed below; each ball is played out. Then Side B will initiate the same 10-ball series to Side A; each ball is played out. If there is a missed serve, stay on that ball and re-serve (or have a coach-initiated serve, depending on your group's level of play). Once both sides have initiated the drill (20 total balls), break for water and then set both sides up with a new rotation/personnel. The drill can be run to see all six rotations or however many rotations you choose.
Side A (Initiating), Side B (Receiving)
Repeat with Side B (Initiating), Side A (Receiving)
Free Ball: coach inserts a volleyball to initiating side, athlete sends ball over.
Transition - Left Side: coach inserts a simulation attack (swing, tip, roll shot).
Transition - Right Side: coach inserts a simulation attack (swing, tip, roll shot).
Chase Ball: coach inserts a volleyball to simulate a "shank", athlete sends ball over.