Socially Distanced Development for Volleyball Players

No prac­tice? No prob­lem. Here’s how play­ers can improve on their own.

Socially Distanced Development for Volleyball Players

No prac­tice? No prob­lem. Here’s how play­ers can improve on their own.

All coach­es aim to bring out the best in their ath­letes. But it can be tough to ensure play­ers are mak­ing strides in their devel­op­ment from behind a com­put­er screen. So we com­piled some of our favorite resources for mak­ing progress from a distance.

Mental Training

The only way to improve your serve, swing, set (insert any vol­ley­ball skill here) is through com­mit­ment, hard work and patience. The same goes for the brain. The most suc­cess­ful play­ers choose a pos­i­tive atti­tude, main­tain a high lev­el of self-moti­va­tion, set high, real­is­tic goals, use pos­i­tive self-talk, and deal effec­tive­ly with peo­ple. But these skills don’t hap­pen overnight and they don’t always come naturally. 

Encourage your play­ers to put in the men­tal work now, so they can shine tech­ni­cal­ly and phys­i­cal­ly when they’re on the court again. 

Strength Workouts

Staying active dur­ing this time will make the first prac­tice back a lit­tle eas­i­er, but it’s also cru­cial for injury pre­ven­tion. The good news is there are a ton of at-home strength and con­di­tion­ing work­outs on YouTube—send your favorites to play­ers to keep them moving.

You can also find ideas on Twitter and Instagram, from core work and weight train­ing to pre­hab cir­cuits designed specif­i­cal­ly for vol­ley­ball play­ers who are hard on their shoul­ders. Or cre­ate your own work­outs, record and upload them to Hudl, and have play­ers mes­sage you when they’ve com­plet­ed them.

Skill Development

Playing vol­ley­ball is kind of like rid­ing a bike — it’s hard to for­get once you know it. But that doesn’t mean you want play­ers to go months with­out touch­ing a ball. So we round­ed up some of our favorite drills they can do at home. The best part? For most of these, all they need is a wall and a ball.


You know how it goes. The first tour­na­ment is around the cor­ner and you’re scram­bling to train your play­ers on how to keep score, track the libero and be the down ref­er­ee. Use this down­time to get your team trained up so it’s smooth sail­ing once match­es start. 

Not sure how to get start­ed? Here are some ideas:

  • Set up a time for your team to watch a train­ing video.
  • Contact a local offi­cial and see if they’ll run a vir­tu­al train­ing ses­sion with your ath­letes and coaches.
  • When you can, host an intra-club scrim­mage so your play­ers can prac­tice in a low-pres­sure environment.


Now’s also the per­fect time for ath­letes to own their recruit­ing process. Encourage them to do research on col­leges, nar­row down their list of schools, reach out to coach­es they’re inter­est­ed in, and com­pile their best moments into a high­light reel.

We recent­ly sat down with a few col­le­giate coach­es to pick their brains about recruit­ing, high­lights and get­ting noticed. They all had great insights for both coach­es and ath­letes, so be sure to share these with your team.

Hudl Homework

If you’ve already nailed the at-home work­outs and drills, switch your focus to video review on Hudl and have your play­ers study their craft. Ask them to watch video of pre­vi­ous match­es and cre­ate a playlist of their top five and bot­tom five plays. They can add com­ments and draw­ings explain­ing why it was a high or low moment. You can dis­cuss these in a one-on-one call and devel­op a plan to address their bot­tom five as prepa­ra­tion for next season.

There are so many ways play­ers can keep improv­ing off the court — whether they focus on pre­hab, learn­ing a new skill or plan­ning their future. For more play­er devel­op­ment ideas and resources, check out our Remote Coaching Guide.