Question: Post Season Advice

Post Season Advice

From a coach:

We are leaving tomorrow for our state tourney, and it is a huge goal to Three-Peat. It is hard staying on top….it was easier striving to get there….have any tips for me? We have probably the two best hitters in the state but weak setter and a great libero. Do you have any words of wisdon for me or them?

Our Reply:

I can think of three areas that I would concentrate on:

– Serving. You need to be very smart about who and where you serve in the tournament. If you have scouted any of these teams you will know who the weak passer is. I’d very systematically go about serving them long/short/left/right – essentially work them hard and hope you force a lot of bad passes. In the absence of knowing who the weak passer is, make sure you are staying away from the libero, serving the front row hitters that are passing, and serving into deep corners and short spots.

– Scouting. It would be really nice if you had some scouting going on so you could prepare for each team in each of their rotations. You should know what the setter likes to set in each rotation, and where each of the hitters tendencies are. Get your block and back-row defenders in good spots on all those hitters.

– Mistakes. You have to keep telling your hitters (especially your outsides) that they don’t have to kill every ball. On bad sets or tough swings, just have them keep it in the court and live to play another day. If you can reduce the number of hitting errors you make, it sure helps.

Best of luck!


2 comments on Question: Post Season Advice

  1. Shawn Martz says:

    >We like to teach our young kids to jump float early (12s) and it makes a huge difference in our ability to beat more physical or skilled teams even at that level. We have now been even more inspired by Neil Mason’s video to incorporating top-spin jump serves at this young age. They have caught on amazingly well and can perform it consistently in practice. The problem arises when we play in tournaments w/sport court surfaces or other gyms with relatively small areas in which to approach. The kids get freaked out thinking they don’t have enough room (with both j.floats and t.spin js) and either stay on the ground or serve inconsistently trying to adjust their steps. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to counteract this, should we practice with a smaller area in which to serve, teach a 2 or 3 step move??? Unfortunately most of our critical tournaments have limited service area (7-8ft).

  2. Tom says:

    >Many club programs use a 3-step jump float to mitigate for the shortened distanced behind the service line.

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