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If you want to assess the quality of any training drill, the easiest way to apply The Volleyball Test. The Volleyball Test is very simple. You look at the drill and ask a simple question. Is it volleyball? The specific components to The Volleyball Test are quite simple.
Where is the ball coming from? Is it coming from the same place it comes from during a game of volleyball? Is it coming from the same angle? If the ball should come from over the net when the skill is performed, it has to come from over the net in the drill.
Where is the player looking? Is the player looking in the same place they would have to look at to perform that specific skill in volleyball? Drills in which blockers must look at broadly at several spikers on a box to make decisions, are not volleyball. Blockers have to look precisely at the setter.
Where does the ball go after the contact? I think you are getting the hang of it.
What decisions does the player have to make? If the player does not have to make any decisions, the drill is not volleyball. It may help focus attention on one specific attentional or movement component of a skill, but it isn’t volleyball. Spiking without a block is not volleyball. There is no spike that ever happens in a volleyball match in which the player does have to make a decision about the block.
What other players are involved? Every time a player touches the ball during a game of volleyball involves an interaction with at least one, and usually more, other players.
There are lots of things that coaches do during training that look like volleyball but when you apply The Volleyball Test it turns out they are not volleyball at all. And if they are not volleyball, then are they worth doing at all?
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