This past week I got the opportunity to sit down and have breakfast with Shawn Patchell, Head Men’s Coach at Concordia University and one of my favorite coaches here in the United States. Shawn is an incredible coach having helped coached Pro teams in Europe, Top D1 Colleges Men’s and even the USA National Boys and Men’s teams.
I was reviewing Shawn’s goals for his team this week as they return from summer for college practice and he kept talking about 400 reps and helping his passers hit 400 reps.
The reason he told me:
“Andor, it’s that magic number where me and my staff see change quickly! I have had players literally increase their passing by a full point, for example go from a 2 point passer to a 3 point passer, out of 4 in 1 week.” – Shawn Patchell
So I asked how the reps / practices organized.
“Well we break it into two parts. Some of the time we stand behind the passer and give allot of intensive feedback. During this time there is allot of focus on form and technique. At other times we stand behind them and limit the feedback. During this time there is allot of focus on what the players are seeing and just getting their needed reps.” – Shawn Patchell
So for your high school coaches, passing is the most important priority on our list as it is the First, Third and Fourth most important things in women’s volleyball based upon Dr. Gill Fellingham scientific study.
Let me ask you, is it worth investing 1 week in your passers to increase their passing by a full point? I think for some of you it may be worth it.
Let me know if you have questions or if you would like to jump on a quick call to review this or any of your other high school coaching goals. Contact me here!