Bill Ferguson – Breakout Sessions – Passing Rapid Fire Spin and Float Serve – Goal Eliminate Lean, More Stepping

This is another “Breakout Session” specifically for skills building namely passing off float and spin serves. Flaws were detected during the earlier video session that need to be fixed and one was the players are leaning on the jump serve and not stepping. You will notice the balls come very quickly from the coach on purpose and the reason is so that the player only focuses on the task at hand and fixing it and is less concerned about a perfect pass.

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Bill Ferguson – Breakout Sessions – Middle Transition Setting and Defense (Both Sides)

In this breakout sessions you will see a great drill that works on middle defense and transition setting. As you can see from this drill allot of attention is paid to developing all players ball control including middles and this falls into Bill Ferguson’ philosophy on coaching volleyball and making sure his team (meaning all players – including middles) develop good ball control. This post features the coaches running the drill from both sides.

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Bill Ferguson – Breakout Sessions – Setting Breakout and Understanding Breakout Sessions for Max Skill Building Results

Breakout Sessions are periods in Bill Ferguson’s volleyball practice where groups of players often divided by position can improve very specific skills the coaches and team identifies from reviewing game footage. In this video you will see how Bill works with the setters to work on setting while the others coaches work with players in other positions on other skills.

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Bill Ferguson Adding Music in Practice

This video features Bill Ferguson (USC – Head Men’s Coach) and Andor Gyulai (Owner – Volleyball1on1.com) discussing the important concepts and reasons behind adding music to practice. This article features two videos with different endings. One videos was used for the AVCA Video Tip of the Week while the other video was used for Volleyball1on1 only.

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Bill Ferguson – Serving Drill – Area 1 Target

This video features the team working on float serving. The team is not a very good jump serving team and as a result moved more towards serving the jump float serve. In this video you will see how the coaches make this serving drill fun and competitive. Also you will start to see how the loud music in practice affects affects everything.

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Bill Ferguson – Passing Tutor for Float Serves

This is another “Tutor Drill” specifically for skills the coaches thought need work from “Tell the Truth Monday” video session. This drill is working on passing the float serve and rather than passing the serve overhand, using a platform to pass the ball. What the coaching staff observed is the offense tends to have better rhythm when this is done verses overhand passing.
 

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Bill Ferguson – Passing Tutor for Spin Serves

The practice theme of the day is “Tell the Truth Monday”, what this means is the team reviews videos and looks for individual and team weaknesses that they can work on. The coaches then often add specific skill building drills called “Tutor Drills” to improve on those skills that need work. This video contains a tutor drill the coaches are running to fix and improve passing off spin serves.

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Bill Ferguson -DROM Volleyball Warm Up, 2014 Practice

This video shows the DROM – Dynamic Range of Motion Warm Up used by USC men’s volleyball team. A good DROM warm up has been proven to increase athletic performance and decrease injuries. This video is insightful especially when compared to the previous practice plans filmed with Bill and seeing how the warm up has changed in even just a year.

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