Volleyball players need to be explosive to be more effective. Whether its getting higher to become a better hitter or being able to jump quickly in order to provide an effective block, the ability to get off the floor quickly and reach above the net is critical for volleyball players. In the video below Coach Rob Rose provides volleyball-specific drills that can make volleyball players more explosive.These are simple drills that can easily be incorporated into your practice plans.
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Using a series of 12-inch mini-hurdles Coach Rose takes players through a series of what he refers to as Chimney Jumps. In this progression of drills he begins with Power Chimney Jumps. In this drill players jump as high as possible over each hurdle and land softly in a bent knee position. The players will then hold that landing position until the coach cues them to stand up. He does this so as to ensure a quick muscle stretch prior to the next jump. After standing up the coach will cue the player to jump and again. Teaching points include landing softly and driving the arms.
The second drill is called the Tuck Chimney Jump. In this drill the layers are required to tuck their knees towards their chest. The players movements are still controlled by the coaches commands. Ready-Jump-Hold-Stand-up.
The third drill is called Quick Tuck Chimney Jumps. This is the same as the previous drill except for now the players are not waiting for the coaches cues. The players go as quickly as possible with a deeper knee bend.
The final drill in the sequence is is called Ankle Flip Chimney Jumps. In this drill the players will jump as high as possible and land with barely any knee bend. The goal is to get off the ground as quickly as possible.