Girl doing libero training at volleyball clinic.

Preparing a Libero with a Volleyball Clinic

Volleyball Clinic: Preparing for the Role of Libero

Many people consider Libero to be the most difficult position on the volleyball court. successful Liberos do not need to be tall like a defensive specialist — instead, they need to be very quick and tenacious. If you are interested in becoming a Libero specialist or are looking to learn how to coach up your teams Libero, check out our guide on ways to prepare for the libero role. Whether it is a CIty Beach volleyball clinic, regular drills, or physical training, any potential Libero can benefit from these tips.

Pepper Drills

Pepper drills are one of the most popular volleyball training drills coaches employ. Because this drill is focused on creating lots of touches and difficult digs, it is perfect for the Libero-in-training. Focus on creating a good forearm platform with your chin up and eyes forward. The goal of this drill should be to create a good angle by dropping your shoulders and having solid form in order to create lift for your passing. Create difficult angles and trajectories for the Libero so they get practice adjusting to difficult shots and recovering.

Agility Training

One of our major focuses during our volleyball clinic is training players to be more quick and agile. For Liberos, this is maybe the most important physical aspect of their game. Footwork drills like walking on dots, ladders, and stairs can be an excellent method for training balance and agile movement. Liberos should also work on explosive plyometrics using drills like lateral barrier-jumps. Create an 8” – 12’ tall barrier and have your player jump back and forth sideways over the barrier. The focus should be on landing lightly on the balls of your feet and maintaining balance. The more explosive your Libero, the more likely they will be able to close difficult distances in short times, a key component to success.

Visit a City Beach Volleyball Clinic

At City Beach, we offer volleyball clinics designed to keep your Libero in game-shape regardless of the time of year. If your player is serious about improving skills and learning more about the game our volleyball clinic is tailor-made for them. We offer both spring and fall volleyball clinics to keep your Libero improving all year long.

Contact City Beach to Learn More

If you or one of your players are interested in becoming a more complete Libero, then City Beach is the place to improve your skills. We offer services for a wide variety of teams and players. Whether you have a child that is interested in learning the game, or a potential collegiate recruit looking to take their game to the next level, City Beach can help improve their game. Call us at 408-654-9330 for any questions, or if you prefer, stop by our facility at 2911 Mead Avenue in Santa Clara. We look forward to working with you!

Woman learning to serve with volleyball training.

How to Improve Your Overhand Serve With Volleyball Training

Volleyball Training: Improving Your Overhand Serve

One of the number one skills that young volleyball players want to improve is their ability to successfully serve overhand. Whether the player is a beginner or simply looking to improve their serve, specific volleyball training is key to success. Lots of different coaches recommend their own flavor or technique, but some of the basics hold true for every player. Today, City Beach discusses three key components that you should work on to get a better serve.

Point Your Body In the Right Direction

Generally, the first thing we want to do when offering volleyball training to a beginner is to make sure that when they serve, everything is moving in the same direction. Teaching players how to get their body and their arm swing pointed the same way is, in very broad terms, the key to success. Creating a fluid motion that transfers body weight from the back foot to the front foot and from the legs to the arms is the best way to generate power and accuracy. Generally, if a player’s body is moving to the right then the serve follows and vice versa. Your initial volleyball training should focus on creating a balanced movement from back to front.

Train the Toss

For the majority of beginners, the root of their serving problems stems from a poor toss. So many players have inconsistent tosses that it is no wonder their serves are also inconsistent. We offer volleyball training that helps to create a consistent process from the beginning of the serve (the toss) through the end of the serve (follow-through). It is advisable for newer players to learn to lower the toss arc. The higher the serve — the more chance there is for error. Instead, try having beginners raise the ball about shoulder height and then lift the ball a small amount. The idea is to have just enough time to bring your arm through to make solid contact with the ball. With experience and increased consistency, the player can eventually work their way up to a higher toss for a more explosive follow through.

Volleyball Training Focused on Contact

Ball contact is often times too much of a focus compared to the overall process of the overhand serve. In general, the important factor is keeping their wrist and hand firm through ball contact and to follow through the ball. Eventually, advanced players may learn to pull their hand back to create spin or to “pop” the ball. The focus for beginners should center on creating a consistent and successful serve before moving to advanced tactics. If the player is doing everything else right then contact will occur naturally. Breaking the idea that the serve depends on perfect contact, instead of the entire motion before that point, is important for creating a consistent serve.

Contact City Beach for Volleyball Training

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, any player can benefit from volleyball training. At City Beach, we have experts who have been offering volleyball training for most of their lives. We are dedicated to providing a fun, but productive environment for volleyball players of all levels. To learn more about our volleyball training camps and clinics contact City Beach today!