Teaching Players How to Read and Understand Tempo


Get drills and techniques for teaching players how to read and understand tempo for all volleyball skills

  • Teach your players how to control tempo by varying the height of ball on sets, passes, serves and more
  • Get a simple system for communicating your tempo scale
  • Learn creative ways to score games and drills to keep players engaged and the competition level high in your gym

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Marci Sanders, University of Texas-Dallas Head Coach;
2x American Southwest Conference Tournament Champions, seven straight ASC East Division titles (2006-12);
five straight ASC East Division Coach of the Year awards (2006-10);
Launched the UT Dallas volleyball program as their inaugural coach in 2004;
3x selection as an assistant coach with the U.S. Collegiate National Team (USVBA);
Over 230 wins and 3 NCAA Division III National Tournament BidsIn order to run specific plays, your players need to control the height of their passes. Marci Sanders provides coaches at all levels with a method for teaching their players how to assess ball contacts by performing, and therefore reading, the different tempos of ball contacts.

You’ll learn ball control drills for introducing the concept of tempo into serving and passing. Coach Sanders also shares competitive games that focus on assessing first touches and tempo during live play.

Discover drills for teaching players to develop pass tempo. These drills will help players learn to identify and name each tempo using a simple numbering system and basic ball handling warm up drills.

Coach Sanders introduces a number of drills and techniques to teach players how to read and understand pass tempo. Your players will learn and develop an understanding of tempo while they’re gaining touches on the ball.

Serving and passing drills continue the education for the players learning to define tempo in a game-like situation. Tempo in serving is important. Low serves over the net or high serves to the deep part of the court over a passer trying to use their hands can get aces for your team. Scoring systems are explained and used to keep the drills competitive and fun.

Finally the Serve/Pass Grading competition is a 6 v 6 drill where scoring is based on the pass grade. It allows players to start to read earlier on what the opponent might do next with that pass and increase their volleyball IQ, and gets all of the passers on the same page in communicating how long they have to move to the ball.

If you are looking for a way to take your players to the next level by speeding up (or slowing down) your play but don’t have any idea how to communicate that to your team, look here to Coach Sanders’ way of defining tempo and basic drills to teach the language of tempo to your players.

Produced at the 2014 AVCA Annual Convention in Oklahoma City, OK.

52 minutes. 2015.