VolleySLIDE - Getting Started - Fast Tracking
Unfortunately there is no real short cut to improving a sitting volleyball team. They say it takes 10,000 hours to master something, so the only answer is to train, simulate match situations and play as many competitions as is physically possible. There are however some things that can be done to speed up the learning process, or to start from further down the development continuum. For example a player who has played Volleyball as a child or even other ball sports can have a head start over someone who hasn’t.
When looking for quick success on the court, the temptation is to encourage (and even train players) to send the ball back randomly, even on the 1st touch. However whilst this will have some early sucess, eventually teams that play with 3 touches will win through. If you only have a short period of time, the focus on the areas where you can make the quickest and most significant successes. Such as tactics, physical conditioning and from a technical point of view - Serving. Two other strategies you could look to use to 'fast track' are:
Create a Daily Training Base...
To facilitate more training. It has been suggested that it is best to limit training to 2-3 hours a day, due to the physical stresses on the shoulders. In which case you need to train a number of days a week. If you have a number of players in one area why not look to create a daily training venue in partnership with a medical or educational institution. Once you have athletes training each day, others will naturally look to find ways to join them.
In Great Britain this was done with a University and partnership funding was secured to accommodate a large number of athletes through different periods. The University also got involved in the Strength and Conditioning and Physiotherapy provision, and the Hospital across the road provided a large number of new players to the teams.
Create (cheap) Competitive Situations...
Also look to engage players from (standing) volleyball in training, even if they are able bodied, as they will add structure to the sessions and help the disabled players develop quicker. In Great Britain they even created a team full of able bodied players to play against the National Teams. This team became known as the British Barbarians and at times had some of the best indoor and beach volleyball players in it. This also helped to raise awareness of the sport within the Volleyball community as well. Although initially the Barbarians won easily, eventually as the National teams developed their better movement skills and greater quantity of sitting volleyball training told.
GB Men vs Tendring Technology College
GB Men vs British Barbarians