Dribbling for Beginners

The first drill you do at your first practice… Each player begins with a ball and works in one spot before moving with the dribble.

Pitter-Patter: Have players practice batting the ball in the air from hand to hand using only the tips of their fingers. As they get better at this, have them change elevation of the ball relative to their bodies.

Around the waist: Have the players warp the ball around their waist from one hand to the other. Then change direction and have them try without looking down at the ball.

Figure 8: With their legs shoulder width apart, have the players move the ball in a figure 8 pattern around their legs. They are not yet dribbling the ball, just moving it between their legs without it hitting the ground.

Dribble in place: Show the players the TRIPLE THREAT position – knees slightly bent, back straight, feet forward and shoulder width apart, head up. Have the players dribble in place without moving or losing the ball. Emphasize keeping their heads up and looking at you and using the fingertips. Switch hands.

After a break, move on to these movement drills:

Right/Left Hand dribble: Have the players dribble with one hand all the way across the court. Switch hands and dribble with the other hand all the way back. To encourage them to keep their heads up, hold a number of fingers above your head and have them call out how many they see.

Crossover Dribble: Have players dribble to free throw line with one hand, then switch to dribble with their other hand to the free throw line, then switch back to the next free throw line, then again at the far free throw line to the end.

Change of Pace: Have the players dribble at normal speed, blow the whistle once to dribble on the run, two whistle toots returns to normal pace.

Double Ball Dribble: Have players dribble two balls at the same time all the way down and back.

This practice plan was put together with the assistance of YMBA Basketball Coaches Guide.

Skills Drills Volleyball: Volleyball Serving




This youth volleyball drill will help to improve a players serving accuracy while helping the other player move to the ball.


Players 1 and 2 serve 5 balls each. Player 3 and 4 pass the ball to player 5 who catches the ball and rolls it back under the net to the servers.

  • Servers should try and serve into the open court to make it difficult for the receivers

Coaching Points

  • First look at the target before serving

Sport Physical Form 2017

The most frequently requested and downloaded form is the Student-Athlete Physical Exam / Medical History Form.

There is a new physical form available this year. Please make every effort to fill these out before the season begins.  You can download your form below by clicking on the link.

Sport Physical Form

Grace W. Athlete of the Month

Grace says the hardest thing about playing volleyball is that you always have to keep trying your best especially when you are tired. She really likes Math because it makes her think harder. When she’s not doing homework or playing volleyball she likes playing outside, camping,  reading,  golfing, hanging out with friends and her dog, baking and watching TV. Grace’s favorite food is ice cream, especially any flavor with cookies in it, because cookies are delicious! She doesn’t really have a favorite book or movie. She thinks they are all good! One of her favorite authors is Judy Blume.

Her words of advice for the younger ABVM students …… “Always try your best and work hard“.

Girl’s Athlete of the Month

Samantha says her favorite subject is science “because it is very important to our world & It always leads to new discoveries and new strategies”.  When asked what the hardest part of playing her sports was, she said in basketball its stamina. Sometimes she has trouble keeping up with the others. In softball it’s batting, you have to be careful when it comes to where you hold the bat and where the ball hits the bat. And the hardest part of shot-put is positioning. She says, You can tear muscles if you are not careful. Her favorite foods are three cheese nachos from Qdoba and seafood Alfredo from Olive Garden. She likes hanging out with a friend, playing video games and being around family in her free time. Samantha enjoys the book Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf and her favorite movies are Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and iRobot. She loves fantasy and science fiction movies and books. Her advice to the younger students at ABVM…..  “If you have a passion for anything, follow it. Don’t let what others say stop you. And always be positive. Remember to have fun. Always be there for friends. Don’t forget to make time for friends and family. Try your best. Always”.

Athletes with Concussion Symptoms


• Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.

• Athletes who have, at any point in their lives, had a concussion have an increased risk for another concussion.

• Young children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.



• Headache or “pressure” in head

• Nausea or vomiting

• Balance problems or dizziness

• Double or blurry vision

• Sensitivity to light

• Sensitivity to noise

• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy

• Concentration or memory problems

• Confusion

• Just not “feeling right” or is “feeling down”



• Appears dazed or stunned

• Is confused about assignment or position

• Forgets an instruction

• Is unsure of game,score, or opponen

t • Moves clumsily

• Answers questionsslowly

• Loses consciousness (even briefly)

• Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes

• Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall

• Can’t recall events after hit or fall

Soccer Conditioning

A soccer fitness program should be built around developing a good aerobic base. Several studies into the physiological demands of soccer have shown that outfield players can travel up to 13 km or 8 miles during a 90-minute game.

Outfield Players Can Travel Up To 13 km Or 8 Miles During A 90-Minute Game.

This places a significant demand on the athlete’s cardiovascular system and muscular endurance. Having said that, I believe this is one aspect of training that is already over-emphasized in this sport.

It’s not uncommon to hear of soccer players running for at least an hour at a time several days per week in an attempt to improve their performance on the field. However, if you start to analyze the ‘sport-specific’ requirements of the athletes, you will realize that they are actually engaging in varying intensities of activity for different durations while playing, including:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Running
  • Sprinting
  • And in various directions.

Incorporating interval training into your program, that involves high and low intensities of activity, will provide better results than long duration, low intensity jogging alone.

Strength In Soccer

Strength is an important component of fitness that can benefit athletes in any sport, although it is often viewed as of little importance in soccer. However, strength forms the basis for power and speed. Soccer players also need strength to hold off challenges from opponents. Other benefits of strength training include:

  • Injury resistance
  • Leaner body composition
  • Faster metabolism
  • More energy
  • Greater explosiveness
  • Improved balance, stability, and agility
  • Faster recovery

High level soccer players don’t need to have the same absolute strength asAmerican football players or rugby players, but a properly designed ‘off-field’ strength training program will definitely elicit improvements in performance! Relative strength is more important in soccer than absolute strength. Relative strength is simply your absolute strength in relation to your body weight.


Your strength training program should focus on compound, functional exercises (such as lunges, squats, step ups, pushups, dips, chin-ups), and take into account balancing the strength of opposing muscle groups (i.e.- quadriceps vs.hamstrings).

Don’t waste your time training solely on machines, and avoid useless, non-functional exercises such as leg extensions. The majority of your exercises should be ground-based, using bodyweight or free weights as resistance, and should involve movement of your full body.

Train all the major muscle groups, with emphasis on lower body and core.

Volleyball Conditioning 101

Volleyball is more than just serves and spikes, it’s a physically-intense game that requires superior conditioning. Below are some great conditioning drills the beginning volleyball athlete can include in their training regimen to increase their playing ability and overall physical fitness.

Volleyball Conditioning Drill No.1: On the Line

One of the best workouts for a volleyball player is right there between the lines on the court. There are many variations to this drill, and players can be forced to race against each other or the clock to increase the workout.

How it’s done: Starting on the end line sprint up to the ten- foot line, then sprint back to the end line. Next, sprint to the middle line, then back to the end line. Sprint to the far ten- foot line, back to the end line, and finally to the far end line and back. You should touch each line with your hand as you run. Note: Each player can dive before they reach each line making them work even harder.

Volleyball Conditioning Drill No.2: Hitting the Slopes

Lateral movement is a vital part of volleyball. The skier drill is a great way to strengthen a player’s ability to move side-to-side and reach those difficult hits in the corner.

How it’s done: Hold hands together behind your back with feet shoulder- width apart. Jump side-to-side from right foot to left. When landing on the right foot, be sure to swing left foot out beyond the right– making the drill even harder on your legs. Do this for 5-10 minutes and you’ll definetly feel the effects.

Volleyball Conditioning Drill No.3: Going for the Block

The best offense is a good defense, and this blocking drill is the perfect way to add height to your block at the net.

How it’s done: Draw a line, or some other mark, on a wall equal to the height of the net. Jump up and down quickly, with arms raised like you attemtping a block at the top of the net. Do this for a couple minutes (3-5) keeping a fast pace. Now slow it down, by doing full jumps from a squatting position with your backside parallel to your knees as you attempt the next jump.

Volleyball Conditioning Drill No.4: Scatterball

This is a great drill to replicate game- type pressure and add to your team’s existing drills. It requires at least ten balls and the rest of the team to shag.

How it’s done: The coach rolls a ball out on the ground and a single player has to touch it. The second they touch it, the coach should have another ball rolling out in an opposite direction for the player to touch. Repeat this process for about a minute or so — with approximately 10-15 balls being used. Obviously players not in the drill should shag the balls and bring them back to the coach to roll out again.

Use these four drills on a regular basis and you’ll find you not only can play longer, but you can play better as well.

Does Playing Sports Help Improve Grades?

Frequently noted benefits of kids’ involvement in sports and physical education include improved fitness and lower risk of obesity. Although not mentioned as often, research increasingly points to academic benefits for kids who have some regular physical activity. Additionally, it’s important to note that this advantage is not limited to kids taking part in organized, competitive sports.

Improved Concentration

Howell Wechsler, director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health for the Centers for Disease Control, reviewed 50 studies that examined the effect of school-based physical activity on academic performance and discovered that half of the studies showed positive associations and virtually none of the research demonstrated any negative impact. Multiple studies demonstrated that even relatively short spans of physical activity helped increase the duration and intensity of concentration following such activities, including those in which the students never left the classroom.

Fitness and Test Scores

A study by James Pivarnik and colleagues at the American College of Sports Medicine discovered that middle-school students who performed best on fitness tests — gauging aerobic capacity, strength, endurance and body composition — also performed better academically. The study, which included 317 students, showed that the fittest kids scored nearly 30 percent higher on standardized tests than the least-fit group. Moreover, the less-fit students received grades in their core subjects that were 13 percent to 20 percent lower than their fitter classmates.

The Positive Effects of Playing Sports in School

Kids who are active in school sports are fitter, have healthier body weights and are more confident. The risk of blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases is lower among physically active people, which makes it all the more important for children to appreciate the importance of physical activity at a young age.

Improved Social Skills

Participation in school sports provides a sense of belonging and being part of a team or group. You interact with your peers in a friendly manner. You learn to consider the interests of your teammates and to practice mutual respect and cooperation. You work together, share time and other resources, take turns to play and learn to cope with success and failure as a team. These interactions facilitate bonding and lasting friendships with your schoolmates, which can help make children more sociable and outgoing as they grow.

Better Health

Pastimes such as Internet, television and computer games can make children sedentary and increase the risk of obesity. Children who do not participate in sports or other physical activities are more likely to grow up to be inactive adults. Participation in school sports supports the healthy growth of the heart, lungs, muscles and bones. It also improves agility, coordination and balance. Exercise also helps reduce stress levels, anxiety and behavioral problems. Regular physical activity helps you relax better and reduces muscular tension.