Volleyball Drills for Beginners

A game of volleyball, in whatever form, is a good exercise. If you are new to the game, good drills may help you in learning effective techniques in a short time. If you are an old timer, then beginner level drills can help in shaping up or replacing bad techniques with the good ones.

Toss and Pass

To practice these training exercises you will need a buddy, who is willing and interested to play with you. These simple workouts will go a long way to help build your self-confidence. You start off by tossing a ball to your buddy. After dealing with a preset number (10 per head, maybe) of tosses, your buddy tosses the ball to you. When both of you are proficient in passing the tossed ball, it is time to pass the ball back and forth. This will make the training fast, interesting, and competitive.

Wall Hitting

You can practice, even when you are alone. What you need is a ball, a wall, and willingness to apply your skills. Choose a spot on the wall to hit and try to hit the spot when tossing the ball. Instead of many hasty trials, concentrate on achieving accuracy by employing proper arm swing techniques, whilst hitting the tossed ball.

This is how you do it: Toss the ball, take a step and try to hit the spot on the wall. Deal yourself a set of 10 tosses and the next set for your buddy, just for the sake of competition. You can vary your style by tossing the ball, raising your arms, and angling the ball to hit the ground. Be prepared to play your next shot, when the ball bounces off the ground and comes seeking you.

Wall Block

Blocking is as important as hitting the ball. Therefore, learning the block is of utmost importance. Position yourself in front of a wall. Adopt the proper blocking position and jump as high as you can to touch the wall. The purpose is to touch the wall, i.e., to imitate you have executed a block, as high as you can, whilst following the proper blocking technique. It is important to land on the floor in the proper position, so that you are ready to follow with the next block, if needed. When perfected, it hones your defensive skills to a great extent.

Ball in Play

The following will help you to keep the ball in play for a long time. Here’s how to do it. Ask your buddy to stand on the other side of the net. Toss the ball and start passing it to each other. If you cannot get to the ball in time, bump it for yourself and then set it across the net. Does it feel like a duel? Yes, it does. The aim is to hone your skills in sending the ball to the other side of the net with accuracy.

Serving the Ball

You and your buddy should stand on the baselines of the court, across the net, and facing each other. The idea is to serve the ball to each other. Initially, you can start serving from inside the baseline, which will bring you close to net. As both of you get comfortable in serving to the other side of the net, start moving to the baseline. After that, start serving from behind the baseline with the other player occupying different spots on the court.

Many people know about the game but very few take the pains to learn it. The aforementioned drills are easy to follow and are a must to perfect your skills. Their basic purpose is to synchronize your hand-eye-and-body coordination and enhance your skills to place the volleyball at the selected spot.

Boxing Tips for Beginners

This is a sport where if you are not ready for the attack, the opponent can and will, surely knock you down. Just like this dialog from a boxing movie ‘Rocky’ starring Sylvester Stallone;

Mickey: Your nose is broken.
Rocky: How does it look?
Mickey: Ah, it’s an improvement.

Yes, this is what is the quintessential sport boxing we are talking about here. The likes of Mike Tyson and Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali, they have been there done that. These boxers slogged and slogged hard to get to the top.

Tips for Boxing
Proper Gear
It is extremely significant that you have a good pair of gloves at your disposal at the onset when you want to learn boxing. Apart from that, you would need hand wraps, mouth piece, headgear and shoes.

Basic Techniques
You would most probably begin with learning what is, in boxing jargon, called a jab. Here is what you do.

  • Get in a boxing stance with your lead foot forward.
  • With the weight on your toes, take a step forward, and simultaneously throw a straight punch using your lead hand.
  • Get your fist back in its original position and repeat.

Once you get the jab, it will serve as a pathway for learning other techniques involved in boxing. One of them is footwork and the other is blocking. Footwork for most part would be taken care of while jabbing, but still you would need to work on that. Blocking will help you know how to block those power packed blows from an opponent. There too, you have to analyze the situation and then block. In addition to this, you also need to attack. So, for attacking, you need to create opportunities to throw that lethal punch. A good punching bag will do the needful for you. Along with this, you need to be mentally prepared to take hard blows as well. That will be developed as you train more and more. Another factor when you are in a ring is preemption. Somewhere down the line, you would be required to anticipate a punch, where in you will need to attack before that. Again, this would be a result of your hard training and love for the sport. There are some more techniques, but they are better left for the trainer to explain and teach!

Fitness and Nutrition
Imagine you have a great potential, have all the punches, blocks and preemptive methods in your kitty. But you blow it off in just the 3rd round. Reason? Lack of stamina and requisite endurance. So the point is to be fit as a fiddle and concentrate on maintaining perfect health. This is done by proper nutrition or eating habits, rigorous boxing workouts, and stamina building exercises. For instance eating carbohydrates before training and proteins after training. Running or any other cardiovascular exercise is excellent for improving stamina. Without this, all your mind-boggling boxing skills can go for a toss.

Sparring
Sparring, in short is fighting it out like an actual boxing contest with a partner. But this a bit of an advanced stage. Sparring gives you a real feel of being in the ring. Fine, you can punch the punching bag to a lump, but are not so good in front of an opponent. The solution for this is sparring. Sans sparring, you would not get any idea about how to go about defending, clinching, and distancing.

Last but not the least, you would need a truckload of patience, ye fellas, because boxing is not child’s play. It is a sport where you should be ready to take blows in the same spirit as you are to throw punches. It is all a part of the game.