The recent outbreak of COVID-19 shook the youth sports world and has left coaches, directors, athletes and parents overwhelmed and looking for direction. Since the standard schedule of school, volleyball practice and tournaments is on a hiatus, we are left searching for new patterns and habits.

To help provide some guidance and structure to club and program directors Outlier Sports Consulting and JVA have teamed up to provide our own form of resources, guidance and structure with the “COVID-19 Hiatus Training Calendar”. This calendar was designed specially for JVA members and is comprehensive in addressing all areas of athlete engagement and development. The calendar is designed to be a guide and can be used exactly as is or as a template to create your own custom calendar. You may utilize your own resources to fill in the specific days however Outlier has provided some example workouts for week 1. View the workouts by clicking the hyperlink, completing the short questionnaire with password JVA to gain access to the workout. This information is used to develop future content.

Download the Calendar in Word Document HERE
View the Calendar PDF HERE

The calendar includes 6 components:

Mobility

Mobility training encourages athletes to help their bodies move better so they can move more efficiently on the court. Mobility training addresses all the joints and muscles in the body but will focus more heavily on high stress areas specific to volleyball players. The calendar provides a sample mobility workout for week 1. You may continue to utilize this workout for the remainder of the calendar, create your own, or contact Outlier to have a more comprehensive program developed for you.

Volleyball Skill Development

It is important for athletes to continue to practice volleyball specific drills and skills. However, it is paramount that they have purposeful practice for at least some of that time. Providing structured workouts and drills and helping dedicate time to developing volleyball-significant skills is critical during this period.

Film Review

This encourages athletes to watch volleyball film of themselves or high-level players; giving them a look at the game from a different lens and keeping them engaged with the sport. Visualization practice is a tremendous tool for all athletes, and film review is a great technique to train visualization and strengthen understanding of the game.

Strength

It is still important for athletes to work on strength, power and endurance during this down time. We encourage you as club directors to provide resources, structure and guidance to help maximize their training. Training programs should be tailored for the club’s training needs, ages, and current strength levels. We recommend that your plan be reviewed by a professional to ensure safety and growth of your athletes. We have provided a sample strength workout for week 1. You may continue to utilize this workout for the remainder of the calendar, create your own, or contact Outlier to have a more comprehensive program developed for you.

Injury Prevention

Injuries are always a concern for youth athletes, but the risk of injuries will be significantly higher when returning from this break. Setting aside specific time for injury prevention work provides an opportunity for the athletes to work on exercises that can help prepare them to return to volleyball in peak physical shape. We have provided a sample injury prevention workout for week 1. You may continue to utilize this workout for the remainder of the calendar, create your own, or contact Outlier to have a more comprehensive program developed for you.

Multi-Skill Development

This encourages players to incorporate other athletic activities and movements to help develop their overall athleticism. Encouraging your athletes to practice this can help with injury prevention, improve overall performance and maintain consistent activity levels during this down time.

Times are confusing right now and are stressful for everyone involved, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be productive. Every club in the country is dealing with the same issues right now and the ones that come out of this the strongest will be those who were proactive in their planning and able to keep their athletes engaged and active.

Outlier specializes in providing consulting recommendations and resources for training and injury management to youth sports programs around the country. For more information please visit www.theoutlierstate.com or contact us to schedule a free COVID-19 strategic planning appointment!