When I was hanging out watching Richland High volleyball practice the other day after interviewing a few players, something struck me.
This is the weirdest practice I’ve ever seen.
The Bombers spent the first 10 minutes in a big circle talking about the tournament they played in over the weekend and letting the various coaches talk to all 40 or so of the players — from varsity on down.
After breaking up into varsity, junior varsity and, what I assume was a freshman team, the varsity group proceeded to practice for the next 15 minutes without hitting the ball.
They pantomimed all the different actions on the court, then they practiced blocking a ball — which was held at net level by an assistant coach, and then worked on positioning drills.
While the lack of action wasn’t helping Herald photographer Richard Dickin get a good photo, it does seem to be helping the team this year. Richland High is ranked No. 1 in the state and is undefeated in CBBN 4A play.
Maybe it’s because of the unconventional practices put on by coach Bob Raidl.