FastDraw Volleyball Quick Start Guide
1. Set your default positions in the Position Editor
- The Positions Editor menu can be accessed by clicking the Edit menu from the top menu bar, and then selecting Positions Editor.
- In the Positions Editor menu, you will see 8 players activated for "Role Positions", 6 players activated for "Court Positions", and 8 deactivated extra players. You can edit the Position name or Text for any player, as well as editing the default color. The players that you choose to activate will be available to add to your diagrams in the Draw tab.
2. Start creating Building Blocks
- Building Blocks are base formations or rotations that you create and can be quickly added to the first frame of any play or drill that you wish to create, so you do not need to continuously re-create the same diagrams again and again.
- Start by clicking the New Play icon. "Play" refers to plays, drills, and generally all diagrams. In the New Play menu that opens, use the "Type" dropdown menu in the upper right to switch from Play to Building Block.
- Once you have named your Building Block name, added or selected your Team and Series labels, and adjusted the Court Contents to your preference, click OK to begin drawing.
3. Add Players and Movements to your diagram
- Players can be added to a diagram by clicking and dragging the desired player from the Role Positions or Court Positions palette
- Add a movement line by clicking and dragging your desired shape from the Movement palette, and once you let go, choose to select a solid line for player movement, or a dotted line for ball movement.
- After adding a movement line, you can use the green dots to adjust the endpoints of your line, and if you have added a curved line, you can use the yellow dot to adjust the shape of the curve.
4. Use your Building Blocks to build drills and diagrams
- Once you have built your base formations, rotations, or other diagrams that you will frequently use, you can start adding them to new drills and diagrams.
- Start by clicking the New Play icon again, then choose Play for the "Type".
- When you are ready to start diagramming, click the Building Blocks palette, where you will be able to select from your already created Building Blocks.
- The Building Block that you select will be added to the first frame of the diagram, and you can start building additional frames to finish your drill or diagram.
5. Use the Play Filters to sort your library
- The Play Filters are contained in the Play Library window, where you can use the dropdown menus underneath Season, Team, and Series to sort which plays or building blocks are shown in your library.
- Use the tabs on the left side to switch between your Plays/Drills and your Building Blocks.
6. Print or PDF your Drills and Diagrams
- When you are ready to print or PDF your drills or diagrams, you can quickly do so by placing a check next to each play that you wish to include, and then click the FastPrint icon along the top.
- You can choose to set a name for your playbook, or you can leave the default name which will include the date and time that it was created.
- After setting your playbook name, you will be taken to the Preview tab, where you can view a preview of what your printed playbook will look like. You can then click the Print icon to print your playbook, or click the PDF icon to create a PDF version of the playbook.
7. Adjusting your Playbook Settings
- If you would like to change the appearance of your playbook and customize how many frames will be included on each page, and what labels will show on the play, you can do so by clicking the Playbook Settings icon along the top.
- In the Playbook Settings menu, use the Frames per Row and Rows per Page to adjust how many diagrams will be on each page.
- You can also use the Page Options section to adjust which labels are included on the page, and where they will appear. All changes that you make will be reflected in the Print Preview window.
You should now have a good understanding of the basic functions of creating and printing diagrams in FastDraw. To learn about more advanced techniques that are available in FastDraw, please check out our FastDraw Volleyball User Guide.