Serve reception with 2 players a side

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3 to 4 balls for 4 to 6 players
1 standard size court (9x9 m) or reduced size (6x6 m) according to age

Aim of the task:

Drop the ball into the opposite target.
Stop the ball from falling into your own court and make it useable.


  • The server aims at the target avoiding excessive risk taking.
  • Defenders must allocate roles early on as receiver / receiver partner.
  • The partner positions himself as a relay (setter) in front of the receiver and catches the ball.
  • At the end of the action the partner goes across the net to serve. The other places himself in readiness for reception.

The serve is the first moment of the game. The skills involved here are the basis of the whole organisation of the game.

Learning focus:

  • Sharing the areas to defend between the players taking into account the length of the trajectory.
  • Identify oneself as soon as possible, receiver or receiver's partner and communicate this decision by calling: "got it!".
  • Get organised for a directed reception and make yourself available to the receiver by proposing a possible target: "here!".

Once again, communication is pure form if it is late. It is useful if it enables an efficient organisation of the two roles. We must be attentive and very demanding regarding this ability (earliness).

Note that, even when the direction of the trajectory does not pose any decision or communication problems with the players, the fact that they have to identify themselves by saying "got it!" creates an early mobilisation and favours a successful reception.

Serve reception with two players - workshop for four

For this same work, we can organise 3 workshops of 4 players per court (3m wide) or 2 workshops with wider courts of 4,5m.

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The serve trajectory being long, both players place themselves on a line at the back of the court.

At first we insist on the functionality of the communication. We can hear in the videos some announcements which merely respect the instructions for the exercise (I said "got it" or "here" therefore I did a good job), however, the late announcement has no real use. In these conditions the work does not bring much.

The point here is to work specifically on the theme of decision: Did the communication effectively enable successful reception?

We progress through questions:

  • At which moment did you announce "got it"?
  • Where was the ball when you spoke?
  • Who should play the ball in this zone?
  • Where were you placed at the time of the opponent's hit?
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