Serve reception with specialist setter

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1 or several setters
2 to 3 receivers
1 setter
One ball per setter
Court 9x9 m

Aim of the task:

For receivers build an attack upon opponents' serve.

Consignes :

Setters must achieve a serve pace that requires almost continuous movement in the receivers. They must avoid risk taking when serving, which would break the pace.

Receivers allocate themselves the angles to defend according to where the serve was hit, and manage the decision making in the same manner as in defence with 2 players. However the setter has absolute priority for the second touch of the ball even if this implies a long distance move.

In case of obvious impossibility it is one of the support players who must announce "got it!" and play the second touch. It is this priority that enables to gain time on decision and to free the attackers early for the rest of the game.

Receivers become supports of the reception from the moment when a player has identified himself as receiver and turn to face him while remaining available. As soon as the reception looks playable for the setter, they all become potential attackers.

Ensuring without delay this succession of roles is the crucial point when working with three or four.

Relative to the initial positions of reception and pass, the organisation in space is not set. Players adapt to the real trajectories and make sure that they:

  • take into account the margin of error
  • align themselves on the ball to allow the setter to place the ball between the attacker and the opposite camp.
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We work on the timings and the decision signals as well as the role changes:

  • Upon Serve the roles are 3 receivers and 1 setter.
  • Upon the call "got it non-receivers turn in support and the setter identifies himself "here".
  • If reception is successful the setter places himself for the pass, the other three players place themselves for attack (the setter should be able to place the ball between them and the opposite camp).
  • If reception is unsuccessful the best placed support calls "got it" and places himself for a pass (or a direct attack).
  • Upon this announcement the remaining players place themselves for attack except for the setter who becomes excluded due to his position between the ball and the opposite camp.

We will watch the precision in commitment times in this cascade of decisions and actions. Everything must be neither too early nor too late. It is the real unfolding of the action that commands the decisions. In these conditions individual error does not condemn collective action.

See the concept of probable error.

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