Spike feet on the ground

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Organisation:

1 ball for 2 to 3 pupils
3 workshops per net
2 to 3m wide lanes

Aim of the task:

Reach the opposing target with a high one handed hit in a direct trajectory.

Instructions:

  • For the spiker: away from the net, send the ball high and hit it towards the target.
  • For the receiver: control the ball with a bump (technique can be adapted to ball height) then catch it and become spiker. If the ball is not inside the target the receiver mustn't play it. It is the spiker who goes and retrieves it.

An acceleration of the game can be obtained through a one handed hit at a distance from the net after impulse or even feet on the ground. Building the hit at a distance from the net is important. The spiker shouldn't be dependant on the visual reference of the nearby net to get organised. The purpose of this exercise is to build the space for a one handed high hit which reminds us of the work done on the "tennis" serve. This involves coordinating:

  • The winding of the shoulder to set the hit.
  • The placing at good distance from the ball.
  • Spotting (ball / eye / hand) the hitting distance characteristic of the player according to his arm length.
  • The course of the hand and the point of impact on the ball.

By drawing a narrow target we create a demand for control and precision which is integral part of the spike technique.

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The "feet on the ground" situation allows us to focus on the following markers:

  • The winding of the shoulder to set the hit.
  • Maximum extension of the shoulder, arm touching the ear.
  • Impact of the hand centred on the ball.
  • Precise and direct ball trajectory.

We spontaneously represent ourselves the spike as being athletic, 'hitting with power" or even "letting off steam". However, the spike is by definition the fruit of a collective construction and 'the attacker's first responsibility is to put the ball in the target. Whatever the level of the game, a spike will always be a search for the compromise between power and precision most adapted to the situation.

This why we stress the fact that, as for the serve, it is the attacker who goes and fetches his ball if he sends it outside of the target.

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