Commitment times

In a collective situation, time indicators allow to coordinate the actions and distribute the roles and tasks for each trajectory. These trajectory timings enable both teams to organise on each side of the net.

Form the service receiving team side:

  1. On the opposing serve trajectory: "Got it" is the signal that enables the receiver's partners to place themselves as support or setter.
  2. On the reception trajectory, depending on the receiver's level of skills the supports or the setter are called upon. Tactical organisation during the time of the reception trajectory constitutes a relevant criterion for the level of the game:
    • Different movements (movements and orientation in support, realignment and availability in different zones of attack).
    • Different commitment timings from the attackers.
    • At different distances from the setter.
  3. On the trajectory between the setter to the attacker the attacker's partners reorganise in view of a possible return of the ball.
  4. On the spike the partners organise according to the opposing block rather that remain as spectators of their spiker.

From the serving team side:

  1. The service trajectory is a pre-positioning moment for the block and the defence.
  2. On The opposing reception trajectory, the players are alert to the direct counterattack or the two touch attack.
  3. The transmission trajectory from setter to attacker is the time to modify the rear players orientation and to place the block while defining the possible spike angles.
  4. The spike trajectory is the time for immediate intervention in the predetermined angle.

Player analysis and assessment often boils down to interventions on the ball. To define the game level we must observe the game without ball and in particular the rhythm of commitment in the different phases. See evaluation.

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