Overhand pass and rotation

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6 to 10 pupils, one court, 3 to 5 balls

Aim of the task:

  • Attack the target on the second touch of the ball

Consigne :

  • A ball thrower: distributes the balls in direction of the setter via a floor bounce.
  • A setter: must give the ball in a situation favourable to the attacker. Ha stands on the edge of the zone in which he must act to be able to move forward.
  • An attacker : comes to hit the ball into the opposite target. To do this he must stand outside of his zone of action and leave when he can judge the ball's trajectory and not before.
  • After the hit the attacker goes to fetch his ball, brings it back to the thrower and places himself in readiness to pass.
  • After the hit the setter will go and wait at the attack post.
  • Waiting posts can be marked physically but in the end it is interesting that players can find their bearings in the context of the game, with the lines.

Working on the game "posts" enables to put the actions on the ball into context by bringing the players to take reference points in the game space (court, net, opposite target). A player in setter position must intervene on the ball to serve in a favourable attack position to a player coming from the opposite post. The ball distribution is made with a bounce to create an uncertainty and a move and placing obligation on the setter. For his part, the attacker must adjust his commitment time and his placing in order to have the ball between him and the target to attack.

From the point of view of hitting technique, we watch the setter's hand preparation (see above two handed touch) and his ability to turn towards the partner target. To do this he must be able either to use his last two supports, or to pivot on the forward support at the time of the hit in order to orient his hips and his shoulders towards the target.

Regarding spatial references it is essential that players build a placing that integrates a forward move and breaks away from the attraction of the net as unique reference point.

See on this subject the theme the probable error.

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We can see here the quality of the movement and of the placing on the same landmarks as before. In addition this situation lets the pupils find their marks on the court and coordinate their actions within the game space and within a timeframe.

Focused on the ball, the players follow two characteristic behaviours:

  • Staying "stuck to the net" for both the setter and the attacker: a setter who is too far forward is a source of lost balls close to the net or in the opposite camp. The attackers placing, too far forward, makes it much more difficult for the setter to place the ball between the net and the attacker and forces the latter to step back, which is not favourable to the hit.
  • Committing too early: the setter and the attacker must commit at the moment they are in a position to judge the trajectory of the ball. Beginners tend to move forward too early and find themselves too engaged to intervene correctly.

Note: as the game gets more complex later on, the team will use plans for organisation and tactical anticipation, based on indicators on the game development, at every second. This is built from the placing and reference times that we are working on now.

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