On ball distribution

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1 court
6 pupils
2 to 4 balls

Aim of the task:

Defend court and send back into opposing court.

Roles and instructions:

  • The thrower can be a pupil or the teacher. He throws the balls in a bell curve on all the opposing court area, letting the defence replace itself between throws.
  • The catcher(s): 1 or 2 pupils behind the thrower fetch the balls that come back and feed the thrower.
  • Defenders organise themselves to send the ball back in 3 touches maximum.


  • the throw is made close to the net then from the middle and do not try and make it difficult for the defence by using trajectories that would not exist from the back of the court.
  • If the defenderd get rid of the ball without looking to build an attack, place two targets (hoops or reduced zones) to be reached to force the players into creating the conditions of a precise trajectory.

Players are places in defence in a semi circle sharing the angle sectors. As soon as a defender announces "Got it" his partners become supporters and/or setters and reorganise according to the probable error on reception around the receiver at intervention distance.

It is very important to establish the fact of probable error. There will always be failed receptions and during a long period of the training, there will be more failed receptions than successful ones.

The point is therefore not to pretend, for show, to support, but really be ready to act on an unpredictable trajectory. Players have a tendency to underestimate their space of intervention. We must insist on the count of recuperated balls. Ensuring support on errors is not an option in the game, but a normal and permanent function.

Markers to integrate are:

  • The receiver must announce "Got it" as early as possible and in a very audible manner.
  • Partners must instantly orient themselves towards the receiver.
  • Place themselves et intervention distance, which often means moving further because being too close creates uncertainty. It's better to step forward towards the ball when the trajectory is legible.
  • Spread around the receiver. They "scatter" around the holder.
  • If the reception trajectory goes into a zone of uncertainty between two assists announce "leave!" or "mine!" as early as possible.

In the case when there is specialised setter (4 player game) the setter gets priority for the second touch of the ball even far away from his initial position but he must communicate clearly so as not to create uncertainty among the supporters.

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Indicators are:

  • preparation attitude
  • orientation
  • earliness of the move.

Beyond the failed reception, you must praise all levels of success:

  • raised ball
  • ball played twice
  • ball sent back
  • controlled and directed attack in two or three touches.

At all times there remains the risk of becoming spectator and to mimic the assist without playing it for real. Not letting the ball drop, playing all the balls, should become a fun principle.

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