On serve

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1 court
5 to 6 pupils
1 to 2 balls

Aim of the task:

Defend court and attack opposing target

Roles and instructions:

  • 1 or 2 servers execute serves. We are working on reception. Servers should favour regularity. In case of failed serve, they go and fetch their ball.
  • Receivers ensure defence and attack in 3 touches maximum.
  • Roles change after 10 serves.


  • If service is not regular enough we let servers to move forward 1m to 1,5m.
  • It is intersting that servers change their serving position along the back line to force defence to reorient.
  • We can p^lace target zones for attack to impose a more precise attack construction.

Expected acquisitions are the same as in the situation with thrown balls but the serve makes it more difficult to control the ball.

The teacher intervenes in the spot according to the points described above.

He must ensure that the servers comply with the working theme, otherwise there is a high percentage of failed serves and the reception / assist / attack work is not productive.

The work is about defensive organisation and the teacher's intervention remains centred on this dimension. Hovewer sometimes, as is the case in the video, a majority of attacks become formal pretences and are outside the court. We will then place targets (hoops, cones, marks on the floor) in tactically meaningful places so that the attacker gets practical clues on his trajectory. This should be enough to create more functional attacks.

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  • To defend ground around the receiver players must communicate very early to enable large deplacements.
  • Sector behind receiver is not neglected. For beginners errors in this spot are frequent.
  • When the support took part on an receiver error he generaly is in an unfavorable position. So it's important to stay mobilized on this second play time.
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