FIVB Beach Volleyball Drill-book - page 121

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Beach Volleyball Drill-book
8.9 MODIFIED GAMES
SERVE / FREE BALL / DOWN BALL
(beginner to advanced)
EQUIPMENT:
Ideal: 6-12 balls
Minimum: 3 balls
PARTICIPANTS:
Ideal: 4 athletes + coach observing
Maximum: Up to 8 athletes + coach observing
Minimum: 4 athletes + coach assisting
DRILL OBJECTIVE
This game helps to develop endurance, as it
is physically demanding.
DRILL DESCRIPTION
There are a number of different ways this
game can be run depending on the
objectives of the coach and the balance of
skills between the teams.
This ‘game like drill’ starts with a serve and
normal rally.
Then one option is to have the team that just
won the rally receive a free ball to play out
then receive a down ball to play out.
If the team wins 3 from 3 they get a big point.
If teams split the score 2:1 or 1:2 then it is a
wash.
After one set of 3 balls, service could either
go to the opposite team or you could choose
to have the team winning 2 out of 3 choosing
to serve or receive.
If there is a strong side with regard to the
wind then teams should switch sides
regularly.
If a team does not manage to win any of the
3 rallies the opposition should also get a big
point.
The coach can initiate the free ball and down
ball themselves or they can throw up a ball
for the players to either down ball or free ball
over.
DRILL VARIATIONS / MODIFICATIONS
You could play a set of 5 balls.
Missed serves not counting will make
it more difficult to win a big point.
TEACHING POINTS
1 Athletes must focus on one play at a time.
2 When you are tired you must really focus on your
technique otherwise errors will creep in.
3 Get athletes to evaluate how their strategy on
offense may change when the opposition is tired
verses fresh.
1st ball is a serve
2
nd
ball is a
down ball
3
rd
ball is a
free ball
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