FIVB Beach Volleyball Drill-book - page 49

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Beach Volleyball Drill-book
3.6 PASSING
U PASSING DRILL
(beginner / intermediate)
EQUIPMENT:
Ideal: 2-3 balls.
Minimum: 1 ball.
PARTICIPANTS:
Ideal: 4 athletes + coach observing.
Maximum: 8 athletes + coach observing.
Minimum: 1 athlete + coach assisting.
DRILL OBJECTIVE
A great drill that reinforces the correct
passing technique on a free ball and
emphasizes retreating back to prepare for
the spike approach.
DRILL DESCRIPTION
One athlete starts behind a cone that is 8
feet back from the centre of the net and
another athlete starts at the net, directly in
front.
The athlete at the net throws the ball up
about 10 feet in the air as the athlete behind
the cone moves in towards the net and
passes the ball straight up and down.
The passer then moves back and around the
cone to the other side and in again to pass
another ball up and down again.
Passers goal is to pass the ball as close to
straight up and down as possible with
recommended repetitions of about 6-12.
(with each contact counted as a rep)
Athletes can choose to pass and retreat back
to attack the final ball of the set.
DRILL VARIATIONS / MODIFICATIONS
Thrower can throw the ball close or
far away from the middle of the court.
The ball can be tossed either close
to the center of the net or out wider
out towards the antenna.
The athlete, after passing the ball
can move quickly back then
approach to attack every odd / even
or possibly just the final ball.
TEACHING POINTS:
1. Make sure the outside leg is forward (leg closest to
your partner back) during the pass -
this way the ball
is more likely to be directed towards your partner.
2. Keep your arms as close as perpendicular to the net
as possible when playing the ball
– this way you are
in a better position to retreat quickly in preparation
for the spike. If you want to pass towards your
partner then tilt the arms slightly.
3.
Facing the net while moving around the cone –
this
way you never lose sight of the opposition
.
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