FIVB Beach Volleyball Drill-book - page 54

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Beach Volleyball Drill-book
3.11 PASSING
TOPSPIN AND BACKSPIN PASSING
(intermediate)
EQUIPMENT:
Ideal: 1 ball per pair
Minimum: 1 ball per pair
PARTICIPANTS:
Ideal: 4-6 athletes + coach observing
Maximum: Only limited by space
Minimum: 1 athlete + coach assisting
DRILL OBJECTIVE
The objective of this drill is for the athlete to
gain better ball control with the forearm pass
and in particular gain experience and
confidence in playing the ball with either
topspin or backspin.
Although forearm passing the ball with either
backspin or topspin is not recommended in
normal play there are situations where this is
beneficial and necessary.
Practicing this skill will give an athlete
confidence when a situation arises that
necessitates the use of this technique.
DRILL DESCRIPTION
In this drill athletes practice passing the ball
back and forth to each other with either
backspin or topspin.
Initially this drill could be done with one pair
throwing the ball to the other for a set of 5-10
repetitions before passing the ball back and
forth to each other continuously.
Athletes will tend to move forward through
the ball when practicing backspin and
backwards through the ball when practicing
topspin so after each contact they will need
to move back to their original starting
position.
Irrespective or which spin the athlete is
putting on the ball they will benefit from an
athletic stance with one leg forward and one
back which will allow stable movement back
and forth.
DRILL VARIATIONS / MODIFICATIONS
Have athletes call the type of spin
they want from their partner directly
after they play the ball themselves.
TEACHING POINTS:
1 When forearm passing the ball with backspin
athletes should be given permission to bend the
elbows slightly which will enhance their capacity to
impart spin on the ball and may even create a better
platform with the forearms.
2 When forearm passing the ball with topspin the arms
should stay rigid and straight.
3 When imparting backspin on the ball athletes will
want to ‘move their arms forward under the ball’.
4 When imparting backspin on the ball athletes will
want to ‘shrug their shoulders back as they contact
the ball’.
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