FIVB Beach Volleyball Drill-book - page 83

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Beach Volleyball Drill-book
6.1 BLOCKING
BASIC BLOCKING DRILL
(beginner)
EQUIPMENT:
Ideal: 8-10 balls to push or hit against the block
Minimum: 1 ball
PARTICIPANTS:
Ideal: 4 athletes + coach observing
Maximum: 6 athletes + coach observing
Minimum: 1 athlete + coach assisting
DRILL OBJECTIVE
In this drill athletes get a high volume of
basic blocking repetitions with focus on basic
hand, arm and body position.
DRILL DESCRIPTION
For this drill it may be beneficial for the net to
be lowered so that the athletes can focus on
technique and do not get exhausted from too
much jumping.
In this drill an athlete (or coach) drives a ball
into the block on the other side of the net
while the blocker focuses on completing the
block with correct hand arm and body
positioning.
The athlete’s hands should be wide
open, taking up as much space as
possible.
Thumbs should be pointing upward
and stay close to each other during
the blocking movement. (as if held
together by an elastic band)
Hands should be strong and rigid.
Arms should push forward and lock
at the shoulder as the ball contacts
the arms.
Initially blockers should begin by blocking a
line shot then move onto moving across into
the angle and blocking straight up.
Blockers could start parallel to the net or in a
‘ready to retreat position’ before blocking.
Additionally they can move from side to side
across the net before blocking.
DRILL VARIATIONS / MODIFICATIONS
Add retreating into the drill.
Have the blocker jump across to the
angle.
Have the blocker move across to the
angle then jump back to the line.
Have the athlete serve a ball in then
come to the net to block.
TEACHING POINTS:
1 Athletes should focus on correct arm and hand
positioning during the block and maintaining balance
when moving across to block angle.
2 The athlete should keep hands in front of the body
(with elbows either in front or to the side of the body)
when setting up to block and also when moving
laterally.
3 Athletes should attempt to make one fast movement
to the final blocking position and not ‘hanging out the
washing’
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