FIVB Beach Volleyball Drill-book - page 85

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Beach Volleyball Drill-book
6.3 BLOCKING
READ THE POWER SHOT
(beginner / intermediate)
EQUIPMENT:
Ideal: 6 balls.
Minimum: 2-3 balls.
PARTICIPANTS:
Ideal: 3 athletes + coach observing
Maximum: Up to 12 athletes + coach observing
Minimum: 2 athletes + coach assisting
DRILL OBJECTIVE
This drill works on developing a blockers
ability to determine the angle of a power shot
based on the approach and body language of
the attacker.
DRILL DESCRIPTION
To begin this drill an athlete (or coach)
throws a ball up and over the back of a
blocker who is at the net in front of them on
their side.
The attacker, who is on the other side of the
net then proceeds to attack the ball that has
just been thrown over the net.
The blocker must read the body language
and approach of the attacker and attempt to
block the spike.
In this drill the attacker is required to attack
with power directly through their body. (rather
than hitting away from the block)
The most common signal for this type of
block is the closed fist, whereby the blocker
is attempting to put their hands directly in
front of the attackers’ line of power.
DRILL VARIATIONS / MODIFICATIONS
Attacker could also make a soft over
the block and the blocker can turn to
attempt to dig the ball.
TEACHING POINTS
1 The blocker should adopt a wide low stance so that
they can move laterally and maintain balance.
2 The blocker should focus first on the attackers’ body
before switching to the ball.
3 The blocker needs to focus on maintaining strong
well formed hands and the moment of contact.
4 The blocker should ensure that they penetrate (or
push across) the net as they block to prevent the
ball from getting between them and the net.
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