FIVB Beach Volleyball Drill-book - page 90

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Beach Volleyball Drill-book
6.8 BLOCKING
RETREAT DECISION DRILL
(intermediate / advanced)
EQUIPMENT:
Ideal: 6 or more balls
Minimum: 3 - 4 balls
PARTICIPANTS:
Ideal: 3 athletes + coach observing
Maximum: 6 athletes + coach observing
Minimum: 2 athlete + coach assisting
DRILL OBJECTIVE
This drill gives the blocker practice at making
a decision on weather to retreat off the net or
stay up to block.
Additionally this drill can be modified to help
develop the attackers’ ability to sense where
the defender is dropping.
DRILL DESCRIPTION
The blocker lines themselves up with the
attacker on the opposite side of the net.
An athlete (or coach) at the net sets a thrown
ball either close to the net or off the net for an
incoming attacker.
The blockers task in this drill it to read the set
and make a decision to either block or drop
off.
The attacker then hits into the block or down
the line to the athlete that has just retreated.
You could add an additional defender into the
backcourt and play out any digs made by the
retreating blocker.
In order to develop the attackers’ ability to
sense where the blocker is dropping the
blocker should randomly choose to drop line
or angle. An angle drop will require the
additional defender to shift across to defend
the line.
DRILL VARIATIONS / MODIFICATIONS
Attacker can hit the ball either line or
angle if the ball is set close and the
blocker can take out the power.
TEACHING POINTS
1 Athletes need to understand what influences the
decision to drop off. Factors such as the wind, the
abilities of the attacker the trajectory of the set need
to be taken into consideration.
2 Blocker needs to have correct footwork when
retreating.
3 When retreating arms should be kept just below
shoulder height so balls can be taken high.
4 Blocker should focus on pushing over the net to
penetrate and take away the hitters angle.
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