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Beach Volleyball Drill-book
7.14 DEFENSE
HIGH BALL DEFENSE
(intermediate)
EQUIPMENT:
Ideal: 2-5 balls
Minimum: 1 ball for each pair
PARTICIPANTS:
Ideal: 1 athlete + coach observing
Maximum: 4 athletes + coach observing
Minimum: 1 athlete + coach assisting
DRILL NAME:
DRILL OBJECTIVE
The objective of this drill is for the athlete to
get high repetitions of hard hit high balls.
Additionally the defender gets practice in the
technique of retreating.
DRILL DESCRIPTION
The athlete starts with their back to the net.
A Coach or athlete hits the ball at the athlete
within one to two feet of their face and the
athlete attempts to catch the ball.
One way to describe this technique is to get
the athlete to imagine that they are a soccer
goalie preventing the ball going past them.
After catching the ball they can give it back to
the attacker for another repetition.
The drill is done at the net so that any balls
that are missed land directly in the net.
The athlete then advances to catching and
throwing the ball up in one movement.
For the final advancement the athlete starts
directly in front of the hitter and as the hitter
slaps the ball the defender moves back
towards the net and digs a ball that is hit at
their face.
One indicator of a good play is if the
defender can catch their own dig as this
probably means the ball is high and in front.
DRILL VARIATIONS / MODIFICATIONS
Make the drill more random by
attacking the ball over the net at the
retreating defender.
TEACHING POINTS
1 Athletes should be reminded to have strong wide
hands.
2 Fingers should point toward each other rather than
forward to avoid injury and grab the ball from the
side rather than the front.
3 Hands should be relaxed and in front of the body.
For more information on technique refer to drill 6.4
4 Athletes should watch the hitters arm to get
information about where the ball is heading.