Started in Row 6 (5-1)
– I would not tend to start in this row as it is often the rotation we least practice plus it is often our weakest because the setter is front row with no back attack!
Play 1 – Result Ace
1) 17 is not ready for the serve! She is not in it visually. You need to get set 4 seconds at least before they contact the ball if possible.
Coach Response — I like the 4 second thought. 17 is actually communicating the seams, though–that’s why she’s not ready. Needs to do this sooner.
Andor Response to Coach – Good
2) Passers are not in a straight line. Creating seams
Coach Response –Agreed. 6 has been scooting up on serve receive. I haven’t moved her yet because she hasn’t got burned on it yet, and so I feel that I want to see how it plays out. I should ask her why she is doing it for sure. I prefer straight across but I’m open to reasonable changes.
3) No one called seams in the passer preserve communication
Coach Response –Agreed. Should have more than 17 talking.
Andor Response to Coach – Good
4) Area 5 Passer is not facing the server / bad technique. I also want a much wider base!
Coach Response –Disagree. Maybe I don’t understand, but it looks like she is facing the server to me.
Andor Response to Coach – It think her feet would be more parallel, left foot to far in front.
5) Area 6 (17) feet are not facing the server plus her left foot is to far back
Coach Response –I feel that the left foot being that far back is fine. Like you, I don’t teach neutral feet, but I do teach a little more forward than you do. I think it’s like a runner. If you start with your feet a little more forward/back you will have a stronger first driving step both forward and back.
Andor Response to Coach – Once the player moves out of the starting position most of the time we only need to make “3 Good Steps”. (We teach 3 good steps to get most places on the court!) Coaching coming from a 2 man beach background I think I understand what you are saying a little, however the players do not need to move as much, for me I would prefer a little more balance and it also leads her to move into a position balanced!
Play 2 – In System Perfect Pass / Set is To High No Rhythm
1) Same problems passing, however the passer was more ready and in vision sense so its a good pass.
2) Row 6 so there is no back attack from area 2. The middle is running a 1 for no purpose! Why because the outside set is so high that even if the blocker blocks middle they can still block outside.
Coach Response –Agreed, the one is pointless here because she runs it late and doesn’t pull the middle. But with the pass at the 10 foot line, everybody on the court knows she’s going to the left side. This middle needs to get a slide in her arsenal, but she doesn’t know how to do this effectively yet.
Andor Response to Coach – Good, I think not just a slide, I think a 32, and a 2. Running a 2 in the middle here forces the blockers to stay honest. Also there is allot you can do as an attacker still with a 2 run from the 10 foot line.
3) What happens – High set that results in the hitter being out of rhythm, the set can be too high that it becomes difficult to hit.
Result 2 man block on a perfect pass, hitters out of rhythm and she gets blocked!
Coach Response –Agreed. But I have a hard time getting my outside hitters to buy in to the quicker set so they are always asking the setter to get them higher. What do you suggest I do to get them to “Observe” that a low set is going to be better?
What is good is the video shows her attacking better on a lower set. Play 5. You need to show them also video of top teams and review the goal. It is less about you and more about the defense. Coach ask the player: “Would you as an attacker prefer to hit on 1 or 2 blockers?”
4) Starting position of the Middle. Do not start on the net. Start at the 10 foot line so you can emergency dig the short ball, plus it is easier to get ready to attack!
Play 3 – Good pass / Set back row – Very Bad! Against culture and proven science.
1) Player is blocked and cover error lift.
2) Science has shown we do not set the back row in youth women’s volleyball. Even in women’s college volleyball this is very limited!
Play 4 – Good Pass / In-System, Hitting Error
1) Why have a middle attack in this rotation? We are not setting them and they are useless! Middle needs to start off the net and work so they can run a slide!
2) Setter needs to learn to dump!
3) It’s a good set but it seems to me the outside hitter does not have allot of range or shot selection! Teach he to create more shots using her approach!
4) Our culture, no hitting errors. High Hitter IQ! Seeing none of that so far! All the shots are at the seam of the block!
Play 5 – Good Pass / Setter Dump
1) Good Pass, setter does a bad dump. The location is bad, better spot is move the ball away from pack / opponents. All the opponent players are moving into this area because this is where everything is happening, we only are attacking from area 3 and 4.. Dump rather to area 4 away from energy.
2) Easy transition, good pass! However the setter is not defending area 2, rather they are in the middle of the court on the transition free ball. The result they need to move back and do not set a good ball.
3) At this stage running a 1 in middle is useless. Run instead a 2, 32, slide back 4 or 5. Anything!
4) The hitter is always hitting the same spot. In this rally she hit a new spot and nearly got a kill. Also she is not:
- a) Know the defense and hit the hole b) Hitting Corners, c) Take out the setter, d) take out the middle, e) take out the outsides. We have already seen that their attack is easy to defend!
* Important – notice the first faster set near the pin she has some range with that attack and nearly get a kill, but some lucky defense stops it! No excuse, she needs to go faster and this is all setting! I would suggest fixing this in the Skill Building Warm Up and have the setters set the outsides on a live pass off the libero!