play great defense you need the ability to read the
opponents attack and
position yourself ready to dig or move
to play the ball.
defensive positioning heavily depends on the placement
of the set ball and
the formation of the team block.
Here are 5 volleyball tips for making
great defensive plays.
1. Watch Placement of the Set Ball
volleyball is set tight to the net http://www.teamcanadahockeymal…..ne-Jersey/ ,
needs to be ready to play a ball that can be hit at
downward angle into the court. The defender should also
watch the path
of the ball to make sure the ball isnt
coming over the net. The worst thing
that could happen is to
have the volleyball fall to the ground onto your
of the court with nobody making a play on it.
2. Watch the
Volleyball Hitter Approach
The defender should be aware of the direction
the hitter is
approaching, the direction the hitters shoulders are
up, the hitters armswing, and where the hitter
contacts the ball. All these
are factors influence where the
ball will be hit.
During the approach,
notice the direction the hitters
shoulders are facing. If the hitter is
swinging, it is
likely they will hit the ball the direction they are
Notice if the hitter is forced to speed up their approach or
steps sideways due to a low or poor set. By noticing
these details of the
hitter approach you are more likely to
anticipate where the ball will be
3. Watch the Volleyball Hitter Armswing
Watch the hitter
armswing and be ready not only for a hard
hit http://www.teamcanadahockeymal…..is-Jersey/ ,
but also an off-speed hit, roll shot, cut shot, or tip.
Often, if the set is
too high the hitter will adjust their
approach. If the hitter adjusts their
approach watch the
angle of the armswing. Often on high sets the hitter
contact the ball back behind the head. If the contact is
behind the head be ready for a deep volleyball
hit. If the contact isnt
solid, be ready for a short shot.
If the set is too low the hitter will
often speed up their
approach and make contact with the ball out in front of
body. Hitting the volleyball out in front of the body will
the ball be hit more at a downward angle into
volleyball is set off the net http://www.teamcanadahockeymal…..er-Jersey/ ,
the defender should be
ready to move to play a much easier off-speed shot or
4. Understand Your Volleyball Team Blocking Strategy
playing defense, you must communicate with your
blockers and devise a
defensive strategy. Obviously,
whatever space your blockers dont take away
block, the defensive players on the court need to cover.
basic blocking strategy is to have the blockers take away
the line and angle
hit while the baseline defender covers
the middle baseline area. This is
called playing base
defense. A more advanced defensive strategy involves
baseline defender to rotate over to cover the hit down deep
is called rotation defense. Rotation defense is
used primarily when the
opponent has a really good line shot
that cant be defended by
Often holes appear in the block that cant be closed. As
defender, help defend this area by lining up around the
block. It is
likely your team defensive strategy will change
throughout a match as you
discover the best way to defend
5. Be Ready to Defend
the Volleyball Tip
Defenders should train to read hitters. Reading the
is especially important for covering tipped balls. A hitter
for many reasons. Usually a tip is done on a poorly
set ball. If the ball is
hard for the hitter to get to, the
hitter may decide to tip the ball because
tipping is a much
easier way to control the ball. For this reason http://www.teamcanadahockeymal…..ux-Jersey/ ,
need to be ready to play tips on poorly set balls. Also, if
hitter hasnt been hitting well they may decide to try the
tip shot. If a
hitter doesnt take a full approach to hit,
this is usually a dead give away
that a tip is coming.
Understanding these game situations allows you to be
prepared and ready to anticipate your opponent to make
volleyball defensive plays.
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