Advanced Spiking session
The Six skills sessions series
The Six Skills Series is the skills needed to be a well-rounded volleyball player. The sessions are short and focus on a single skill. In school and club volleyball, the coaches often do not have time to teach basic volleyball skills. Where can an athlete ensure they have a solid foundation to develop these skills? These sessions are an answer to this problem
This is a chance for athletes who want to take their spiking to the next level.
The athlete should have a good working knowledge of the fundamentals of spiking to attend this session.There are several attack options that can be effectively performed in a game. An attacker should be able to hit the following: shots off the block (using the hands), high sets, low sets, sets off the net, offspeed shots, tipping, and a variation of playsets including backcourt hitting options. Providing a great deal of practice and repetition of each will depend on the age and ability of the athletes. Ensure the fundamental technique of hitting is effective and efficient so that it can be performed at a high level during competition.
Greatest deficiency in youth is a lack of trunk rotation while attacking and excessive trunk extension (leaning back). Often caused by athletes being early and ahead of the ball. Athletes have hips and shoulders “open” at takeoff, (left foot forward for a right-handed hitter). As for jumping attacking, elbow pulls back: “Loading the rotational spring”. Rotation of the shoulder generates a large amount of power, swinging of the arm is the other component. Elbow passes over the top of the shoulder, hand trails behind the elbow. Wrist relaxed and fingers are comfortably spread.
Far more common for athletes to approach early than late. Slow to fast approach. Should see a noticeable increase in speed throughout the approach. Big, bigger, biggest then close step in a 4-step approach. Each successful step within the approach should be larger than the previous (with the exception of the final close step). Double arm lift and forward flexion at waist: Arms should both be back and chest forward as our heels strike on the second to last step. Arms initiate our vertical jump. Close step across. Open’s hips and promotes full body swing mechanics.
- Darren Cannell