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Volleyball Technique Tips

Some of our secrets to better volleyball skills, training and playing.
  SKILLS  tt-1
A player who is in correct defensive position and ready to quickly respond to the play should always remain in motion, shifting weight and "moving the feet" (vibrating).

A stationary player who is maintaining court position should be constantly shifting weight from one leg/foot to the other by raising the heel of each foot in turn in an alternating left-right-left-right sequence. The heel is raised only a few centimeters (approx. 1-5) while the rest of the foot remains on the ground still supporting some of the player's weight.

The lifting of the heels and shifting of weight (vibrating) is executed quite rapidly - up to 5 times per second. When a player is more relaxed and waiting on the play, the vibrating can be executed at a slower pace (perhaps 2 times per second) but as the player anticipates an imminent play and a required response, the pace should be quickened up to the maximum rate.

This reduces the time it takes the player to begin to move quickly into any given new position as required in reaction to the ongoing play.

This technique is similar to the foot-shuffling/weight-floating technique tennis players use when preparing to receive service.

Upon analysis, we see that the first action of a person beginning to bolt (move) in any direction is to take an "initial step" in the opposite direction with one leg, shift weight onto it, and push-off with it, thus propelling the body in the desired direction.

The vibrating technique aims to ensure that in the moments before decision, the player is almost always in the process of taking (or about to take) the right "initial step" to begin moving.

  TRAINING  tt-2
A player's volleyball training can be complimented by playing some recreational table-tennis (ping-pong).

Playing ping-pong helps train the eyes to better follow fast-moving objects, sharpens reflexes, and also teaches the player how to apply spin to a ball and how spin effects the trajectory and dynamics of a ball in motion. A volleyball player should take care not to sustain injuries while playing ping-pong, so a proper warm-up (esp. shoulders, ankles) should be done before picking up a paddle.

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