Serve Receive-Passing

Players need to develop a soft touch/sound platform…not swing. Players will learn the basics of platform adjustment (tilt). Players will learn basic movement (load and launch/shuffle step).

  • Footwork
  • Ability to shuffle behind the ball, drop step and t-stop
  • Don’t let the platform drop between legs when moving
  • Players should not be taking crossover steps when passing a serve receive ball or a free ball
  • Posture
  • Feet at least shoulder-width apart. You can consider feet more than shoulder-width apart for more balance and platform area between the knees
  • Medium height posture (not super low)
  • Bend at the knees and ankles to create a bottom-down position
  • Knees over toes, shoulders over knees
  • Head forward and thumbnails pointed towards the ground
  • Eye Work
  • Introduce reading a serve
  • Identify if it is going short or deep based on the speed of the ball and the server’s arm
  • Make athletes say short, mine, or deep as the ball is coming to them
  • Begin to introduce the terminology of serves
  • Top spin = drop ball
  • Float = going to move side to side
  • Touch
  • Introduce slow ball PUSH faster with shoulders
  • Introduce fast ball PUSH slower with shoulders
  • Learn how to cushion the ball for a soft pass and understand “quiet” platform skills.
  • Angels
  • Understanding how to create an angle by dropping the shoulder to point “platform to target”
  • Left and middle back = take the ball midline or off to your left
  • Mentality
  • No ball hits the ground without effort
  • No fear to pass the serve, want the ball
  • Result
  • Being able to pass a ball to the target
  • Pass grade goal = 2.0 on a 3.0 scale
  • Consistently pass free balls to target 60-70%
  • Consistently receive service to target 45-55%
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