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).

  • Technique
    • Footwork
      • Ability to shuffle behind the ball, drop step and t-stop
      • Don’t let platform drop between legs when moving
      • Players should not be taking crossover steps when passing a serve receive ball or free ball
    • Posture (image)
      • 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 speed of ball and servers arm
      • Make athlete say short, mine or deep as the ball is coming to them
      • Begin to introduce 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 target
    • Pass grade goal = 2.0 on a 3.0 scale
    • Consistently pass free balls to target 60-70%
    • Consistently receive serve to target 45-55%