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Air volleyball is a high-intensity, high-tech sport, and spike protection is one of most important skills in game.
If you want to become most valuable player in air volleyball, you must master skills and strategies for catching and defending spike.
In this article, we will discuss in detail air volleyball hit and hit defense techniques, strategies and training methods to help you level up and become most valuable player in game.
Defensive technique for catching a spike
Stand and move
Proper posture and movement are very important when defending against spikes, which can help you catch your opponent's spikes better.
Correct posture means that feet are shoulder-width apart, knees are slightly bent, and body is balanced.
When getting a spike, you need to move forward quickly and keep your arms straight.
This will ensure that you can catch your opponent's spike as accurately as possible.
Estimating enemy's attack direction
In game, opponent uses a variety of attack strategies, including punches, tosses, and flatballs.
Therefore, you need to constantly observe movements and postures of enemy in order to judge direction of his attack.
If you can accurately assess direction of your opponent's attack, you will be able to react better in game and prevent your opponent from scoring a goal.
Catching skills are most important part of catching and defending against thorns.
When catching a spike, you need to move quickly and keep your arms straight to catch opponent's spike as much as possible.
When catching ball, you need to pay attention to following points:
When receiving a spike from an opponent, you need to look at trajectory of ball and straighten your arms in order to catch ball as much as possible.
Catch ball with your hand
When catching a spike, you need to catch ball with your hands and keep your arms straight. This gives you more control over trajectory of ball and prevents it from bouncing.
When catching a spike, you need to keep your balance. If you lose your balance, you will not be able to control trajectory of ball and, most likely, you will miss.
Splash Protection Strategy
Develop an effective defense strategy
During game, you need to develop a defensive strategy based on attacking style and opponent's weakness.
For example, if opponent likes to use a sweeping attack, you can choose more defenders in front row and more receivers in back row.
This will allow you to better defend against your opponent's spikes and reduce your opponent's chances of scoring a goal.
Coordination between team members
Cooperation between players is very important in game.
You need to establish good communication with your teammates in order to better cooperate with each other.
When defending against spikes, you need to establish a silent rapport with your teammates and support each other in order to better defend against enemy attacks.
Defensive Spike Style
The defensive form of getting spikes is a combination of blocking front line and protecting back line.
According to number of people participating in blocking, it can be divided into forms of protection with no blocking, single blocking, double blocking and three blocking.
Different forms of blocking have their own advantages and disadvantages. A high-level air volleyball team must be proficient in various forms and at same time use them flexibly and correctly according to changes and needs on court.
1. Protective form without blocking
Defensive form without blocking is most basic and simple defensive form, which is suitable for beginners in air volleyball or when opponent's attack is weak.
(1) Five-on-five positioning method: when using two middle two attack form, setters are in front of net in position 3, players in positions 2 and 4 retreat to participate in defense in midfield zone, and other players are in front of net at position 3. Backcourt defense: When using attacking "second-two" form, setters are near no. 2 net, players no. 3 and no. 4 retreat. to defend front field, while other players defend back field.
(2) Four-on-one positioning method: When using attacking tactics on third flank, setter is in front of net in position 2, player in position 3 retreats to protect front field, and other players defend outfield.
2. Protective form under a single block
The defensive form of a single blockade is usually used when enemy's offensive power is weak, route changes little, or it is too late to organize a collective blockade due to enemy tactics.
The advantage is that it increases number of defenders, making it easier to organize a counterattack. If opponent's attack is strong, a single block will appear weak in first line of defense.
Taking five-way system as an example, there are two methods of defending when one player blocks.
(1) A form of defense in which players in respective positions of opposing bidder block net by placing individual markings. As an example, take Opponent Attack #4. The player in position 2 single-handedly blocks net, player in position 3 retreats to defend against a cross, and player in position 4 retreats to form a semi-arc defensive circle with other players. players. Each player is responsible for protecting one area.
(2) Correct defensive form of blocking by player #3. Regardless of opponent's attack from any position, player in position 3 blocks net, and players in positions 2 and 4 retreat, forming a semi-arc defensive circle with other players. Each player is responsible for protection of one zone.
3. Protective form under double block
Used when opponent's attack power is high and route changes a lot, and one block is not enough to stop opponent's attack. In a five player system, depending on situation where different back row players follow and defend, and different positions of front row players who are not blocking, there are two methods of double block defense.
(1) Form of Inner Defence: A method in which players in front row who are not blocking net move to defense. This form of defense is usually used when opponent is attacking in backcourt and it is not convenient to break a small diagonal ball.
At same time, he can defend an empty area, but is inconvenient for players who retreat to defend and go on a counterattack.
For example: when opponent's position 4 is attacking and team's players in positions 3 and 2 form a double block, player in position 4 will step back to protect ball behind blocker. If enemy position 3 attacks and players in positions 3 and 4 form a double block, player in position 2 will retreat to defend and defend.
(2) Follow-up form: A player in position 1 or 5 follows a counter-cross or ball in front court, which is called a follow-up form. This form is usually used when opponent's offensive power is relatively strong, tactics change more, and strikes are fewer.
For example: when opponent #4 attacks, team #3 and #2 form a double block, and player #1 follows blocker to prevent a cross or ball in frontcourt.
If opponent position 2 is attacking and team's players in positions 4 and 3 form a double block, player in position 5 will follow blocker to defend against a cross or ball in frontcourt.
4 Defense form under a block of three
Three man block defense is used when opponent has a strong attacking force, many route changes and few crosses.
A three-man block increases strength of first line of defense, but increases complexity of defense in back line, and is also inconvenient for organizing a counterattack.
This form of defense is only used in futsal games when blocking skills are high and players are tall.
An anti-thorn training method
Air volleyball is a high-intensity sport, so you need to improve your fitness, including stamina, speed, strength, and flexibility.
You can improve your fitness by running, jumping rope, lifting weights, etc.
Improved response speed
Reaction speed is very important in air volleyball.
During training, you need to increase your reaction ability in order to better cope with enemy's attack.
You can improve your reflexes with reflex trainers, reflex balls and more.
Practice your peak skills
The thorn-catching skill is most important part of defending against thorn-catching.
You will need to practice your spike technique in practice to improve this skill.
You can improve your spike skills by practicing with teammates and watching tutorial videos.
Scene from a simulation game
During tutorial, you need to simulate scene of game in order to better adapt to environment and rhythm of game.
You can ask your coach or teammates to simulate scene of game to better practice your defensive spike-catching skills.
Defense in air volleyball is one of very important skills in playing air volleyball.
To become most valuable player in game, you need to master skills and strategies of catching and defending spike, as well as constantly improve your level in training.
During game, you need to formulate defensive strategies based on opponent's attack methods and weaknesses, and develop good communication and silent understanding with your teammates in order to better cooperate with each other.
By strengthening your fitness, increasing your reaction speed, practicing your spike skills, and simulating game scenarios, you can improve your spike defense and become most valuable player in the game.
October 14, 2023