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Volleyball is about form, practice, cross-training and teamwork

If you have want to play volleyball but were afraid to ask how, let me tell you! I took two volley ball course back-to-back with a tennis course during my senior year at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. What this did for me was to perfect the form of setting the ball against the wall to hit a spot consistently. The next step was to set the ball up in the air with no spin. There were many other exercises we focused on doing such as bumping the ball to the setter or to the spiker with no spin. The training to have the ball float with no spin allowed the spiker to place any spin upon the ball to place it where they targeted. The role of the setter was to take the second ball and call the shots like a quarter back for the team. The server had a very important role as well.

I brought in a modified tennis serve to make serving consistent and developed a special no-spin toss to step into and added a special hand strike that required me to tape my fingers so no bones would be broken when I served my back-handed bullet. If you saw the flamboyant jump serve done in the Olympics, sadly this is not as effective. Serving is a science in itself along with the stem position of the ball. Being a well-versed in physics, the placement of the stem and the manner of the strike would all the server to spike on the serve anywhere on the court such as down the line or even on the front row.

With all the practice, practice, practice the form of each role became a fluid ready-set-go for the members on the court. Having played in California and Minnesota on wooden courts allowed for sliding to retrieve hard to dig balls from the striker. Creating teamwork and a desire to gain a understanding of each members strength and weaknesses allows a unity of motion when a play is begun. The setter is quite essential to the team. Though the spiker's strike is the most dynamic thing to see the blockers are key to the success of the team. The Japanese jump allows even shorter members to gain a height when timed well to block out the best spikers. Each member has his time of fame and glory in their different roles and positions. The formation to receive a serve is not to be understated as crucial to getting the first ball to the setter or as a surprise attack to the spiker of even in enemy territory.

These is so much that can be done by safely bumping the first ball that books can be written as how this can be done well but the actual doing is grand when you can coach and train the members to do so like a no-spin motionless set.

If this article has peaked your interest in learning how to play volley ball with more proficiency and fun, please let me know or send me a recording of how it helped you. Thanks for allowing me to pass on some tips and insights to volleyball and I hope this clues you into not just knowing but entices you to want to try out some of these and passing on yours in response.

Sincerely yours,
Tai W.