By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Attackers need to develop skills in assessing conditions before and during play. Chris McGown, BYU head men’s coach, trains his outside hitters to read middle blockers before hitting to make sure they hit to the most vulnerable spot in the opponent’s defense.
Reading Middle Blockers
Drill Summary: Set up with a passer, setter and line of outside hitters on one side of the net, along with a middle blocker on the opposite side. Put a ball into play with the passer, who passes to the setter, who sets to the outside hitter. As the ball is being set, the middle blocker does one of three things: commits to the pretend middle attacker by jumping, hurrying to the outside to block the outside hitter, or running to the other side to block. After the outside hitter hits the ball, they must tell the coach which of the three things the opposing middle blocker did.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Read the defender.
2) Keep eyes up to track the defense.
3) Hit to vulnerable areas of the court.
4) Approach angles.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014
2013 AVCA Coach of the Year, Chris McGown, discusses how to setup a base defensive system. This will help you put the defensive players on your team in a position where they can react best to a quick attack.