month 1 overall CHAMPION (nov. 21 to dec. 19): maya
Passes to setter
Hits over net
Serves over net
Transition to attack
Most assertive defender
Bjerring PRACTICE tournament champions
Maya (Nov. 21)
Maya and Anna (Dec. 1)
Grace (Dec. 19)
1v1+1 10-10-10 Tracking
(10-10-10 is a cooperative competition where two players and a rotating setter work together to achieve 10 consecutive 3-contact series using only passing and setting, then only pass-set-standing attacks, then only pass-set-jump attacks.)
Achieving 10-10-10 in 5 minutes: Maya, Joelle, Anna (Dec. 1); Maya, Grace, Joelle (Dec. 3); McKinley, Grace, Joelle (Dec. 19)
10-10-9 is their highest level so far: Mariah, Hayley, Alexa, Julia
How to track your stats while watching practice video:
This first series from 11/21 - 12/19 we will spend 15 minutes of each practice competing in Bjerring mini-tournaments. After each practice, video of the tourney will be uploaded. Athletes will watch footage and enter their stats into our Google team document before our next practice.
For this series, athletes will track the following:
- Aces | A service ace is a serve which results directly in a point. Examples: The serve lands in the opponent's court untouched. The serve is passed by the opponent but cannot be kept in play.
- Kills | A kill is awarded to a player any time the attack (a hit, tip, roll shot or off-speed hit) cannot be returned by the opponent or the attack leads directly to a blocking error by the opposition.
- Passes to Setter | Every dig and pass that is fairly high, off the net and to the setting area that your setter can easily set to you for a hitting attempt.
- Blocks | Any time the player is able to direct the ball to the opposition's court and in-bounds (can be a block touch or stuff block).
- Assists | A player is awarded an assist when her set to a teammate is attacked for a kill.
- Hits over the net | Any time a ball is attacked "positively," regardless if it is in or out, as long as it went over the net.
- Serves over the net | Any time a ball is served "positively," regardless if it is in or out, as long as it went over the net.
- Transition to attack | Whenever a player goes from base position to defense into a full 2, 3 or 4 step approach and a high jump on a hit.
- Block attempts | No faults or net violations occurred, and your hands have partial or full penetration over the net.
- Assertive defender | Record 1) how many times the ball hit the floor on your side of the net (regardless if it was near you or your teammate) and 2) every time you and your partner delivered the ball over the net using only one or two contacts as a team instead of three. The exception is if Player A makes the first contact and Player B doesn't get a chance to make the second contact (such as because Player A shanked the ball off the antenna), then only Player A records an error. The most assertive player champion will have recorded the fewest drops and the fewest number of 1- and 2-contact series on the team.
As you view the videos, watch for:
1. Were you consistently angling your platform at your target?
2. Were you shuffle stepping to the ball or relying too much on diving to the floor or reaching at the last second?
3. Were you holding your finish (follow-through) after forearm passing the ball to your setter?
4. Were you facing the spot you wanted to set to when setting?
5. Were you approaching, loading your hips and legs, exploding (jumping high) and swinging quickly on your jump attacks?
Practice Notes For Each Player (Updated Last: 12/28/16)
Lainey, I'm looking forward to watching you learn a couple of new skills in our upcoming practices, such as covering our hitters in case of a block and reading the open area of the opponent's court and communicating that info to our hitters as they approach the ball!
Hayley, I'm excited to see you learn how to hit middle quick sets as well as a slide attack in our upcoming practices in addition to continuing to grow your other skills. I believe you could develop a nasty quick hit from the middle and a great slide attack with hard work and determination.
Grace, I'm looking forward to watching you not only continue to grow as an all-around player but also develop into a more aggressive hitter in our upcoming practices, including back-row attacks, left-side hits and setting to various positions on the court, such as back sets to our opposite hitters.
Julia, I'm excited to watch you continue to improve your all-around skills in our upcoming practices, particularly your jump float serve, which improved significantly at our last practice, and hitting back sets at opposite hitter and occasional high sets at outside hitter and middle hitter.
Anna, I'm looking forward to seeing you take the next step as a setter and hitter at our next few practices as we work on quick sets to the middle hitters, back sets to the opposite and middle hitters, hut sets (no higher than the antenna) to the outside hitters and your own hitting skills from the left and right sides.
Alexa, I'm excited to see you stretch yourself at both opposite hitter and defensive specialist at our next few practices as well as continuing to work to develop a flatter trajectory on your serves that is no higher than the antennae in order to generate more aces and out-of-system passing errors by the opponents.
McKinley, I'm looking forward to challenging you as both a passer, setter, server and hitter over the next few practices working on such skills as quick sets, hut sets (sets no higher than the antenna), back sets to a slide attack and hitting jump attacks from the back row, outside and opposite side.
Maya, your outside hitting, back-row jump attacks and all-around game continue to improve with hard work. It'll be great to see you stretch yourself the next few practices working on hitting hut sets (sets that go no higher than the height of the antenna) at outside hitter as well as continuing to work on serving down the line and cross court from zones 5 to 5, 5 to 1, 1 to 5 and 1 to 1.
Mariah, I'm looking forward to seeing you learn not only a front slide attack from the middle but also get some reps in at setter in our team's upcoming practices. For the front slide, you'll jump off your right foot like a basketball player shooting a layup and draw back and swing with your left arm.
Joelle, like with Lahidney, I'm excited to watch you learn a couple of new skills in our upcoming practices, such as covering our hitters in case of a block and reading the open area of the opponent's court and communicating that info to our hitters as they approach the ball!