(1) SUNDAY (5/6) : Stanford Grass Volleyball Tournament
The best way to improve your volleyball skills is by competing ! Practice and casual games with friends are great. But when you play in a tournament, you get to play against new opponents whose strengths and weaknesses are unknown to you. The strategies that worked well against your friends in casual games may not work so well in tournament competition so you have to try something different. This is how you develop your skills and get better !
- This Sunday's grass tournament is a Fundraising Event for the Stanford Women's Club Volleyball Team
- Tournament Site: Serra Square - one of the well-kept athletic fields on Stanford University's campus
- FORMATS : Men's 2s & Reverse-Coed 2s*
- *For this tournament, Reverse-Coed teams may comprise of a male/female pair or 2 females (both females may hit front row)
- DIVISIONS: We have separate A- and B-divisions for both formats
- PRIZES for Winners include: Apple iPod Nano (Latest Model), Spalding King of the Beach Volleyballs, T-Shirts and other Volleyball Gear
The forecast predicts sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s this Sunday. Hope to see you at this Sunday's tournament !
(2) Ball Control & Defense Clinic
VBmatch is planning to host a Ball Control and Defense Clinic. The date for the clinic has not be finalized. I am trying to gauge how much interest there is for such a clinic. Please REPLY if you would be interested in attending.
In the past, we've held clinics that covered hitting, serving, setting and passing in general. This would be a clinic specifically focused on Ball Control and Defense.
There are many players out there who are good hitters and love hitting; but quite often, they are one-dimensional players with an incomplete package of skills. A good hitter will hardly get to use his/her hitting talent if he/she can't pass the ball (especially in a quads or doubles game). Without a good pass, the set will likely be imperfect and off the net, increasing the difficulty of timing the hit. In volleyball, each move sets up the next move. The hit builds upon the set; the set builds upon the pass. For this reason, ball control is essential for a good game of volleyball. Yet ball control is an extremely under-rated / under-valued part of the game -- perhaps because passing and defense is more about finesse and lacks the thunder and showiness of hitting.
Good passing is important at every level of the game -- all the way up to the professional level. In the 2010 NCAA Women's National Championship Match between Penn State and Cal, both teams had powerful and dominant hitters. However, Cal struggled with receiving Penn's float serves. Even Cal's libero (supposedly their best passer) was shanking balls left and right. When Cal did pass the ball (as opposed to shanking), the balls ended up near the 10-foot-line (instead of the front zone 2-3 feet away from the net); this forced Cal setter Carli Lloyd to frequently set the back-row. Consequently, Cal was unable to set up an effective offense against Penn and got swept in 3 games (25-20, 27-25, 25-20).
If you focus on honing your skills in this non-glamorous part of the volleyball game, it will pay dividends in the overall results. By passing well and defending well, you will get more balls to your setter in the front zone 2-3 feet from the net. Your setter will be able to give you easier sets to hit (as opposed to leading sets that force the hitter to chase the ball -- the most difficult sets to hit)
Again, I am trying to gauge how much interest there is for a Ball Control and Defense clinic. Please REPLY if you would be interested in attending.