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HOMESCHOOL CH. 6 Defense

From Kyle Mashima of SoloStats Live, the AVCA presents at-home training concepts for a period of social isolation.

CHAPTER 1 - CHAPTER 2 - EXTRA CREDIT - CHAPTER 3 - EXTRA CREDIT: ATTACK - CHAPTER 5 - CHAPTER 7

Our previous chapter dealt with practicing your blocking skills in a time of isolation - but now things are about to get really fun. Defense is not only one of the most valuable skills to be had on the volleyball court - but it's one of the most fun to work on!

One of the cheapest pieces of equipment to be had is an old tube sock - find a couple laying around and you can save yourself plenty of trouble. Cut a few holes in it to protect your skin from getting burned.

This sock helps prevent rug-burn and allows for smooth sliding, all while protecting the forearm from skidding - as long as you have a smooth flooring surface to work with.

You can do this inside the house - now the floor is a source of fun instead of a problem. You can easily use narrow hallways to work on sliding techniques. Using the socks can even protect you against some carpeting, if that's what you've got.

Work on your straight-ahead run and slide, and mix it up from side to side as space allows:

Work on your speed!

If your're limited to some carpeted areas, try a windbreaker to help with the friction.

You can, as with previous entries, use a mini volleyball to work on eye discipline and help with motor skills. They're often small enough to not do damage inside while giving real skill work to the eyes and brain. Work on tossing it out front; both side to side and as a target.

Next, we'll get into ball handling. Catch up on previous chapters and make sure you're prepared for the eventual return to play!

It's up to you: what techniques do you want your players to work on? There's a variety of ways to think about it, and all of them have validity. Assess it yourself as you send your players instructions. Next, we'll dive into some creative defensive tools!

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