“Wait and explode”
This is something coaches can be heard saying to players as they help them improve their approach timing. I found myself thinking about the second part of that one day. A question went through my mind. Can we quantify “explode” when it comes to an attack approach in volleyball?
I think we can probably watch a player do an approach and say whether it’s explosive or not, generally speaking. My thought process was from the training perspective – giving players something objective as a way to measure their progress. It occurs to me that maybe measuring the relative length of the second to last step, which is where the real power of the approach comes in, could be that objective indicator. I’m wondering, though, if there’s any research on the subject.
Have you seen any?
Follow-up: About 4 years after this post originally went up I asked someone about it during a GMS clinic. He didn’t have a specific answer, but talked about the second-to-last step (the big one) being in front of the body. So if we imagine we are leaning forward through the first part of the approach, that big step would land in front of our head. It’s not exactly what I was thinking about when I started pondering the question of this post. It’s a move in the right direction, though
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