I came across an observation from a coach where he counted that in a 6 v 6, 3-player wave drill one player touched the ball only 5 times in 8 minutes. That doesn’t sound like very many, does it?
I don’t know what the goal of this particular exercise was, but if it was getting all the players a bunch of touches it seems to have failed. We’d want to take a closer look to see where the breakdown was before using it again. It could be the initiation, the scoring, or something else that’s probably relatively easy to fix.
Here’s the thing, though. When playing 6 v 6 games we generally don’t want to worry about individual contacts. We’re working on more team-based things. The natural result is that some players – like setters – get more touches than others.
But touching the ball is only one part of a player’s job. It’s not even the biggest.
Players spend the vast majority their time on court reading the play and moving into the correct position for what’s to come. Hitters transition to attack more often than they actually hit the ball. Defenders move from base to their defensive position far more often than they actually dig the ball. Receivers prepare to pass a serve way more times than they actually get a serve.
I think you get the point.
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