Teaching friends how to play better

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    Apr 23, 2012 6:35 AM GMT
    I have a friend that hooks his arms like a praying mantis. I think it is just his body shape and (out of shapeness) that causes him to have bad form. I've told him about making a platform out of his arms to pass but he just can't do it. He shanks the ball in all directions as a result. And I'm tired of playing with him anymore since my body is taking falls (beach) going after his shanks. He is just argumentative about it. By the way. He has played vball for about 20 years.
  • rafiki87

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    Apr 23, 2012 1:40 PM GMT
    as much as i would love to help, i can't tell you what's wrong with your friend's form without actually being there to see it. it could be a something else (lack of flexibility to hold a fore-arm platform, or bad ball-body alignment and they're compensating for it).

    from what i've learned from carl mcgowan (team USA head coach '82 - '92, the karch kiraly indoor years), the ball does not know platforms only angles. so if you can just get your friend to understand that at contact the alignment that he has is what determines the ball trajectory.

    the ball will travel where you want it to go provided the alignment was right at contact.

    question for you though: what's more important to you, playing good volleyball or spending time with your friend? if playing good volleyball is more important, then go find a different group to play with.

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    Apr 28, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    I thought this thread was going to be about something else.
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    Apr 28, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    I still don't know what this thread is about... sorry, play what, volleyball? football? you tell me
  • MidwesternKid

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    Dec 09, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
    There is so much that goes into correcting someones form. It goes beyond telling someone once or twice and then they did it that one time. You have to reinforce the action over and over.

    I messed up my arm swing because I began visualizing myself swinging in the fashion that a former player use to. Visualization techniques actually trick the brain into thinking you have performed the action without actually doing it. Fancy huh?

    A combination of frequent reinforcement and proper visualization is the best way to break a habit.

    There is the factor that some peoples bodies are built in such a slight way from everyone else that they can't perform an action like everyone else. In college I had a libero on my team who could and would not pass the ball with his platform, he had to set the ball. Why? His arms were too short and too muscular for him to extend his arms out straight, much like how it seems you described your friends problem. That you might not be able to help and neither can he.