Smart Defense for Creating More Swings

  • Complete guide to establishing a solid, “smart” defense that produces more swings
  • Get step-by-step, simple-to-complex drill progressions for each defensive area
  • Includes individual and team movement strategies

with Kevin Hambly,
Stanford University Head Coach;
former University of Illinois Head Coach;
2011 NCAA Runners-up; 2011 Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year; President of the AVCA Board of Directors

Build a smart defense that will create more swings for your team! Kevin Hambly lays out the fundamentals, strategies and tactics of these stingy defensive concepts.

Individual Defense
Coach Hambly examines specific techniques that will put your players in position to move and pursue. Starting in the go position, you will see a simple-to-complex teaching progression that includes individual concepts like moving without the ball, digging to yourself, back-up-and-go posture, angle digging and more.

Team Defense
This segment introduces seven training variations that include a back up and dig set from base position, a team dig and set, cross court defense, handling the seams, base crossing patterns and more. With each variation, Hambly shares invaluable nuances, tips and strategies.

Learn the go posture for blockers and how to initiate movement based on the setter. You will see two movement patterns for blockers: the shuffle step crossover and the 3-step crossover. Hambly provides detailed instruction for the last two steps and proper arm movement and hand positioning for creating the most effective blocking. Hambly also details partner blocking movement patterns and tactics for safer blocking and injury free contact.

Eye sequencing is an essential skill set for blockers and Hambly teaches a ball-setter-ball-hitter sequencing pattern. He takes you through a step-by-step demonstration of how to effectively teach eye sequencing to your players. His breakdown is divided into two parts: ball-setter and ball-hitter skills. Hambly also includes eye sequencing strategies for the back court players. He wraps-up eye sequencing with a 3-drill progression to train eye sequencing and reading.

Hambly discusses strategies for playing against three hitters and shows you how to divide the court into blocking zones. He demonstrates a zone blocking drill for the three-hitter system, followed by drills for a two-hitter system.

Coordinating Your Defense
Once the back court and front court defense has been established, the final segment deals with Defensive Coordination. Hambly details how to coordinate blocking with hitters to create more swings. He takes his players through a seven-drill progression that focuses on getting the ball high and back toward the center of the court in order to get a good swing at the ball.

This is an extensive collection of drills and strategies that will help you build a solid team defense.