DEFENCE

Forward:
1. Stay low: Defence is one of the toughest techniques in volleyball. It has to be performed with much stake: feet at least at shoulder width, body weight to the front, arms in front and beside the body.
2. Move fast: Quick and correct attitude is absolutely necessary when doing defence. Perform a big step, foot by the ball; always play the ball when between the knees. Stay low and play the ball to the direction of the setter.
3. Get lower than the ball: Doing a good defence has 3 condidtions. 1: Stay low, 2: Perform a big step, 3: Get lower than the ball. Always try to use both arms to keep the ball away from the court.
4. The knee: The knee gives stability when performing a defence. The arms stretch in order to play the ball upwards. It is not necessary to play the ball perfectly to the setter, a distance of 3m of the net is enough.
5. Play the ball towards the setter: To play a ball from this position, a lot of suppleness is demanded from the player. Keep the hips lower than the ball. When the ball is further from the body, roll or dive from this position to reach it.
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Profile:
1. Selfconfidence: Body weight to the front, heels lifted, ready for action. Hands are in front of the knees, knees in front of the toes. Concentration, resoluteness and selfconfidence are the trumps of a defence player.
2. Start quick and move: A defensive player has to be able to move quickly in the direction of the ball (diagonally). Quick moves depend on quick take offs.
3. Shoulders to the front: Bring your body lower, take a big step in the direction of the ball and push yourself away with one foot. Push your shoulders to the front to enlarge the defence zone.
4. Defence on the ground: When the ball is still away from the body when done a large step, you can slide from this position, till you lie down. Keep your arms parallel with the court en play the ball upwards.
5. Grimness: When defencing hard attacks grimness is necessary.
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Defence of a soft attack:
You can defence soft attacks above the head. The hands are put together, thumbs crossed. You play the ball by moving your hands backwards.
Defence of a hard attack:
Fingers cover each other, thumbs crossed behind the hands. To get the power off the ball, move your hands backwards when contact is made. Contact is always above the head.


Diving: You dive when you have to defence a ball played far away from you. The player looks at the ball and scoops it with both hands upwards. One leg is lifted to ensure stability. If it is impossible to play the ball with both hands, use one hand instead. After contact with the ball, both hands are placed on the court, to ensure a soft landing. The hands recieve the fall and they let slide the body on the belly to the front. Lift your chin.