RECEPTION

Forward:
1. Knees bent: Feet are spread, a bit wider than shoulder width. Right foot before the other, left heel slightly raised for receptions at the right side of the court, vice-versa for the left side.
2. Behind the ball: Be sure to allways move behind the ball. The body is in a low position, legs bent, ready to stretch in the direction of the ball. The arms are NOT together at this point.
3. Arms together: When contact with the ball is near, put the arms together, elbows fixed and hands low. The ball is played with the upside of the forearms.
4. Shoulders: When playing the ball towards the setter, the shoulders are lifted. The foot most backwards is raised en the body weight continues the same direction as the ball.
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Profile:
1. Look at the ball: The ball has to be played in front of the body, between the feet. A player always looks at the target (the ball).
2. Behind the ball: Sometimes it is difficult to get behind the ball, but you have to try at least! If necessary, use side-reception (see lower).
3. Spread legs: Awaiting the ball, the legs are spread; stabilisation is imortant. One foot is raised (depending on the place on the court), able to move towards the ball.
4. Shoulders: To bring a ball from the left side of the body to the right side of the court, the right shoulder should be lower than the left one. Please note that during the whole reception arms stay straight!
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Reception: The reception has to be taken approx. 5 to 12 cm. above the wrists. The arms are always together, as close together as can be (perfection is no space between them). You place one hand above the other, fingers over eachother, thumbs together.
Low reception:
Legs are spread wide, to the side. Arms are stretched forwards, sometimes parallell to the ground. The hips are lower than the ball, able to lift the ball up.
Normal reception:
Most used form of reception, described above.
High reception:
If the ball has to be played above the height of the shoulders (when a player is thus not able to get behind the ball), you have to use the side-reception. You have to move quickly backwards, place your foot (depending on the place on the court) and turn your body against the place you want the ball to go to. The arms stay high and stretched, shoulders lifted.