Volleyball coaches love it when their players go on the attack. But sometimes, the attack can be a little over aggressive and result in a point for the other team. In volleyball terms, that action is called an attack error. Most coaches may know this, but an attack error is charged to a player when an attack or attacker:
- commits a four-hit violation
- hits the ball into the net
- performs a back-row attack
- creates illegal contact with the ball
- hits the ball into the antenna
- commits a ten-foot line violation
Why is an attack error so important from a statistical point? Because it’s counted as part of a player’s total attacks, and factors into their hitting percentage. The more errors you make, the more your team’s hitting percentage goes down. The more your hitting percentage goes down, the more likely it is that you won’t win the game. Usually, if a team is hitting at around .300, they’re doing a good job.
Krossover goes deeper than hitting percentage and actually charts your attack error percentage. Knowing your attack error percentage is important because you can actually see how effective your attack has been overall. So how can you improve your attack error percentage?
Focus on your footwork
On the set approach, sometimes a player’s footwork can be off. Hitters may jump with the wrong leg- for right handers, a player’s hands need to go forward with the left step and back with the right step. If the arms and legs are not in sync, there’s a good chance that when you serve, the ball will go straight into the net.
Dial Down The Intensity
It’s good to play aggressively, but sometimes overaggressiveness can lead to mistakes that disrupt your attack. An effective attack is all about having a relaxed approach, and someone who seems stiff on attack may be apt to hit the ball wide or long. Relax your hands and swing naturally with your hands staying below the waist. A consistent hitting approach will lessen the likelihood that you won’t be hitting the ball all over the place.
Hit With Intention
You get three hits to get the ball over the net. A fourth, and you turn the ball right over to the other team. Hitting on your side has to be purposeful. Don’t focus on hitting cross court shots- they can be time wasters and possibly misplayed by your other teammates. Not only that, but attacks from the back are risky plays that could also lead to a shot that is short of the net. Make every hit count- diagram attacks that work the ball forward and ultimately over the net, in three hits or less. Make sure balls aren’t getting hit to players behind each other unless they are going for a spike. And finally, when a player is going to spike, ensure that spike has some aim and power behind it.
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