Volleyball setting skills (second contact) trainings with practice targets

Volleyball setting skills (second contact) trainings with practice targets

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PhD A.V. Losev1
PhD, Associate Professor V.Y. Losev1
1Surgut State University, Surgut

Objective of the study was to analyze benefits of special practice target for the overhand/ underhand setting skills training by non-setter players.
Methods and structure of the study. We sampled for the study the 21.3±4.7 year-old 187±9.7cm tall volleyball players (n=20) with the 5-plus-year experiences trained 3-plus times a week including 3 liberos, 6 central blockers, 7 side players and 4 diagonal players. The sample was randomly grouped into a visual feedback group (Experimental Group-1) and verbal feedback group (Experimental Group-2) tested virtually the same (with statistically insignificant differences) by the pre-experimental tests. During the eight-week experiment, the groups were trained three times a week. The Experimental Group-1 trainings were assisted by visual feedback with practice targets; and the Experimental Group-2 trainings included verbal/ instructive feedback from the coach. The group progresses in overhand/ underhand setting skills were rated on the following scale
Results and conclusion. The pre- versus post-experimental underhand set test data analysis showed significant (p <0.05) benefits of the practice-target-assisted feedback training versus the verbal/ instructive feedback procedure. It should be mentioned, however, that the latter also ensured statistically significant (p <0.05) progress in game techniques.  The study found the practice-target-assisted training system being beneficial for the setting skills training in volleyball as verified by the pre- versus post-experimental setting accuracy tests. Further practice-target-assisted trainings and studies are recommended giving a special priority to the setting skills training by non-setter players and attack success tests and analyses for combinations with sets from non-setters in trainings and competitions.
 

Keywords: volleyball, exercise machines, training session.

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