Peter Blange Scouting Video

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Learn the technical and tactical secrets of great setters

While digging up my old VHS tapes to convert to digital I came across an old scouting tape I made of Dutch master (witty, eh!) setter Peter Blange.  At the time I was looking at how setter’s decisions were influenced by their position on the court.  I don’t know if Data Video existed at that time, but if it did I didn’t use it.  I had a friend (thanks, Clarky, wherever you are) who had an Apple editing suite and did all the edits by hand.  It took forever!! If I had my time again, I would have a longer lead in time to each set to watch his movement better.

The matches are semi final and final of the 1997 European Championships played in Eindhoven.

A second video is here.

Tagged Peter BlangeSetting TacticsSetting Technique

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    1. I didn’t have Data Volley to prescribe what the zones should be. I was working with 1.5m squares, probably because that is the width of a strip of Taraflex and it divides nearly into 3, 6 and 9. There were 18 zones, of which Blange only used 11 in those two matches. I forget how I numbered them, I’m confident you can figure it out ;).


      1. In hindsight could players remember the 11 zones and what they were supposed to do if he set from any of them?


      2. You’ll like this story, Huy…
        I didn’t have a job at the time. I did the exercise just for my own personal amusement. At the time noone in Australia considered anything other than rotational analysis in scouting. For me this exercise was a huge leap forward in my understanding of the game.


      3. It’s definitely these personal projects that teach you the most… I had very little to do at Asian Junior Championships, so late in the tournament just got data volley practice coding the best teams… i learned a LOT from just analysing and watching what they did. I write all about it in the blog 😉


    1. Yes. We used it during World League in 1999. During which I was asked with what seemed like pity in the eyes whether I really thought that rotational analysis wasn’t the most important scouting information.


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