Some coaches like to minimise risk. The theory is that making mistakes lets the other team win and if you don’t make mistakes, the other team will make mistakes and you will win. There is some truth in this, for some levels and for some sports. However, there are two obvious flaws in the argument. Firstly, if you take less risk, you score less points. Secondly, if the other team doesn’t make mistakes, then you don’t score any points and you will probably lose.
In volleyball, the goal is to score points. The best way to score points is to spike. The spiking team ALWAYS has the advantage. In my teams, I encourage (preach, demand) the players to treat every second contact as a setting opportunity. Now matter where the ball is, or whether or not we can use an actual volleyball technique the goal is to put the ball in a place from where we can spike.
Sometimes we will make an error that might be considered unnecessary, but sometimes it turns out like this. As it happens, sometimes the intent is more important than the technique. In the end we spike a lot of balls that others might not and the team that spikes ALWAYS has the advantage. Plus it is more fun to play like that.
Notice the position 4 player who prepares to attack even if it looks like there is no reason.
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