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What are some drills to get service receive passers to shuffle their feet a least a little bit to get in a better position to the ball?
Some of them have a tendency to wait until the ball is almost on top of them and then take one big step and reach for the ball with limited success.
I've asked them to watch the ball out of the server's hand. To watch the bottom of the ball to get them to focus on it better. I've asked them to be in a comfortable ready position on the balls of their feet ready to move quickly. I've had them do run through passing drills. I've has them do shuffle side to side around cones and even forwards and backwards. I've talked to them about desire and wanting to make a good pass. I've done reward drills that let them hit if they pass well. I've gone over the concept of getting the platform pointed to the target. We've worked on linear and non linear passing. Angle passing, etc. I've had them play sand VB, indoor doubles, etc,
I don't really like having them do ladders or even jump rope as I don't think they are VB game like, but I am wits end.
Is it me or what? Do some players just have it and some players take forever to improve but never really get it?
I'm aging myself here but I even thought about Knute Rockne having his Four Horsemen taking dance lessons.
I probably should put this on a coach's forum but I was just hoping someone out there could tell us all the magical secret to improving a player's service receive ability.