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					              Timberline Volleyball
       "When Teamwork is the destination, Victory happens along the way."




                         May Newsletter 2007
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Volleyball Skills of the Month: Hitting, Attacking or Spiking... It's All The Same
The spike! It is one of the most dramatic and dynamic single moments
in all of sports. It is the home run, the slam dunk, the touchdown, the
strike, the slap-shot goal, and the 300 yard drive of volleyball.
Spiking a volleyball is also one of the most difficult motor skills in all of
sports. Think of what this skill requires. The spiker is moving forward, in
the air with no stable base, directly toward a barrier. Spikers must hit a ball
moving in a completely different plane from the one in which they are
moving. The spiker must strike the ball precisely at the exact time to spin
the ball as desired. The ball must clear that high barrier and pass one, or
two, or even three blockers intent on not allowing it to pass them. The
spiker must then land under control, without touching the barrier or the
opponent's territory. Then the player must be ready to play again in an
instant. They even have the coolest statistic in the sport: kills. Better than
points per game, goals, strokes, yards, completions or anything else. A
kill. Of course this generally refers to killing the rally, killing the ball, or
killing the point, as opposed to bodily harm inflicted. We have all seen an
occasional spike that could indeed cause trauma.
When players are trained to hit or attack the ball, they always start with the
transition. This is what makes a good hitter improve into an effective and
dynamic attacker. The transition is the most important part of hitting and
needs to be as fast and aggressive as the hitter's approach. After the
transition, the keys to hitting are:
1.   4 Step Approach
2.   Arm swing, forward, back and up
3.   Bow and Arrow
4.   Hit the ball high and in front of you
5.   Fast arm swing, snap and swing to target
Also remember that anytime the hitter hits the ball, they need to have an
open and big hand. The act of attacking is so complex, it is too hard to
describe all the details in writing. However, if you want to be a good hitter,
here are some guidelines you should follow:
1. Always want the ball. No matter where you are in the front or back
row, you should want to attack the ball as much as possible.
2. Find ways to beat the defense. Pay attention to the other team as well
as the other hitters on your team to determine what will beat your
opponents. Where is their weak spot or is one of your blockers always
late?
3. Be a competitor. Never settle for less than your best in games and in
practice.
4. Be aggressive. Whatever your setter or teammate gives you to hit,
make something of it. Aim for the corners or force the setter to take the
first ball.
5. Play the next point. It does not matter what the last play was. Whether
it was a great kill or a poor played rally, you must go 100% for this point.
6. Recognize your teammates. It is only through their success that you
will have the opportunity to be an effective attacker.
7. Work on your vertical during the off season! Now, work on your
vertical during the off season! Enough said! Jump training page.
Hitting, spiking and attacking is an exciting part of the game of volleyball.
It is a fun and rewarding skill to learn. Don't get discouraged no matter
where you are in your development. Each time you touch the ball it is your
chance to get better, so go out and play.
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Alert! Attention! Alert!
Are you getting ready for our season? Tryouts are August 10th and
11th. That is only 3 months away. What are you doing to get ready.
Think about this:
During the summer you will be participating in camps and then your season
starts soon after. If you are planning to get a new pair of shoes, now is a
good time. You want to wear your shoes for a few hours at a time while
you are breaking them in. You are asking for trouble if you wear your
shoes for the first time to an all day camp. Also, remember to only wear
your court shoes on the court. This will help them last longer and perform
better.
One other purchase you should make is ankle braces. A sprained ankle can
be devastating, but it can also be prevented. Ankle braces do not weaken
your ankles, but they do protect you from a complete roll over. I have seen
it time and time again. Play at the net and someone lands on another
player. Most of the time if they are going to be able to play the next day is
determined by their ankle support. Please consider it. This is a website
that may help. www.activeankle.com
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Upcoming Events
Open Gym - Every Monday and Thursday in May, 7pm unil 9pm
Summer Car Wash! We will be holding our Summer Car Wash on
Saturday, June 9th this year. It is always a really fun event and should be
attended by all players who will be trying out this coming season.
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Summer Camp Options

I want to make sure that all of you know the importance of attending
Timberline's Skills Camp this summer. Please do all you can to make
yourself available. We will be limiting the number of players that can
participate, so get your forms in as soon as possible. You will find all the
information about the camps on the Camps/Clinics page of the volleyball
website.
Timberline Summer Camp Dates!
- Junior Wolves Camp 5th-8th Grade - June 25th-27th
- Individual Skills Camp 9th-12th Grade - June 27th-30th
- JV and Varsity Team Camp - July 9th-13th
- JV and Varsity Team Camp at BSU - July 25th-27th
If you want to add to your summer schedule here are some additional
camps you might look into. The most important thing is that you are
playing as much as you can.
BSU Summer Camps:
http://www.broncosports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9900&ATCLID=78
2904
BYU Summer Camp:
http://ce.byu.edu/cw/cwcamps/2007/volleyball2.cfm
UVSC Summer Camps:
http://wolverinegreen.cstv.com/sports/w-volley/utva-w-volley-camps.html
Albertson College Summer Camps:
http://www.albertson.edu/athlete/vball.asp?ID=athletics
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Coach Balukoff's Corner
"Winning is a habit."

Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs.
Watch your beliefs, they become your words.
Watch your words, they become your actions.
Watch your actions, they become your habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
                                ~ Vince Lombardi


Coach Balukoff

				
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