There is a common yet underrated skill that is involved in pretty much every sport you can think of -- basketball, soccer, baseball, beach volleyball, indoor volleyball, football, hockey, you get the point.
Think about it: Basketball players feint one way, only to go the next -- it's the most basic move, the crossover. Soccer players live off a shifty juke. Baseball players stealing use jukes to fake out the pitcher. Barry Sanders was the King of the Juke during his heydey with the Lions (do yourself a favor and go watch one of his highlight videos).
Beach volleyball is no different in the sense that juking is valuable -- and it's also valuable because we don't want to overuse it. It's a crucial defensive play to have the hitter thinking you're in one spot before you disappear and reappear exactly where he or she just shot to. But if you overuse it, you'll just tire yourself out watching them shoot all around you for easy points.
But there is incredible value in it, especially when you and your partner begin to get a good read on the opposing team. If they like their high line shot, running a four block -- the defender jukes as if he's going to the angle, then crosses over to the line -- is the perfect call. If they like the cut shot, running a three -- the defender jukes as if he's digging in the line, then crosses over to pick up the cut -- is the ideal defensive strategy.
But remember: Use jukes sparingly. The concept of diminishing returns is certainly at play here. So pick your spots well, and juke out the opposing team.
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DRILL NAME: Double Juke
SKILL FOCUS: Defensive Tactics
MINIMUM PLAYERS REQUIRED: 3
BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Yes
STYLE: Repetition Based
DRILL EXPLANATION: Player 1 is on the North side of the net acting as the hitter/feeder. Players 2 and 3 will be on the opposite side of the net. Player 2 will be at the net acting as a blocker, and Player 3 will be in the court working on digging. The point of this drill is to make a fake move to the line/cross during the attacker's vision sequence of his approach. This normally takes place just before the attacker puts their last two steps of their approach. Make sure after you make your fake move you get reset in the cross before making your move. You want the attacker to think that you faked going to the line in order to trick them into hitting cross, but really you want them to still hit line.
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The most common errors seen while attempting a double juke is the timing. It’s important to remember that you need to make this happen during the time an attacker is looking at the defender. If attackers do not look at the defender then this move is not necessary.
Also, make sure that after you do this move you concentrate on getting stopped and balanced before the attack in order to make another good move to pick up the ball.
Today we're working on a little bit of juke timing or trying to get inside the hitter's head, right? So we expect, we see a shooter, somebody who's been going high line and shooting us over cross or over cut all day, and we're going to try to give them a fake and make them believe some sort of defender's job is in the middle of my look. They're going to take a jab step and then reset. What that's going to do is it's going to make the hitters that they faked line poorly. After that, then they're going to sprint to the line and dig the high line.
So I fake to the line and come back and that makes the hitter think, Oh my God, what a terrible fake. Now that line is definitely open. So if you do it early enough, you can bait them into hitting the shot that they think is okay. So this is secondary after learning good juke and timing, but we're trying to fake line reset in the middle of the hitters look, and then we can sprint to the line because they think it's going to be an easy shot. Zip. The girls can do it.
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