Watching the attacker rather than the ball makes the game of volleyball a lot easier. Adam Johnson, a former U.S. national team indoor player and a 44-time winner on the pro beach tour, stressed this to his 12s team during a recent practice at his club – the Adam Johnson Volleyball Academy in Austin, Texas. Here are three points he made:
1. Watching the hitter allows you to quickly identify whether the attacker is going hit or tip.
2. Watching the hitter helps you get in a better position to play defense.
3. Watching the location of the pass is a good indicator as to whether the other team is likely to give you a free ball or down ball.