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We use the 4-on-4 drill nearly every day in practice, because it's a good workout and helps the back row people play smarter.
We use a "diamond" configuration, with one designated setter in CF, one back row player, and two outside hitters.
When the opponent is hitting on the outside, the opposite outside player rotates back to the ten-foot line, just as they do in a 6-person game. We double block as much as possible.
The back row person must read the opposing hitters, so they can be ready to make a move quickly to get to the ball.
If you really want to help your team develop kamakaze defense, put the emphasis on hitting the floor and diving for every ball that's hit, since a single back row player has a tendency to sometimes be a little lazy, thinking, "that wouldn't have been my ball in a 6-person game."
It's a great drill, allowing you to work on every phase of the game.
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|Sheri Ann Richerson|