thank you here when we're having strategizing on the core we want to understand the concepts of blocker and workhorses roles that's going to answer so many questions for us it's going to tell us what ball is mine to take it's going to tell me where I need to be on the court it's.

Also going to tell me where to hit back to my opponents so that I'm putting myself and my partner our team in the best position to defend 100 percent of the court so one of you on the team will be the blocker and one of you are going to be the Workhorse and it's going to change it'll be determined by where the ball is on the opponent's side of the.

Court so for example hold the ball up here if this opponent has the ball the person directly across from that is the blocker and what do we mean by blocker blocker means that you are going to have the smallest area of responsibility you're going to have what we call the little V you're going to have basically 45 degrees straight in front of you that.

You are responsible for so anything that comes inside your V that's what you're going to be hitting you are also the aggressor you're not going to see a lot out of balls but you're the aggressor you're the disrupter you're there to go in and make changes you're there to poach and take balls away maybe when it's opportunistic from your partner now.

Directly across from the ball Cross Court is going to be the Workhorse now the Workhorse has the bigger area of responsibility they have the big V it's almost 180 degrees you're covering pretty much everything on the court you're covering everything inside your V you're covering any lobs that happen to come from your opponents behind you or.

Your partner with that you're more of a defensive mindset you're getting the ball back you're getting the ball over you're trying to set your partner up for a poach okay now with that the Workhorse is going to play slightly behind the blocker the blocker is going to be a little bit ahead of the Workhorse okay so this is the way we're going to be set.

Up with this and then if the ball changes for example the ball comes over here and now this person has the ball go ahead and take it now what happens she moves back she's now the Workhorse she's now responsible for the big V she's responsible for any lobs that go behind and we have the blocker here now the blocker has the.

Smaller directly in front of the ball here aggressor moving around looking to poach all right so back and forth back and forth here we're isolating that opponent on the other side we know who's the Blocker we know who's the Workhorse we go right back to that person we're not changing direction now she takes the.

Ball and goes really wide you'll see what happened there is that when he was pulled wide it's not a good shot to go back over here right he's going to be very wide it's going to be a very hard shot to make there's going to be a big gap ideally unless she moves over between him and his partner so what we do there.

Is we reset we take the ball that came out wide and we go right in front of ourselves we want to make ourselves the blocker if we go back over here we're keeping this person the blocker and they're kind of unprepared by resetting we're right in front of ourselves we're ready to be the blocker this person's now ready to take any lobs that may come.

That way and notice also when he did that the ball bounced right it wasn't a ball that could be volley it bounced so that we had time to get back in position he had time to now make himself the blocker think about what he has to cover small V and then she's thinking ah now that he did that I'm now the Workhorse I'm angled this way I've got my big V of.

Responsibility and if there's a lob that comes from over there I'm going to be the one to take that now had that been different had he hit a ball that she could volley then that's taking time away we don't have time to shift and what happens when he went over here wide over here wide what do we have here in the middle.

We had this big gap right here this big open area that she can now exploit but because he let the ball bounce she's able to move over as the Workhorse and has time now to be in place and that middle is no longer there she's got her forehand ready and we're good to go with that okay so again what you're going to want.

To do is make sure that we're playing two against one when we're up at the kitchen we're going to want to isolate a player and if we need to reset if we need to change roles so that it's not a surprise give your partner time set your partner up for Success so that you guys can continue to through the blocker and.

Workhorse roles defend 100 of your court
Understanding the role of the blocker and workhorse is key to developing your strategy while competing. These roles change as the ball moves during play. Dinking when in the blocker or the workhorse role will help create opportunity to win the volley and score the point.