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Going Pro #6 – Mastering Efficiency

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So in a single short week after reading Going Pro #5, you’ve made a listing of your weaknesses and you’re at this point working through them… right? Good to hear!

Once you’ve eliminated your weaknesses you should end up to be a solid sepaktakraw player within whatever your chosen position is. When you want to go pro you can’t end there; at the top level of sepaktakraw ‘solid’ is not going to cut it. Not discrediting the years and months it will take to get to this level, but from here you need to work out how to be a action above; how to be an effective sepaktakraw player.

Effectiveness of the player to us is: the ability of a player (and team) to consistently apply pressure to the opposition and win points.

To give a counter-example, if a tekong is helping balls at 70+ km/hr consistently, but can only serve to the reverse teams feeder and the feeder is easily controlling the serve – then your server is not effective .

An effective player has uniformity and variety in their skills, and is able to read the resistance and react accordingly.

For servers and spikers this is often thought of as adding additional abilities plus skills to your already existing arsenal. Making sure you’re able to direct the basketball off your foot to deliver it in order to specific regions of the court – left and right, shallow and deep. Are you able to tap the ball off the sole of your shoe for a drop chance?

It also means actively playing to your strengths, for me (Daniel) as a spiker, I naturally have a significant high jump, so on the sepaktakraw court I do my best to take full advantage of it and gain as much elevation as I can with my spike. By doing so I am able to spike over many blocks and eliminate one aspect of the opponents defence, making the spike more effective . There is an element of individual style plus strengths that factor into a players effectiveness.

Beyond having variety in your spikes or acts, you need to develop the ability to probe regarding weaknesses in the oppositions defence and have the ability (and courage! ) to use them, even if it means hitting the basketball slower. Taking the example of the tekong serving rockets at the feeder however, not doing any damage; how about trying a change of pace? Just because you have the ability to serve at 70km/h does not mean you have to serve fast balls all the time! Serving a big power serve and then following it up with a sluggish ball to confuse the resistance and keep them guessing may actually be more effective than just serving with pace!

For a feeder, effectiveness is a little bit harder to objectify as the feeder isn’t directly responsible for applying pressure and winning points. What makes a feeder effective may be the relationship the feeder has with the spiker(s) they’re playing with. An experienced plus effective feeder will quickly read the spikers style and ability and then arranged the balls in the position that best maximises the spiker’s effectiveness. By controlling the height plus placement of the set, the feeder is also able to negate defensive strengths of the opposing team – e. g. if the opposing team great at blocking, the feeder has got the option of playing a quick low basketball to the spiker to bypass the block. That is how the feeder will be able to maintain consistency and introduce variety .

Efficiency is one of those awkward traits that is both subjective and objective. Very subjective in that it’s impossible to measure the amount of pressure a player applies to the opposition, and objective in that an effective player will often have a high serve/spike success rate. In the end it comes down to always thinking about what you are doing on court and, via some trial and error, selecting the best skill in your arsenal for the given situation, point after point. It’s not an easy portion of your game to develop, but with match encounter and self reflection after every game, you should soon see a noticable difference in your on court awareness, along with it, you should soon become a more efficient player.

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Written by Alex Newman plus Daniel Ellen-Barwell of Takrawesome

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So in one brief week after reading Going Pro #5, you’ve made a list of your own weaknesses and you’re now functioning through them… right? Good to know!

Once you’ve removed your weaknesses you should find yourself to be a solid sepaktakraw player in whatever your chosen position is. But if you want to go pro you can’t stop there; at the top level of sepaktakraw ‘solid’ is not going to cut it. Not discrediting the years and months it takes to reach this level, but from here you should work out how to be a step over; how to be an effective sepaktakraw player.

Effectiveness of a player to us is: the ability of a player (and team) to consistently apply pressure towards the opposition and win points.

To give a counter-example, if a tekong is serving balls at 70+ km/hr consistently, but can only serve to the opposite teams feeder and the feeder is easily controlling the serve – then the machine is not effective .

An effective player has consistency plus variety in their skills, and is able to read the opposition plus react accordingly.

Just for servers and spikers this can be looked at as adding additional abilities and skills to your already existing arsenal. Making sure you are able to direct the ball off your foot to deliver it to specific regions of the court – right and left, shallow and deep. Can you touch the ball off the sole of your shoe for a drop shot?

It also means playing for your strengths, for me (Daniel) as a spiker, I naturally have quite a high jump, so on the sepaktakraw court I do my best to make the most of it and gain as much height when i can with my spike. By doing this I am able to spike over a lot of blocks and eliminate one aspect from the opponents defence, making my spike more effective . It has an element of individual style and strengths that factor into a players effectiveness.

Beyond having variety in your spikes or serves, you should develop the ability to probe for weaknesses in the oppositions defence and have the ability (and courage! ) to exploit them, even if it means hitting the ball sluggish. Taking the example of the tekong helping rockets at the feeder but not doing any damage; how about trying a change of pace? Just because you have the ability to serve at 70km/h doesn’t indicate you have to serve fast balls all the time! Serving a big power serve and then following it up with a slower basketball to confuse the opposition and keep them guessing may actually be more effective than just serving with pace!

For a feeder, effectiveness is a little bit harder to objectify since the feeder isn’t directly responsible for using pressure and winning points. Why is a feeder effective is the partnership the feeder has with the spiker(s) they’re playing with. An experienced and effective feeder will quickly read the spikers design and ability and then set the balls in the position that best maximises the spiker’s effectiveness. By controlling the height and keeping of the set, the feeder is also able to negate defensive strengths from the opposing team – e. gary the gadget guy. if the opposing team is good with blocking, the feeder has the option of playing a quick low ball towards the spiker to bypass the prevent. That is how the feeder is able to preserve consistency and introduce variety .

Effectiveness is one of those awkward traits that is each subjective and objective. Subjective in this it’s impossible to measure the amount of pressure a player applies to the resistance, and objective in that an effective player will often have a high serve/spike success rate. In the end it comes down to always thinking about what you are doing on court and, through a few trial and error, selecting the best skill in your system for the given situation, point right after point. It’s not an easy part of your game to develop, but with match experience plus self reflection after each video game, you should soon see an improvement in your on court awareness, and with it, you should soon become a more effective player.

Because of Ratchaburi Takraw Club for use of the banner ad image

Written by Alex Newman and Daniel Ellen-Barwell of Takrawesome

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