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Hello,

my name is domenec and I am 16 years old male. I am 6ft tall and I would like to play professional volleyball but my approach touch is only 10ft 8inches and my block jump is at 10ft. I am really concerned because I know it is not enough please what can i do???? Am I a lost case??

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Well Domenec - This is a question that I have answered below with the same situation as you. I have changed a few things to make it specific to you. Your block height is right there but your approach touch should be  at least 11' or more. You have little to worry about as long as you are a great hitter. You might have trouble with blocking close to 10' 10" which this is the average block for an outside hitter who is 6' or taller. Being an outside hitter also means you have to block on the weak side in which the average hitter has more trouble hitting. Plus you will get help from the middle blocker leaving you to block mostly in a straight up position leaving the hitter to hit down the line.

I would be somewhat more worried if you were switched to hit on the right outside hitter because then you will be blocking very high sets. Look at Youtube videos on tall hitters and you will see that they don't hit straight down and over the blockers but they use the blockers to their advantage. Because you are a little more shorter than normal outside hitters hitting on the left side, you might have to rely on other special skills besides being super consistent in making a kill every you spike the ball.
Since you are barely 16 years old, you do have a little more to grow. Also you have a lot of time before you go to college and spread your wings more. I have added at the very end some crucial information you will be interested when looking to play volleyball in college.

Here are some suggestions you might want to look at and think about that may help you improve your game.

1. Learn how to use your opponent's block.
2. The possible options on what can you do when there is a bad set.
3. How to think smart when playing as an outside hitter.
4. How to read blockers before your team serves to id two hitters as opposed to three hitters  
 and letting your Libero know this information.
5. If you have two hitters in the front row then learn how to read the setter as a "hot"
 player.
6. Reading "X" plays plus "X" plays switching into slides. Communicate with your blockers when  
 your opponent's hitters are switching.
7. Improving your block approach techniques by marking a wall at 8' and reaching a block height
 of 9'5" or higher. You might have to jump straight up and leave less penetration into your  
 opponent's court and possible look more into a soft block.
8. Improving your blocking chances by looking at the ball as you are blocking it. This will
 help you id dinks, a punch, or back yard drop.
9. Identifying which hitters like their sets higher, closer to the net, away from the net, are
 they looking at the ball while they are spiking the ball or are they looking at the player
 while they are spiking the ball and placing the spike, and do they hit the ball at it's
 highest point.
10. Studying your opponent's hitters before the game.
11. You yourself are you hitting the ball at it's highest point.
12. Consistency in technique is very important so keep improving it.
13. Practicing hitting the ball from anywhere behind the 10' line.
14. "A coach who learns by himself will make him a great coach but a coach who learns from
  everybody will make him an excellent coach" coach Tovar. This is also true for players. If
  you see a great outside player in your own team then try to learn something from them.

If you are thinking of one day going to any DI,DII, or DIII Volleyball College then I would start recording your best offense and defensive skills. Plus keep records of you winning anything, being a starter etc. This will help you get into a Men’s Volleyball Scholarship School even with your height if you don't grow anymore.

Here is some information about these schools.

Men’s Volleyball Scholarship Recruiting Guidelines
Division I

2+ Years of Varsity Starting Experience
Heavy National Club Experience
National Tourney Attendance, National Qualifiers
All-State/Region/Area/Conference/District/Country/League Awards before Senior Year
High Performance Experience
USA Jr. National Team Experience
Average Stats and Characteristics
Libero/Defensive Specialist
5’8″-6’2″; 24″+ Vertical
Middle Hitter
6’5″-7’0″; Approach Touch 11’6″+
Outside Hitter/Right Side
6’4″-6’10″; Approach Touch 11’0″+
Setter
6’1″-6’5″; Approach Touch 10’8″+

Division II

2 Year Varsity Starter
Heavy National Club Experience
All-State/Region/Area/Conference/District/Country/League Awards
Average Stats and Characteristics
Libero/DS
5’8″-6’2″; 24″+ Vertical
Middle Hitter
6’5″-7’0″; Approach Touch 11’0″+
Outside Hitter/Right Side
6’3″-6’6″; Approach Touch 10’10″+
Setter
6’1″-6’5″; Approach Touch 10’6″+

Division III

Started Varsity
Heavy Club Participation
Average Stats and Characteristics
Libero/DS
5’8″-6’2″; 24″+ Vertical
Middle Hitter
6’3″-6’7″; Approach Touch 11’0″+
Outside Hitter/Right Side
6’0″-6’4″; Approach Touch 10’10″+
Setter
6’0″-6’5″; Approach Touch 10’6″+

Men’s Volleyball Numbers
Total Number of Varsity Programs
Division I 23
Division II 13
Division III 53
NAIA 0
Total Number of Scholarships per Program
Division I 4.5
Division II 4.5
Division III 0
NAIA 0
Total Number of Male Varsity Volleyball Athletes
Division I 441
Division II 204
Division III 674

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I can answer question that deal - creating your own volleyball plays - creating your own volleyball offensive systems - creating new set types - I can teach them the lastest play techniques new to the world - I am an expert in serving types (37) Setting Skills, Blocking Skills, and Serving Skills Here's what I can teach them: How to Create volleyball plays for all level teams How to create plays for high schools, club teams, college teams, pro teams, and Olympic teams How to create basic volleyball plays, advanced volleyball plays, and pro volleyball plays. Basic Systems will allow you to create up to 125 plays or more per system. Advanced Systems will allow you to create up to 475 plays or more per system. PRO Systems will allow you to create up to 750 plays or more per system. How to create back row volleyball plays. How to create play for the 7th and 8th person. How to create back row hitting plays How to create back row placing plays. How to create back row decoy plays. How to dissect volleyball plays. How to create volleyball offensive systems. How to make UFO volleyball plays. How to create plays using 5 , 9 and rainbow plays. How to create Offenses for middle attacks, regular attacks, and outside attacks. How to create unlimited plays. How to create unlimited volleyball offenses.

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1985 - 1988 Volleyball Club 1989 - 1992 Brownsville/Harlingen City Team 1990 - 1991 Mexican Team setter - Undefeated Season 1991 - 1992 UTB Men's Volleyball Club Defensive Specialist 1992 - 1993 UTB Men's Volleyball Club Outside Hitter 1993 - 1994 UTB B-Team Coach and Team Captain 1995 - 1997 City League Team Brownsville/Harlingen 1996 - 1997 Mexican Team Captain/Trainer 1997 - 1998 Mexican Team Offensive Defensive Coordinator/Coach 1997 - 1998 Assistant Coach Mexican Women's A - Team, 2nd Place 1997 - 1998 Offensive Coordinator Mexican Team Seminars 1997 - 1998 Team Captain 1st Place AREA CHAMPS 1997 - 1998 Team Captain 2nd Place Mexican A - Team 1997 - 1998 Team Captain - 1st place International Tournament 1997 - 1998 Team Captain -1st place Mexican Tournament Champions 1999 - 2000 7th Grade Volleyball Coach 7 - 0 Undefeated season Overall Record 7th and 8th 33-8 1997 - 1998 Produced one of the most explosive offensive system in the world! The Bomb Volleyball Offensive System book by Juan A. Tovar with over 500 pure plays.

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Brownsville Club Team, Harlingen Club Team, Sea Horse International Club Team, National UTB Club Team

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I Have a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology All Level from The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College 1998, as well as an ALL Level Special Education

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1990 - 1991 Mexican Team setter - Undefeated Season 1997 - 1998 Assistant Coach Mexican Women's A - Team, 2nd Place 1997 - 1998 Offensive Coordinator Mexican Team Seminars 1997 - 1998 Team Captain 1st Place AREA CHAMPS 1997 - 1998 Team Captain - 1st place International Tournament 1997 - 1998 Team Captain -1st place Mexican Tournament Champions

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I have taught volleyball to students from 6 yrs to 55 yrs. for 8 years, taught serving types since 1985 to 1990. I have also trained many teams both in the USA amd in Mexico. I have trained some police departments as well as the fire departments in my home town.

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