Coleman proposed a 5 point rating system for blocking, I can't recall off the top of my head but it was something like: 5 - stuff block 4 - attempt resulting in a transition kill 3 - attempt resulting in a transition attack 2 - attempt resulting in a free ball 1 - tooled, opponent kill, net violation
Agree that the credit for blocks is bogus in the NCAA! Nice read though and inspires good debate!
If it is a double block...are both blockers evaluated the same? For example an OPP could get a stuff and the middle was there but did not necessarily put up a strong block, just got lucky that the ball was hit at the OPP...
I doubt there could ever be anyone outside of the coaching staff that could accurately rate a blockers performance.
That feels like a bit of a stretch.
I think he is saying that in order to appropriately judge a block, the judge would need to know the correct defensive positions...could be a great block to take away a zone but gets a kill bc a defender is out of position...
That's not to say that an outsider couldn't know that information
could be a great block to take away a zone but gets a kill bc a defender is out of position...
I'd say any time the hitter gets a kill (and the hitter isn't tipping or shooting) it can't be a GREAT block. Maybe not a bad block, but if the attacker hits hard past my block, that's never a great result, at any kind of higher level.
It's like scoring football blocking. Sure there are plays where a guy gets lifted out of his shoes, but mostly there are designed plays, designed responses to plays, and generally trying to mess with the other team.
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I think you could easily implement a stat system incorporating whether a middle is able to close or not. We often judge the good setters by whether or not they can get a one-on-one for their hitter. A good middle will be able to take away some space from the hitter.
Would be next level, but would be cool to see what certain hitters hit against specific blockers in an in-system set versus and out of system set. In baseball, you have pitchers’ stats against lefties, and you have specific hitters’ stats against each pitcher lifetime. Wouldn’t it be a interesting take to find the anomalies like Rettke leads the B1G in hitting percentage, but hits 200 points lower against Bastianali?
Many attacks never touch the block. At some levels, over half of attacks will touch the block, but at lower levels (such as high school), more than 3/4 of the attacks will go clean past the block. It’s difficult to evaluate the effectiveness of a block when the blocker doesn’t touch the ball.
How do we handle these touches?
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