Why is it that in the men's game, many teams have the players with their arms up in a particular position (see photo below) when they're serving, but not in the women's game? Is this a team-specific thing? Is there a practical reason for this?
Last Edit: Mar 26, 2019 18:57:12 GMT -5 by Wolfgang
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We do that in practice for our football team. It gets them ready for the inevitable and makes bailing them out easier without the resisting arrest charge added...
EDIT: I think they are doing it for concussion prevention when the jump serving nails them in the back of the head. Not a doctor but I think this is as good as bubble wrap on your dashboard thinking it will be just like an airbag.
If they are up at the net in a blocking position, and their hand is hit by a 60+mph jump serve, fingers will get damaged
Interesting. I would counter by observing that their fingers are overlapped making them easier to break if hit hard. For your theory to be correct shouldn't the fingers be flat on the skull?
If this is a huge issue perhaps that dude in the different color shirt could be dispatched on serves to "block" the errant balls? If he is fast enough to pass a ball accurately that is coming that fast, surely he is quick enough to bat it away or deflect it?
Simply for screening. Men’s serves come at 60-70mph and every millisecond that the receivers can’t see the ball makes it less likely that they can’t pass the serve perfectly. Not so common the women’s side because the serves don’t usually come that fast.