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UNDER WATCHFUL EYES: A. Ramana Rao (extreme right) teaching the art of smashing at a summer coaching camp in Vijayawada.
UNDER WATCHFUL EYES: A. Ramana Rao (extreme right) teaching the art of smashing at a summer coaching camp in Vijayawada.

Staff Reporter

Dronacharya awardee Ramana Rao imparts training at KDVA camp

25 spikers provided accommodation in stadiumKDVA pools up Rs. 1.10 lakhs to meet mess expensesPlayers above 6ft 4 inches are being nurtured

VIJAYAWADA: The 50-odd spikers training at the camp organised by the Krishna District Volleyball Association (KDVA) should consider themselves lucky for they are learning the art of volleyball from none other than former senior India coach A. Ramana Rao, who was conferred Dronacharya and Arjuna awards for his contribution to the game. Mr. Rao, keen to spot rookie talent from the district, kept all his Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) assignments aside to don the role of a full-time coach for one month. "Never in the history of KDVA, an experienced and internationally reputed coach of Mr. Ramana Rao's stature took up the coaching assignment for one month. The boys are visually buoyed to learn the game under his trained eyes," says KDVA secretary Koteswara Rao.

Focus on height

Enthusiastic youngsters from Chodavaram, Pedamuthaivi, Kaikaluru, Rayanapadu, Mylavaram, Kondapalli and Pedaparupudi villages are honing the rudiments of the game. "Spikers from the age of nine to 20 are attending the camp. The emphasis is on players who are above six feet height," says Mr. Rao.

With the game being dominated by tall players all over the world, Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) is keen to nurture players who are above 6ft 4 inches. "The rally points introduced by Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) has turned the game racy. Power, speed and height are the quintessential qualities required in a spiker. When compared to India, other countries are fielding their teams with players with a minimum height of 6 feet 8 inches," says coach Ramana Rao.

Expert tips

Yelling and urging the players to give their best shot, Mr. Rao is imparting various manoeuvres such as jump, spin and floating serves along with first pass receiving, side and forward rolls. "The hallmark of a productive spiker is creating the right angle to spike the ball into the rival court. An astute spiker creates the right angle during the course of execution of a power-packed smash. In the camp, we are teaching the players the correct position of the various techniques and we are making them repeat them until they achieve perfection, says Mr. Koteswara Rao. The volleyball administrators are confident that a talented junior team could be unearthed after the completion of the camp.

Facilities

The association is also providing free boarding and lodging to 25 outstation players to able them to learn the game without any distraction. "The accommodation is provided at KDVA office, PETs Association office and in two rooms provided by the sports authority. We have pooled up Rs. 1.10 lakhs from the members of KDVA and also from the well-wishers of the game to meet the mess expenses," said Mr. Rao.


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