photo by Luomen
The Block in Volleyball.
The block is the first line of your team's defense when your squad
has earned the right to serve the ball.
When your team is serving, your players are on defense, three in the front
court as blockers and three in the back court who's job it is to keep the
ball off the floor when it comes past the block.
Just so I'm clear, there are two ways to try and keep the other team from
scoring a point when your team is serving the ball.
The second way this happens is if the opposing team has successfully
hit the ball past your block and into your court.
This example is illustrated perfectly in the picture of the volleyball player
below who's digging a ball after the opposing hitter was successful in
Basically if the front row players can't do their job successfully by
putting up a good block in volleyball then its the back row's
player responsibility to keep the ball off the floor.
Learning how and where to time your jump when you block in
volleyball is important because when the blockers are consistent with
their movements and placement in the front row, then the players in
defense behind them know exactly where they need to place
themselves in the back court.
In order to effectively do this, the front row blockers have to know
where to be when they have a hitter who hits in a particular direction,
let's say cross court.
They have to be disciplined enough to set up in the correct spot
consistently so that their back row players know what they are doing
and know where to set up behind them for each and every play and for
each and every possible scenario that the offensive team might try
That's why it's crucial for the block in volleyball to be done with
good technique against different hitters who spike different kinds of sets,
at different speeds, at different locations along the net.
This is what helps many top defensive teams win points.
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