photo by Luomen
The block in volleyball 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.
The 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 and if 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 getting the ball past the triple block put up by the digger's front row players.
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.
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 against them.
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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