The middle blocker in volleyball....what rules or strategies do you need
to remember to be effective in stopping the opponent's attack at the
should remember is to commit to only taking one area of the court away
when you are blocking an opponent.
to attack the ball.
Its important to keep your eyes on the hitter, her arm, which will give you
early indications as to whether she will hit the ball and in which
direction she plans to do it, either down the
line or cross court.
As a blocker in the front row, your job is to be efficient and disciplined
enough to only take ONE of these directions away.
In the above picture of the Arkansas blocker volleyball, it looks like
Notice that had the hitter decided to hit the ball cross court,
the red team's libero who can be seen wearing the white jersey was
clearly ready to do her job which was to dig any of that
When a team makes a decision like this it usually isn't a random choice
that just happens.
It's a part of a team's defensive plan, which includes the volleyball
blocking strategies they choose to follow.
Blocking strategies are usually chosen by the head coach
and are practiced in volleyball blocking and team defensive drills the
week leading up to a match.
The team studies a scouting report together usually in meetings
while the players watch video of the opposing team's offense and
They watch video and take notes and develop an understanding with
guidance from their coach about what the opposing team does in
certain circumstances, what their tendencies are, what their weak points
are and what their blocking strategies are.
The scouting report will usually answer some of these types of questions.
This is just a sample of some of the questions that need to be
answered so that a coach can establish which team blocking and
defensive strategies the team will implement in their next match.
Based on the scouting report the coach may assign you the middle
blocker to a particular hitter or will tell you when to block or not block
another opposing hitter.
The coach may tell your teammate to help you block a particular
opposing hitter when she's in the back row because she gets set in the
back row a lot.
Whether you are on a team with a coach who decides the
defensive strategies or you are on a team where the players make the
choice, as a middle blocker in volleyball, its important for a decision
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