These blocker volleyball tips are for the traditional blocking jumping technique, not the swing block.
You dramatically improve how to block a volleyball when you jump
straight up to block, penetrate your arms and shoulders over the net,
while looking at the hitter as they hit and then land in the same spot you
took off from.
Some blockers jump "up" in one spot and come "down" in another one
that's quite far from where they took off.
By controlling your body while you jump up to block your hitter you
increase the chances of landing in the same spot from where you
launched yourself in the air.
Why is this one of our more important blocker volleyball tips?
For several reasons...
First, because you have three defensive players behind you who
back court based on where their front court blockers position
themselves to block a ball.
If your block jump is uncontrolled or if you are undisciplined in your
block and you end up jumping all over the place YOUR teammates on
defense aren't going to know where to set themselves up in the back
court in team defense.
You can help your sisters out, if you come down in the same place that
you jumped up from, every time you block a ball.
The second reason this is an important blocker volleyball tip is because
the middle blocker is relying on the outside blockers to help set up a
solidly "closed" blocking wall.
As you well know, walls don't move around. They stay right where they
Get to your position and don't jump out again or move side to side. This
If you 'fly' or jump to the outside you aren't maximizing your block
The other team's hitter will look like a celebrity spiker hitting
between that hole you created between you and your middle blocker.
A lot of players and high school coaches have difficulty deciding where
the hands need to be while moving along the net to block a ball.
I've seen volleyball coaches teach players to keep their arms fully
extended above their heads while moving along the net.
This is really too bad because keeping your arms extended above your
head while trying to run laterally actually slows a blocker down and
More often than not, I've seen volleyball players of all ages drop their
hands and arms way below the level of the net before block jumping in
This technique prevents you from maximizing your blocking
skills because it...
a) usually slows down your block jump timing because it takes time
to go down before coming back up
b) increases your risk of touching the net when your arms are swinging
up in front of you and
c) actually puts more distance between you and the net
because of the extra space needed to swing your arms up in front of
you, so you are actually trying to block the ball from farther away
from the net which wastes a lot of your vertical jump.
So, what's the solution?
"Tiger Hands", "Bear Hands" whatever you want to call it but a front row
blocker should keep their "bear paws" also called their blocking
hands at shoulder height.
facing the net, your fingers should be widespread, and you want to
keep your wrists straight and rigid not bent or limp.
move left or right you need to hold your hands at the bear paw
position just above your shoulders until you are ready to actually block
You are literally trying to get your armpits over the net! Imagine that!
The lower body positioning you should maintain as you are in your
blocking ready position at the net is pretty much the same position you
maintain when you do squats during your weight lifting workout in a gym
with a bar on your shoulders.
In the weight room your body is already used to doing this movement
over and over again.
Legs aren't locked straight, but knees are at a very slight bent ready to
run, jump or turn in either direction..quickly!
We call this a "loaded" position. An athletic position that allows you to be
ready quickly, to spring into action.
If you can maintain this slightly bent knee squatted ready position in the
Trust your body memory and the many reps you do during practices
and while lifting weights to help you maintain your balance and your
best blocking technique.
Middle blockers have to block quick sets which are so fast that they
only have time to just get there hands over the net to stop the ball.
But outside blockers who block 4's and 5's, balls that are set high to the
outside or shot out at a quicker pace to the outside have time to use
the full extension of their arms to block the ball.
If you were born with arms that are 45" inches long then you should be
reaching some 45 plus 1 or 2 inches as far over the net as you can get
to perform your maximum block jump with your longest arm reaching
So don't put your arms up there and then pull them away before you've
completed your block jump.
If you do that, you are defeating the purpose for blocking and you will
confuse the defensive players that are in the back court behind you.
Hold your arms at their full extension throughout the duration of your
block jump, then when you land, land back down into a starting "Tiger
Hands " position in case you have to block jump again.