How to block a volleyball efficiently.
To get the most out of the blocking technique its important for you to
"square" to the net or as some players and coaches say "stay
squared up to the net" when performing this defensive skill.
If you're a player who's learning how to block for the first
time, this means that as you perform the blocking process you want to
keep your shoulders, under arms, chest, abs and hips as parallel to the
net as possible.
If you are an advanced blocker then staying parallel to the net
wouldn't be necessary all the time especially if you have to travel
But if you are learning how to block a volleyball then its important for
you to remember to keep your shoulders and upper body facing your
opposing hitter at all times.
It means that as you perform the block jump you need
to keep your shoulders, underarms, chest, abs and hips parallel to the
Notice, in the photo of the Creighton volleyball players blocking,
They do this so that every possible inch of every piece of body part
It's also necessary to keep as little space as possible between you and
the net whether you are on the ground trying to position yourself in
front of your hitter's arm or whether you are in the middle of jumping to
block for the ball.
Not only does this require discipline and body control both on your way
up, in the air, and on your way down but it also requires balance.
These are several of the requirements needed for a player to be good at
staying squared to the net.
Be sure to improve your defensive net skills by including the following
When you are learning how to block a volleyball, get in the habit
of watching the opposing hitter on the other side of the net who's coming
towards you in an attempt to hit the ball into your court.
This is easier said than done because many blockers have a bad
You want to keep your eyes open while you block. This is a good habit
you want to develop in blocking practice drills.
Let me say that again, keep your eyes open!
You keep your eyes open so that you can watch the hitter to
pick up any clues or indications as to how she is going to try to spike
the ball into your court.
So what is it you should be looking for?
First check out her upper body to see if you can tell what her shoulders
Is she making her spike approach with her shoulders at an angle?
This is called a cross court spike.
Or are her shoulders coming at you straight on with the intention of
hitting the ball somewhere along the net between your outside blocking
hand the antenna?
If so then she intends to hit the ball down the line.
intends to spike the ball, the sooner you can position yourself in front
of them, specifically their hitting arm so that you can stop them,
hopefully by blocking their spike attempt which keeps them from hitting
the ball into your court.
Here's another clue to look for when the opposing team's spiker located
across the net in front of you is coming towards you during a
her spike approach...
During your pregame warmup if you have a chance to watch the other
team's hitters while they are doing hitting lines, you should watch them
and try to identify the starting hitters and look to see what their hitting
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If you can tell how a hitter hits the ball, then it gives you the clues you
need in order to know how to block a volleyball against their particular
You learn clues on how to position yourself, and how to time your block
so that you are blocking them as they are contacting the ball to hit it.
When you get consistent in being able to identify a hitter's spiking
tendencies then ultimately you should even be able to see if and
So remember! You want to keep your eyes open when you're
learning how to block a volleyball.
I mean that literally.
When I say you need to watch your hitter that means you need to keep
your eyes open.
I can show you hundreds of pictures of players blocking that
even after they have learned how to block a volleyball they will
have their eyes closed right at the height of their jump.
hitter's arm swing tendencies are, which direction their spike
approach takes them and then you need to go get the ball.
I say it this way to emphasize how much you really need to reach over
and press your arms and shoulders over the net to grab or block the
volleyball before it crosses over the net into your court.