Volleyball Block Positioning 
How To Position Yourself To Block A Ball

A Volleyball Player's Guide To Better Blocker Positioning 

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Good volleyball block positioning is essential for being able to

consistently stop an attacker's ball at the net. 


When you're blocking a volleyball you want to position yourself..

half your arm’s length away from the net.


That’s an easy measurement that you can make quickly when you have

rotated up to the front row and you're waiting for the referee to blow

their whistle which starts the rally. 


Do you know why I say half the length of your arm?


Because half the length of your arm measures out to be the same

distance it takes for you to take one step.





It’s an easy way to measure one of your steps.


And while you are blocking a volleyball at the net, you always

want to know how far you are away from the net you are when you step

away from it.


Volleyball Block Positioning: Stay Squared to The Net


Remember this, it’s very important that your shoulders remain

squared to the net as well.





Since your shoulders get your arms over the net, and to utilize

every inch of your arm length when you are blocking, you want to

make sure your shoulders are facing the net.


You want your hands to stay just above your shoulders, with your palms

facing the net.


It takes time to get your hands up and over the net so your 

blocking ready position for your hands should be at a midway

point so that you don't waste precious time bringing them from a

low position.


In other words when you are blocking a volleyball at the net don’t have

your hands down by your waist.




Volleyball Blocking Strategies


Unless your coach has established a different strategy, you want 

to line up in front of the hitter so that your block will take away her cross

court hit.


You would take one or two side steps, which are also called lateral 

steps that would line you up in front of the hitter and you should 

prepare yourself to block the extension of your spiker's arm.


On the other hand, let’s say your spiker's approach is more of a straight

line, meaning they haven’t swung outside the court as much at an angle 

to take their spike approach.


The Volleyball Block: Closing Down The Line


When this happens there’s a greater chance that the hitter plans to hit 

the ball down the line.


So now you want to make sure that your body is squared up in front of 

them, and that you are prepared to block the extension of their arm.


In the volleyball block drills you do in practice, it’s a good idea to 

dedicate some time not only on your blocking technique but 

also on learning how to read your hitter.


You can make yourself into a better blocker if you can identify early

enough the difference between what it looks like when the opposing 

team's hitter takes a cross court approach  and what it looks like 

when they decide to to hit down the line.


Here's something to do in your practice, when your team breaks up into

two squads that have to compete against each other.


When you can identify what the hitters on your team do when they are 

about to hit cross court and you start blocking their balls pretty 

consistently, it won’t take long to trust your instincts and to start 

reading and blocking the hitters on opposing teams.


Once you learn and improve your volleyball block technique 

and timingthe next part of the blocking skill to master is just knowing 

what to look at, trusting what you see, and making adjustments 

accordingly.


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Blockers In Action


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