Good volleyball block positioning is essential for being able to
consistently stop an attacker's ball at 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
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.
want to know how far you are away from the net you are when you step
away from it.
Remember this, it’s very important that your shoulders remain
squared to the net as well.
make sure your shoulders are facing the net.
You want your hands to stay just above your shoulders, with your palms
facing the net.
In other words when you are blocking a volleyball at the net don’t have
your hands down by your waist.
to line up in front of the hitter so that your block will take away her cross
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.
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.
what to look at, trusting what you see, and making adjustments
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