My volleyball blocking advice starts with the ready position at the net.
When learning how to block a ball correctly, you want to be in a "ready
position" at the net before the rally starts.
The "ready position" to adopt when blocking a ball means that a
your feet are shoulder width apart and parallel to each other and
both feet are perpendicular to the net.
For the lower body positioning, your hips and whole body are squared
up and facing the net.
Knees are in a slight squat in a ready loaded position which allows
you to either
a) side step,
b) cross over step or
c) shuffle step along the net
either to the right or left or to jump up quickly if they need to stop a quick
You, the blocker, should be about half your arm's length away from the
This position safely permits you to jump up to penetrate your
up which you would be whistled for.
The starting position for your arms are with elbows bent at 90 degrees
and with hands, widespread fingers and open palms facing the net just
at your shoulder level.
photo by Luomen
Your hands need to stay at the level of your shoulders or a little bit
When the block is performed, your hands and arms are in a
ready position to just go up and block the ball, sealing the net, using
minimal additional time and movement to get over the net.
Some coaches advise their middle
blockers is to have their hands even
Say, just above their head when they're in their "ready position" because
this places their hands closer to the position they need, to be able to
penetrate the plane of the net faster, in order to stop a quick attack.
Before the start of a rally, in defense at the net, your
As a front row player on defense, you should never turn around to
watch your server serve the ball.
If you do this it means you are turning your back on the opposing team
and not paying attention to who can be running an attack.
This means you are not identifying who could be getting the next ball
In the photo above, you can tell that the front row blockers are paying
attention to the other team's hitters in serve receive and that they are
They are also holding up their fingers to indicate how many front row
hitters are in the opposing team's front row.
By doing this, they are making sure that their backrow players know
how many hitters could be hitting the ball and where they are located in
This is a great example of how the front row defensive players work
together with their back row defensive players.
For more volleyball blocking advice and blocking terms like:
-closing the block
-penetration over the net
-seal the net
be sure to check out the glossary of volleyball terms for blocking.
Here's a list blocking terms found on other pages:
About Breakfast Club 60
Elite training for very advanced hard working players who INTEND to play volleyball in college.
Exclusive opportunity to train with teammates/friends with similar high goals and are ready to push YOU and themselves to improve.
Not for the curious, weak hearted or distracted player, we do more in 60 minutes than most clubs and teams do in three hours.
If you’ve never attended a Breakfast Club class contact Coach April BEFORE registering.
About Brunch Club 60
Perfect for regular Boot Camp class players and players who've ALREADY played on a City of Las Vegas/NYS Elite local league team and who're interested in more advanced training and/or trying out for the Volleycats Elite 14s/15s/ local team competing in June/July/August.
Ten (10) - intensive 60-minute sessions of semi-private (small groups of six) volleyball practices
Sessions are a specially designed mix of skills conducted by Coach April within the one hour session