Volleyball Blocking Drills

Learn How To Stop A Hitter From Spiking At The Net

Blocking DrillsBlocking Drills

Looking for sources and information for volleyball blocking drills that

may help you improve your blocking?

You've come to the right page!

First let me explain more about this particular skill.


If your team has just served the ball to the opposing

team and you are one of the three players in the front row with your

hands up at the net, then you are one of the front row

blockers on her team.

The volleyball block is the first form of defense performed against 

an opposing team.  So once, your team has served, then 

you who are in the front row should be assuming a blocking 

ready position.

Regardless, of whether you are in the left front, middle front or right

front position at the net, your feet should be parallel to each other and

shoulder width apart, which means your feet are perpendicular to the


Your upper and lower body should be squared up and facing the net,

with her knees slightly bent at about a 30 degree angle so that from

her ready position she can move laterally, left or right, with a side

step or turning to run quickly along the net if she has to.

With arms bent at the elbows, the ready position for your hands

and arms means that your hands should start at the level of your

shoulders, with open palms facing the net as you are watching the

other team pass, set and hit the ball.

You see, if your hands start below the waist, then it will take too long to

bring them up above your head to perform the blocking skill in time

to block the hitter in front of you. 

So your ready position for your hands is a happy midway point so that 

you use only a minimal amount of time and movement to bring your 

hands up to block the ball.

Those are the basics for being in the ready position to block a


Now, that being said, if you are an outside blocker or a middle

blocker then your responsibiities, and even the blocking drills you

practice will vary.

I get questions all the time from players looking for blocking drills

that may help improve their skills.

There are several college volleyball coaches who do a fantastic job 

coaching blocking and explaining the blocking drills and techniques 

that they use.

Below you will find some suggestions. 

Check out the tips and tactics offered from top volleyball coaches as

they offer advice on their blocking drills.

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Blocking Drills Taught By Famous Collegiate Coaches

I want to start with one of the most qualified and most decorated middle

blockers in the 80s, 90s and 2000s, USA Volleyball team captain and

(one of my former teammates) Olympic Bronze medalist Kim


Kim Oden's Complete Guide to Blocking at Championship ProductionsKim Oden's Complete Guide to Blocking at Championship Productions
Joe Lynch's Competitive Blocking Drills at Championship ProductionsJoe Lynch's Competitive Blocking Drills at Championship Productions

The Complete Guide to Blocking: Technique, Tactics & Blocking Drills presented by Kim Oden 

  • Enhance your defense immediately
  • Gain big dividends teaching your team the blocking game!
  • Learn to solve common blocking issues

The Complete Guide to Blocking: Technique, Tactics & Drills - Volleyball -- Championship Productions, Inc.

with Kim Oden, 
St. Francis HS (CA) Head Coach;
2X Olympian, 2X USA Olympic Team Captain,
3X "All-American" (Stanford), Stanford Volleyball's "Player of the Decade" ('80s)

Kim Oden, one of the most feared and dominant blockers in USA and NCAA volleyball

history, shares her blocking drills and expertise in this complete guide to blocking!

  • Beginning with the basics, Oden teaches the specifics for spacing, stance and jumping hand and body position. She covers three types of footwork for blocking, how to most effectively penetrate the net and vision sequencing for anticipating where the hit will come from.
  • Oden details block positioning with blocking drills for attaining an advantageous block position.

For each situation, Oden demonstrates the "problem" before 

demonstrating the "solution," offering a unique look at how to identify 

and solve blocking issues. 

  • She touches on small blocker solutions, how to block back row attacks and blocking strategies to give your team an advantage, which includes five specific strategies.

Give your team a competitive edge with Oden's volleyball blocking drills

and comprehensive guide to blocking. 81 minutes.

Source: Championship Productions

Game Speed Volleyball Blocking Drills
presented by Bond Shymansky

Bond Shymansky enters his second season at the University of Illinois after

spending many years coaching at Marquette.

  • Get detailed strategies for volleyball movement, positioning, and vision sequencing
  • Take angles away from your volleyball opponents
  • Challenge your players with rapid fire volleyball blocking drills

Game Speed Blocking Drills - Volleyball -- Championship Productions, Inc.


Save $64.93 when you buy the series: Game Speed Drills for Volleyball

with Bond Shymansky, 
Marquette University Head Coach; 
former Georgia Tech Head Volleyball Coach; 2004 ACC Coach of the Year

Court movement, net movement, hand positioning and vision sequence are the major points of Coach Bond Shymansky's game speed volleyball blocking drills.

  • He begins with snapshot blocking and focuses on anticipation and positioning.

These situations are covered on the net, off the net and over the net.

Players work on hand positioning, which includes spreading the fingers

out as the player prepares to block.

  • Another technique at the net is drop blocking. The player must be

aggressive and take away angles based on the read made on the hitter.

Shymansky demonstrates the one hand blocking technique. Footwork

includes the 4-step method, which makes movement efficient and quick.

  • Another volleyball blocking technique is to concentrate on getting

square to the net in order to maintain penetration.

  • A zone blocking drill teaches players to block in all nine areas of the net.

The rapid fire blocking drill challenges the player to block five shots from

two different spots on the net. 48 minutes.

Source: Championship Productions

Bond Shymanky's Game Speed Blocking Drills at Championship ProductionsBond Shymanky's Game Speed Blocking Drills at Championship Productions
Dave Shoji's Blocking Techniques at Championship ProductionsDave Shoji's Blocking Techniques at Championship Productions

Dave Shoji's Volleyball Blocking Techniques:
More Touches on the Block

  • Get more touches on the block
  • Learn proven techniques to turn shorter players into effective blockers
  • Improve positioning and footwork for end and middle blockers

Dave Shoji's Blocking Techniques: More Touches on the Block - Volleyball -- Championship Productions, Inc.

with coaching legend Dave Shoji;

  • 2010 AVCA Hall of Fame inductee;
  • 4x National Champion,
  • 9x WAC Coach of the Year; 
  • National Coach of the Year (1982); 
  • named to the list of all-time great coaches by USA Volleyball (2002); 
  • named coach of the NCAA 25th Anniversary team. 
  • Shoji ranks second in NCAA history in career victories (950+) and in career winning percentage (.849).

Dave Shoji's Blocking Techniques: More Touches on the Block - Volleyball -- Championship Productions, Inc.

How would you like your team get more ball touches on the block? 

In this long-awaited DVD featuring Wahine volleyball coaching legend 

Dave Shoji, he talks about the important elements of blocking such as 

body and hand positioning and footwork.

He also demonstrates outside blocking techniques for the end and 

middle blockers and coordinated blocking techniques and details 

techniques for filling the seam, blocking high balls in the middle.

As a bonus, Coach Shoji talks about his philosophy on the volleyball 

blocking techniques for shorter players that can help make them 

effective blockers.

All techniques are explained and demonstrated in live volleyball blocking

drills and settings. 37 minutes.

Source: Championship Productions

Competitive Volleyball Blocking Drills presented by Joe Lynch

  • Develop a tougher blocking mindset
  • Improve blocking footwork
  • Train your blockers more effectively

Volleyball: Blocking

with Joe Lynch,
Iowa State University Assistant Coach,
2008 Elite 8 finish;
former Head Coach Milwaukee Sting,
2005 AVCA Prep Coach of the Year

Bring a mentally tough and technically sound blocking skill set into your program. Joe Lynch's tough-minded defensive philosophy has been the catalyst for vaulting Iowa State Volleyball into the national limelight.

In this instructional volleyball DVD, Lynch shares tactics and volleyball blocking drills that you can use to train your athletes to be solid and disciplined in their blocking techniques.

  • Lynch begins this three-part presentation with Volleyball Blocking Drills for footwork offering a comprehensive sequence of 1-, 2- and 3-step footwork drills from basic to advanced. He also includes footwork for middles closing the block.
  • Part 2 consists of coach-controlled volleyball blocking drills hitting into the blockers hands, teaching blockers to close the seam more effectively. 

These intense competitive volleyball blocking drills include movement and non-

movement drills for outside hitters and middle blockers including solo blocking and

double blocking.

  • In Part 3, Lynch moves into team drills with blockers vs. live hitters that bring game chaos and unpredictability into play.

He demonstrates volleyball blocking drills to defend three types of hits:

  • Quick (middle attack), four (high outside set) and five (high back set).

Implementing Lynch's volleyball blocking drills will help you bring a mentally tough and technically sound blocking skill set into your program. 49 minutes.

Source: Championship Productions

Discover More Blocking Drills at Championship Productions

You can check out a huge array of great volleyball blocking drills

presented by some of the best coaches in the world at the

Championship Productions website. 

Volleyball: Blocking Coaching DVDs at Championship Productions

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