There are a slew of volleyball hitting strategies pro and top
players use in order to vary their attack options when spiking a ball.
Study these tips and strategies so you too increase your chances of getting
the ball past the block, and score points against your opponents.
If you're a player, let's say a middle hitter, who gets a trap set while
attempting to hit a ball from the middle of the net, one of the most
effective spiking strategies for you to use is to soft tip the ball
into the block on purpose.
Sounds crazy, right? I know. But don't knock it until you've tried it.
the wrists and upper forearms of the opposing blocker in front of you so
that the ball bounces off their arms high and back into your court
allowing your teammates who are covering you have a chance to
replay the ball.
This sounds difficult and it does take practice but it is possible to save
a broken play by having the courage to actually hit the volleyball
Professional beach volleyball players will use this tactic to give
themselves additional offensive opportunities and allows them to
repeatedly attempt an array of volleyball attacks in order to score points
for their team.
If you are an outside hitter that gets set a ball too close to the
net, then you can use the tip to score a point or a sideout by aiming for
the outside or external arm of the blocker and then wipe the ball off the
This is one of the hardest volleyball hitting strategies for the opposing
team's defense to pick up.
Another way to score points with your spiking ability is to be the last
player to touch the ball if you and another player contact the ball at
the same time over the top of the net. This spiking action is called a
In 99% of the cases if two volleyball players go up to attack a volleyball
that's located exactly halfway over the net and if they both end up
contacting the ball at the same time over the net, then its the second
volleyball player who touches the ball last who has the advantage.
You want to wait as long as you can before you put your hands on the
ball to push it over into the opposing court.
It takes practice but its worth saving a tip gone bad.
Like pro volleyball players do, you too can decide whether to use a
short or deep hard hits in the opposing team's court to attempt
to score points for your team.
The same options exist when you decide to use a soft hit also
known as tipping the ball.
Spikers should remember that they have the option to tip the ball deep
in the court if they want to score some smart points.
Many times during a fast paced game, hitters will get into a
tipping rhythm and will repeatedly tip right behind the big block they are
But between points while the ball is dead and before performing any
hits in a game, you can ask your teammates between plays
to tell you what space is wide open in the opposing team's defense.
Learn more about how to communicate on the volleyball court.
Especially if the opposing team is playing man up defense which
means they put one of their defensive players behind the block, so if
anyone were to tip the ball right behind the blockers there would be
someone there to pick that up.
Your teammates should be able to tell you whether that spot behind the
block is open or which other deep areas of the court are open for you to
tip the ball to.
In practice, instead of just using hard volleyball spikes all the time, you
should mix up your attacks in your volleyball spike training drills by
As hard as it is not to hit the ball on a good set, you should
remember that the opposing team is waiting for you to hit the ball on a
You will increase the chances of surprising them by occasionally tipping
the ball on a good set.
This is one of the more popular volleyball hitting strategies that
professional volleyball players use to make themselves unpredictable
and to change up their attack.
You can do the same thing by mixing up the types of hits in practice first.
You want to feel comfortable with learning how to hit the volleyball
hard even when you get an imperfect set and you want to be able to mix
up your attacks with an occasional tip when you get a good set.
Since the opposing team's defense will expect you to hit a great set,
they will be dug in on defense, and your tip will keep them off balance
since everybody in the gym will expect you to do your best hits on a
Just be prepared to do the opposite! You want to always keep the
opposing team guessing.
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