Volleyball Positions Middle Blocker Offensive and Defensive Responsibilities
The middle blocker volleyball position blocking and hitting responsibilities, strategies and tips.
Volleyball Positions, Middle Blocker
What the middle blocker decides to block, will depend on
what your coach has told you and your teammates in your pre-
game strategy meeting or during the scouting session.
You follow whatever offensive plays and defensive
blocking strategies the coach has established
a particular hitter at the net or for neutralizing a particular team's
attack in your back row.
Let's say your coach hasn't established any specific blocking
strategies in the game plan, then the area of the court that you
decide to take away from a particular hitter is determined by
the indications you " read" or "see" and what you have noticed
about that opposing hitter's tendencies.
Volleyball Positions Middle Blocker
Middles Need To Read and Remember Hitter Tendencies
Of all the volleyball positions middle blocker is the one that needs to
remember the most, what an opposing player has done effectively
when attacking during the match.
If you're a middle blocker you want to keep that information in your
mental toolbox and pull that information out to use when you go up to
stop an attack hit at the net.
Middle Hitter vs Middle Blocker (Matt van Winkle)
You might be thinking ...
"Okay here she comes again, what did this chick do last time
she hit that type of set?
Oh, that's right she tried to hit cross court on me.
The last time she did that I could tell because she really opened
up her hips during her spike approach towards my cross court.
If she does that again I know she's probably going to hit cross
court again. I'll be ready for her this time!"
Volleyball Positions Middle Blocker
Things To Remember
Things to consider. Ask yourself...
- Has she beat you cross court? if so then I'll drop my arms and penetrate further over the net to take more of her cross court away
- Does she tip all the time on a bad set or does she try and take a swing at it. If she tips I probably don't need to go up and block that or do I, let me ask Coach
- Does she have a quick arm swing, if so I need to block jump faster and get my arms over the net quicker
- Does a particular hitter drop her elbow before she hits a down ball? If so that means her ball is going to go high over the net let me ask Coach if I need to block the down ball
You need to remember how and where a hitter has been able to
score points against your team during a match, so you can help
form a plan which stops the hitter from being so effective.
Once you've decided which area of the court to take away from the
hitter, stick with your plan!
You don't want to block an area then go chase the ball in mid air with
your arms flailing above your head in an attempt to try and cover
You can't block everything at the net. You have to stay focused and
disciplined and follow through with what you said you were going to do
or what the team decided to do.
If you are going to block a certain hitter cross court then you need to do
that even if in the middle of her hit she shows you something else.
Your attempt to take away everything, really means that you
haven't decided on any specific part of the court to take away
from the hitter with your block, so in the end you will be taking
You will just give the hitter a target to hit at with your hands.
As a blocker in volleyball remember that you just can't cover
everything at the net because the front row defensive players are
working together with the back row defensive players.
If the front row is taking one area of the court away, then the back row is
depending on them to follow the game plan and to do that
in each rally until the coach decides to change the game plan. .
Volleyball Positions Middle Blocker:
What Areas Along The Net Can The Block Take Away?
Basically, you can take away three things from an oncoming
opposing hitter. You can take away their line hit, you can take
away their cross court hit or you can take the ball.
When you set up early and take only one area, whether cross court or
line, then your back row players on defense will be able to understand
easier and faster what other areas of the court to cover behind
If you are a blocker in volleyball at the net trying to take everything
away, then your back row teammates don't know where they need
to position themselves in defense behind you.
Click here if you'd like to read more about read blocking.