Admit it, the volleyball spike is the most fun part of the game.
Okay I said it. I got it over with. It's done.
You and I both know it's the part of the game that we really want to be
After you've learned how to spike a volleyball there's some kind
of crazy satisfaction that hitters get, when we take a good aggressive
spike approach, make high contact with the ball at its highest point, and
then spike the ball past the block into an open space on the opposing
team's court for a point.
Before you can spike the volleyball well, you need to learn the
When an airplane is ready for take off, it makes its approach down the
runway to gather speed and velocity so that it can lift itself up in the
Well, a player learns to do the same thing, to hit a ball ,once they begin
to initiate their volleyball spike technique.
approach or a four-step approach that a player makes to
gather the speed and gain forward momentum needed to get herself in
the air to make contact with the ball at its highest point.
The Four step approach
The four-step approach gives outside hitters more time to get to balls that are set higher and are slower to get to the outsides of the net.
Higher slower sets are used to beat the block with power.
Three step approach
The three-step approach is used more often for faster and lower sets that hitters need to get to quickly to swing fast.
Faster lower sets are used to beat the block with speed.
The higher, the hitter can jump, then reach..the better.
This means the ball is contacted at a higher point in the air where
hopefully the block cannot reach.
You will then spike the ball over the net, past the block and to the floor
before a back row defensive player can get it up.
The speed and length of a spike approach can change depending on
Your approach can also change if you are playing in a crowded
volleyball tournament that doesn't have a lot of space between courts.
Once you've made the first two steps of your spike approach that get
you closer to the ball, then you start your arm swing motion, swinging
both arms back ..before swinging them both forward.
Both arms swing forward at the same time the last two steps are taken
which lifts you into the air, like a plane that has taken off at the end of the
In the air, the hitter pulls back the elbow of her hitting arm, keeping it
above the level of her ear while the arm is above her
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Holding her elbow high and using a bow and arrow type movement to
make contact with the volleyball so that it clears the net, the hitter brings
the hitting arm forward so it contacts the top third of the ball.
The components of a good hard volleyball spike are...:
...create a high paced hit with a downward trajectory that sends the ball
into the opposing court with force and intensity.
get the ball into the opponent's court either with an aggressive volleyball
spike or a slower off speed but strategic touch on the ball called a tip.
sideout against their opponents then that action is marked on the stat
sheet as a kill.
A spiker doesn't always have to hit a ball hard to make a point for their
You have the option of dinking or tipping the ball into the opponent's
Which of course, leads me to explain what the "cobra" is.
Used mainly by beach players, who use their knuckles to do a
closed fist tip, either short in the court or deep, that directs the ball
into an open area in the opposing team's court.
In your beach practice drills a great skill to work on is to use
the cobra shot to tool the block.
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