Remember that when a team is serving, that team's three front row players at the net are on defense and they are responsible for blocking the opponent's attempt of attacking the ball back into their court once they have served the ball over the net.
Once the ball is served, the three front row players on the server's side work together in an attempt to block a player by forming a wall with their hands, and arms (and for some who jump high their shoulders) that will extend over and penetrate the plane above the net in order to stop the opposing team's hitter from spiking the ball into the defensive team's court.
The offside blocker can be defined as the player who is front row during an opposing hitter's attack, but is not actively participating in the blocking action, because they are on the side that's furthest away from the ball.
When there are three blockers at the net, the offside blocker is the player who side steps off the net approximately two to three steps to straddle the ten foot line to play defense, because the opposing team's setter decided not to give the ball to the hitter in front of the offside blocker.
In the picture above, the players in the yellow jerseys are on defense.
The player wearing #2 is jumping to block, along with #8 in the middle blocker volleyball position who is moving to her right to help or assist her teammate (the player wearing the #2 jersey), block the ball attacked by the opposing hitter on the other side of the net.
In this play, #4 the left side player in zone 4 is the offside blocker and she is preparing to do her job which is to either dig up any tip that lands behind the block of her two front row teammates or to dig a sharp cross court hit that lands on or near the ten foot line in front of her.
A double block is one of those terms used in volleyball that describes what happens when two players form a wall with their hands and arms raised above their head, to penetrate the plane of the net in an effort to stop and opposing team's attack hit.
In unison they cover a pre-determined area, either cross court or down the line, in an attempt to keep an opposing hitter from hitting the ball into their court or to force the hitter to attack to a specific area of the court.
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