Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: Learn 3 Ways To Be Ready At The Net

Learn 3 ways to position yourself to block more balls at the net including stay an arm's length away from the net, stay square to the net and take cross court. 

Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: Stay an arm's length away from the net, stay square to the net, take hitter's cross court, read hitters early to position yourself to block faster.  (Aversen)Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: Stay an arm's length away from the net, stay square to the net, take hitter's cross court, read hitters early to position yourself to block faster. (Aversen)


What's a good blocker volleyball ready position?

  • stay an arm's length away from the net
  • stay square to the net
  • take an outside hitter's cross court away if  you don't have a specific game plan
  • read the hitter earlier to position yourself earlier

Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: Stay an arm's length away from the net, stay square to the net, take hitter's cross court, read hitters early to position yourself to block faster.  (Aversen)Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: Stay an arm's length away from the net, stay square to the net, take hitter's cross court, read hitters early to position yourself to block faster. (Aversen)

A Volleyball Player's Guide To A Better Blocker Volleyball Ready Position 

Blocker Volleyball Ready position: Good volleyball block positioning is essential for being able to consistently stop an attacker's ball at the net. (CE Andersen)Blocker Volleyball Ready position: Good volleyball block positioning is essential for being able to consistently stop an attacker's ball at the net. (CE Andersen)


Good volleyball block positioning is essential for being able to consistently stop an attacker's ball at the net. 


Blocker Volleyball Ready Position 
Stay Half Your Arm's Length Away From The Net

Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: And while you are blocking a volleyball at the net, you always want to know how far you are away from the net you are when you step away from it. (Bill Shaner)Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: And while you are blocking a volleyball at the net, you always want to know how far you are away from the net you are when you step away from it. (Bill Shaner)

When you're blocking a volleyball you want to position yourself..half your arm’s length away from the net.

That’s an easy measurement that you can make quickly when you have rotated up to the front row and you're waiting for the referee to blow their whistle which starts the rally. 

Do you know why I say half the length of your arm?

Because half the length of your arm measures out to be the same distance it takes for you to take one step.

It’s an easy way to measure one of your steps.

And while you are blocking a volleyball at the net, you always want to know how far you are away from the net you are when you step away from it.


Blocker Volleyball Ready Position 
Stay Squared to The Net

Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: Stay Squared to The Net - You want your hands to stay just above your shoulders, with your palms facing the net. (Avinash Kunnath)Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: Stay Squared to The Net - You want your hands to stay just above your shoulders, with your palms facing the net. (Avinash Kunnath)

Remember this, it’s very important that your shoulders remain squared to the net as well.

Since your shoulders get your arms over the net, and to utilize every inch of your arm length when you are blocking, you want to make sure your shoulders are facing the net.

You want your hands to stay just above your shoulders, with your palms facing the net.


Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: Stay Squared to The Net - You want your hands to stay just above your shoulders, with your palms facing the net.Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: Stay Squared to The Net - You want your hands to stay just above your shoulders, with your palms facing the net.

It takes time to get your hands up and over the net so your blocking ready position for your hands should be at a midway point so that you don't waste precious time bringing them from a low position.


It takes time to get your hands up and over the net so your blocking ready position for your hands should be at a midway point so that you don't waste precious time bringing them from a low position.It takes time to get your hands up and over the net so your blocking ready position for your hands should be at a midway point so that you don't waste precious time bringing them from a low position.

In other words when you are blocking a volleyball at the net don’t have your hands down by your waist.


Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: In other words when you are blocking a volleyball at the net don’t have your hands down by your waist. (Gov Neil Abercrombie)Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: In other words when you are blocking a volleyball at the net don’t have your hands down by your waist. (Gov Neil Abercrombie)

Blocker Volleyball Ready Position 
Take A Outside Hitter's Cross Court

Volleyball Ready Position: Unless your coach has established a different strategy, you want to line up in front of the hitter so that your block will take away her cross court hit. (Aversen)Volleyball Ready Position: Unless your coach has established a different strategy, you want to line up in front of the hitter so that your block will take away her cross court hit. (Aversen)


Unless your coach has established a different strategy, you want to line up in front of the hitter so that your block will take away her cross court hit.


Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: Take A Outside Hitter's Cross Court: Line up in front of the hitter to block the extension of your spiker's arm and take away their angle.Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: Take A Outside Hitter's Cross Court: Line up in front of the hitter to block the extension of your spiker's arm and take away their angle.

You would take one or two side steps, which are also called lateral steps that would line you up in front of the hitter and you should prepare yourself to block the extension of your spiker's arm taking away their ability to hit the angle.

Why?

Most hitter's hit cross court more than they hit down the line because there's more volleyball court area to hit to.

If you know this and your coach hasn't given you a specific game plan about a certain hitter, then its best to take away the largest part of the court area that a hitter will most likely hit to. 


Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: Take A Outside Hitter's Cross Court: Most hitter's hit cross court more than they hit down the line because there's more volleyball court area to hit to. (ShakesKC)Blocker Volleyball Ready Position: Take A Outside Hitter's Cross Court: Most hitter's hit cross court more than they hit down the line because there's more volleyball court area to hit to. (ShakesKC)


On the other hand, let’s say your spiker's approach is more of a straight line, meaning they haven’t swung outside the court as much at an angle to take their spike approach.

When this happens there’s a greater chance that the hitter plans to hit the ball down the line.

So now you want to make sure that your body is squared up in front of them, and that you are prepared to block the extension of their arm.


Blocker Volleyball Ready Position:
Read Your Hitter Early


In the volleyball block drills you do in practice, it’s a good idea to dedicate some time not only on your blocking technique but also on learning how to read your hitter.


You can make yourself into a better blocker if you can

  • identify early enough the difference between what it looks like when the opposing team's hitter takes a cross court approach and
  • what it looks like when they decide to hit down the line
  • so you can position yourself earlier to block accordingly.


You can make yourself into a better blocker if you can identify early enough the difference between what it looks like when the opposing team's hitter takes a cross court approach  and what it looks like when they decide to to hit down the line.

And can position yourself accordingly.

Here's something to do in your practice, when your team breaks up into two squads that have to compete against each other.

When you can identify what the hitters on your team do when they are about to hit cross court and you start blocking their balls pretty consistently, it won’t take long to trust your instincts and to start reading and blocking the hitters on opposing teams.

Once you learn and improve your volleyball blocker ready technique and timing, the next part of the blocking skill to master is just knowing what to look at, trusting what you see, and making adjustments accordingly.

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