When blocking in a game do you watch the ball or do you watch the hitter?
Learn which options to choose and why.
Regardless of the types of blocking in volleyball that you do its always important to watch the hitter or hitters that you are going to block in order to pick up important clues that will help you stop the attack at the net.
Ball - Setter - Ball - Hitter
Ball - Setter - Ball - Hitter is the pattern of movement your eyes as you are blocking in the front row (also the back row defense but we will get back to that later) should follow when in the front row, after your team's server has served the ball over the net.
These are the places you should be looking at, in other words where your eyes should be looking...to get clues as to who and where the opposing team now on offense intends to do with the ball (give the ball to), for their third contact... an attack hit that will send the ball back into your court.
These tips about blocking in volleyball will show you how.
Once your server serves the ball over the net to start the rally, you first want to track with your eyes the BALL that's being passed.
If three hitters are in the front row then she has three players she can set to.
If there are two hitters in the front row then she can easily set those two hitters or try to dump or attack the ball herself.
If the pass was a bad pass that forces the setter to move off the net and chase the ball down...now as a blocker you say to yourself "Self, the setter is in trouble and can't make a perfect set to all of her possible front row hitters!
Because of where and how she is chasing the ball down, WHO is the most likely hitter or hitters can she set or give the ball to..in this situation?"
"By the way, good job, Self!"
Once you've quickly made a determination on the pass, now your eyes go to the Setter.
If it was a perfect pass, now you watch the setter's body language and/or hand position.
Some setters will show with their setting body position, that they intend to make a back set because they arch their back alot when then do, but when making a front set or a set to the middle, they don't.
If it was a bad pass you do the same thing.
But because you've identified that the setter is in trouble and can't easily deliver a perfect set to all her possible hitters, you look to pick up clues from her body language.
Is she running off the court or to her back court with her back to her hitters?
If that's the case, she will probably not even be able to set the ball with her hands but will bump it up in the air.
Once we've glanced or watched the setter to get some information about what she is about to do, now we watch the ball she just touched.
Once you see that
Now hopefully from these volleyball block tips you've found out a sure way to increase the number of blocks you can successfully perform in a match.
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Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.
If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list.
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