I Describe Volleyball Blocking Upper Body Skills Used To Block Balls

In this article I describe volleyball blocking skills and technique you need for hand positioning, shoulder penetration and full arm extension used to block.  


In this article I describe volleyball blocking skills you need to use with your upper body - specifically your hands, your arms and your shoulders with an explanation of what to do when you block in volleyball. 


I Describe Volleyball Blocking 
Hand Positioning


When blocking in volleyball, at the max height of your block jump, you want to have your arms, shoulders and especially hands angled towards where you want the ball to go, once its blocked. 



As an outside blocker, you want your blocking hands and arms angled towards the middle of the opposing team's court while penetrating the net to block. 

The ball will be deflected back into the court and not out of bounds.



I Describe Volleyball Blocking Hand Positioning Full Arm Extension at Max Jump


Another thing to remember when you learn how to block a volleyball is to try to fully extend your arms across the net at the maximum point of your block jump.

Middle blockers have to block quick sets which are so fast that they only have time to just get there hands over the net to stop the ball.

But outside blockers who block 4's and 5's, balls that are set high to the outside or shot out at a quicker pace to the outside have time to use the full extension of their arms to block the ball.

If you were born with arms that are 45" inches long then you should be reaching some 45 plus 1 or 2 inches as far over the net as you can get to perform your maximum block jump with your longest arm reaching ability.


I Describe Volleyball Blocking Skills Like How To Penetrate Your Arms and Shoulders Over the Net


Another way to maximize your vertical jump when you are learning how to block a volleyball is for you to keep your arms and shoulders fully extended over the net, without touching it for as long as you are jumping.

So don't put your arms up there and then pull them away before you've completed your block jump.

If you do that, you are defeating the purpose for blocking and you will confuse the defensive players that are in the back court behind you.



Hold your arms at their full extension throughout the duration of your block jump, then when you land, land back down into a starting "Tiger Hands " position in case you have to block jump again.


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