The down ball in volleyball is a volleyball word that describes how you can attack a ball over the net without using a spike approach jump as a first, second or third contact in an attempt to make a point for your team.
When you use the "down ball in volleyball" hitting technique...as a hitter you can choose to actually attack the ball for a point while keeping your feet on the ground and not jumping to contact the ball (for the down ball) or jumping and wiping off the blocker's arm (for the wipe).
Let me explain...
Down ball in Volleyball-
A down ball in volleyball is an attack made by a player who spikes or hits the ball keeping both of their feet on the floor and uses the traditional arm swing to get a hard driven ball into the opposing team's court.
A down ball in volleyball can be initiated during any of the three contacts a team is allotted to get the ball back into the opposing team's court.
For example, although rarely seen in indoor volleyball a beach volleyball player can hit an easy serve back into the serving team's court by attacking with a down ball in volleyball.
When team B's blocker's see that Team A's spiker isn't using a spike approach to hit the ball over the net, the blockers usually call out to their team "down ball" and transition off the net to get ready to attack.
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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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