Two Hitting Drills For Volleyball Practice Learn How To Beat The Block 

Learn ways to hit to score for points against a double block by aiming for the seam, using the blockers hands and hitting deep corners. 

The hitting drills for volleyball practice that we do in semi private training and Boot Camp classes are to prepare outside hitters and middle blockers to hit confidently in various pressure packed situations. 

You learn how to get the ball past a double block, how to hit the high seam between blockers hands, how to wipe off the block, how to mix up shots and how to hit deep corners.

Drills For Volleyball Practice 
Spiking Against A Double Block

As a left side outside hitter you need to get used to having two blockers up against you when you hit since the opposing team will anticipate you receiving the majority of sets. 

Just like the defensive players on a football team have eyes on the opposing team's running back and expect him to run the ball or catch the ball most of the time, the blockers on defense on a volleyball team keep a special eye out, always watching and anticipating the ball being set to the opposing team's left side hitter. 

There are hitting drills for volleyball practice designed specifically for hitters to develop the ability to hit past the block, through the seam of the block or to tool the blocker's hands in an effort to score with their attack hit.  

These are just a few reasons why as a hitter you need to be doing a lot of different volleyball practice drills for hitting during practices.

You want to be ready for all types of situations and you need to prepare to hit against a one-player, two-player or even three player block put up against you to try and stop your attack hits at the net. 

Check out my former coach, three-time USA Olympic volleyball coach Taras "Terry" Lyskevich as he explains his version of the "One Hitter vs Six Players" drill. 

Drills For Volleyball Practice                                 Wiping off the Block                  

Hitting Drills For Volleyball Practice: Practice wiping the block (photo Michael E. Johnston)Hitting Drills For Volleyball Practice: Practice wiping the block (photo Michael E. Johnston)

In a drill we do to practice wiping off the block I'll set up a left side hitter on one side of the net who's competing against a right side blocker on the other side of the net. 

Both players start at the net with the Coach in the setter's position ready to toss balls to the hitter who will start the drill. 

Lets say the left side hitter starts first. 

When Coach slaps the ball left side hitter transitions off the net and has been instructed to only hit the ball down the line.

The right side blocker has been instructed to block the line, taking the hit down the line away from the hitter. 

The left side hitter must now solve the problem of getting the ball past block by aiming their spiked ball at the hand of the blocker that's closest to the outside antenna.

When hit correctly the hitter's ball will be "wiped off" the outside hand of the blocker and the ball will land outside the court preferably on the hitter's side.

When done correctly this is a ball that cannot be picked up by opposing team diggers. 

Its a smart hitting tactic to use to beat an opposing blocker when

  • you are a shorter hitter against a bigger block
  • you are a hitter who finds yourself getting blocked by the same blocker too many times in a game the setter sets you a ball that drifts too close to the net and the block and you need a way to get yourself out of a "tight" situation

I just explained how we do our version of the wipe drill which I do with older more experienced players with ball control.

Now check out how former NCAA Division I Player of the year Cary Wendell Wallin does her version of these hitting volleyball drills.

I like how she explains why she makes a few adjustments for younger players who she has doing this drill. 

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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. 

For more volleyball drills check out:

Dope Youth Volleyball Drills We Do To Improve Our Ball Control Skills

Beginner Volleyball Drills You Can do At Home To Improve Ball Control

3 Volleyball Passing and Serving Drills We Do in Semi-Private Training

Digging and Hitting Volleyball Drills To Help You Sideout and Score

Hitting and Digging Volleyball Drills To Increase Ball Control Skills 

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Adopt a fearless attitude about hitting. Great hitters have confidence in their ability to hit against any block.
Become a tenacious tiger about hitting against a two-person block. Remember you have options making you effective against a two-person block.
Exploit the holes in the block. Look for holes between the middle blocker and the outside blocker in front of you. Aim your spike fearlessly right for that “seam.”
Exploit the holes in the block. Look for holes between the middle blocker and the outside blocker in front of you. Aim your spike fearlessly right for that “seam.”
Ask your back row players, between plays, to tell you whether the middle blocker is late closing the block. They are perfectly positioned to help you see what is going on in the front row.
Use your back row players to help when you are in the front row. Ask them to tell what they see is open and what the other team is or is not doing.
Wipe the ball off the block. “Use” the block instead of always trying to hit past it. You can learn to wipe the ball off the hands of the outside block no matter how tall you are.
Spike the ball aiming for the outside arm of the outside blocker in front of you.
Hit the ball hard so it comes back off her arm and outside the sideline. Hitting like this keeps the defense from covering the ball, makes points, creates sideouts, keeps you in the game,