One of the most effective ways to learn how to hit a volleyball for front row hitters is to look for holes in the seams of the opposing team's blockers.
The seam in volleyball is the air space between blockers, usually between the middle blocker and the outside blocker who is blocking you.
Be confident and fearless when aiming your spike for that space, that hole between the two blockers, especially if you see that the outside blocker is late in closing the block.
You should aim for that seam or that hole in the block when both blockers don't jump together in unison, meaning one blocker is going up while the other is going down.
If you are hitting a "go" set or a "shoot" set which is a lower, faster paced medium height ball set to the outside antenna, then aiming your spike for the block's seam is a very good option because the middle blockers are often late getting to the outside blocker which leaves a hole for you to aim for.
Its normal that at times hitters will glorify the opposing team's blockers by giving them more credit than they are due, when they get blocked at the net several times in a row.
It's typical for a player in this situation to begin thinking "Oh this is an amazingly big effective block."
Instead you need to change your spiking strategy to exploit the weaknesses in the block.
How To Hit A Volleyball For Points: Reach Higher
If you are getting blocked, you may need to reach higher to contact the top third of the ball at the highest point of your spiking arm swing rotation because you are letting the ball drop too low before making contact with the ball.
How To Hit A Volleyball For Points: Contact The Ball at 11:00
If you are getting blocked because you are hitting the ball straight ahead, you may need to start contacting the ball at 11:00 on the ball which helps you make better hand placement on the ball in order to hit the ball more at an angle so it passes the block.
When you learn these steps on how to hit a volleyball, once you've gotten the technique down, then all you need to do in practice is practice hitting aggressively!.
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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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