How To Hit A Volleyball Aim For The Seam In The Block To Score Points

Learn how to hit a volleyball smarter and to score more points when the ball is close to the block by aiming for the seam between the volleyball blockers. 

How To Hit A Volleyball: You need to change your spiking strategy to exploit the weaknesses in the block by aiming for the seam in the block.(Ralph Arvesen)How To Hit A Volleyball: You need to change your spiking strategy to exploit the weaknesses in the block by aiming for the seam in the block.(Ralph Arvesen)

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.


How To Hit A Volleyball Aim For The Seam In The Block: Texas A&M outside hitter attacks the high seam against the Texas double blockers. (Ralph Aversen)How To Hit A Volleyball Aim For The Seam In The Block: Texas A&M outside hitter attacks the high seam against the Texas double blockers. (Ralph Aversen)


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.



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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 Aim For The Seam In The Block To Score Points: Villanova outside hitter aims for the seam of the Penn State double block.How To Hit A Volleyball Aim For The Seam In The Block To Score Points: Villanova outside hitter aims for the seam of the Penn State double block.

How To Hit A Volleyball To Score Points
Adjust Your Spike Approach Timing


So this could mean you need to make an adjustment to your spike approach timing if you aren't seeing the block when you contact the ball for your spike.


How to Hit A Volleyball: If you make your approach early and can't see the block when you contact the ball you should wait longer before taking your last 2 approach steps. (Al Case)How to Hit A Volleyball: If you make your approach early and can't see the block when you contact the ball you should wait longer before taking your last 2 approach steps. (Al Case)






How To Hit A Volleyball For Points
Make Adjustments To Your Spiking Hand And Where It Contacts The Ball


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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