A Joust in Volleyball
A Blocker vs Hitter Holds The Ball Over The Net

The joust in volleyball explains what to do if you're a hitter who gets a ball set too close to the net and you find yourself in a joust with the opposing blocker.

Tips on Volleyball Attacking Win The Joust Like A Queen of the Court: A joust occurs when both a blocker and a hitter contact the ball when its above the net, at the same time. (Ralph Arvesen)Tips on Volleyball Attacking Win The Joust Like A Queen of the Court: A joust occurs when both a blocker and a hitter contact the ball when its above the net, at the same time. (Ralph Arvesen)

Here's how to win a joust in volleyball. 

These hitting tips are effective skills you can use when the ball is set too close to the block and you both go up and contact the ball, at the same time, over the net.


If you and another player contact the ball at the same time over the top of the net this spiking and blocking action is called a joust in volleyball. (Michael E. Johnston)If you and another player contact the ball at the same time over the top of the net this spiking and blocking action is called a joust in volleyball. (Michael E. Johnston)

Tips on The Joust in Volleyball 
Be The Last Player To Touch The Ball


If you and another player contact the ball at the same time over the top of the net, this spiking and blocking action is called a joust.



In 99% of the cases if two players go up to attack a ball that's located exactly halfway over the net and if they both end up contacting the ball at the same time over the net, then its the second player who touches the ball last who has the advantage.



You want to wait as long as you can before you put your hands on the ball to push it over into the opposing court. 

This blocking skill takes practice but its worth saving a tip gone bad or a ball that floats over the net too close to the block.

How To Win The Joust in Volleyball - How To Be The Last Person In the Air


Another way to score points with your spiking/blocking ability is to be the last player to touch the ball.

  • Yes, you'll be in the air last.
  • Yes, both arms penetrate over the net just as the player's arms on the other side are doing the same thing but
  • Yes, both arms penetrate over the net just as the player's arms on the other side are doing the same thing but

Study these tips on winning the joust in volleyball so you too increase your chances of getting the ball past the block with a difficult set so in a rally you score points against your opponents. 



Joust in Volleyball: 
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