A Middle Blocker in Volleyball What Makes A Good Middle In Volleyball?

A middle blocker in volleyball needs to have good upper body technique including hand positioning, shoulder penetration and full arm extension over the net. 


As a middle blocker you need to use your upper body  - specifically

  • your middle blocker's hands 
  • your middle blocker's arms and
  • your middle blocker's shoulders

when you block in volleyball. 


Middle Blocker in Volleyball 
Upper Body
 Skills
Hand Positioning


If you're a middle blocker in volleyball, at the max height of your block jump, you want to have your arms, shoulders and especially hands angled towards where you want the ball to go, once its blocked. 



As a middle blocker in volleyball, you want your blocking hands and arms angled towards the middle of the opposing team's court while penetrating the net to block. 

The ball will be deflected back into the court and not out of bounds.



Middle Blocker in Volleyball 
Hand Positioning Full Arm Extension at Max Jump


Another thing to remember when you learn how to block a volleyball is to try to fully extend your arms across the net at the maximum point of your block jump.

A middle blocker in volleyball has to block quick sets which are so fast that they only have time to just get there hands over the net to stop the ball.


But outside blockers who block 4's and 5's, balls that are set high to the outside or shot out at a quicker pace to the outside have time to use the full extension of their arms to block the ball.

If you were born with arms that are 45" inches long then you should be reaching some 45 plus 1 or 2 inches as far over the net as you can get to perform your maximum block jump with your longest arm reaching ability.




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