Middle Blocker Training: 
Why Is Your Volleyball Blocking Technique Important?

Good middle blocker training enforces the correct blocking technique in high school because hitters often score points because of bad blocking hand placement.

Middle Blocker Training For Players On Defense at the Net: 
Big 12 Missouri Tigers middle blocker tipping over opposing blocker by wunderlich photographyMiddle Blocker Training For Players On Defense at the Net: Big 12 Missouri Tigers middle blocker tipping over opposing blocker by wunderlich photography


Middle Blocker Training For Players On Defense at the Net

Since the block is the first opportunity to stop the opposing team from hitting into your court, your blocking technique and timing have to be on point. 

Many hitters actually score points that they shouldn't.

Not because they are great hitters but because the volleyball technique that blockers use isnt effective.

Usually a blocker's hands and body positioning are too far away from the net when they jump to block in an attempt to stop the attack hit from crossing the net. 



Middle Blocker Training For Players On Defense at the Net: Penn State middle hitter Haleigh Washington hits the slide. Is their something you need to check or fix with your volleyball technique when blocking? (Ralph Aversen photo)Middle Blocker Training For Players On Defense at the Net: Penn State middle hitter Haleigh Washington hits the slide. Is their something you need to check or fix with your volleyball technique when blocking? (Ralph Aversen photo)

Is their something you need to check during your middle blocker training or fix with your volleyball technique when blocking? 


Alot of times hitters are successful because they are hitting the ball against blockers who jump straight up in the air, making the mistake of keeping their hands, arms and shoulders behind their ears when they are in the air.

So all the hitter has to do is hit the ball and aim it right at the hands of the blocker which allows the ball to come dribbling down in front of the player's body between the blocker and the net.

Watch as Maysen aims right for the middle blocker's hands.  


That's always an easy point or sideout for the hitter and its a sure sign that the opposing players need to work to improve a proper blocking finish with their hands and arms and shoulders "sealing off that space" between them, their armpits and the net.



If the blocker had used better blocking technique by correctly "sealing the net" then while jumping up to block the ball, they would have kept their shoulders, hands and arms in front of their ears as they were jumping which would help close off all that space between the blocker's upper body and the net so a ball couldn't come through their hands and down the inside of the net.

This is a blocking volleyball technique movement to focus on while working on your blocking drills in practice.



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Why Is Your Volleyball Blocking Technique Important?Middle Blocker Training: Why Is Your Volleyball Blocking Technique Important?


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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. 


Volleyball Technique: 
Where Do You Go From Here?


We know where you need to go now! Here are three options: 

  1. Learn more about Blocking by clicking one of the links in the Related Links below. 
  2. Follow the suggested reading on our Sitemap page Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
  3. Or visit the pages in the How to Play Volleyball section in the drop down menu at the top of the page to get started. 

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