Roof Volleyball Definition: What's A Roof When Blocking in Volleyball?

The roof volleyball definition describes the shape of a blocker's hands, arms and shoulders when penetrating the net it looks like the shape a roof on a house.


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Blocking in volleyball is the first line of defense for the serving team in a rally.



Roof Volleyball Definition: What's A Roof When Blocking in Volleyball?



What's a roof?

A roof is volleyball slang for a strong aggressive blocking action made by a blocker who penetrates hands, arms and shoulders over the net to completely stop and shut down a hard hitting hitter. 


The shape of a blocker's hands, arms and shoulders when penetrating over the net to block looks like the shape of a roof on a house. 

Just like a ceiling or a roof that covers the top of a house a player's blocking hands should form the shape of a roof that covers and closes down a hitter's attempt to hit the ball past them. 



When this volleyball blocking action leaves no room for the hitter to hit past the block and results in the ball going straight down at a high speed back into the hitter's court typically within the ten foot line, it's called a "roof."

This is the volleyball slang word most players use when they successfully make an aggressive blocking move against that one opposing player that has been making really hard spikes during the game and has been scoring a lot of points.


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