Block Terms in Volleyball, Blocking Terminology and Blocker Jargon

Find all the blocking terms in volleyball that I discuss on this site which explains everything to do with the first line of defense which is blocking. 


What is a block?

When a player stops a ball at the net by raising their hands, shoulders, arms across the net, penetrating  the plane of the net at the same time an opposing hitter is hitting the ball into the blocker's court



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Types of Volleyball Blocks



Block Terms in Volleyball, Blocking Terminology and Blocker Jargon


Triple Block

When three people go up to block one hitter in an attempt to stop the ball at the net before it crosses over into their court  


How to block in volleyball-Triple Block
When three people go up to block one hitter in an attempt to stop the ball at the net before it crosses over into their courtBlock Terms in Volleyball, Blocking Terminology and Blocker Jargon Triple Block When three people go up to block one hitter in an attempt to stop the ball at the net before it crosses over into their court

Swing Block

-a blocking technique, you use to travel along the net while swinging your arms up and over using the momentum of the jump to gain more height in the air to help you penetrate the plane of the net even more  

Stuff Block

A stuff block describes a type of block in volleyball that was so efficiently performed that it didn't allow the hitter enough time to really hit the ball. (Mark Shaiken)


Kong block

Instead of jumping with both hands and arms together to stop a hitter from hitting the ball into their court, a blocker jumps purposefully with both hands apart in an effort to block both angle options the hitter may try to hit to. 


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How To Block in Volleyball
Basic Block Terms


Closing the Block

Closing the block occurs when two players while jumping to block an attack hit at the net, successfully close off any holes, or seams or spaces that are created between them when blocking. 

Penetration

Penetration refers to the act of a player penetrating or reaching with their hands and arms far over the plane of the net at the highest point of her block jump in her attempt to stop the ball from crossing the net into her team's court. 

Block Terms in Volleyball, Blocking Terminology and Blocker Jargon: The seam is the space that separates two players when they go up to perform their blocking action. (CharlieJ)Block Terms in Volleyball, Blocking Terminology and Blocker Jargon: The seam is the space that separates two players when they go up to perform their blocking action. (CharlieJ)

Seam

The seam is the space that separates two players when they go up to perform their blocking action.



Screen

screen is when one, two or three players on defense at the net,  intentionally or unintentionally, stand so close to each other that one or more of the opposing team players in serve receive  can't see the server or the ball in the server's hands.

Seal the Net

During your block jump you keep your arms and hands as close to the net without touching it to prevent any chance of the ball slipping in between (Ralph Arvesen)

Read Blocking

Read blocking occurs when a blocker has been assigned a particular hitter to block and as the play develops they follow, or read where their assigned hitter plans to attack hit. (Ralph Arvesen)

How to Block in Volleyball
Blocking Words 
For Blockers 


This list of volleyball words describe the types of blockers on a team. 

Off Blocker

The offside blocker can be defined as the player who is front row during an opposing hitter's attack, but is not actively participating in the blocking action, because they are on the side that's furthest away from the ball.

Outside blocker

A blocker on either side of the middle blocker, either a right side blocker or a left side blocker

Joust 

What's a joust?

A joust occurs when two players contact the ball over the net at the same time.



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. 



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