Tips For Short Volleyball Players To Improve Hitting Or Spiking Skills

Hitting off the block is one of the tips for short volleyball players especially shorter hitters to use against taller blockers to sideout and score points. 



In our volleyball drills hitting off the block for points is one of the most effective tips for short volleyball players, particularly short attackers to use in practice wiping the ball off the block... a technique that makes it tough for a digger to pick up in defense.


Wiping off the block is one of the most effective tips for short volleyball players, particularly short attackers to use in practice to sideout or score points. (Aversen)Wiping off the block is one of the most effective tips for short volleyball players, particularly short attackers to use in practice to sideout or score points. (Aversen)

Hitting Off The Block Is One Of The Tips For Short Volleyball Players To Use To Score Points



I'll set up a left side hitter on one side of the net who's competing against a right side blocker on the other side of the net. 

Both players start at the net with the Coach in the setter's position ready to toss balls to the hitter who will start the drill. 

Lets say the left side hitter starts first. 

When Coach slaps the ball left side hitter transitions off the net and has been instructed to only hit the ball down the line.

The right side blocker has been instructed to block the line, taking the hit down the line away from the hitter. 

The left side hitter must now solve the problem of getting the ball past block by aiming their spiked ball at the hand of the blocker that's closest to the outside antenna.

When hit correctly the hitter's ball will be "wiped off" the outside hand of the blocker and the ball will land outside the court preferably on the hitter's side.




When done correctly this is a ball that cannot be picked up by opposing team diggers. 

Its a smart hitting tactic to use to beat an opposing blocker when

  • you are a shorter hitter against a bigger block
  • you are a hitter who finds yourself getting blocked by the same blocker too many times in a game the setter sets you a ball that drifts too close to the net and the block and you need a way to get yourself out of a "tight" situation

I just explained how we do our version of volleyball drills hitting off the block that players use called "wiping off the block" drill which I do with older more experienced players with ball control.

Now check out how former NCAA Division I Player of the Year Cary Wendell Wallin does her version of these hitting drills volleyball players do.

I like how she explains why she makes a few adjustments for younger players who she has doing this drill. 






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Adopt a fearless attitude about hitting. Great hitters have confidence in their ability to hit against any block.
Become a tenacious tiger about hitting against a two-person block. Remember you have options making you effective against a two-person block.
Exploit the holes in the block. Look for holes between the middle blocker and the outside blocker in front of you. Aim your spike fearlessly right for that “seam.”
Exploit the holes in the block. Look for holes between the middle blocker and the outside blocker in front of you. Aim your spike fearlessly right for that “seam.”
Ask your back row players, between plays, to tell you whether the middle blocker is late closing the block. They are perfectly positioned to help you see what is going on in the front row.
Use your back row players to help when you are in the front row. Ask them to tell what they see is open and what the other team is or is not doing.
Wipe the ball off the block. “Use” the block instead of always trying to hit past it. You can learn to wipe the ball off the hands of the outside block no matter how tall you are.
Spike the ball aiming for the outside arm of the outside blocker in front of you.
Hit the ball hard so it comes back off her arm and outside the sideline. Hitting like this keeps the defense from covering the ball, makes points, creates sideouts, keeps you in the game,