"Tooling the block" is commonly used volleyball jargon, a slang phrase used to describe how hitters use the block to score points when they're
What does tool mean in volleyball?
The "tool" is an attack hit that hitters, especially smart short ones, going up against big blocker swipe, wipe, hit, poke or tool the block - meaning when hitting, they purposefully aim the ball so it hits the outside blocker's outside hand, you know the one closest to the antenna.
Using a wiping motion - the volleyball hitter directs the ball with or without much force so it contacts the blocker's hand and then bounces out of bounds - out of reach of the opposing team's diggers making it impossible for them to dig up a playable ball.
This is a hard ball to dig up and replay because the outside blocker is the last person to touch a ball that's been intentionally hit so that it travels out of bounds after contacting the block.
This is a tool (excuse the pun, lol) that shorter hitters use successfully against bigger blockers to score smart points.
High off the top of the opposing middle blockers hands is another favorite place for smart hitters to aim the ball in order to tool the block.
Why is it called a tool in volleyball?
Because you're using the block as a tool to score a point.
Other names to do this is
poke or pokey - not a wiping motion but using the knuckles to poke the ball into the block in the same way so that the ball deflects out of bounds in a way that makes it unplayable.
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