3 Types of Blocks in Volleyball Block Assist Block Touch Block Attempt

I describe 3 volleyball blocking terms and 3 types of blocks in volleyball specifically what is the block touch, the block assist, and the block attempt.


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

You should learn more about these types of blocks that there are in volleyball like what is...

  • a block touch
  • a block assist
  • a block attempt

Types of Blocks in Volleyball
What's a block touch?


What's a block touch?

A block touch occurs at the net when blockers can't stop an attack hit - either a hard hitting spike or a softly contacted ball - that touches the top or sides of their hands before the ball goes into their court or out of bounds. 

If the ball goes out of bounds or is unplayable then the point awarded to the team on offense is the result of the blocker being on the team to last touch the ball after the spiker hit it.

If the same play happens and this time the blockers don't block the ball back into the opposing court but they "touch" it in a way that the ball is slowed down by their block and it stays in their court so that a teammate on defense can get to the ball to play it up, then the defensive team now has three more contacts  to run a play and/or to get the ball back over the net.

In indoor volleyball block rules a block touch is not considered a contact which means there are three more contacts allowed for a team if one of their blockers touches the ball while blocking and the ball continues into their court.


Types of Blocks in Volleyball
What's a block assist?


What's a block assist?

A “block assist” is a frequently used volleyball statistical term used to give credit to a player or players who created a double or triple block by assisting a teammate who blocked an opponent for a point during a rally.



On a stat sheet one blocker will get credit for actually completing the block and the other will get credit for assisting in the blocking action.

Who gets what... is up to the interpretation of who is keeping the stats and what they believe they saw each blocker doing.


Types of Blocks in Volleyball
What's a block attempt?


What's a block attempt?

block attempt is made by a player when they perform the action of jumping to block the ball of an opposing player but are unable to prevent the spike from entering into their court.

Basically an attempt is when you go up to block, you have the intention of stopping the hitter's ball, but you don't.



Here are two more block attempt scenarios that will put a notch on the stat sheet.

  • If your block is successful in channeling the hitter's spike to your defense or 
  • if you made an attempt to block the ball and didn't commit any fouls like touching the net or touching the ball on its way out of bounds 

In the two examples above, as long as you jumped to stop the opposing hitter while penetrating shoulders, arms and hands over the net in an attempt to stop an attack hit...then they count as a block attempt.


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