Four Types of Volleyball Blocks Varsity Volleyball Players Should Know
Okay, so why Is the block in volleyball important?
If your three front row hitters, who are now called "blockers" in volleyball since your team is on defense, can't stop the opposing team's hitters then it's up to your three back row players to dig the hard hit or the tip up so that your team can replay it and send it back over the net in an attempt to earn a point and to win the right to serve the ball.
Some of these blocking terms deal with how players can take away a significant amount of area along the net with their hands without blocking the hitter, so that they force the hitter to direct their spike right to their teammates waiting to dig the hard hit in defense behind them.
The one-on-one volleyball block occurs when one hitter from the team on offense has to hit a ball against one blocker on defense from an opposing team.
Usually in this situation the advantage goes to the hitter because one blocker can take away ONLY so much of the net to keep her from hitting the ball into her court.
It's much easier for a hitter to hit around, by or past one blocker than it is to get the ball by two blockers.
Since the sets for the middle hitter in volleyball are low and fast, many times only the opposing team's middle blocker has time to block them because the outside blockers have too many steps to take to try and help out.
Now in a different scenario if its a two against one situation where there are two blockers trying to stop one hitter, then the advantage to the hitter is greatly reduced because two blockers in volleyball take away much more space at the net.
A double block is another name for this type of situation when two players are blocking in volleyball against one hitter.
This is the most common scenario for blocking in volleyball because in a match many more balls are set to the outside hitters who usually find themselves being blocked by the opposing team's middle blocker and on of their outside blockers.
What's a swing block in volleyball?
The traditional ready position for players to block a volleyball is to start in front of their hitter with their entire body facing the net.
Their hands and open palms are at shoulder level facing the hitter, ready to move laterally with a side step or a cross over step that they use to travel along their side of the volleyball net.
With the swing block, in order to move laterally along the net to get positioned in front of the hitter, the blocker turns their body perpendicular to the net, facing the direction they intend to travel with their hands positioned below the net down by their waist.
As they move to the outside to block, they will square their shoulders and upper torso to the net, "swinging" their arms and hands up which helps them gain momentum to reach up and over to penetrate the plane of the net to block the hitter.
A triple block in volleyball refers to a three player block formed when both of the outside blockers join the middle blocker to jump simultaneously with the intention of preventing one of the opposing team's spikers from hitting the ball into their court.
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