Top 4 Volleyball Block Rules and Rule Violations You Must Know

Learn four volleyball block rules, regulations and violations that you can and cannot do when you are front row performing defensive skills at the net. 

Improve your volleyball by knowing the USA volleyball block rules. Photo by Chris DainesImprove your game by knowing the USA volleyball block rules. Photo by Chris Daines


Volleyball block rules are established so players, teams and coaches compete fairly in their quest to win a match. 

This page is written to provide you with important information that should help you improve your defensive skills in volleyball.  

Make sure when you get to the front row, you know what you can do and what you can't do while blocking a ball.


USA Volleyball Block Rules: Learn The Basics

Volleyball Block Rules: Blocking is the first line of defense. You can jump and place your arms, hands and shoulders over the net to stop a hitter or setter from attacking the ball into your court.Volleyball Block Rules: Blocking is the first line of defense. You can jump and place your arms, hands and shoulders over the net to stop a hitter or setter from attacking the ball into your court.


Blocking is the first line of defense.  

To block well you are required to

  1. have good footwork  
  2. have great body control while moving laterally and vertically 
  3. read your hitter to anticipate where and how she plans to attack 
  4. penetrate your hands over the net to block the ball by deflecting it back into your opponents court


Top 4 Volleyball Block Rules. You can jump and place your arms, hands and shoulders over the net to stop a hitter or setter from attacking the ball into your court. (Al Case)Top 4 Volleyball Block Rules. You can jump and place your arms, hands and shoulders over the net to stop a hitter or setter from attacking the ball into your court. (Al Case)


1. You can jump and place your arms, hands and shoulders over the net to stop a hitter or setter from attacking the ball into your court. But...

  • a volleyball player can't touch the net on the way up or on the way down with any parts of the body while the ball is in play. 


2. While blocking, your feet may come in contact with the centerline also known as the halfcourt line. But...


Top 4 Volleyball Block Rules. Volleyball block rules are established so players, teams and coaches compete fairly in their quest to win a match.Top 4 Volleyball Block Rules. Volleyball block rules are established so players, teams and coaches compete fairly in their quest to win a match.


3. While your team is on defense you can block any attacked ball but...

  • Only front row players in defense are allowed to block a volleyball. 


4. While on defense in the front row, you can come off the court on the opposing team's side to retrieve a ball back into your court but...


This usually occurs when a blocker steps over the center line and for some reason, often in transition, lands and steps outside of the sideline (but into the free zone) of the opponent's court.

Because the free zone is considered the playing area of the court, this is legal and one of the few times a player is permitted to step across the center court line during a rally. 


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