What's a good blocker volleyball ready position?
Good volleyball block positioning is essential for being able to consistently stop an attacker's ball at the net.
When you're blocking a volleyball you want to position yourself..half your arm’s length away from the net.
Do you know why I say half the length of your arm?
Because half the length of your arm measures out to be the same distance it takes for you to take one step.
It’s an easy way to measure one of your steps.
And while you are blocking a volleyball at the net, you always want to know how far you are away from the net you are when you step away from it.
Remember this, it’s very important that your shoulders remain squared to the net as well.
Since your shoulders get your arms over the net, and to utilize every inch of your arm length when you are blocking, you want to make sure your shoulders are facing the net.
You want your hands to stay just above your shoulders, with your palms facing the net.
It takes time to get your hands up and over the net so your blocking ready position for your hands should be at a midway point so that you don't waste precious time bringing them from a low position.
In other words when you are blocking a volleyball at the net don’t have your hands down by your waist.
Unless your coach has established a different strategy, you want to line up in front of the hitter so that your block will take away her cross court hit.
You would take one or two side steps, which are also called lateral steps that would line you up in front of the hitter and you should prepare yourself to block the extension of your spiker's arm taking away their ability to hit the angle.
Most hitter's hit cross court more than they hit down the line because there's more volleyball court area to hit to.
If you know this and your coach hasn't given you a specific game plan about a certain hitter, then its best to take away the largest part of the court area that a hitter will most likely hit to.
On the other hand, let’s say your spiker's approach is more of a straight line, meaning they haven’t swung outside the court as much at an angle to take their spike approach.
When this happens there’s a greater chance that the hitter plans to hit the ball down the line.
So now you want to make sure that your body is squared up in front of them, and that you are prepared to block the extension of their arm.
In the volleyball block drills you do in practice, it’s a good idea to dedicate some time not only on your blocking technique but also on learning how to read your hitter.
You can make yourself into a better blocker if you can
You can make yourself into a better blocker if you can identify early enough the difference between what it looks like when the opposing team's hitter takes a cross court approach and what it looks like when they decide to to hit down the line.
And can position yourself accordingly.
Here's something to do in your practice, when your team breaks up into two squads that have to compete against each other.
When you can identify what the hitters on your team do when they are about to hit cross court and you start blocking their balls pretty consistently, it won’t take long to trust your instincts and to start reading and blocking the hitters on opposing teams.
Once you learn and improve your volleyball blocker ready technique and timing, the next part of the blocking skill to master is just knowing what to look at, trusting what you see, and making adjustments accordingly.
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Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.
If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list.
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