The Volleyball Block:
Improve Defensive Skills With Tips on Blocking

Blocking focuses on good footwork and great body control while reading your hitter to anticipate where to penetrate your hands over the net to block for points.

The volleyball block is your squad's first line of defense against an opposing team’s outside hitters or any attack hits by their players in the middle blocker position. (Matt Van Winkle)The volleyball block is your squad's first line of defense against an opposing team’s outside hitters or any attack hits by their players in the middle blocker position. (Matt Van Winkle)


The volleyball block is your squad's first line of defense against an opposing team’s outside hitters or any attack hits by their players in the middle blocker position.

The block in volleyball is one of the most dynamic and most exciting parts of this crazy game we love to play.


The Volleyball Block
Tips on Volleyball Blocking


At the beginning of a rally, after the whistle blows and your team serves the ball into the opposing team's court, every front row player on your team should be focused on keeping your opponent from spiking the ball down onto your court's floor.


Watch Breno Buzin's top ten best blocks. 


Once the ball hits the floor, or hits a blockers hands and goes out of bounds, that's a point for the opposing team, and you don't want that to happen.

Knowing how to put up an effective volleyball block will keep the opposing team from scoring points from their front row while they are on offense.

At the beginning of a rally, if your team is on defense, after the referee blows their whistle and your team serves the ball into the other team's court, the players in zone 2, zone 3 and zone 4 on your side should be laser focused on keeping your opponent from spiking the ball across the net and into your court.

In order to do that the front row players need to start by checking their upper and lower body blocking ready position so that they can be as efficient and as fast as they can.

So that when they move along the net also known as moving laterally, which means from side-to-side along the net before jumping to block a ball their opponent is trying to hit, they are in a well balanced position to stop the ball.


So that when they move laterally, which means from side-to-side along the net before jumping to block a ball their opponent is trying to hit, they are in a well balanced position to stop the ball.The Volleyball Block. So that when they move laterally along the net before jumping to block a ball their opponent is trying to hit, they are in a well balanced position to stop the ball.


As a blocker, you need to position yourself in a way to create a barrier using your arms and hands to deflect any hit or spike attempts from an opposing team's spiker back into their court.

You are in fact trying to make yourself into a human wall, and that wall should prevent an outside hitter or middle hitter or back row attacker from the team on the other side of the net from hitting the ball onto your side of the court.


Tips on Volleyball Blocking:
What Should Your Feet, Knees and Lower Body Be Doing?


As always when I coach volleyball skills to players, I like to start at the bottom, with what you're supposed to do with your feet.

What should your feet be doing and where should they be positioned?

  • You want to start in a balanced position with your feet so that they are parallel to each other.


Olympic gold medalist, David Lee gives a master class on the block in volleyball. 


  • They should be perpendicular to the net so that you can maintain a balanced position that will allow you to move quickly to your right, to your left or backwards off the net to get back in defense or to transition so you can begin your spike approach if necessary.

You want to be in a position to be able to move laterally along the net quickly, which means your knees should be in a slight squat.

This is also called a "loaded" position. 

The ideal position for your lower body is to have your hips, midsection and upper body “squared to the net.”

When you hear the phrase squared to the net, it means that your body is completely parallel to the net. When all parts of your body are facing the net then your body is squared up to the net.


How To Play Volleyball: Where Do You Go From Here?


We know where you need to go now! Here are three options: 

  1. Learn more about Blocking by clicking one of the links in the Related Links below. 
  2. Follow the suggested reading on our Sitemap page Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
  3. Or visit the pages in the How to Play Volleyball section in the drop down menu at the top of the page to get started. 
  4. Before leaving this page Say "Hi" to Mr G.B Blash, the Bear, wearing the #11 jersey below. "G.B" aka "Great Big" is the starting middle blocker for the All Beast VolleyBragSwag All Star team.  


Related Links:

The Middle Blocker Rules and Responsibilities 

Middle Blocker Position Offensive and Defensive Duties

Blocker Footwork and Timing For Making A Good Block

12 Blocker Tips: A Checklist of Blocking Steps To Perform


More Links:

Top 12 Block Rules and Rule Violations You Must Know

The Block: Improve Defense Skills With Tips On Blocking

Block Tips To Improve Your Defensive Skills

Block Tips To Help Front Row Players Stop Balls At The Net

Blocking Strategies for the Middle Blocker


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