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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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