Using good volleyball blocking skills are important when you're in the front row and your team is on defense.
Here is one way to improve your blocking technique so that you can stop more balls at the net.
As the opposing team sets the ball, you as a blocker, want to watch the setter as she sets the ball to her hitter.
This is called "reading the play" and you want to read and react to what the setter is showing you so that
You watch the hitter to get indications of how she intends to hit the ball.
Here are some things you are looking for:
Ultimately, you should even be able to see if your hitter is turning her shoulders to face outside the court, which will show you that she intends to wipe off your block.
"Watching" means keeping your eyes open.
I can show you hundreds of action shots of players blocking with their eyes closed.
Watch your blocker, then go get the ball.
I say it this way to emphasize reaching over the net to grab or block the ball.
This means at the height of your block jump you want to reach over the net - ideally getting your armpits as far over the net so that if possible you block the ball on the opposing team's side of the net.
This is called penetrating over the net with your arms and shoulders so that you contact the ball, blocking it on the opposing team's side of the net.
If you don't touch the ball by putting up a strong block you will still cover a particular area on your court so the hitter has to hit to another area on your court to avoid your block.
Depending on the type of defense your team runs your back row digger should be covering the area that your blockers don't take.
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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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