There are three very specific volleyball hitting strategies top high school players use in order to vary their attack options when spiking a ball.
Study these tips and strategies so you too increase your chances of getting the ball past the block in a rally to score points against your opponents.
If you're a middle hitter, who gets a trap set while attempting to hit a ball from the middle zones of the net, one of the most effective spiking strategies for you to use is to soft tip the ball into the block on purpose.
Instead of actually using a hard hit you can aim the tip into the wrists and upper forearms of the opposing blocker in front of you so that the ball bounces off their arms high and back into your court allowing your teammates who are covering you have a chance to replay the ball.
Professional beach players will use this tactic to give themselves additional offensive opportunities and allows them to repeatedly attempt different of spike attacks in order to score points for their team.
If you are an outside hitter that gets set a ball too close to the net, then you can use the tip to score a point or a sideout by aiming for the outside or external arm of the blocker and then wipe the ball off the outside most forearm of the blocker in front of you.
Another way to score points with your spiking ability is to be the last player to touch the ball if you and another player contact the ball at the same time over the top of the net. This spiking action is called a joust.
In 99% of the cases if two players go up to attack a ball that's located exactly halfway over the net and if they both end up contacting the ball at the same time over the net, then its the second player who touches the ball last who has the advantage.
You want to wait as long as you can before you put your hands on the ball to push it over into the opposing court. It takes practice but its worth saving a tip gone bad.
Like experience varsity players do, you too can decide whether to use a short or deep hard hits in the opposing team's court to attempt to score points for your team.
Spikers should remember that they have the option to tip the ball deep in the court if they want to score some smart points.
Many times during a fast paced game, hitters will get into a tipping rhythm and will repeatedly tip right behind the big block they are intimidated by.
But between points while the ball is dead and before performing any hits in a game, you can ask your teammates between plays to tell you what space is wide open in the opposing team's defense.
Especially if the opposing team is playing man up defense which means they put one of their defensive players behind the block, so if anyone were to tip the ball right behind the blockers there would be someone there to pick that up.
Your teammates should be able to tell you whether that spot behind the block is open or which other deep areas of the court are open for you to tip the ball to.
As hard as it is not to hit the ball on a good set, you should remember that the opposing team is waiting for you to hit the ball on a good set.
You will increase the chances of surprising them by occasionally tipping the ball on a good set.
This is one of the more popular volleyball hitting strategies that high school varsity players use to make themselves unpredictable and to change up their attack.
You can do the same thing by mixing up the types of hits in practice first. You want to feel comfortable with hitting the ball hard even when you get an imperfect set and you want to be able to mix up your attacks with an occasional tip when you get a good set.
Since the opposing team's defense will expect you to hit a great set, they will be dug in on defense, and your tip will keep them off balance since everybody in the gym will expect you to do your best hits on a good set.
Just be prepared to do the opposite! You want to always keep the opposing team guessing.
The more unpredictable you are the more your volleyball hits will work in your favor.
Okay here's where you need to go now! There are three options:
Follow me on Instagram @coach_apchap to improve your game even faster!