Use These Three Smart Volleyball Hitting Strategies To Score Points  

Use these smart volleyball hitting strategies: tip the ball short, tip it deep, roll shot, or cut shot when you need to score points in difficult situations.  


There are very specific volleyball hitting strategies top high school players use in order to vary their attack options when spiking a ball. 

You should learn how to

1. mix up your shots

2. how to fix a trap set with a tip

3. hit the ball hard with imperfect sets



These attack strategies exist so you have options when you find yourself in trouble and need to score a point or sideout even if you have a bad set. 


Volleyball Hitting Strategies Questions:
Use The Block With A Tip


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.

This is one of the hardest volleyball hitting strategies for the opposing team's defense to pick up.


Volleyball Hitting Strategies 
Get Out of Trouble By Mixing Up Shots

Spikers should remember that they have the option to tip the ball deep in the court if they want to score some smart points.Spikers should remember that they have the option to tip the ball deep in the court if they want to score some smart points.


Like experience varsity players do, you too can decide whether to use a short, deep, offspeed or hard attack hit into the opposing team's court to attempt to score points for your team.


Your options for scoring a point include

  • the short tip behind the block or to the middle of the court
  • an offspeed shot over the block to the middle of the court
  • a roll shot to the middle of the court or behind the block
  • a deep tip to the deep corners of the court
  • a cut shot from zone to 2 or 4 to the opposite corner on the opposing court

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. 

In practice, instead of just using hard spikes all the time, you should mix up your attacks in your spike training drills by alternating between tipping short, and tipping deep to the corners.



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.


Volleyball Hitting Strategies 
Spike The Ball, Hard!


Volleyball Hitting Strategies: Coach April spiking the ball hard in the Italian Division I championship finals.Volleyball Hitting Strategies: Coach April spiking the ball hard in the Italian Division I championship finals.

You want to feel comfortable with

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 also be prepared to do the opposite!

You want to always keep the opposing team guessing.

The more unpredictable you are the more your attack hits will work in your favor. 


Smart Strategies: 
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