The volleyball spike is the way for a hitter to send a ball over the net past the block into the opposing court with force in an effort to score a point.
After you've learned how to spike a volleyball there's some kind of crazy satisfaction that hitters get, when you take a good aggressive spike approach, make high contact with the ball at its highest point, and then spike the ball past the block into an open space on the opposing team's court for a point.
In the video above, this Kansas State hitter perfectly demonstrates how to spike a volleyball using a three-step spike approach.
She's a right handed hitter so she steps on her left foot first ...which she uses to propel her closer to where she wants to contact the ball...this is her directional step...and this should be the slower step she takes...
The last two steps...(right foot then left foot) occur almost simultaneously..and should be the fastest, most aggressive steps in the entire spike approach because these are the steps that propel her upward and into the air, helping her contact the ball at her highest possible contact point above the net.
In a four step approach, once you've made the first two steps of your spike approach that get you closer to the ball, you then start your arm swing motion, swinging both arms back ..before swinging them both forward.
In the air, you pull back the elbow of your hitting arm, keeping it above the level of her ear while the arm is above her head.
Holding your elbow high and using a bow and arrow type movement to make contact with the ball so that it clears the net, you bring your hitting arm forward so it contacts the top third of the ball.
...create a high paced hit with a downward trajectory that sends the ball into the opposing court with force and intensity.
It's important when you spike the ball that your hand makes contact on the TOP third of the ball, if not then your spiked ball will not have a downward trajectory into the court, but instead will go sailing long towards the back wall and out of the court.
Below is the volleyball hitting drill I send players home to do as homework ..they do this to specifically work on increasing the speed of their armswing rotation for their spike swing.
Now you can do it too. Check out how Pat Powers - Mens US Olympic Gold medalist teaches this important spiking volleyball drill...
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