Volleyball Spikes Techniques To Attacking The Ball Harder For Points  

These techniques describe how to increase the power of your volleyball spikes and what to do before you hit, while you hit and after you hit the ball. 

This is a breakdown in an easy-to read format of the steps to take as a spiker from the moment the opposing team serves to after you finish your attack. 

Volleyball Spikes Techniques:
Before The Ball is Served - What You Should Do

Know the defense used by your opponent.            

  • This is important so you know what shot or hit will most likely score a point  or get the sideout against your opponent.
  • Are they playing man-up defense with a digger behind the block?
  • Rotational defense where the sharp cross court is open or man back defense? As a hitter you need to know 

Look at your setter to call the play or to get instructions about the set you are going to hit next.

Know ahead of time what your normal transition hitting assignment is throughout the rally.

  • Who is blocking you? 
  • Where on the net are they blocking you?  
  • Are they the shorter blocker in the front line? Are they the taller blocker in the front row?

Volleyball Spikes Techniques:
When The Ball Is Served - What You Should Do

Are you the passer?

If you're not the passer, use verbal and/or nonverbal communication to talk about the serve to your teammate who is passing. 

  • You should always be talking about what is happening whether you are passing or not

Volleyball Spikes Techniques:
When The Ball Is Passed - What You Should Do

Are you ready to handle a bad pass?

  • Move to your starting position for your proper hitting assignment
  • If time permits while the ball is traveling when its being passed, take a quick look across the net to see the position the blockers are taking


Volleyball Spikes Techniques:
When The Ball Is Set - What You Should Do

Are you the attacker? 

  • Get in good position to the ball to give yourself options to attack
  • If you aren't the attacker, be ready to cover your hitter and expect the ball to be blocked

Volleyball Spikes Techniques:
When The Ball Is Attacked - What You Should Do

If your attack ends the rally (in a kill or an error) remember to glance across the net to see where the open spots on the opposing court are while the opposing team is still in their defensive positions

If the ball is still in play, quickly get to your transition blocking assignment.

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Opposites Working on Hitting the Line . . Hitting line is a Right side hitters best weapon! . . Opposite hitter @hailey.bo.bailey does a great job of making very distinct quick but patient actions before attacking the line on the right side. . . Block without reaching outside of her body line, stop. . Transition quickly off the net to the ten foot line ...stop. . Wait see the set. She knows it’s a high set so she knows she doesn’t have to rush in . Takes her first step once she sees where the ball will come down . Aggressively “attacks” the last two steps of her spike approach while keeping the ball in front her where she can see the ball, the block and the court . . Gets her feet to the ball with her last two steps of her spike approach letting the ball pass her a bit (allowing the ball to also pass the block) so it’s in front of her spiking arm where she can swing straight ahead contacting the top third of the ball . hard, down the line . . And yes this video probably qualifies as my third blooper reel! . . In an effort “to get the shot” I’m willing to sacrifice my face! (A little) #yourwelcome . . . . . .#dearvolleyball #volleyballtraining #vegasvolleyball #volleyballcoach #vbcoach #coachvb #coachapril #volleyballtechniques #thisisvolleyball #volleyballspikes #hendersonnv #hendersonnevada #summerlinlv #summerlinlife #eastlastvegas #downtownlasvegas #volleyballpractice #volleyballspike #volleyballattack

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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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Volleyball Hitting Tips just for you!

Adopt a fearless attitude about hitting. Read more hitting tips at www.improveyourvolley.com/volleyball-hitting.html
Become a tenacious lion about hitting against a two person block. Read more hitting tips at www.improveyourvolley.com/volleyball-hitting-strategies.html
Exploit the holes in the block. Look for holes between the middle blocker and the outside blocker in front of you. Aim your spike fearlessly right for that “seam.”
Exploit the holes in the block. Read more hitting tips at www.improveyourvolley.com/volleyball-spike.html
Ask your back row players, between plays, to tell you whether the middle blocker is late closing the block. They are perfectly positioned to help you see what is going on in the front row.  .
Use your back row players to help when you are in the front row. Ask them to tell what they see is open and what the other team is or is not doing.
Wipe the ball off the block. “Use” the block instead of always trying to hit past it. You can learn to wipe the ball off the hands of the outside block no matter how tall you are.
Hit the ball hard so it comes back off her arm and outside the sideline. Hitting like this keeps the defense from covering the ball, makes points, creates sideouts, keeps you in the game...
Hit the ball hard so it comes off the block, over your shoulder and out of bounds.   Read more hitting tips at www.improveyourvolley.com/how-to-spike-a-volleyball.html