The Volleyball Term Down Ball Is An Attack Hit With No Approach Jump

The "down ball" is a volleyball term  that hitters use for attacking the ball on the court without using a spike approach jump to score points.

The The "down ball" is a volleyball term for attacking the ball on the court in offense that hitters use without using a spike approach jump to score points.

The down ball is a volleyball word that describes how you can attack a ball over the net without using a spike approach jump as a first, second or third contact in an attempt to make a point for your team.

The down ball is a volleyball term that describes how you can attack a ball over the net without using a spike approach jumpThe down ball is a volleyball term that describes how you can attack a ball over the net without using a spike approach jump as a first, second or third contact in an attempt to make a point for your tea

When you use the "down ball" hitting technique...as a hitter you can choose to actually attack the ball for a point while keeping your feet on the ground and not jumping to contact the ball (for the down ball) or jumping and wiping off the blocker's arm (for the wipe). 

Let me explain...


A Volleyball Term For Attacking
The Down Ball


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A down ball is an attack made by a player who spikes or hits the ball keeping both of their feet on the floor and uses the traditional arm swing to get a hard driven ball into the opposing team's court.


A down ball can be initiated during any of the three contacts a team is allotted to get the ball back into the opposing team's court.

For example, although rarely seen in indoor volleyball a beach volleyball player can hit an easy serve back into the serving team's court by attacking with a down ball.

A player usually chooses to hit a down ball because for some reason they don't have time to make a spike approach before hitting the ball.



When team B's blocker's see that Team A's spiker isn't using a spike approach to hit the ball over the net, the blockers usually call out to their team "down ball" and transition off the net to get ready to attack.

A "down ball" has been translated to mean that a hitter is "staying down on the ground" or is "keeping their feet on the ground" to hit or spike a ball.



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