Volleyball Terms and Definitions Blocking Words and Blocker Jargon
The block is the first line of defense for the serving team.
What is a block?
When a player stops a ball at the net by raising their hands, shoulders, arms across the net, penetrating the plane of the net at the same time an opposing hitter is hitting the ball into the blocker's court
A “block assist” is a frequently used volleyball statistical term used to give credit to a player or players who created a double or triple block by assisting a teammate who blocked an opponent for a point during a rally.
Basically an attempt is when you go up to block, you have the intention of stopping the hitter's ball, but you don't.
A block touch occurs at the net when blockers can't stop an attack hit - either a hard hitting spike or a softly contacted ball - that touches the top or sides of their hands before the ball goes into their court or out of bounds.
-one blocker goes up to block against one spiker. As opposed to two blockers going up to block against one spiker
A double block is one of those terms used in volleyball that describes what happens when two players form a wall with their hands and arms raised above their head, to penetrate the plane of the net in an effort to stop and opposing team's attack hit.
When three people go up to block one hitter in an attempt to stop the ball at the net before it crosses over into their court
-a blocking technique, you use to travel along the net while swinging your arms up and over using the momentum of the jump to gain more height in the air to help you penetrate the plane of the net even more
A stuff block describes a type of block in volleyball that was so efficiently performed that it didn't allow the hitter enough time to really hit the ball. (Mark Shaiken)
Instead of jumping with both hands and arms together to stop a hitter from hitting the ball into their court, a blocker jumps purposefully with both hands apart in an effort to block both angle options the hitter may try to hit to.
Closing the Block
Closing the block occurs when two players while jumping to block an attack hit at the net, successfully close off any holes, or seams or spaces that are created between them when blocking.
Penetration refers to the act of a player penetrating or reaching with their hands and arms far over the plane of the net at the highest point of her block jump in her attempt to stop the ball from crossing the net into her team's court.
The seam is the space that separates two players when they go up to perform their blocking action.
A screen is when one, two or three players on defense at the net, intentionally or unintentionally, stand so close to each other that one or more of the opposing team players in serve receive can't see the server or the ball in the server's hands.
Seal the Net
During your block jump you keep your arms and hands as close to the net without touching it to prevent any chance of the ball slipping in between (Ralph Arvesen)
Read blocking occurs when a blocker has been assigned a particular hitter to block and as the play develops they follow, or read where their assigned hitter plans to attack hit. (Ralph Arvesen)
This list of volleyball words describe the types of blockers on aa team.
The offside blocker can be defined as the player who is front row during an opposing hitter's attack, but is not actively participating in the blocking action, because they are on the side that's furthest away from the ball.
A blocker on either side of the middle blocker, either a right side blocker or a left side blocker
What's a joust?
A joust occurs when two players contact the ball over the net at the same time.
A roof is volleyball slang for a strong aggressive blocking action made by a blocker who penetrates hands, arms and shoulders over the net to completely stop and shut down a hard hitting hitter.
The shape of a blocker's hands, arms and shoulders when penetrating over the net to block looks like the shape of a roof on a house.
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