Blocking Volleyball Terms and Definitions To Improve Blocking Skills 

Learn important action words for blocking volleyball terms and definitions like what it means to  "seal the net" while you are blocking in front row defense.

Blocking Volleyball Terms and Definitions For Players On Defense at the Net

Since the block is the first opportunity to stop the opposing team from hitting into your court, your blocking technique and timing have to be on point. 

These blocking volleyball terms and definitions describe blocking technique and form you need to have when you're about to move above the net. 

This blocking information will help you know what to do and where to be when you are on defense in the front row. 

Blocking Volleyball Terms and Definitions: :
What Does The Term "Seal The Net" Mean and How Do You Do It When You Block?

When you "seal the net" it means that in the middle of your block, while you are jumping, you should keep your shoulders, chest, your underarms, upper body including your chest, abs and hips parallel to the net, all while keeping as little space as possible between you and the net...without touching it.

In these photos of college players blocking, the players are "sealing the net with their block" which can be seen well from this side view.

They are "closing down the space between their armpits and the net" in order to get as far over the net as possible to block the opposing team hitter. 

Can you see how little space there is between their blocking hands, arms and bodies and the net?

There's very little if any space.

Each player's armpits are as close to the net as possible without touching it. 

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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. 

Volleyball Terms and Definitions: 
Where Do You Go From Here?

We know where you need to go now! Here are three options: 

  1. Learn more about Blocking by clicking one of the links in the Related Links below. 
  2. Follow the suggested reading on our Sitemap page Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
  3. Or visit the pages in the How to Play Volleyball section in the drop down menu at the top of the page to get started. 

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