Volleyball Tip
Learn To Score A Kill With Your Fingertips On The Ball

The volleyball tip is a way to hit a ball while at the top of your spike jump slow your arm down to put your fingertips on the ball to push it over the net.  


Three Steps To Tipping in Volleyball

1. Use your normal approach jump and armswing to attack after you've been set the ball

2. At the top of your jump, slow your armswing rotation down and contact the ball with your fingertips

3. Using fingertips only push the ball over the net, past the block to an open space on the opposing team's court floor



How To Do A Volleyball Tip
Step 1. Use Your Normal Approach Jump and Armswing


Use your normal three step or four step spike approach and fast speed armswing before contacting the ball.

Even though you may pre-plan in your mind to use the tip on your next play, you don't want to let the opposing team know what you plan to do.

Make sure your spike approach and spike jump and armswing rotation always looks the same..hard and fast and aggressive...until you reach the highest height of your spike jump then... 


Step 2. Slow your armswing rotation down to contact the ball with your fingertips only

How to do a volleyball tip: Step 2. Slow your armswing rotation down to contact the ball with your fingertips only (Michael E. Johnston)How to do a volleyball tip: Step 2. Slow your armswing rotation down to contact the ball with your fingertips only (Michael E. Johnston)

...during your armswing just before lifting off the ground, 

  • both arms swing back and then both arms swing forward...as you take the last two steps of your spike approach
  • then you pull your hitting arm elbow back and keep it above the level of your ear...while in the air

At the height of your jump...After you pull your elbow back


Step 3. Use your fingertip pads to push the ball over the net and past the block

How To Do Tip A Volleyball Tip: 
Step 3. Use your fingertip pads to push the ball over the net and past the block (John O'Brien)How To Do A Volleyball Tip: Step 3. Use your fingertip pads to push the ball over the net and past the block (John O'Brien)

3. Using fingertips only push the ball

  • over the net
  • past the block
  • to an open space on the opposing team's court floor

Push the ball over the net with your fingertips without letting the ball come to a rest in your hands. 


How To Do A Volleyball Tip
Is tipping a legal hit?


For a tip in volleyball to be a legal hit

  • the ball cannot rest or come to a stop in the palm of your hand which makes it a "held ball" which is a fault 
  • the ball can't be lifted up an over the net or the block when in contact with the spiker's hand. This would make it a "lift" which a fault and would be called by the referee

Is a volleyball tip considered a kill?


A volleyball tip is considered a way to attack a ball. 

This is because an attack which usually occurs on the third contact in a rally can take many forms

It can be

You will be credited with a 'kill' if you score a point with a tip if it touches the floor before a digger can get to it. 

A 'kill' is a statistical term used to give credit on the stat sheet to an attacker who scores a point with an attack hit which is what a tip is.


Can you tip in beach volleyball?


In the indoor game when you learn how to tip in volleyball you contact the ball with your fingertips and the open palm of your hand facing the ground.  

In the beach volleyball game an open palmed or open hand contact of the ball is not allowed.

It's a fault in the beach game if you contact the ball with your fingertips or an open hand. 

You cannot tip in beach volleyball. 

You are allowed to close your fingers into a fist and poke the ball controlling it with your knuckles.

Or you can keep your fingers together and and shape your hand into the form of a 7 or more commonly called like a 'cobra' and contact the ball not on the pads of your fingers but with the tips of your fingers.



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