The Volleyball Wipe Or Wiping The Block What Is The Wipe in Volleyball?

The "volleyball wipe" is a great hitting option for short outside hitters who need a way "to beat the block" and to score a sideout or point for their team.  

The Volleyball Wipe. Savvy outside hitters learn how to use the ball to wipe it off the block in such a way that it looks like they are intentionally going to hit the ball out of bounds.

The Volleyball Wipe 

To "wipe the block" with the ball has the same meaning as "tool the block."

"Wiping the block" also called "tooling the block" is often used by short hitters who purposefully aim the ball when its in their hands for the outside hand or arm...the one closest to the antenna ...so the ball touches the arm and then is deflected out of bounds

Savvy outside hitters learn how to use the ball to wipe it off the block in such a way that it looks like they are intentionally going to hit the ball out of bounds.

Watch How To Do The Volleyball Wipe: Jacob Uses The Tip To Score A Point Against The Block With A Tight Set


But what they are really doing are positioning themselves so that when they hit or tip the ball into the blocker's hands, the ball will bounce off so it goes outside of the sidelines and out of bounds, scoring their team a point or a sideout.



The "wipe"  or "swipe" is a great hitting option for short outside hitters who need a way "to beat the block" and to score a sideout or point for their team. 

This is why the volleyball wipe is so successful because its an attack hit that's hard to dig by players in defense because the ball is deflected out of boundsThis is why the volleyball wipe is so successful because its an attack hit that's hard to dig by players in defense because the ball is deflected out of bounds off the blocker instead of into the opposing team's court.

"Wiping the block" also called "tooling the block" is often used by short hitters who purposefully aim the ball when its in their hands for the outside hand or arm...the one closest to the antenna ...so the ball touches the arm and then is deflected out of bounds in a way that's difficult for their own defensive players to pick up or dig. 

This is why the volleyball wipe is so successful because its an attack hit that's hard to dig by players in defense because the ball is deflected out of bounds off the blocker instead of into the opposing team's court.


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