Steps for Successful Blocking in Volleyball
How to learn blocking in volleyball?
How to determine where the setter sets the ball? How
to determine what direction the spiker attacks?
How to read the spiker?
Blocking in Volleyball - Few Things to Look at on Hitter
After knowing where the setter sends the ball, the blocker moves the
eyes at the hitter.
Blocker determines the hitting direction of the spiker by looking at
- The location of the ball
- The spiker's angle on the approach
- Spiker's shoulders and arm
Blocking in Volleyball - How to Read the Hitter?
If the set travels far out, player tends to hit sharp angle.
Also when the set is off the net, spikers tend to hit angle.
If the ball is in the perfect hitting position next to antenna, the
play tends to swing the line shot. If the set is really
tight, it is even more likely that spiker tries to swing the ball line.
If your block is running late, watch out - smart hitters will try to
"tool you", using your block to score a point.
If the player approaches straight, they tend to hit the ball line.
If the player starts the approach off the court and approaches from
the angle, more likely the player will hit the ball to angle.
Generally speaking more balls are hit to the angle, since it is an
easier spike for the hitters.
If the hitter is off-balanced and not in good position to hit the ball,
the hitter may try to "tool the block", "use the block". Be also ready
for the off-speed shots. The hitter may also choose to hit an off-speed
shot to the block just to cover the ball up.
If you form a well-balanced double or triple block in front of the
hitter, a talented hitter may try to tool you and hitting off the tips
of your fingers.
If the set is low and inside, most likely the spiker hits the ball
Blocking in Volleyball - Communication
It is extremely important for blockers to communicate with each other
when the opponent is attacking.
For example, if one blocker observes the player is running inside s/he
should talk it to the teammates. Or if blockers observe pass being off,
they need to communicate and start moving the triple block to block the
higher and slower tempo set.
In addition to being vocal, this communication could be silent, maybe a
tap on the shoulder. If one blocker is clearly better reader than the
others, s/he could place the hand on the teammate's shoulder or arm -
and give the teammate a little push or pull to the desired direction.
Blocking in Volleyball - Volleyball Joust
One of the best new volleyball rules has been the adjustment
of the joust rule. Today referees do not call it off, if the ball stops
between two players above the net.
The key to win a joust between two players is to push the ball as long
as you can, preferably with two hands. If you try to "attack" the ball
with a short push, you'll lose the ball, if another player understands
to "push and hold" the ball longer.
The power helps to win jousts, but the most important thing is to push
Volleyball Blocking Skills for Short Players
Often shorter players win jousts against taller players because it is
easier to push the ball up or sideways vs. down.
When doing the joust being taller doesn't necessarily help you.
Ofcourse it is still an advantage, if you understand that being higher
is not the trick to win the joust - you just need to "push longer".
Core Strength Important in Volleyball Blocking
As mentioned before the core body strength is important in volleyball,
as in any other sport. When you are able to keep your middle body
strong and steady, it also
helps you to win jousts. The core strength also helps you to control
your body in the air when blocking - and penetrate to the other side of
the net to set up a steady block.