Explore simple volleyball blocking skills tips, which help you to
the ball down to the opponent’s court.
Blocking Skills Tips
Body Position in
Do you block balls just barely out of bounce when you are on the right
of left side?
Volleyball Blocking - Turning the Block In
One of the best tips I have ever received when blocking on the left or
right side is – to make sure your toes point slightly inside to the
court when landing. Just very slightly – you hardly notice
It means you have turned your body just a little bit toward "inside the
court" when you are up in the air.
picture: Volleyball Blocking. Turning Inside.
By turning your body inside the blocked
balls start turning inside the court.
How to Place the
speaking when blocking on the right side or left side you
should place your outer arm in front of the ball.
Of course it is just a general rule – you may want to adjust
some inches inside or outside depending of the hitter and hitter’s
picture: volleyball block
location for the
outside hitter. Placing the outer arm in front
of the ball.
Skills - Two Basic Strategies
The starting positions of the blockers depends on the volleyball
Starting Inside -
Volleyball Swing Block
Left and right side players start inside the court, then with
a couple of longer steps and a “swing block” they move simultaneously
with the middle blocker to block the left side or right side hitter.
alternatively outside blockers help the middle blocker to stop
opponent’s middle hitters.
This "starting inside"- strategy is usually used by top volleyball
teams – it requires a lot
from the left and right side blockers, therefore it is for very
– Blockers Start Close to the Antenna
Left and right side players start closer to the antennas.
They block by taking a small step to the left or right to set
the block in front of the hitter.
Or to keep it even simpler; outside blockers
jump straight up without
Left and Right Side Blockers when Starting Outside
Left and right side blocker set up the location for the block - and
middle blocker comes in to form a double block.
The second style is simpler and technically much easier for the
left side and right side blockers.
Usually beginners use this second style.
When to Jump?
Important tip! Generally speaking the
correct timing is to jump right
after the hitter has jumped into air.
Keep your eyes open when the ball is spiked.
If you keep your eyes open and first observe where the
hitter's body is facing and how
hitter’s arm/shoulder turns - and secondly move your eyes on the ball
at the last moment, you
start getting blocks.
Some blockers find success when they try to push their arms over the
as late as possible. Or they change the arm position in the
Best hitters are able to see your arms and pass you, so it could be
beneficial placing your arms up at the last moment.
Blocking Skills - Short Players vs Tall Players
Quite often players tend to be TOO close to the net when
You may think it doesn't make any sense, but it is true
that staying a little bit off the net increases the number of
How far player
should be off the net when blocking in volleyball?
Players often go as close to the net as possible because it
helps shorter players to reach higher - and not to block the ball to
the own side.
Instead of staying as close as possible, players should jump a little
bit further out. (It is just a matter of some inches.)
This is a little bit complicated issue because shorter players may not
have any options, but to stay very close to the net. Let us
Volleyball - Short Players
Shorter players may have to have their arms pointing straight
order to reach over the net. If their hands are pointing
straight up, they have to be very close to the net, otherwise the ball
will fall between the blocker and the net.
Often short players focus so much on getting higher that they ignore
the most important thing, penetration.
Important Tip! Exception. Short blocker may choose to "soft
block" by bending the wrist backwards and trying to slow the balls for
picture: Soft Block.
in Volleyball - Tall Players
For taller players it is beneficial to stay little bit further
out because it helps to push the arms further into the other side of
Volleyball Blockers Need to Penetrate?
penetrating to the other side of the net, the player is able to
cover more own court. The further you penetrate, the less court the
Penetration also helps to put the ball straight down.
Blocking Skills for Shorter Players
If Not with Arms, Penetrate with Wrists
If the player gets only the wrists over the net, penetration with the
arms really doesn’t help the blocker, it actually decreases the height
of the block – but the player needs to remember to bend the wrists to
put the ball down.
Blocking Skills for Middle Sized Players
Ball is Hitting Your Forearms?
If the player is able to get forearms about half way over the net,
needs to penetrate arms and push the hands toward the ball, otherwise
ball may hit the
Reach Further - Not Higher
In order to block the ball down, it is important to reach further to
the other side - not higher.
In order to push the
hands as far to the other side as possible, most players need to stay a
little bit off the net - instead of staying as close to the net as
possible. (It seems this really doesn’t make
any sense, but just test it yourself..)
If you stand TOO
close to the net, you can’t push your arms/hands far enough into the