Volleyball Defense Terms - Terminology for Volleyball
Blocking and Digging
Defense is a very important part of volleyball. Here are some
volleyball defense terms to remember.
Volleyball Defense Terms -
Block the Ball!
Attack Block: An aggressive attempt to block a spiked ball so
that is does not cross the net.
Closing the Block: When all the blockers join to form an
impenetratable wall in which the ball has very little chance of getting
past the blocks.
Read Blocking or Committed Block?
Offside Block: Player at the net away from the opponents
Stuff Block: A tremendous block that sends the ball straight
to the floor with force.
Read Blocking: Blockers determine where the setter sets the ball, then
they react and move to stop the hitter.
Block: Blockers commit to stop a specific opponent. I.e.
often use this "Commit Block" or "Predicted Block" to stop the middle
Swing Block: Left and right side players take a
starting position inside the court. They take a couple of longer steps
together and in cooperation with middle blocker to stop the opponent's
left side or right side hitter. When using this style the blocker
"flies sideways" to stop the opponent. This is a technique for more
Volleyball Defense Terms
Jedi Defense: A play where a defender just thrusts out an arm
and gives an absolutely perfect pass.
Monument Valley: The area between two players who play poor
Roof: When a player jumps high above the net to block and the
ball hits the roof of the player's hands sending it straight down to
Pancake: This is when a player slides an outstretched arm
palm down on the floor so that the ball bounces off the back of his
hand. An interesting maneuver indeed.
defensive effort on the court.
Flipper: When a player reaches out their arm and contacts the
ball with a back hand flipping motion.
Gator: This is a digging technique used on hard hit
balls. A player forms his hand into the shape of two gator
jaws. Then the player digs the ball first with their bottom
hand and then directs it with the hand on top.
Passing on a dime: When a player is passing on a dime they
are passing perfectly. Also called Passing Nails.
Volleyball Defense Terminology
Roll: when a player passes the ball by laying out an arm and
digging the ball then rolling over their shoulder to get back on their
feet in a hurry.
Dig: A dig is an important defense of passing an especially
hard hit ball that shoots close to the ground.
Rolling or diving?
Diving: Diving is when a player dives low to the ground and
slides while digging the ball.
Down Ball: This term is usually called out by the defense
when it becomes clear that the attacker has no way of hitting a
powerful spike so the blockers should not attempt to block.
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