Blocking is a skill in volleyball used to prevent the opponent from a successful attack hit. A block technique is used to deflect the ball coming from an attacker. The blocker is trying to block the ball back into the opponent's court. Advanced volleyball teams may have different blocking strategies.
In volleyball, blocking is when you deflect the ball delivered from the opposing team’s attacking hit. The main responsibility of a blocker is to block the ball back into the opposing team’s court. Think of it as playing goalie in soccer or hockey, you’re trying to keep the ball out by guarding your zone!
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If a high percentage of back row swings result in kills – or at least balls that put your team out-of-system – blocking is probably a good idea. If not, then you’re probably better off not doing it.
For example, the base section of a block back device may be approximately 36 to 39 inches high to correspond to the heights of regulation volleyball nets. An exemplary single block back device may have a width of 16 inches to simulate the reach of a single blocker. Likewise, an exemplary double block back device may have a width of 30 inches to simulate the reach of two players forming a double block. Both devices may have an upper frame section extending 30 inches over the top of the net.
In short to block a volleyball we would want to do the following actions. Have our hands up at shoulder level and squat down ready to spring upwards with an explosive jump. As we spring upwards we extend our arms above our heads, keeping our arms just a little less than ball width apart.
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Block, Reset, Fall Back How it Works: A middle blocker will execute a block and immediately land, reset, and then fall back to cover a ball that has been blocked up into the air. A player opposite the blocker stands on a box, with a volleyball just above the net. The blocker will jump and touch the ball with both hands.
Proper Positioning. Backcourt defensive volleyball players should be on the balls of their feet, in medium or low body position with body forward and butt down. This ensures the arms will be between the ball and the floor. Defenders need to contact the ball, come up to meet the ball, and not go down with the ball.
To block in volleyball, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, with your hips square to the net and your knees slightly bent. This will keep you ready to jump at all times. Keep your arms high with your palms facing the net, but stay at least a half arm’s length away from the net to avoid getting a penalty.