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Volleyball : How to Block a Volleyball

hey this is Johnny Miele volleyball

coach here in Salt Lake City I'm going

to talk to you about how to block a

volleyball again one of the most

important things for a blocker to do is

to be ready so ready position for a

blocker we want to make sure that the

knees are bent you want to make sure

that your elbows are in your hands are

in front of your face in between the net

and your face a blocker needs to be

ready to move either ready to move to

their left ready to move to their right

as soon as they see the setter set the

ball is when they react so the blocker

is ready in there ready position with

their knees bent and the elbows in when

they block a blocker wants to make sure

that they jump straight up and straight

down we don't want to drift from one

direction to the other as a blocker

jumps you want to make sure that they

jump shrug their shoulders to get

optimal height penetrate over the net

make sure that their hands are nice and

big when we block we want to make sure

that our hands are pointing to the

middle of the court a lot of times

players on the opposing team will try to

hit the ball into the blockers hands to

try to make it go out of balance so it's

important for a blockers hands to be a

little less than ball width apart facing

the middle of the court on the opposing

side if blocker has to move one way or

the other there's different footwork

patterns there's a few different

patterns I'm going to talk to you about

two basic ones first footwork pattern I

want to talk to you about is the two

step shuffle if a blocker is going to

their left they start with their left

foot if a blocker is going to the right

and they start with their right foot if

I'm blocking and I want to go to my left

the two step shuffle one step with the

left a closing step with the right and

the blocker will jump up so a live look

at that block would look like this to

the right a two step shuffle will look

like this if the set is pushed a little

bit further out and a two step shuffle

isn't going to cover cover enough ground

blockers will utilize a swing blocking

technique which will generally use three

steps again a blocker will start with

the foot of the direction they're going

if a blocker is going to

left they start with their left foot

another step with the right they're

going to close with their left foot

they're going to jump up and block going

to the right a blocker will start with

their right foot again with the left

closed with the right jump up and block

a live look at that block would look

something like this to the right again

we don't want to drift from one layer to

the other cuz that takes out other

blockers it's important to jump straight

up and down this is Johnny Neely

volleyball coach here in Salt Lake City

I talked to you about how to block a

volleyball