No matter how good of a blocker you are, you can always improve. Here are some tips to improve your team's blocking and reduce your opponent's scoring chances.
Becoming a master of blocking techniques is 95 percent work and five percent natural ability. Here are 10 key elements every blocker should know for taking her skills to the next level:
- Remember the last shot your opponent hit.
- Block the low hard hit balls. Dig the balls over and around the block.
- When alone, block cross court.
- Most hitters hit where they face.
- Time your jump to your opponent, not the ball.
- Seal and penetrate; control the net.
- Block from a stationary position.
- Block aggressively, not randomly.
- Blocks often come in bunches. Be patient.
- Never give up a straight down hit.
Bond Shymansky is the Marquette University women's volleyball head coach. For more information about the program visit the Marquette volleyball team page.