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Fine Tune Blocking in Volleyball

Blocking in volleyball may look easy, but there is more to it than jumping in the air with your hands up. As a blocker, its your job to stop the ball and force the oppenent to make a play on the ball. Below are some helpful aspects to blocking and  keys to a successful block.

Positioning For a Block

Start by getting in a ready position. Square your hips and shoulders to the net.  Pick a spot, ready your legs to jump high into the air and hold your space.

While the ball is with the opponent, place your elbows out in front of you and your palms facing the net about eye level. You should be ready to jump and block the ball quickly because the ball can be hit at anytime. Watch the setter and hitter’s tendencies and timing, this will help you better understand how to best block their hits. 

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"I am not quite sure how the camp as a whole accomplished this, but Eric returned so much more mature and self-confident. He was respected by the counselors and in return respected everything they offered: both instructionally and emotionally. The staff seemed to have been able to reach him and get through to him, challenge him without discouraging him, and, all in all, make him feel like his dreams are attainable."

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