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Get in the Zone: Effective Blocking Drills for Volleyball

Are you ready to take your blocking game to the next level? As any experienced player knows, blocking is an aspect of the game that can make or break a match. It requires quick reflexes, strong positioning, and a killer mindset. Whether you’re a beginner looking to improve your skills or a seasoned player wanting to add new techniques to your arsenal, these drills will elevate your blocking game.

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The Importance of Blocking in Volleyball

Blocking is a fundamental skill in volleyball and beach volleyball that can significantly impact the outcome of a match. It is not only about preventing the opponent from scoring but also about gaining an advantage for your team. Effective blocking can disrupt the flow of the opposing team’s offense, forcing them to adjust their strategies and allowing your team to counterattack. 

A well-executed block can also be a game-changer regarding momentum and team morale. When players successfully block a powerful spike, it earns them a point, boosts their confidence, and energizes the entire team.

How to Block in Volleyball

Positioning is key. As the hitter approaches, get in the correct stance with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. This will give you a solid base to work from. As the hitter goes for the spike, anticipate their contact with the ball and time your jump accordingly. This will allow you to reach the highest point of the ball and make a strong block.

Spread your hands and fingers wide, creating a wall the ball cannot penetrate. Angle your hands slightly inward, aiming to redirect the ball back into the opponent’s court. This requires focus and quick reflexes to react to the direction of the spike.

Essential Fundamentals for Effective Blocking

It’s important to focus on the essential blocking fundamentals that will set you apart from the competition.

Proper Footwork

Start by positioning yourself correctly, with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. As the hitter approaches, take small, quick steps toward the net, keeping your weight balanced and ready to react.


Anticipate the hitter’s approach and jump just as they are about to make contact with the ball. This will allow you to meet the ball at its highest point, maximizing your reach and effectiveness.

Hand Placement

Keep your hands and fingers spread wide, ready to absorb the impact of the spike. Angle your hands slightly inward to redirect the ball back into the opponent’s court.


Effective communication with your teammates is vital for a cohesive blocking strategy. Clearly communicate your intentions, call out the opposing team’s hitters, and work together to close any potential gaps.

By focusing on these essential fundamentals, you will enhance your blocking skills and become a force to be reckoned with on the court. Remember, practice makes perfect, so get out there and elevate your blocking game to new heights!

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Individual and Team Blocking Drills

These drills are designed to improve your footwork, timing, hand placement, and communication, all while honing your blocking technique.

For individual drills, try the “Shadow Blocking” drill. In this drill, imagine you’re blocking a hitter and practice your footwork and hand placement. Focus on mirroring the movements of an imaginary hitter and work on timing your jump and positioning your hands correctly. This drill will help you develop muscle memory and improve your overall blocking technique.

When it comes to team drills, “Blocking Breakdown” is a great option. Divide your team into groups and have them practice blocking against each other. Encourage communication and teamwork as they work together to block hits from their teammates. This drill enhances individual skills and improves coordination and synchronization within the team.

Another team drill to try is “The Blocking Wall.” Set up a line of blockers facing a line of hitters. The blockers’ goal is to successfully block the hitter’s attack and redirect the ball back into the opposing team’s court. This drill emphasizes teamwork, communication, and quick reactions, as the blockers must work together to form an impenetrable wall.

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