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Protective block in volleyball


Different commands use a block differently. For someone, it serves as the main way to protect against the blows of an opponent. By the way, statistics show that this approach is quite reasonable. Others may use the unit to cover areas that cannot be occupied by host defenders.

In any case, without this technique it is simply impossible to imagine an adequate game in defense. Block is the only game option against strong hits directed to the floor (only block can prevent such).

If the players have learned to block well, this greatly improves the ball reception and the organization of counterattacks in general. Forward opponents will feel insecure - this can lead to errors in the final blows and simply to ineffective attacks.

What is the main drawback of the block? The ball ricochets at the hands of the defenders can go in an absolutely unpredictable direction. Often he flies out or it is simply impossible to accept.

Sometimes defenders use the so-called softening block to avoid rebounding. For this technique, you need to slightly move away from the net and bend back in the lower back. This technique minimizes the risk of unpredictable bounce, but requires development.

A stretched block is a special technique in which a volleyball player raises his hands for the block and holds them back. In general, such a technique can be confusing, but it is hardly to be used often.

When a player completes a single block, he needs to make more efforts. There are several basic techniques that perform this technique. For example, a single block can be placed with the withdrawal of arms right or left relative to their original position. Doing this is worth it if the defender feels that the attacker is about to circle the block with a little kick to the side.

Also, the blocking player can take a position at a slight angle to the attacker. As a result, the second will create the illusion that the blow in a straight line will not be blocked, and the defender will move there at the last moment. Sometimes a single block is done with arms apart. This may be justified if the attacking player sees perfectly the blocking player and can circle him. A block with your hands apart will add chances in this case.

You need to understand that the above methods should not be considered as 100% protection against attack attacks. Blocking was and will be a very difficult moment in volleyball, the given options can only be considered as theoretical training.

Sometimes volleyball players make a block with one hand, but its effectiveness is less. Usually this is done only when there is no longer time to block the blow normally.

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Single Block Elements

  • Training. As soon as the opponent’s passer touches the ball, the blocker is already preparing to take the desired position for the block. Movement occurs by attached or cross step approximately a meter from the net. Hands are bent at the elbows, fingers are apart. The blocker, as it were, outlines his territory with his hands, placing them a little wider than his shoulders. This is important, because if the blocker is helped by the 2nd or 4th number, he will feel the territory of the jump. Then the players will not interfere with each other.

In the case of a zone block, the blocker visually controls the ball. In the case of the catcher - visually controls the batter.

Common mistakes

  • The blocker stretches closer to the ball, which leads to a touch of the net.
  • Too widely spread hands, which creates a breach in protection: Wrong block
  • The blocker forgets to spread his arms before the jump, which helps the 2nd and 4th numbers on the block fly into the blocker. Very traumatic mistake!
  • A blocker scatters legs in different directions. This leads to an approach to the opponent’s area and injuries for both the blocker and the nearby players.
  • The brushes on the block are relaxed. Such a block is weak and ineffective against a strong attacking strike.
  • The hands are moved too far from the net, which allows the attacker to "drive the ball under the skin" - between the block and the net.
  • Bad jump time. Too early or late block.
  • Bad U-turn of forearms and hands:

Much depends on the growth of the blocker. The higher it is, the easier it is to put a block and jump earlier to hit. The smaller - the earlier and higher the jump should take place.

It is important to play with your eyes open. When you see a ball, it’s easier to block. Do not close your eyes on the unit.

Tear the ball away from the hands of an enemy blocker. With this trick, you trick a player from an enemy team and bypass his block.

Get ready for the discount. Opponent players will not always carry out an attack hit - very often (especially in amateur volleyball) discounts occur. Standing next to the net with bent arms and legs, be prepared to take the ball in a lower trick.

The player under the net is the most mobile. His tasks include both a pass and a block. Often his game resembles a squirrel in a wheel. So do not relax, do not sleep. Get ready for anything anytime.

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Block in volleyball. Execution technique

Block execution technique

Block - a technical defense technique, with the help of which they block the way for a ball flying after an attacking strike or an opponent’s serve.

Perform the block in the vast majority of cases after moving.

The player is standing near the net, facing it, legs are at the same level as shoulder-width apart, bent at the knees, feet parallel.

Hands are bent at the elbows, hands in front of the chest. They move to the supposed meeting place with the ball at a distance of up to 2 m in a jump, at 2-3 m - with added steps, more than 3m - with a normal run, then turning to face the net. The last step is performed as jumping and stopping (according to the type of take-off to the attacking strike). If the stopper falls on the heel during an attack, then in the block the stopping movement is carried out by the inside of the foot.

After running, the player first turns to the net, and then performs a stop motion. He puts the other leg shoulder-width apart, then crouches and simultaneously lowers his elbows.

Movement during the jump begins with arms, then legs. Looking up from the support, the player puts his hands above the net so that they remain bent at the elbows. The forearms have a slight slope with respect to the grid, the fingers are divorced and optimally tense, palms parallel to the grid. When blocking at the edge of the net, the palm of one hand closest to the edge of the net is rotated at an angle, this also applies to blocking strokes with translation. As the ball approaches, the arms are unbent at the elbow joints and moved forward and up. At the same time, the hands are bent in the wrist joints, the fingers move forward and down. When hitting the ball, the hands absorb the shock and direct the ball forward and down, to the opponent’s side. After completing the block, the brushes are lifted up, the player lowers and lands on bent legs.

Important elements of the block are choice of place and time for jumping and setting hands over the net. When performing a block against an attacking strike, the place is chosen so that the blocker is located on an imaginary extension of the striking line of the attacking player. Blocking attack strikes with translation, as a rule, is carried out at the group block, in this case the player who blocks the strike selects the place to jump, and the other player “attaches” to it. When performing a block against a feed, the blocking player selects a place so that the hand of the serving player performing the feed punch movement moves in that direction.

Jump moment selection a blocking player is determined by the actions of the attacking or serving player. Specific guidelines may serve:
in case of a high-speed impact from a transmission directed close to the net, - the hand crosses the vertical while swinging the attacking player,
in case of a high-speed impact from a gear remote from the net, the beginning of the shock movement of the attacking player’s hand,
in case of a high-speed impact with a low accelerated gear (“meter”, half-shoot) - the moment the legs are torn off the support or the arms are lifted above the head when pushing the attacking player,
in case of a high-speed strike from a high-speed gear (take-off, backache) - simultaneously with the attacking player,
in case of a lateral striking blow - the beginning of the striking movement of the attacking player’s hand
when serving, the ball approaches the net (approximately to the line of attack).
It should be noted that all the guidelines for starting a blocking jump against an attack hit are effective provided that the initiating and blocking one is about the same height. A blocker player of a lower stature should jump a little earlier, a higher one later. In each individual case, such amendments should be made regardless of the conditions of the game and the individual characteristics of the attacking players.

Block the passing ball
Many binders have problems with high carry balls. But much more can be done than just moving the ball or waiting below until the blocker drops or hits the ball.

In such a situation, the blocker may jump higher than you, but this also can not stop you from winning this ball. You must prevent the opponent from blocking so that he does not “pass” the ball to your side, and then try to push the ball below his hands, between the hands and the net.

Finish each block with a brush movement.
Good blockers know how to complete a block. When your hands touch the ball, the block does not end yet. It ends only when the ball touches the floor, and for this to happen faster it is necessary to make the final movement of the cysts down. Even if you have not blocked the ball, you need to make such a move.

Take the ball to the side
This is a good way to trick an opponent and win the rally, since many players do not expect such actions.

A blocking opponent basically expects you to “pass” the ball directly, that is, into his hands. So it is necessary to suddenly “tear” the ball away from his hands. Be careful not to touch the net during this.

If you are late for the block
None of the players have to react so quickly and jump a lot as a central blocker. If it turned out that you were late for the block, then do everything as follows.

If you are late, then jump and place the block, and pull your hands to the second blocker (you must jump in place, and not in the direction of the blocker). It is necessary that your body is parallel to the grid, you can not turn around towards the attacker.

Do not close your eyes
The two main blocking mistakes are “closed eyes” and hands on one’s side. Unfortunately, these flaws are very difficult to fix regardless of your experience. You must look at the ball while the attacker is about to strike. If you see the moment of impact, then it will not be difficult for you to block it.

Also, if you put the block with your eyes open, you will be able to react to many balls, both discharges and kicks.

Try to get a high passing ball

With a high passing ball, you should try to give the pass with at least one hand, since if the blocker touches such a ball, you will win the rally.

If you are the opposite, an attacker, then try to jump above the binder and “take off” the ball before it touches the opponent’s binder.