Volleyball Blocking Footwork (SWING VS TRADITIONAL FOOTWORK)


Have you been struggling to get in
position to block? If so, watch this video and you will discover the types of
footwork for blocking. For the best volleyball coaching and training advice,
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every Tuesday. If you can’t seem to figure out the footwork for blocking,
by the end of this video you’ll know exactly how to move along the net and
get in position to block. These are the exact tips I use with my players and now
it’s your turn. The starting posture. It’s important for the boxer to always start
in a low position ready to move quickly. Getting into the right position to block
is critical. You want to end up with the body squared to the net with the hands
and arms moving straight up and over the net. There are times when you need to move
quickly along the net. So you don’t want poor footwork that will cause you to be
late getting to the ball. You need to get there fast because you
don’t want to be reaching out to the side for the ball.
Reaching out to the side is a weak blocking position. Now if you’re looking for the specific
skills you need to learn to master blocking, be sure to watch my video on
how to block a volleyball. The link to watch it is in the description below and also in
the cards in this video. Use the arms. You want to coordinate the upper body with
lower body when side shuffling our swing blocking. Swing the arms back so if
you’re doing a side shuffle you want to use your arms. Here, also practice getting
a sense of how to move laterally while bringing the arms back. Swing blocking. Swing blocking is
basically performing a crossover step and using a double arm pump to get up in
the air high to block. You’re also opening up the shoulders and hips when
you are approaching. You then finish the block by squaring the hips and shoulders. With the traditional block, the blocker
keeps the shoulders and hips squared. During the entire blocking movement, another big difference between the swing block and
traditional block, the swing blocking player tends to perform the movement
without focusing much on getting into the angle of approach. This is because it
tends to be easier to get into the angle if you’re just performing the shuffle
step approach. It’s easier to face the net and move along the net versus
opening up the hips. Front the hitter. So the goal with
blocking is to front the hitter. The goal is to keep the hitter from hitting the
ball through the angle of approach. It’s important to mention that often the
blocker will need to perform a crossover step when moving to get in position to
block. This is why practicing the swing block is so important. Now if you’re looking for an advantage
on becoming a more dynamic blocker, be sure to watch my video on swing blocking.
The link to watch it is in description below and also in the cards for this
video. Traditional blocking great distances. If
you don’t want to learn the swing block you can learn to move great distances by
mastering a step shuffle step or step hop. Just be sure to bring the arms back as you prepare to jump. Typically, less
movement is more effective. This is why traditional blocking tends to be easier
to learn. Errors are more likely to be made when opening the hips and shoulders.
This is why rotating in the air can be a risky move and often isn’t the best
choice. If you’ve been struggling with blocking or have a question related to
blocking, please comment below with a follow up question. Now you know exactly how to
train footwork for blocking, but what about positioning and timing the block?
I’ve created a checklist that covers the entire process of learning to block
a volleyball. This covers everything you need to know to become a successful blocker. The
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