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University of Illinois Head Coach, Kevin Hambly, works with his players on a core focused blocking exercise. It is important for the athletes to feel they are pushing with their core as they block the ball. This will give you more strength in your blocks than pushing with just your shoulders.
Former high school coach and 2x Olympian, Kim Oden has her players run through a ‘Vision Drill’ which helps blockers recognize the direction of the attacking hit. Have your blockers focus on the positioning of the attacker’s shoulders throughout this sequence.
Use three different types of tosses and hits to challenge your blockers.
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Learn a very useful blocking drill from one of the top blockers in USA and NCAA volleyball history, Kim Oden. The Gauntlet Drill keeps players moving quickly by doing a step-hop to make a block on the hitters.
Make sure the hitters have a stable surface to hit from. Also, the blockers can use various types of shuffles to get to each spot for the block.
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Help your athletes develop solid blocking techniques while increasing power and explosiveness. Players will learn to work together as they block in unison. These drills are led by Ruth Nelson, who has been a highly successful coach, teacher, innovator, motivator and player in the sport of volleyball.
Single item focus training is used to help athletes concentrate on specific areas for improvement.
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Get breakdown of middle hitting and blocking with 2011 Big East Coach of the Year, Bond Shymansky! He is currently the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Marquette University and has some great advice to offer. Coach Shymansky points out that middle hitting is not all about just being able to hit the ball hard, its about communicating with your teammates and putting forth a great deal of effort. This first clip shows the details of footwork mechanics. See how to maximize elevation off the ground and rise high above the net to make a hit over opponents blockers.
Tips: Coaches, make sure to teach your players to position themselves no more than 3 meters between them and the net. Athletes, do not jump to close to the net as that will make it easy for opponents to block you.
A good blocker must have excellent vision and be able to read the setter. One important set of instructions Coach Shymansky feels is necessary is for the blocker to first watch the ball, then the setter, then back to the ball and finally focus on the hitter. Using a good shuffle will allow you to get in the best position for a block.
Tips: Athletes, try to anticipate the actions of your opponent by watching the opponent’s shoulders. Coaches, watch the arm mechanics of your players to ensure they are driving their elbows back to propel themselves off the ground higher.
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