Attack and block against a ball distribution

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6 to 8 players - 4 to 6 balls
One court

Aim of the task:

Block the spike


  • For the thrower ensure regular distribution.
  • For the spiker: attack the target with a spike. Then he fetches the ball and brings it back to the thrower.
  • The blocker then takes the role of the spiker.

Here the organisation is close to a game. The regularity of balls distribution allows an important volume of spikes.

The action is therefore complete when the player learns to:

  • Position himself relative to the arm of the spiker and not let himself be drawn to follow the ball.
  • Prepare his impulse with a deep bend and a lowering of the arms.
  • Trigger his impulse on the spiker's arm attack.
  • Place his hands in a block.

The placing of an air block requires specific coordination:

  • In order to gain amplitude and pass the hands on the other side of the net without touching it the arms are extended, touching the ears, head and chin down (the action of looking with the head up would hamper the shoulders and would limit the commitment above the net while at the same time it would expose to a block with the face…).
  • To oppose the widest surface while ensuring finger safety, the hands are open, fingers spread and straight as in a fan, both thumbs vertical and parallel.
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Placing and rhythm criteria remain essential. Moreover, the blocker perfects his techniques of impulse and action on the ball.

We can observe:

  • The depth of flexion and the use of the arms for the impulse. Elbows go down low during flexion.
  • The chin goes into the chest and frees the shoulders for maximum extension.
  • The hands engage beyond the net with a real "attack" of the ball fingers taught and spread. Thumbs close and parallel ensure the closure of the block between the hands.

The "reaching for the ball" and the tonic fingers are criteria for both efficiency and safety. This avoids receiving the ball on badly positioned fingers and tricking your own defence by deviating the ball without stopping it. On the video we can see that a badly oriented block and badly placed hands let the attack through, either on the priority area to defend (in the closed angle), or between the hands. Each time, this is a difficult ball to defend for the rear defence.

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