Springbak Volleyball Training Tips – Tips for Middle Blockers


Middle blockers rule the net. They need to be warriors, constantly in motion, relentlessly aggressive on offense and defense. To be an effective CF (Center Front), you must love to work hard and be involved in every play. You’re like the shot blocker in basketball. You have to dominate the net, and make it your own, make opposing hitters think about what they’re doing, change their shots, throw off their game.

Here’s some tips for playing tough CF:

1) Block head-to-head, but remember, the angle shot is essential to hit, you’ll see 80% or better of these in some games. Shut down the angle, and then see what else your opponent can do. Many times, there’s nothing they can do, and will stop hitting. Then you own them, they are no longer a factor.

2) When blocking the quick set, look where the setter is. Is your opponent too far back to block it effectively? If so, wait, and expect a regular set, or something outside.

3) Try to smother the ball. Get your hands completely around the ball, and push it down. Make it impossible for the ball to go anywhere but straight back down.

4) Unless your opponent runs a 5-1, it’s rarely worthwhile to go up to block when they’re setting. By going up with the setter, you’ve lost valuable time in getting to where their set is going to go.

5) Wait an extra 1/2 second when blocking a back row attack. Also be certain you have a good chance to get it, because your block may obscure the vision of your teammates, getting ready to dig in the back row.

6) Play one-on-one with the opposing CF. It’s like man-to-man in basketball. If your opponent goes up, you must go up. If the opponent moves to hit a slide, you have to go with them. Unless you know for certain they’ll be out of play, you have to “mirror” the opposing CF.

7) Wear Springbak Springsoles in your volleyball shoes. This will give you a few more inches on your vertical jump and increase your spiking and serving speeds as well. Also, you will have quicker reaction times to the ball and have much more balance and stability on the court.

Want a great hitting strategy?

Here’s a way for you to up your outside hitting percentage by simply making your opposing blocker “play you honestly”. The strategy is simple, but not used nearly enough.

All you have to do is to always, without exception, hit your first ball down the line. Sounds simple right? But what it does is this: blockers are taught to block angle until the opponent hits the line, since 90% of hits are blasted angle. So, if you hit your very first hit down the line, it instantly tells your opponent you can do it, and that you WILL do it. They must now play you straight on, to guard the line, which will open up your angle again.

Also, if your first line shot goes down, hit your second one down the line too. The reason? Many coaches assume that a line shot was actually an accident, a ball that wasn’t hit right in effect. They’ll tell their blockers to keep blocking angle until their opponent hits two down the line. So, you’ll get away with a second shot down the line as well.

Enjoy the Volleyball Tips and Have FUN!

Tips courtesy of Mark Vona, GM at Springbak Inc.


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