BLOCKING

1. Observing: Position: hands high, legs slightly bent, feet at shoulder-width, ready to jump. The body is at 30 cm. from the middle line, shoulders parallell with the net.
2. Ready to move: When a player takes place, he observes the opposite attackers, ready to jump. YOu must keep an eye on the hands of the opposite setter. When attacking on a quick ball, keep the hands high.
3. Shoulders parallel with the net: Ankles, knees and elbows stretch at the same time. The shoulders stay parallel with the net, the hands in front of the body and inf front of the head, not beside.
4. Stretch the arms: When jumping, both arms raise over the net. The blocker looks at the opposite attacker.
5. Arms together and reaching to the ball: Arms and hands are less than a ball-width from each other. The arms are as close as possible to the net. The arms are always stretched and aim is to reach the ball. Your head stays straight, not to the back, not to the fornt. The body is not allowed to deviate to the left or the right.
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1 & 2. Legs bent deeper: When you took the wright position, you prepare to jump at max., the eyes pointed to your opposite, legs bent deep.
3. Arms up: De legs are streched, the bent arms begin an up-movement. A stable position (devided on both feet) is very important.
4. Body straight up: The arms and hands have to be streched over the net. The whole movement is upwards.
5. The forearms are over the net: The shoulders stay parallel with the net. Hands and fingers are tense. Forearms, hands and fingers are kept in one straight line.
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Hands close to the ball:
With the arms close to the net, the blocking player reaches the ball. The head is still straight, eyes pointed to the opposite attacker. Whole the movement is done at once, to obtain the highest speed.
Playing piano:When reaching to the ball, the fingers are stretched and in forward direction, like you are going to play piano.


Observe the approach of the opposite:
The blocking player always looks at the approach of the opposite attacker, ready to jump. The other blocker moves towards the first one, two form a closed blok.
Both players jump up together. Stretched arms and hands form a 'wall' over the net. Blockers always keep looking to the opposite attacker.
When blocking, your attention should always go from the attacker to the setter and back. Hands are at shoulder height in front of the body, close to the net.