Plan Your Attack: Hit Around the Block

Aggres­sive block­ing makes it hard to put down kills. In blog five of our six-part series, we focus on turn­ing the opponent’s defense into an offen­sive scor­ing tool.

Plan Your Attack: Hit Around the Block

Aggres­sive block­ing makes it hard to put down kills. In blog five of our six-part series, we focus on turn­ing the opponent’s defense into an offen­sive scor­ing tool.

Are your play­ers mak­ing your opponent’s block­ers look real­ly good? Are their hit­ting options lim­it­ed with two sets of hands in front of them? In blog five, we’ll show you how your play­ers can expand their shot reper­toire and score more points by hit­ting off the block and around it. 

The Prob­lem

Your opponent’s num­ber of blocks is way too high. And your team’s hit­ting per­cent­age is way too low. Dig into what’s going on using your attack ten­den­cies report.

The Diag­no­sis

The team you played last week had ten blocks against you, so you start there. A ton of red lines end at the net, and most of them are hap­pen­ing on the outside. 

Your out­side is your strongest hit­ter, so why’d she get blocked so many times? You click on her attempts in the play­er stats table to see the video. You notice that in two of her three front-row rota­tions, she was hit­ting against a 6-foot, 3-inch right side. Great plan­ning on your opponent’s part, but bad news for your outside’s hit­ting percentage. 

Next, you fil­ter by your right side to see how things were going on that side of the court. She’s a lefty so she loves to hit line. But your oppo­nent clear­ly did some scout­ing — their block was tak­ing away that shot every time, and she also got blocked a lot.

The Solu­tion

Instead of direct­ing your right side to attack cross-court, teach her to use the block. This drill from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan and The Art of Coach­ing Vol­ley­ball will rein­force tool­ing the block as the best way to earn points.

And your out­side? Her best bet is to hit high hands or over the block. This drill uses an elas­tic band to teach your play­ers to reach high when they’re attack­ing. (Bonus: It’ll force them to use prop­er jump­ing and land­ing tech­niques to max­i­mize their reach.)


Want to see more drills and coach­ing tips? Head over to The Art of Coach­ing Vol­ley­ball to start learn­ing. And stay tuned for the final blog of our six-part series on block­ing strategies.