doubles advice

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    Dec 14, 2007 8:46 PM GMT
    i'm fairly new to playing doubles, it's quite fast-paced, and it's fun.

    however, i've had a hell of a time trying to read the hitter and anticipating where they're gonna spike the ball. it gets frustrating because i can dig with the best of them, but half the time i end up on the wrong side.

    any advice is much appreciated icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 16, 2007 2:39 PM GMT
    How To Block a Volleyball- This WILL WORK!!
    A successful block is when the ball rebounds of the hands of the blocker and directly back into the opponent's court or deflects of the hands in such a way that the blocker's team may play the ball. Blocking comes in two forms, single and multiple. A single block, where one person blocks the spike, is often not effective enough to stop a good spiker. The idea is to take away as much as the court possible from the spiker, leaving less of the court the blocker's team has to cover.
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time Required: It's up to you.
    Here's How:
    Set up - The most important factor is where you set up your block. Usually you want to be no more than one foot of the net and of course facing the opponent's. Keep you hands up at shoulder level and palms facing forward. Once the ball is set keep your eyes on the attacker. Position yourself on the attackers hitting arm, aligning half a body length to the side of the hitter's hitting arm.
    Opponent Jumps First - Wait for the Attacker to Jump - Timing is key and you want to time your jump so that you jump immediately after the attacker jumps.
    Reach - Reach your hands over the top of the net penetrating into the opponent's side of the net and positioned on both side of the attacker's hitting arm.
    Angle Your Hands - You want to angle your hands slightly so that the ball will rebound off your hands and toward the middle of the opponent's court.
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    Recover - Whether or not you make contact with the ball, bring your hands back and land on two feet, bending your knees to cushion the landing.
    Prepare - Immediately turn away from the net and look for the ball.
    Usually, time dictates whether your team will employ a double or single block. However, if time allows you should always put up a double block.
    Another advantage to blocking is that by blocking the ball immediately back to the opponent's court this forces them to put up another attack. The longer that a team has the ball the more likely it is that they will make an unforced error.
    Normally net contact errors are made on blocking because the blocker penetrates too much, resulting in hitting the net on the way up, or fails to withdraw his hands on the way down.
    Inexperienced blockers will also set up too far from the net and actually jump forward to block the ball subsequently jumping into the net.
    If you find that when blocking the ball the ball contacts your hands falls between you and the net, then you need to square your shoulders to the net more.

    Remember angle in so you don't get tooled!!
    Good Luck
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    Jan 08, 2008 3:56 PM GMT
    If you are playing defense behind the block then watch the hitters angle of approach and his shoulders. if he swings hard it will usually be where his shoulders are facing. Example if he is facing angle he is likely to swing hard into the angle. Trust your blocker to take away the line. If the hitter decides to shoot the ball over the block down the line you should be able to run down. good communication between your blocker and you is the key to digging any ball on defense when you play doubles
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    Jan 15, 2008 8:29 AM GMT
    Great advice guys!

    BUT I have to add that if you are faced with strong hitters, putting up a 2 man block leaves you open with no one in the back court to pass the dink or roll shot.

    I mostly play 6 man but when I DO play 2 man, we usually use one blocker and the other guy pulls back to pick up the slop off the block OR the cleverly placed roll shot or dink.

    I am notorious for hitting that way when I am blocked.... then when they both pull back when I am set.... NO block.... it's almost always an easy point to hit a hard dink in front or to the side.

    The bottom line is know and read your opponents.
    Many guys simply love to hit hard all the time... THEY can be blocked!

    Good luck!

    -- Ron

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    Feb 15, 2009 4:37 PM GMT
    If you are playing any person who is even just a decent hitter who has half a brain he should be able to either tool the block or roll aposite the digger. But, a lot of hitters will wait to see which way the back digger commits to and hits oposite. Overly agressive diggers after commit too early and the hitter merely rolls the ball to their original postition. I am only a B+ hitter, but have half a brain most A-AA blockers touch one or two balls per game. The court is big and if you hit smart most should never dig you. My parter and I often do know block at all because we are so strong defensively believe it or not if you are both very moble you have a better chance that way.

    Good luck
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    Feb 15, 2009 4:44 PM GMT
    Correction on my previous note. Do "not" block at all lots of good players told me this was stupid to begin with. Now that I beat most of them consistantly, I see some other buys doing it also. This strategy is especially good when you have to smart roller/dinkers on the other side. Also, must remember this if one of your team is not moble they should be up to block leaving the more moble of the two back to dig.
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    Feb 15, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    I should add that as you play more your instincts will take over more and you will guess right more often. Watch which hits the other guys like to hit and hit most effectively and if you can do nothing else adjust to take those away first by moving closer to those spots.

    Hope any of this helps