Video:What Is a Middle Blocker in Volleyball?with Natalie Schmitting
In volleyball, the middle blocker has to cover quite a bit of ground. This About.com video will give you an idea of the responsibilities and skills of the middle blocker in volleyball.See Transcript
Transcript:What Is a Middle Blocker in Volleyball?
Hi, I'm Natalie Schmitting for About.com. In this video, you will learn about the middle blocker position in volleyball.
Middle Blocker is Responsible for Entire Net
The middle blocker, positioned in the middle front of the court, blocks the most balls on his or her team. Middle blockers are also attackers and commonly hit quick sets. As the middle blocker is responsible for the entire net, he or she should think of him- or herself as the first line of defense. The main goal is to take away an area of the court from the opponent through blocking.
Middle Blocker on Defense
For example, if the middle blocker sets up on the net to stop a hitter from hitting a cross angled shot, then the hitter must default to trying a different shot. If the middle blocker is set up properly and early enough, the opponent must find a way to hit around the middle blocker's hands.
Middle Blocker in the Front Row
The middle blocker on offense will be hitting a variety of hits throughout the front row. When on defense, the middle blocker will always be positioned in the middle - between the right side hitter and outside hitter. Some middle blockers are skilled enough to play back row as well, but most commonly the middle blocker will be replaced by the team's libero or defensive specialist. It is a helpful asset for a middle blocker to be tall. Middle blockers are always jumping - both on defense and offense.
Middle Blocker Needs Quick Feet and Strong Hands
On offense, middle blockers must approach and anticipate to hit in every play even if they do not receive the ball from the setter. Because middle blockers must attempt to stop every hit from the opponent, they need to laterally shuffle and run across the net to set up a block before the hitter hits the ball. Middle blockers must have quick feet and strong hands. Proper hand positioning for blocking is key, not only for a successful block but also to prevent injury. Lastly, middle blockers should have a variety of shots developed for offense – they should be able to hit many different sets.
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