A volleyball team’s attacker is a crucial member. The attacker’s role is to successfully spike the ball and score goals for his or her team. An attacker should attempt to spike the ball as forcefully as possible, on the one hand. It goes without saying that hitting the ball harder makes it more difficult for the defense of the opposing side to fend off your onslaught. A hitter, on the other hand, should correctly spike a ball and make every effort to strike the objective. The spiking technique needs to be perfected if you want to develop into a strong attacking volleyball player. We’ll cover all the essential information about volleyball spiking in this blog.
What Is A Spike In Volleyball?
A volleyball spike is also called a hit and attack. A player uses an overhead swing to touch the ball and send it to the opponent’s side of the net.
If possible, jump when you spike to get the best possible height and angle so you can steer the ball over the net. If you aren’t big enough or can’t jump high enough to spike like this, you can still spike, but it will be a flatter attack. Point the ball at your opponent, increase your speed and take aim. You want your team to pass as far as possible on first contact when the ball goes over the net. Then the second contact should usually be a set. The third contact is the spike or hit time.
What Part Of Your Hand Do You Use To Hit In Volleyball?
When you hit the ball, use your palm, which is the flesh of your hand. The whole palm or the whole palm is fine. You can hit the ball with your fingers, but that’s not the important part.
Some players prefer to keep their palms open and fingers slightly apart to reach when making contact with the ball. Personally, I like to hit the ball with a hard, flat hand and fingers close together. I find that I get hit harder.
When you hit it, you want it to be a momentary contact that pops the ball. You want to avoid “carrying” the ball where you drag it in the air.
How To Nail A Perfect Spike
- Get into position. Volleyball rules dictate that a player must be in the front row to hit the ball over the net. Hitting the ball at a sharp angle from the right or left side works best. Even when throwing the ball from a right or left forward position, he is about 4 steps away from the net and 10 feet behind his line (offensive line).
- Note the setter. Players in the middle position raise the ball high in front of them, bend it, and drop it closer to the net, making it easier to knock it to the opponent. Start the approach after the ball is seated.
- Maintain correct posture. Face the ball and bend your knees ready to move. If you are right-handed, your left foot should be behind your right foot. If you are left-handed, your right foot should be behind your left foot.
- Take the first step toward the ball. Take a strong first step toward the ball with your left foot. If you are left-handed, do the opposite.
- Take a strong second step. Step forward with your right foot to increase speed (left foot if you’re left-handed). Simultaneously swing your arms back and prepare to punch. The distance of this second step of his depends on the position of the ball. As the ball approaches, take small steps. If the distance is far, increase the distance.
- Take the last step and straighten your legs. Take another step with your left foot (or right foot if you’re left-handed) and finish with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees bent. Your arms should be swinging back.
- Jump when the ball falls into place. When the last step lands, rotate your body from the net to 30 degrees, keeping your shoulders away from the net. Explosively jump while swinging your arms forward, jumping high into the air. The higher you jump, the stronger your punch.
- Raise your hand to attack. As you reach jump height, swing your arms overhead. Pull your right elbow (left elbow if you’re left-handed) back and bend it to a 90-degree angle. Your hands should be at head height.
- Hit the ball with the middle of your hand. Keep your hands open, and fingers closed. Rotate your arms at your shoulders, and forearms forward, and quickly move your hands to contact the ball. Move your wrist down to create a topspin and send the ball into the opponent’s court.
- Bend your knees when your feet touch the floor. This will help you regain your balance and prevent ankle injuries. Be careful not to fall into the net when landing.
- Return to the position. When the opposing team returns the ball, you need to prepare for further action. Get off the net and get to the ready position. Always watch the ball.
When you spike a volleyball, you have to hit the ball hard against the ground on the other side of the net. Wait for a passerby to place the ball near the net, then approach it, jump, and aim for a kill. If the ball hits the ground before the other team retrieves it, your team scores a point. After learning the basics of spikes, try different approaches to increase the power of your spikes.