Volleyball Tips for Newbies (part 3)

By | January 16, 2020

4. Avoid setting the ball overly close to the net

The hitter does not come to use the full hitting approach; plus, their hitting choices are more limited.

Aside from being tricky to hit, one set that is overly close to the net can get somewhat unsafe as well, particularly for less experienced hitters. When one hitter is not familiar with adjusting to one tight set, they tend to land under or in the net, potentially landing on blockers’ feet. It is among the most common ways to get injured in volleyball, usually resulting in knee or ankle injuries.

Rather than aiming right for the net, you should aim for around one foot away from the net. In case it is off-target slightly, it gives some buffer room. Here, the hitter should not expect one perfect set from one non-setter player anyway. Hence, they had better be ready to adjust.

5. Avoid landing under or on the net

As one newer player, you usually do not get as many sets; thus, hitting as many spikes as possible is tempting. It is a great attitude, yet, make sure to maintain one controlled hitting approach, as well as high spatial awareness of the net, inclusive of the area under your net.

A lot of times, players are excessively focussed on hitting the ball, so they fail to figure out how close to their net they get. Remember, one rule violation is touching the net, and it can cost the team a point. More significantly, that being said, is the safety aspect. When you land under or in the net, there is a high chance you might land on the foot of someone else.

So, while concentrating wholly on hitting the ball is tempting, remember to work on your spatial awareness as well.