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Run a drill where the player is taking a volleyball spike approach and then contacts the ball with the non-dominant hand at the peak of the jump. This step is important because it familiarizes the player with reaching high with the non-dominant hand before the spiking hand hits the ball.
Spiking a volleyball can involve a two step, three step, or four step approach. It is the coordinated effort of footwork, arm swing, and explosiveness. How...
A volleyball spike or attack is the strategy used to send the ball over the net to the opponent in such a manner that ball is not returnable. The spike is performed by moving the arm in a way such that you angle the ball to land on the ground of your opponent's side of the court. Usually a spike is hit with great force at a downward angle.
How to Use Upper Body and Arms to Spike a Volleyball The next thing to consider is what you need to do with your upper body and arms. It is important to ensure when approaching to hit the ball using the aforementioned footwork that your upper body stays upright and straight this will ensure that when you jump your momentum is going upwards rather than forwards towards the net.
Looking at the run up phase of the volleyball spike, the momentum is the result of the mass of the player and the velocity of the approach (Hughes A, 2014). In order to gain maximum momentum, the athlete must apply a certain amount of force in order for inertia to increase and produce a change in velocity (Blazevich, 2010).
Stand 5 or 6 feet back from the net. Run to the net as the ball is approaching the top of its flight. Take a large step forward with your left foot—if you spike with your right hand, opposite if you spike left-handed—to create a base for your jump. Bring your right foot forward and bend your knees.
When you jump up to spike the ball, the best position is slightly sideways and in the "archer" position. This means you have one arm out in front of you to aim and steady yourself, while the other arm is bent at the elbow, and your hand is near your ear or above your head. From here, it is easy to extend your arm and spike the ball.
Quickly run straight to the ball and get underneath the ball. Throw both arms high up and jump straight up to the ball. With your hitting hand, hit up at the ball (so it goes over the net), and then snap your wrist down (fingers pointing down), so the ball gets top spin and goes down onto the other side of the court.