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Perfect Volleyball Spike Checklist

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Here’s the volleyball spike technique, broken down into stages, which is going to help you hit the perfect volleyball spike and smash it into the opponent’s side of the court for a kill. Make sure that you follow this checklist and turn your perfect volleyball spike into muscle memory for your next kill on the volleyball court.

Ready Position

  • Wait in a high track start position
  • Lean the body slightly forwards, arm relaxed, feet staggered and weigh on the opposite foot of the first step to aid in proper foot sequence
  • Read the trajectory, speed and placement of the set to determine when to begin the approach

The Approach

  • Strive to approach the ball in the same way each time.
  • The first steps are reading and timing. Start slow and finish fast, attacking the approach.
  • Emphasis is on a continuous movement, accelerating into the plant and take-off.

Plant and Take Off

  • Plant and take off quickly. The less time spent on ground during lift off, the higher the jump
  • Be at an arm’s distance behind the ball, line the ball up with your hitting shoulder
  • Take off from both feet
  • Life off by extending up with the arms and legs

Arm Swing

  • Lift up arms into attack-ready position
  • Get hitting arm in throwing position with elbow hight and hitting shoulder rotated back.
  • Throw hitting hand up at ball with elbow leading the shoulder rotation into the hit
  • Generate speed by rotating hips, shoulders and arm into the hit

Contact

  • Contact ball at maximum reach, in front of body and over the hitting shoulder
  • Contact ball on the palm of open hand, fingers wrapped around the ball
  • Direct the ball by contacting it on different sides:
    • 1) 12 o’clock for straight ahead
    • 2) 10 o’clock for sharp angle to right, 2 o’clock for sharp angle to left

Follow-through

  • Shorten swing on tight sets, but always follow-through
  • Body follows arm and rotates to face the direction of attack
  • Land softly on both feet

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