What is the Middle Blocker?
On defense, the Middle Blocker position is the player at the net in the middle of the court between the two outside blockers. The middle blocker strives to be involved in blocking the opponent's hitters wherever they may be on the court. On offense, the middle blocker will usually hit quick sets or serve as a decoy to confuse the opponent's blockers if the pass is good enough.
What does the Middle Blocker Do During a Play?
- Before your team serves the ball, line up directly in front of the other team's setter, just to left of the middle of the court
- Find the hitters on your opponent's side and point them out to your teammates.
- Watch the hitters after the ball is served to see where they are headed.
- Read the setter and determine where she is going to send the ball
- Move to where you need to be to block the hitter.
- Close the block and penetrate the net with your arms.
- If the ball gets by you, get back quickly in transition and approach for a quick set.
What Attributes Are Important in a Middle Blocker?
- Good Blocking Skill
- Ability to read the setter
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