Definition: An aggressive overhand hit or attack on the ball. Spiking is the most through skill in volleyball and requires an intense motion and attitude. Proper timing with your approach and armswing is essential to being successful. Generate as much power as you can- it is you against 6 people.
- Front row transitions are essential for any great spiker.
- After you block- get off the net quickly with proper footwork.
- 2 ways: Back peddle or Step, Cross, Hop off the net!
- Strive to get back past the 10 foot line with every transition.
- You need to get back in order to have enough space for an effective spike approach.
2. APPROACH FOOTWORK
- Last 3 steps:
For Right Handers: LEFT, RIGHT- LEFT
For Left Handers: RIGHT, LEFT- RIGHT
- Use long adjustment steps to get yourself behind the ball.
- Your last 2 steps will be your explosion steps.
- Roll from your heels to your toes and spring into the air.
3. JUMP & PIKE
- Lock and Load jumping muscles by sitting down into your last 2 steps
- Convert your forward momentum into vertical momentum.
- Maximize your jump by swinging your arms and throwing yourself into the air
- Pike with your upper torso with a Whip motion for more power.
- Lead with your elbow- your hand will follow.
- Your elbow needs to be back and high. Bow and arrow motion.
- Your "big hand" will become an extension of your ear.
- Open up your shoulders to generate maximum power.
- WHIP- use your arm like a whip and snap over the ball.
5. REACH & SNAP
- Reach as high as you can with your "big hand"
- Keep the ball in front of you and your hitting arm.
- Snap over the ball at contact
- Contact the ball with your wrist and follow straight through the ball.