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How to "Spike" a Volleyball

Spiking is a form of attacking and a very popular offensive move used in volleyball. It is the act of jumping and hitting the ball down into the opponent's court, which hopefully results in a "kill". There are various types of hits - the outside, middle, and back hits based on who the hitter is.


If you are right-handed, your approach should be "Left foot, right foot-left foot, jump" and vice versa if you are left-handed. (Refer to the picture on the right along with these steps).

-The purpose of the first step is to pick up speed and cover distance. The second stepThe last two steps are much quicker and should place your feet at somewhat of a 45-degree angle from the net.

-The second step is also to build up speed and cover distance. Depending on where the ball is, you should adjust the distance of this step.

-Along with the third step, swing your arms behind you so that you can raise them with the last step to gain momentum and extra inches.

-The final step (the quick two steps) requires you to keep your feet shoulder width apart for balance and preparation for your jump.

The Jump and Hit

1. After your final step, you should be slightly perpendicular to the net with your hitting shoulder away from the net.

2. As you jump as high as you can vertically, you need to lift up both arms and swing down the arm you are not hitting with for momentum.

3. The hitting arm will then follow as you pull your elbow back and bend it approximately 90 degrees.

4.Then curve it up and swing at the ball, keeping your hand open in order to have maximum contact. Make sure you are hitting the ball at your highest reach.

5. Swing hard at the ball and snap your wrist in order to keep the ball in the court. Always follow through with your arm to finish off your hit.

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