It's no mystery why blockers often tuck their heads when facing an attacker. Anyone who has been six-packed by a hard-driven volleyball knows that it doesn't feel good.
But as McMaster volleyball coach Dave Preston explains here, you gotta get past that because keeping your head up is a big key to good blocking. For one thing, you have to see what you're blocking. Also, tucking your head can impact your technique in a negative way – like causing your hands to go back rather than penetrating over the net.
Watch the video to hear what Preston has to say about keeping your head up and other important blocking techniques.
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