a) If you get a trap set while hitting from the middle of the court- Soft Tip into the Block on purpose . Aim the Tip into the wrists and forearms of the opposing blockers so that the ball will bounce off high and back into your court so your teammates who are covering you have a chance to replay the ball. This sounds difficult and it does take practice but it is possible to save a broken play by having the courage to actually aim the ball for the block. Elite indoor and beach players use this tactic to give themselves another opportunity to attack the ball.
b) Use the Tip to Use the Block. If you get a set close to the net and you are hitting on the left or right side of the court use the tip to score a point or sideout by aiming for the outside or external arm of the block and wipe the ball off the forearm of the block. This is a very difficult attack for the defense to pick up and almost always guarantees a point.
c) Be the Last Player to Touch the Ball if your Tip Turns into a Joust. In 99% of the cases if two players go up to contact a ball -usually one to block and one to tip and they both end up contacting the ball at the same time over the net- the second one to touch the ball almost always wins because quite simply the second one has the advantage of going up and pushing over while the first one is coming down-on the way down while losing momentum. I hardly ever lose a joust because I wait and wait as long as I can before I put my hands on the ball and push over into the opposing court. It takes practice but its worth saving a tip gone bad.
d)Tip Deep. Many times hitters tip right behind the block because they have a big block they are intimidated by or because they can't see the open court. But if you talk to your teammates and ask them to tell you what's open in defense especially if the opposing team is playing man up defense with a person playing behind the block you will find open spaces deep in the court that you can tip to. In practice mix up your attack by dipping short, and tipping deep to the corners.
e) Tip on A Good Set. Elite players make themselves unpredictable and you can make yourself invaluable by learning to HIT all the bad sets hard and tipping when it's time for a change up on a good set. It keeps the defense off balanced because everybody in the gym will expect you to hit a beautiful set and to just save the bad ones. Do the opposite! Keep them guessing.
April Chapple is a former International Indoor and Beach Volleyball Professional. After many years of playing with and against Olympic and World Champions in Europe and the U. S. April has created, owns and publishes Volleyball Voices and April's Beach Volleyball Blog the first virtual volleyball mentoring communities where all female volleyball players come to write their stories. To learn more from and about players who play-visit http://www.volleyballvoices.com and http://www.aprilsbeachvolleyballblog.com To vote on the best Volleyball Photography visit http://www.volleyballvoyeur.com today!