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How To Teach Beginner Volleyball Players Approach Footwork

Volleyball Beginner Footwork

As a hitter, you know mastering your approach footwork is a must. The 3-step approach is a basic a skill every beginner volleyball player should be taught. By mastering your approach, you will unlock your potential as a hitter. Here is a classic approach that is commonly taught at our all skills volleyball camps.

Ready Position

  • Feet shoulder width apart
  • Knees and hips flexed
  • Weight on balls of the feet

The Approach

A hitter’s approach can vary depending on their preference. Typically, hitters have a 3-4 step approach, it all depends on what is most comfortable to the hitter. To begin, start on the attack line.

Step 1: The first step is all about direction. This is where hitters can decide if they prefer a 3 or 4 step approach. If you hit the ball with your right hand, your first step will be with your left foot and vice versa for left handed hitters.

Step 2: The second step is all about power. This is a quick and a long step with your right foot. As your right heel lands on the ground, bring your arms back and shift your weight forward.

Step 3: The last step stops the forward motion. As your left foot meets your right, you will begin your jump off the floor. This jump is straight up, not out. As you jump in the air your arms will go up with you. Bring your right arm back, similar to a serve, and your left arm up where you want the ball to be. Swing your right arm through and snap your wrist. 

With most new skills in any sport, the more you practice it the better you become. Repetition is key. Check out more volleyball tips and drills and get better this summer at a Nike Volleyball Camp. 

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