Volleyball Attack and Spike Techniques

What is the correct way to spike a volleyball?  I usually have a hard time with the attack approach and technique.  Any tips on how to approach the volleyball to guarantee a spike hit is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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kmaroonAsked:
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PlantwizConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Are you on a team (such as a school team?) or just a casual player?

If on a team, I would hope your coach could help with some ideas, but if not, it may take some practice to find out what works for your body-type.

While the overall motions may be similar, a short person will not attack and spike the same as a much taller person:

Work on some skills building stuff first...just parts of the approach and parts of the actual spike...though it will go a long way if you have a coach to critique the movements you make or at least video tape yourself and review afterward.  Change only 1 part at time.

http://www.volleyballdrillsnskills.com/how-to-spike-a-volleyball.html
and check out other's videos:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=volleyball+spikes+techniques&aq=0


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kmaroonAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response, Plantwiz.

I am just a casual player, so I don't have a coach to help me with tips.  I like the idea of videoing myself to critique...good suggestion!  

The how to article link was very helpful.  Any tips on how to increase height of the jump?  
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PlantwizConnect With a Mentor Commented:
...better genetics. ;)

J/k

Usually that comes down to increase leg muscle strength and working the power group just take care not to build them too large and loose flexibility ;)  

Jump rope endless benefits
steps and elevated jumps (box jumps)

IIRC the 5x5 program has some benefits to being explosive with jumps (full-range squats and such)
http://stronglifts.com/stronglifts-5x5-beginner-strength-training-program/

And with all exercise programs...make sure you are cleared medically to perform them.  And if you need, invest in a trainer even if it is only to confirm you have the correct form (not necessarily to workout with them indefeniately).   Some trainier strongly oppose the full-squat...but they typically don't understand the squat and use a smiths machine (ewwww)..




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kmaroonAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help!  
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